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Amnesty International of the USA

CharityWatch report issued
January 2024

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Amnesty International of the USA
5 Penn Plaza
16th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To act in concert with the international human rights movement and within the context of working to promote all provisions in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 46%

The percentage of Amnesty International of the USA's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $50

How many dollars Amnesty International of the USA spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Amnesty International of the USA's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
71% $25
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Amnesty International of the USA IRS Form 990 52-0851555
Amnesty International of the USA Audited Financial Statements 52-0851555
Entity: Amnesty International of the USA
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0851555
Entity: Amnesty International of the USA
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-0851555

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.
Amnesty International of the USA
meets governance benchmarks.
Amnesty International of the USA
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Paul O'Brien Executive Director $348,539
2 Marcy Bourne Chief Development Officer $301,690
3 Rachel Ward Interim Chief Movement Building Officer $264,470
Name: Paul O'Brien
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $348,539
Name: Marcy Bourne
Title: Chief Development Officer
Compensation: $301,690
Name: Rachel Ward
Title: Interim Chief Movement Building Officer
Compensation: $264,470

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's rating of Amnesty International of the USA (AIUSA) is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #52-0851555) that is the U.S. section of Amnesty International Limited.

The rating does not include the financial activities of locally based AIUSA affiliates. The rating also does not include the financial activities of Amnesty International Limited (AI), which is based in the United Kingdom, or any of the other AI affiliated national organizations.

According to the Amnesty International of the USA (AIUSA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 9, Transactions With Affiliated Organizations):

"AI [Amnesty International Limited] is a not-for-profit United Kingdom corporation, overseen by the International Secretariat, which performs research and other functions in support of its affiliated organizations worldwide. AIUSA is one of many affiliated national organizations, which contributes funds for the support of the program activities of AI through an annual assessment. For the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, this assessment, including voluntary contributions, totaled $12,975,336 and $15,964,389, respectively. These contributions support research into human rights violations worldwide and the coordination of international efforts to stop them. Funds also go to prevent and end grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination. The global movement is seeking to grow activities 'closer to the ground,' which involves decentralization of operations with a focus on work in the global south..."


According the Amnesty International of the USA (AIUSA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 10, Donated Services):

"...For the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, AIUSA recorded donated legal services at an estimated fair value of $560,661 and $55,500, respectively. Fair value was determined based on law firms providing pro bono legal services..."

[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 on the Our Process page.]

According the Amnesty International of the USA (AIUSA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 16, Paycheck Protection Program):

"On April 13, 2020 AIUSA was granted a loan from JPMorgan in the total amount of $2,375,000 as part of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") which was enacted March 27, 2020. AIUSA used the entire loan amount for qualifying expenses, and it was fully forgiven in August 2021."

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