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CharityWatch's rating of Death with Dignity National Center is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #93-1162366). The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Death with Dignity Political Fund (tax ID #93-1324899).

According to the Death with Dignity consolidated audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 1, The Organization):

"Death with Dignity Political Fund (the Fund), formerly Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund, was formed in 2001, replacing a State Political Action Committee, Oregon Right to Die, formed in 1993. The Fund's purpose is to promote social welfare and inform, educate and influence the general public and elected and appointed government officials about the Oregon Death with Dignity Act and to counteract any attempts by opponents to repeal or limit the law."

Death with Dignity National Center reports making a $40,000 grant to the Political Fund in fiscal 2018 (IRS Form 990, Schedule I).

CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for Death with Dignity Political Fund at this time due to its small size. The Political Fund received $80,122 in contributions in fiscal 2018, according to its audited Consolidating Statement of Activities.

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According to the Death with Dignity National Center consolidated audit of March 31, 2018 (Note 9, Concentrations of Credit Risk):

"Contributions received from two donors during fiscal year 2018 represented 56% of total support and revenue [of the consolidated organization]..."
According to the Death with Dignity National Center audited Consolidating Statement of Activities for the year ended March 31, 2018, the Center received in-kind "Donated assets and services" on which it placed a total value of $36,473. Included in this amount is $16,750 in "specialized legal services" donated by a board member, according to the audit (Notes 8 & 1).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "Criteria & Methodology" under "About Us" from the navigation bar, above.]

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