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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

The Rutherford Institute

Dedicated to the defense of civil liberties and human rights

three stars

81.64

P.O. Box 7482 Charlottesville, VA 22906
tel: (800) 225-1791   Web Site
EIN: 52-1267484

Board Leadership
John W. Whitehead
Chairman

CEO
John W. Whitehead
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.64 three stars
  Financial 75.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated. The Rutherford Institute has emerged as one of the nation's leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world. The Institute's mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.

Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated. The Rutherford Institute has emerged as one of the nation's leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world. The Institute's mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.

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Financial

two stars

75.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
92.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.04
  Program Expenses Growth -10.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 79.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rutherford Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rutherford Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rutherford Institute (VA) 81.64 three stars
World Youth Alliance (NY) 85.28 three stars
National Immigration Forum (DC) 93.63 four stars
First Liberty Institute (TX) 86.07 three stars
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $863,469
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $863,469
   Program Service Revenue $5,459
Total Primary Revenue $868,928
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $868,928
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $778,179
   Administrative Expenses $34,569
   Fundraising Expenses $33,016
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $845,764
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $23,164
   
Net Assets $43,775

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 81.64 three stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 81.64 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 81.64 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 82.32 three stars
2015-06 04/01/2017 82.32 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.62 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2016 80.92 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 66.24 one star
2013-06 05/01/2014 76.00 two stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 76.98 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 76.40 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 75.84 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 77.39 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 75.87 two stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 73.68 two stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 74.48 two stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 75.34 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 72.47 two stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 64.31 one star

Historical CN Advisories

03/16/2016-04/01/2017: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the Rutherford Institute on April 1, 2017, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since March 16, 2016) and because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

Charity Navigator had published a Moderate Concern CN Advisory on the Rutherford Institute because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • The Rutherford Institute’s 06/2015 audit states that The Rutherford Institute has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note 13. It reads, “the organization has suffered recurring significant reductions in contributions and has a net deficiency in net assets that raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.” For this reason, we have issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the 2015 audit.

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

EIN 52-1267484
Name in IRS Master File RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (319) Other social 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 December, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$214,104 25.31% John Whitehead President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rutherford Institute (VA) 81.64 three stars
re:power fund (MN) 89.68 three stars
The W. Haywood Burns Institute (CA) 86.74 three stars
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (VA) 85.90 three stars
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Rutherford Institute
P.O. Box 7482
Charlottesville, VA 22906
tel: (800) 225-1791
fax: (434) 978-1789
EIN: 52-1267484

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Board Leadership

John W. Whitehead
Chairman

CEO

John W. Whitehead
President, CEO

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