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American Legislative Exchange Council

Limited government, free markets, federalism

three stars

81.07

2900 Crystal Drive 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (703) 373-0933   Web Site
EIN: 52-0140979

Board Leadership
Philip Gunn
Chairman

CEO
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.07 three stars
  Financial 84.77 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a think-tank for state-based public policy issues and potential solutions. ALEC's mission is to assist State Legislators, Members of Congress, and the general and business public by sharing research and education info.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a think-tank for state-based public policy issues and potential solutions. ALEC's mission is to assist State Legislators, Members of Congress, and the general and business public by sharing research and education info.

Financial

three stars

84.77

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.46
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 31.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Legislative Exchange Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Legislative Exchange Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Legislative Exchange Council (VA) 81.07 three stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 91.87 four stars
Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 90.20 four stars
The Claremont Institute (CA) 86.77 three stars
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (DC) 89.48 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,948,880
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $545,106
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,493,986
   Program Service Revenue $1,058,253
Total Primary Revenue $9,552,239
   Other Revenue $-194,321
TOTAL REVENUE $9,357,918
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,606,627
   Administrative Expenses $949,407
   Fundraising Expenses $682,634
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,238,668
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $119,250
   
Net Assets $4,390,293

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
Task Forces $3,657,235 48.1%
Conferences $1,440,613 18.9%
Public Affairs $1,261,593 16.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 09/01/2020 81.07 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 82.63 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 80.87 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 79.80 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.91 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 82.15 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 83.05 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 87.27 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 85.27 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 80.14 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 72.32 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 79.01 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 87.78 three stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 90.38 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 74.02 two stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 67.32 one star
2004-12 10/01/2005 64.67 one star
2003-12 09/01/2005 71.39 two stars

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

EIN 52-0140979
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (509) Other legislative and political 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 March, 1977
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$388,270 4.20% Lisa Nelson Executive Director

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American Legislative Exchange Council (VA) 81.07 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

American Legislative Exchange Council
2900 Crystal Drive
6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (703) 373-0933
fax: (703) 373-0927
EIN: 52-0140979

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Board Leadership

Philip Gunn
Chairman

CEO

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer

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