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Compassion & Choices

CharityWatch report issued
June 2018

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

Compassion & Choices
8156 S Wadsworth Blvd
Suite E-162
Littleton, CO 80128

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Improves care, expands options, and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 75%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $23

How many dollars Compassion & Choices spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Compassion & Choices' 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
78% $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
Compassion & Choices IRS Form 990 84-1328829
Compassion & Choices and C&C Action Network Combined Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Compassion & Choices
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 84-1328829
Entity: Compassion & Choices and C&C Action Network
Document Type: Combined Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
Compassion & Choices
meets governance benchmarks.
Compassion & Choices
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Barbara Coombs Lee President/CEO $260,846
2 Patricia Bernstein COO $220,088
3 Kimberly Callinan Taylor Chief Programs Officer $215,202
Name: Barbara Coombs Lee
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $260,846
Name: Patricia Bernstein
Title: COO
Compensation: $220,088
Name: Kimberly Callinan Taylor
Title: Chief Programs Officer
Compensation: $215,202

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 Compassion & Choices is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #84-1328829).

The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Compassion & Choices Action Network (tax ID #84-1328830), for which CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating at this time.

CharityWatch issues separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a consolidated or combined audit, due to their different treatment 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. Additionally, "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs" can be found under "Articles" from the navigation header.