CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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CharityWatch's rating of the National Urban League (National Office) is based on the League's consolidated audit, which also includes the accounts of the Urban Empowerment Fund.

According to Note 1 of the League's 2014 consolidated audit: "The Urban Empowerment Fund (UEF) is a tax-exempt community development financial institution that was incorporated in July 2011. The League obtained a controlling financial interest in UEF in March 2013. UEF is exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code... The net assets of UEF are not available for distribution to NUL [the League]."
According to the National Urban League consolidated audit of December 31, 2014 (Note 9, Donated Services and Materials), the League received total donated materials and services valued at $14,142,255 in 2014, including $11,908,200 in donated television airtime.

[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 "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
According to the National Urban League consolidated audit of December 31, 2014 (Note 16, Related-Party Transactions):

"Subcontractual payments are made by the League to affiliates [separately incorporated, non-profit organizations] for their services in carrying out specific projects. In 2014 and 2013, subcontract payments to affiliates totaled $21,785,498 and $19,524,612, respectively."

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