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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

PolicyLink

Lifting up what works.®

95.72

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

Board Leadership
Sheri Dunn Berry
Director, Chair

CEO
Michael A. McAfee
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.72
  Financial 95.47
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

95.47

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
90.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.46
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.3%
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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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
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 95.72
State Policy Network (VA) 91.45
Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 90.20
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 92.17
Pioneer Institute (MA) 93.19

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,282,651
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $57,000
Total Contributions $12,339,651
   Program Service Revenue $2,161,760
Total Primary Revenue $14,501,411
   Other Revenue $146,182
TOTAL REVENUE $14,647,593
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,332,620
   Administrative Expenses $1,000,355
   Fundraising Expenses $447,763
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,780,738
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $866,855
   
Net Assets $20,299,719

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 $4,063,691 33.0%
Healthy Communities of Opportunity $3,980,487 32.3%
Just Society $2,420,847 19.6%

Ratings History
PolicyLink has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 10/01/2021 95.72
2018-12 02/01/2021 95.45
2018-12 06/01/2020 91.44
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.27
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.22
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.54
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.32
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 82.20
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.83
2012-12 05/01/2014 89.76
2011-12 07/01/2013 88.30
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.95
2008-12 09/20/2011 90.97
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 07/01/2010 93.53
2007-12 05/01/2009 87.14
2006-12 05/01/2008 90.45
2005-12 03/01/2007 82.28
2004-12 05/01/2006 89.26
2003-12 09/01/2005 81.02

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
$273,830 1.98% Michael A. McAfee President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$281,592 2.04% Angela Glover Blackwell Founder in Residence

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PolicyLink (CA) 95.72
Foundation for Economic Education (GA) 89.11
Public Knowledge (DC) 85.18
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 89.37
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 92.22

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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
Director, Chair

CEO

Michael A. McAfee
President & CEO

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