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Against Malaria Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
February 2021

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

Against Malaria Foundation
301 W 20th Street
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64108

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To help towards the control over, and eventual eradication of, malaria.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2020

*Why Not Ratable?

CharityWatch is unable to rate this organization due to how it is structured. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation.

Some charities engage in significant financial transactions with a related organization outside of the U.S. for which sufficient audited financial information is either not available, is not presented in combined form, and/or is not based on U.S. reporting standards. CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to its affiliates, partners, or related organization(s) outside of the U.S. In many of these cases, the charity is essentially functioning as a U.S. based fundraising arm. Therefore, when applicable, CharityWatch has calculated a Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio for such charities.

Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation and for this organization's Cost to Raise $100, if applicable.

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Against Malaria Foundation
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Against Malaria Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

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.

CharityWatch is unable to provide a letter grade rating of Against Malaria Foundation due to how the organization is structured.

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is a worldwide operation headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK). AMF consists of the UK-based foundation and 10 other "sister foundations" that include a United States branch (AMF-US), as well as foundations established in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa. Each of the sister foundations has its own governing board.

AMF's financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 are audited on a global consolidated basis and include the financial activities of the UK foundation, AMF-US, and the other sister foundations. The audited financial statements are based on International Standards on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)). AMF's audited financial statements based on ISAs (UK) are not comparable to those of United States-based organizations, whose audited financial statements are based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP).

AMF-US (tax ID #20-3069841) has an IRS Form 990 tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 in which it reports total contributions of $23,369,061 and total expenses of $22,947,484. All of the total expenses are reported as program-related "Payments to affiliates." AMF-US further describes its fiscal 2020 total expenses as follows:

"AMF(US) is part of an international network of AMF Foundations all of which have a common purpose, being the raising of funds to procure long-lasting insecticidal bednets. To facilitate administration and the management of the bednet procurement and subsequent distribution programs, all funds raised by AMF(US) are routed to its sister foundation in the UK. A total of $22,947,484 was routed this way..." (IRS Form 990, Schedule O re: Part III, Statement of Program Service Accomplishments - line 4e, Total program service expenses).

CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to one of its related organizations or affiliates. For this reason, CharityWatch does not believe it is fair to publish a program efficiency ratio for AMF-US alongside those of other charities that conduct their own programs and/or primarily make grants to other, independent charities. In addition, CharityWatch is unable to provide a fundraising efficiency ratio for AMF-US since AMF does not report separate fundraising expenses for the U.S. branch on its fiscal 2020 IRS Form 990 tax filing. 

CharityWatch's inability to provide ratings for AMF-US or AMF is strictly due to the reasons described above and not to their unwillingness to provide information or answer our questions. In order for CharityWatch to be able to rate AMF in the future, we would require consolidated or combined financial statements, expressed in U.S. dollars and based on U.S. GAAP reporting standards, including an audited Statement of Functional Expenses. Such statements would eliminate interorganizational transactions, as well as provide a comprehensive view of how the organization both raises and spends public dollars, on the whole, that is comparable to the other charities rated by CharityWatch. This information may not currently be practicable for AMF to provide given its organizational structure and that it is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Visit our Resources for Donors page for information about GiveWell, a charity rating organization (unrelated to CharityWatch) that specializes in impact evaluations and has published detailed reports on Against Malaria Foundation.

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