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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

CharityWatch report issued
November 2022

B+
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
70%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$11
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
1331 F Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004

Other Names

CREW

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, collaborative policy development, & bold communications to help foster a government that is ethical & accountable, reduce the influence of money in politics, and preserve America's democratic system of government.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 70%

The percentage of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$5,200,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$7,100,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington IRS Form 990 03-0445391
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Audited Financial Statements 03-0445391
Entity: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 03-0445391
Entity: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 03-0445391

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.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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 Noah Bookbinder President/CEO $301,806
2 Adam Rappaport Chief Counsel/Assistant Director $224,708
3 Jennifer Ahearn Policy Counsel $175,228
1
Name: Noah Bookbinder
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $301,806
2
Name: Adam Rappaport
Title: Chief Counsel/Assistant Director
Compensation: $224,708
3
Name: Jennifer Ahearn
Title: Policy Counsel
Compensation: $175,228

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 Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 3, Loan Payable):

"On April 27, 2020, the Organization received loan proceeds in the amount of $432,300 under the Paycheck Protection Program. The promissory note calls for monthly principal and interest payments amortized over the term of the promissory note with a deferral of payments for the first six months.

"Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the promissory note may be forgiven by the Small Business Administration [(SBA)] in whole or in part. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Organization used the proceeds for purposes consistent with the Paycheck Protection Program and applied for forgiveness subsequent to the 8-week period stipulated by the terms. On December 27, 2021, the Organization received notice that the loan was forgiven in its entirety, both interest and principal. This amount is recorded as 'Extinguishment of debt,' which is an Other Item on the [audited] Statement of Activities and Change in Net Assets.

"On February 23, 2021, the Organization received loan proceeds in the amount of $577,607 under the Paycheck Protection Program. ... [T]he Organization used the proceeds for purposes consistent with the Paycheck Protection Program and applied for forgiveness subsequent to year-end. On January 2, 2022, the Organization received notice of forgiveness of the loan principal and interest by the SBA, and will therefore record revenue from extinguishment of debt in 2022.'"

According to the Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 1 re: Investment risks and uncertainties):

"The Organization invests in various investment securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rates, market and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the accompanying [audited] financial statements."


According to the Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 1 re: Economic uncertainties):

"On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic. As a result of the spread of COVID-19, economic uncertainties have arisen which may negatively impact the Organization's operations. The overall potential impact is unknown at this time."


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