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Center for Constitutional Rights

CharityWatch report issued
June 2021

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Contact Information

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

A legal & educational organization dedicated to advancing & protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Stands with social justice movements & communities under threat—fusing litigation, advocacy & narrative shifting to dismantle systems of oppression.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2020

Program Percentage: 79%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $13

How many dollars Center for Constitutional 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
Center for Constitutional Rights IRS Form 990 22-6082880
Center for Constitutional Rights Audited Financial Statements 22-6082880
Entity: Center for Constitutional Rights
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 22-6082880
Entity: Center for Constitutional Rights
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 22-6082880

Governance & Transparency

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Center for Constitutional Rights
meets governance benchmarks.
Center for Constitutional Rights
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 Ernest V. Warren Executive Director $297,432
2 Baher Azmy Legal Director $232,465
3 Grace Lile Director of Operations $189,011
Name: Ernest V. Warren
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $297,432
Name: Baher Azmy
Title: Legal Director
Compensation: $232,465
Name: Grace Lile
Title: Director of Operations
Compensation: $189,011

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 Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 7, Loan Payable):

"In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability [sic] Act ('CARES Act'). ...[T]he CARES Act provides relief to qualifying businesses through a program called the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP'). Participating in the PPP enables the business to obtain a loan from the Small Business Administration ('SBA') sector of the government.

"On April 22, 2020, CCR obtained a two year $1,291,817 loan, which bears interest at a fixed rate of 1% per annum. CCR must pay monthly principal and interest payments on the outstanding principal balance of the loan amortized over the term of the loan, unless otherwise forgiven in whole or part in accordance with the ('CARES Act') [sic], beginning seven months from April 22, 2020 until the maturity date of April 22, 2022 when the entire principal balance remaining unpaid, along with all accrued and unpaid interest, shall be due and payable in full."

According to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 16, Subsequent Events):

"CCR has evaluated subsequent events through November 30, 2020, which is the date the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued.

"In response to an order by the Governor of New York related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, CCR closed their physical office on a short-term basis but maintained member and client support with staff working remotely. CCR does not know the overall effect on its operations from this closure."