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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

PolicyLink

Lifting up what works

four stars

91.44

1438 Webster Street Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 663-2333   Web Site
EIN: 94-3297479

Board Leadership
Catherine S. Muther
Chair

CEO
Michael McAfee
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.44 four stars
  Financial 94.96 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. By developing and implementing multifaceted strategies, PolicyLink seeks to ensure that everyone- including low-income communities of color- can contribute to and benefit from local and regional growth and development.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. By developing and implementing multifaceted strategies, PolicyLink seeks to ensure that everyone- including low-income communities of color- can contribute to and benefit from local and regional growth and development.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of policies formally introduced
49
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

94.96

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
90.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.46
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PolicyLink on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PolicyLink on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Note: This organization did not answer this question
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 91.44 four stars
Center for Disaster Philanthropy (DC) 92.02 four stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 95.85 four stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 90.66 four stars
California Food Policy Advocates (CA) 90.72 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,219,323
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,219,323
   Program Service Revenue $3,752,619
Total Primary Revenue $13,971,942
   Other Revenue $90,048
TOTAL REVENUE $14,061,990
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,692,174
   Administrative Expenses $1,022,155
   Fundraising Expenses $355,706
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,070,035
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,008,045
   
Net Assets $19,432,864

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
Equitable Economy $3,867,901 28.2%
Healthy Communities of Opportunity $3,542,303 25.9%
Just Society $2,176,905 15.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 91.44 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.27 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.22 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.54 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.32 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 82.20 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.83 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 89.76 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 88.30 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.95 three stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 90.97 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 07/01/2010 93.53 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 87.14 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 90.45 four stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 82.28 three stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 89.26 three stars
2003-12 09/01/2005 81.02 three 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 94-3297479
Name in IRS Master File POLICYLINK
NTEE Code S21
NTEE Classification Community Coalitions
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
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 November, 1998
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
$226,833 1.50% Michael McAfee CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$259,830 1.72% Angela Glover Blackwell Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 91.44 four stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 94.08 four stars
New America (DC) 94.49 four stars
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 94.76 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

PolicyLink
1438 Webster Street
Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 663-2333
fax: (510) 663-9684
EIN: 94-3297479

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Board Leadership

Catherine S. Muther
Chair

CEO

Michael McAfee
President & CEO

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