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Death with Dignity National Center

CharityWatch report issued
April 2021

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

Death with Dignity National Center
520 SW 6th Avenue
Suite 1220
Portland, OR 97204

Other Names

Death with Dignity

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To promote death with dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2020

Program Percentage: 78%

The percentage of Death with Dignity National Center's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars Death with Dignity National Center 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
Death with Dignity National Center & Political Fund Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Death with Dignity National Center IRS Form 990 93-1162366
Entity: Death with Dignity National Center & Political Fund
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Death with Dignity National Center
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 93-1162366

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Death with Dignity National Center
meets governance benchmarks.
Death with Dignity National Center
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 Peg Sandeen Executive Director $127,985
Name: Peg Sandeen
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $127,985

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 Death with Dignity National Center is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #93-1162366). The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Death with Dignity Political Fund (tax ID #93-1324899).

According to the Death with Dignity consolidated audit of March 31, 2020 (Note 1 re: The Organization):

"Death with Dignity Political Fund (the Fund), formerly Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund, was formed in 2001, replacing a State Political Action Committee, Oregon Right to Die, formed in 1993. The Fund's purpose is to promote social welfare and inform, educate and influence the general public and elected and appointed government officials about the Oregon Death with Dignity Act and to counteract any attempts by opponents to repeal or limit the law."

Death with Dignity National Center reports making a $100,000 grant to the Political Fund in fiscal 2020 (IRS Form 990, Schedules I & R).

CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for Death with Dignity Political Fund at this time due to its small size. The Political Fund received $111,684 in contributions in fiscal 2020, according to its audited Consolidating Statement of Activities.

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when such organizations are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing tax treatments by the IRS. 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. For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs" in the Articles & Alerts section, below.

According to the Death with Dignity National Center consolidated audit of March 31, 2020 (Note 10, Concentrations of Credit Risk):

"Contributions received from three donors during fiscal year 2020 represented 40% of total support and revenue [of the consolidated organization]. Contributions received from two donors during fiscal year 2019 represented 73% of total support and revenue [of the consolidated organization]."

According to the Death with Dignity National Center audited Consolidating Statement of Activities for the year ended March 31, 2020, the Center received in-kind "Donated assets and services" on which it placed a total value of $18,420. According to the Center's fiscal 2020 tax filing, the $18,420 consists of donated software (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[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 Death with Dignity National Center consolidated audit of March 31, 2020 (Note 12, Contingencies):

"The Organization has been negatively impacted by the effects of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. The Organization is closely monitoring its operations, liquidity, and capital resources and is actively working to minimize the current and future impact of this unprecedented situation. As of the date of issuance of these [audited] financial statements [July 14, 2020], the full impact of the Organization's financial position is not known."

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