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CharityWatch's rating of The NRA Foundation is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #52-1710886).

CharityWatch issues a separate rating for the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) (tax ID #53-0116130).

CharityWatch does not provide a rating for the other NRA Foundation affiliates, which according to Note 9 of The NRA Foundation 2017 audit, include the following: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, NRA Freedom Action Foundation, and NRA Special Contribution Fund.

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According to The NRA Foundation audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 9, Related Parties):

"The Foundation is affiliated with the NRA by virtue of the control vested with the NRA's Board of Directors to appoint the Trustees of the Foundation. The Foundation has received certain benefits from this affiliation at no cost, among which are various administrative and support services. Management has determined that the fair value of these benefits is minimal, and accordingly, no amounts are reflected in these [audited] financial statements.

"The Foundation reimburses the NRA for certain expenses, such as salaries, benefits, and general operating expenses, paid by the NRA on the Foundation's behalf. These expenses totaled $6,017,801 and $8,862,322 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively...

"The Foundation extended a short-term loan in the amount of $5,000,000 to [the] NRA dated November 2, 2017, at an interest rate of 7% per annum and secured by the NRA's accounts receivable. Interest for the first three months of the loan in the amount of $88,219 is due February 2, 2018, with interest payments due monthly thereafter through the term of the loan. The entire principal amount of the loan, together with all accrued or unpaid interest, is due by June 2, 2018...

"The Foundation funded certain qualified NRA programs with grants totaling $18,812,141 and $19,276,495 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively..."
According to The NRA Foundation 2017 tax filing, the Foundation reports receiving contributions of in-kind collectibles on which it placed a total value of $881,295 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

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According to The NRA Foundation 2017 tax filing, the Foundation reports re: Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons, a transaction in the amount of $3,065,031 for fundraising event and grant fulfillment paid to Crow Shooting Supply (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV).

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