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Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

CharityWatch report issued
March 2024

Top-Rated Charity
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

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
840 First Street, NE
Suite 400
Washington , DC 20002

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Uniting Americans, gun owners & non gun owners alike, to end gun violence in America; works across Congress, courts, and communities to fight for common sense gun laws, and to educate everyone on the issues.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2022

Program Percentage: 73%

The percentage of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $18

How many dollars Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence'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
75% $16
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
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence IRS Form 990 52-1285097
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1285097
Entity: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

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Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
meets governance benchmarks.
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Kristin Brown President $399,969
2 Jon Lowy VP of Litigation $251,322
3 Liz Dunning VP of Development $229,928
Name: Kristin Brown
Title: President
Compensation: $399,969
Name: Jon Lowy
Title: VP of Litigation
Compensation: $251,322
Name: Liz Dunning
Title: VP of Development
Compensation: $229,928

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 Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #52-1285097).

CharityWatch provides a separate rating for Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #23-7321017).

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when their financial activities are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. 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 on the Our Process page.

For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs."

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Brady) consolidated audit of June 30, 2022 (Note 10, Donated Goods and Services):

"...Brady recognized total donated services revenue of $23,077,700 and $23,387,986 with a corresponding expense or asset recorded during the years ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively..." 

According to Brady's Consolidating Statement of Activities for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2022, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence recognized $22,836,511 of the above portion of "Donated goods and 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 to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, Brady reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding paid or accrued compensation contingent on the revenues of the organization or a related organization (Schedule J, Part I, Line 5):

"Employees were paid a fixed bonus if Brady revenue goals were met. These bonus payments were paid if they met or beat revenue goals."

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"Kristin Brown, Susan Lavington and Liz Dunning received performance based bonuses."

Brady reports providing "Bonus & incentive compensation" to three employees in calendar year 2021 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Kristin Brown, President, received $25,000 with a total reported compensation of $399,969

(2) Susan Lavington, COO, received $25,000 with a total reported compensation of $213,765

(3) Liz Dunning, VP of Development, received $10,000 with a total reported compensation of $229,928

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