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Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

CharityWatch report issued
March 2024

CharityWatch Grade
This rating has been downgraded from C+ due to the charity having 17.0 years worth of available assets in reserve.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Large Asset Reserves

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Contact Information

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
450 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10123

Other Names

The Catholic League

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 55%

The percentage of Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $22

How many dollars Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights Audited Financial Statements 23-7279981
Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights IRS Form 990 23-7279981
Entity: Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 23-7279981
Entity: Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7279981

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.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
meets governance benchmarks.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
does not meet 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 William Donohue President $641,778
2 Bernadette Brady-Egan Vice President $368,363
3 Michael McDonald Director of Communications $152,640
Name: William Donohue
Title: President
Compensation: $641,778
Name: Bernadette Brady-Egan
Title: Vice President
Compensation: $368,363
Name: Michael McDonald
Title: Director of Communications
Compensation: $152,640

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.

According to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 13, Concentration of Credit Risk):

"...Marketable and nonmarketable investments subject the League to various levels of risk associated with economic, operating, and political events beyond management's control. Investments are made by diversified investment managers whose performance is monitored by the investment committee of the Board of Directors. 

Management's judgment as to the level of losses that currently exist or may develop in the future involves the consideration of current and anticipated conditions and their potential effects on the League's investments. Due to the level of risk associated with investments and the level of uncertainty related to changes in the value of investments, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in risks in the near future could materially impact the amounts reflected in the accompanying financial statements."

According to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 8, Paycheck Protection Program Loan):

"The League received funding under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), administered by the U.S. The League applied for forgiveness and on August 20, 2021, the SBA fully approved the Organization's application. The PPP grant of $203,100 is shown as revenue in the year ended December 31, 2021. Non-cash Loan forgiveness is reported as an adjustment to change in net assets in net cash provided (used) by operating activities in 2021."

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