CharityWatch REPORT
Issued January 2019

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 Population Connection is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #94-1703155).

The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Population Connection Action Fund, or the Population Connection Action Fund Political Action Committee.

CharityWatch will issue separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a combined audit, due to their differing tax treatment by the IRS. CharityWatch does not rate political action committees (PACs). For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found in "Criteria & Methodology" under the "About Us" navigation header.

CharityWatch does not rate the 501(c)(4) Population Connection Action Fund at this time due to its relative small size. Population Connection reports making a cash grant in the amount of $5,000,000 to the related Population Connection Action Fund in 2017, according to the Population Connection 2017 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule I). For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, click on "Articles" from the navigation header and read "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs."
According to the Population Connection combined audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 10, Loss From Theft):

"Subsequent to year-end, management discovered that an employee had misappropriated assets in the amount of $122,971 that spanned a timeframe from fiscal years 2016 - 2018. As a result of the investigation, the Organizations filed a claim with their insurance company and have recorded an accounts receivable in the amount of $112,971 as of December 31, 2017. The remaining $10,000 is recorded as a loss from theft in the [audited] Combined Statement of Activities and Change in Net Assets for the year ended December 31, 2017."
According to the Population Connection combined audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 1, Contributed services), Population Connection received in-kind contributed services in 2017 on which it placed a value of $349,400.

[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 Population Connection combined audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 9, Agency Activity):

"During 2014, the President and CEO of Population Connection had officially been assigned as the court appointed administrator of an estate. It is anticipated that there are two beneficiaries who will share equally in the net proceeds. Population Connection will assist in disposing of several assets, establishing values and getting court approval for various actions, including the sale of a house.

"As of December 31, 2017, Population Connection has incurred no additional expenses on behalf of the estate. All estate expenses were paid directly from the estate bank account. During the year, there were $1,197,532 of disbursements made on behalf of the estate."
According to the Population Connection (PC) 2017 tax filing, PC reports for Compensation Information re: nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7), "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments in the following amounts to five individuals in 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Parts II & III):

(1) John Seager, President & CEO: $40,000, with reported total compensation of $265,024;
(2) Brian Dixon, Sr. VP for Media & Gov. Relations: $11,750, with reported total compensation of $197,625;
(3) Shauna Scherer, VP for Marketing & Development: $11,750, with reported total compensation of $167,784;
(4) Pamela Wasserman, Sr. VP for Education: $11,000, with reported total compensation of $201,227;
(5) Maria Orozco-Marquez, VP of Admin. & Member Services / CFO: $11,000, with reported total compensation of $162,442.

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