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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Center for Individual Rights

Fighting for individual rights

four stars

93.93

1100 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest Suite 625
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 833-8400   Web Site
EIN: 52-1600481

Board Leadership
Jeremy A. Rabkin
Chair

CEO
Terence J. Pell
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.93 four stars
  Financial 95.05 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Incorporated in 1988, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties against the increasingly aggressive and unchecked authority of federal and state governments. CIR seeks to enforce constitutional limits on state and federal power. We are not a legal services firm nor a public policy institute. We aggressively litigate and publicize a handful of carefully selected cases that advance the right of individuals to govern themselves according to the natural exercise of their own reason. Our cases challenge excessive government regulation, unconstitutional state action, and other entanglements characteristic of the modern state. We make no apologies for bringing only those cases that overtly advance this agenda.

Incorporated in 1988, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties against the increasingly aggressive and unchecked authority of federal and state governments. CIR seeks to enforce constitutional limits on state and federal power. We are not a legal services firm nor a public policy institute. We aggressively litigate and publicize a handful of carefully selected cases that advance the right of individuals to govern themselves according to the natural exercise of their own reason. Our cases challenge excessive government regulation, unconstitutional state action, and other entanglements characteristic of the modern state. We make no apologies for bringing only those cases that overtly advance this agenda.

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Financial

four stars

95.05

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.89
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Individual Rights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Individual Rights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Individual Rights (DC) 93.93 four stars
ACLU Foundation of Southern California (CA) 89.24 three stars
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (CA) 92.13 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,235,195
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,235,195
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,235,195
   Other Revenue $287,950
TOTAL REVENUE $1,523,145
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,324,133
   Administrative Expenses $90,031
   Fundraising Expenses $68,234
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,482,398
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $40,747
   
Net Assets $3,871,174

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Legal Cases $1,324,133 100.0%

Ratings History
Center for Individual Rights has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 05/01/2018 93.93 four stars
2016-03 06/01/2017 93.91 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 93.39 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 93.16 four stars
2014-03 08/01/2015 93.05 four stars
2013-03 02/01/2014 91.36 four stars
2012-03 12/01/2012 92.54 four stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 86.78 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 94.62 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 03/01/2011 92.79 four stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 82.57 three stars
2008-03 12/17/2008 85.99 three stars
2007-03 12/15/2007 68.05 one star
2006-03 12/15/2006 64.33 one star
2005-03 01/01/2006 72.20 two stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 63.30 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1600481
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$210,000 14.16% Terence Pell President

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Charity Contact Info

Center for Individual Rights
1100 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Suite 625
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 833-8400
fax: (202) 833-8410
EIN: 52-1600481

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Board Leadership

Jeremy A. Rabkin
Chair

CEO

Terence J. Pell
President

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