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Comic Relief

CharityWatch report issued
February 2019

Top-Rated Charity
A+
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
90%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$8
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Comic Relief
488 Madison Avenue
10th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Other Names

America Gives Back--(formerly known as)
Charity Projects Entertainment Fund--(formerly known as)
Flying Start Fund
Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund
Jack Black Fund for Kids
Red Nose Day

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To drive positive change through the power of entertainment; undertakes charitable & educational activities with the aim of eliminating poverty & improving conditions for children & disadvantaged persons in the U.S. & throughout the world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 90%

The percentage of Comic Relief's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$92,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Comic Relief spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$94,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Comic Relief Audited Financial Statements 01-0885377
Comic Relief IRS Form 990 01-0885377
Entity: Comic Relief
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 01-0885377
Entity: Comic Relief
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 01-0885377

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Comic Relief
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Comic Relief
meets 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 Janet Scardino CEO $309,188
2 Rick Scott VP, Grant & Charity Partners $218,713
3 Mary Corigliano VP, Corporate Partnerships $184,303
1
Name: Janet Scardino
Title: CEO
Compensation: $309,188
2
Name: Rick Scott
Title: VP, Grant & Charity Partners
Compensation: $218,713
3
Name: Mary Corigliano
Title: VP, Corporate Partnerships
Compensation: $184,303

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 Comic Relief (CR, Inc.) 2017 tax filing, CR, Inc. reports re: Compensation Information:

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4A):

"The VP of Marketing, Meagan Kirkpatrick, received a severance payment in calendar year 2017; this amount has been reported in Schedule J, Part II, Column (B)(iii) ['Other reportable compensation']" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III).

CR, Inc. reports that Meagan Kirkpatrick, "VP Marketing (thru 8/2017)," received total compensation in 2017 of $166,816, consisting of $132,284 in "Base compensation," $24,000 in "Other reportable compensation," and $10,532 in "Nontaxable benefits" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).


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

"Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Mary Corigliano, received a bonus in calendar year 2017 upon promotion. This bonus was authorized and approved by Comic Relief's Executive Director" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III).

CR, Inc. reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" in the amount of $15,000 paid to Mary Corigliano, which is included in her reported total compensation of $184,303 in 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).
According to the Comic Relief (CR, Inc.) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 1, Description of the Organization and Its Activities):

"During 2014, CR, Inc. established the Flying Start Fund (the 'Fund') to receive donations made through the fundraising activities of British Airways staff and the public. The funds raised are to be used in furtherance of the Fund's objectives jointly agreed between CR, Inc. and British Airways. CR, Inc. retains ultimate discretion and control over the use and expenditure of the monies contributed to the Fund.

"In the summer of 2014, Comic Relief UK, a charity registered in the United Kingdom ('UK')...agreed to Heads of Terms with NBC Universal for the production of a Red Nose Day telethon to be broadcast on May 21, 2015. The telethon was modelled [sic] on the successful operation of Red Nose Day over the past 25 years in the UK. CR, Inc. entered into a license agreement with Comic Relief UK for the use of the trademarks and the provision of knowhow whereby CR, Inc. managed the campaign and the relationship with NBC Universal and other corporate and non-profit partners. The proceeds of the event were received by CR, Inc. and CR, Inc. is responsible for the disbursement of the funds including grants to charitable organizations. Given the success of the telethon in years 2016 and 2017, the license was extended once again for 2018, with the telethon to be held on May 24, 2018.

"In September 2017, CR, Inc. was approached by Silent Content Ventures, LLC ('SCV') to assist with Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief benefit. CR, Inc.'s role in the benefit was to manage campaign fundraising and grant making. This was to be done by receiving donations into a Hurricane Relief fund, advising SCV regarding donor solicitations and communications and managing platforms, receiving donations, grant making and monitoring of grants."
According to the Comic Relief (CR, Inc.) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 6, Contributed Services), CR, Inc. reports receiving in-kind contributed services in 2017 on which it placed a total value of $326,382. The contributed services consisted of $198,098 in donated legal fees and $128,284 in donated office space and support in New York City.

In addition, the audit notes: "CR, Inc. received contributed services from NBC Universal to carry out a national fundraising and awareness raising campaign including a television special to be broadcast related to Red Nose Day 2017... The amount contributed could not be readily determined and valued."

[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 Comic Relief (CR, Inc.) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 4, Concentration of Credit Risk):

"CR, Inc.'s contribution revenue is primarily generated from donors. For the year ended December 31, 2017, approximately 22% of contribution revenue was received from one donor. For the year ended December 31, 2016, approximately 73% of contribution revenue was received form two donors."
According to the Comic Relief (CR, Inc.) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 5, Related Party Transactions):

"CR, Inc. incurred legal expenses with a firm, wherein a Board member is a partner. During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the total expenses incurred were $270,368 and $141,609, respectively."

[...]

"CR, Inc. received operation support from Comic Relief UK in the form of payment and process of expenses throughout the year. ... For the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, Comic Relief UK charged CR, Inc. $210,066 and $408,837, respectively, for reimbursement of invoices processed on CR, Inc.'s behalf."

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