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PolicyLink

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three stars

87.27

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

Board Leadership
Sheri Dunn Berry & Stewart Kwoh
Co-Chairs

CEO
Michael McAfee
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.27 three stars
  Financial 90.07 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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 2018
Number of policies formally introduced
50
This impact information is current as of September 2019, 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

90.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
90.1%
  Administrative Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.34
  Program Expenses Growth -0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 87.27 three stars
Independence Institute (CO) 88.43 three stars
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (DC) 86.98 three stars
Partnership for Public Service (DC) 96.46 four stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 94.21 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,600,017
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $15,600,017
   Program Service Revenue $3,262,049
Total Primary Revenue $18,862,066
   Other Revenue $84,182
TOTAL REVENUE $18,946,248
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,396,246
   Administrative Expenses $628,375
   Fundraising Expenses $592,437
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,617,058
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,329,190
   
Net Assets $20,440,909

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
Healthy Communities of Opportunity $4,157,117 36.5%
Equitable Economy $3,108,969 27.3%
Just Society $2,344,910 20.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$270,909 2.14% Angela Glover Blackwell Founder, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$3,000 0.02% Dolores Acevado-Garcia Director
$2,500 0.01% Michael Skolnik Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 87.27 three stars
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (VT) 92.22 four stars
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (MA) 87.08 three stars
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 89.24 three stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 94.21 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

Sheri Dunn Berry & Stewart Kwoh
Co-Chairs

CEO

Michael McAfee
President & CEO

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