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Epilepsy Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
May 2020

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

Epilepsy Foundation
8301 Professional Place
Landover, MD 20785

Other Names

Epilepsy Foundation of America
Epilepsy Research Foundation

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2019

Program Percentage: 79%

The percentage of Epilepsy Foundation'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 Epilepsy Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Epilepsy Foundation's 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
83% $17
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
Epilepsy Foundation of America IRS Form 990 52-0856660
Epilepsy Foundation of America Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Epilepsy Foundation of America
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0856660
Entity: Epilepsy Foundation of America
Document Type: Audited Consolidated 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
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Epilepsy Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Epilepsy Foundation
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 Philip Gatone President/CEO $326,025
2 Brandy E. Fureman VP Research $234,652
3 Ellen K. Hobby COO/VP $219,715
Name: Philip Gatone
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $326,025
Name: Brandy E. Fureman
Title: VP Research
Compensation: $234,652
Name: Ellen K. Hobby
Title: COO/VP
Compensation: $219,715

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 Epilepsy Foundation consolidated audit of June 30, 2019 (Note 1 re: Organization):

"During April 2016, two Delaware limited liability companies were formed (Epilepsy Foundation of America (Utah) LLC and Epilepsy Foundation of America (Oklahoma) LLC). The Epilepsy Alliance of Utah and the Epilepsy Association of America (Oklahoma) then merged into their respective LLCs, with the LLC being the surviving entity, and the Epilepsy Foundation is the sole member of each LLC.

"During the 2018 fiscal year, the Epilepsy Foundation acquired the Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region (Chesapeake), the Epilepsy Foundation Western Ohio (Western Ohio), the Epilepsy Foundation Mississippi (Mississippi), the Epilepsy Foundation Alabama (Alabama), the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles (LA), and the Iowa and Nebraska territory of the Epilepsy Foundation North Central Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska (Iowa/Nebraska). During the 2019 fiscal year, the Epilepsy Foundation acquired the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona (Arizona) and the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (Northwest). These [audited] financial statements include the results of operations subsequent to the effective dates of the acquisitions. See Note 20 [cited separately, below] for further details regarding these acquisitions."

Also according to Note 1:  "...The accompanying [audited] consolidated financial statements include the activities of twelve local chapters that provide programs, information, and referral services to local communities. In addition, the Foundation is affiliated with multiple separately incorporated foundations that provide local program services. The [audited] consolidated financial statements do not include the activities of the affiliates."

According to the Epilepsy Foundation consolidated audit of June 30, 2019 (Note 20, Acquisitions):

During the year ended June 30, 2019, the Foundation acquired Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, effective July 1, 2018; and Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, effective September 30, 2018. During the year ended June 30, 2018, the Foundation acquired Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region, effective September 30, 2017; Epilepsy Foundation Western Ohio, effective October 31, 2017; Epilepsy Foundation Alabama, effective December 31, 2017; Epilepsy Foundation Mississippi, effective December 31, 2017; Epilepsy Foundation North Central Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska, effective December 31, 2017; and Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, effective June 30, 2018.

"All of the acquisitions were approved by Board of Directors of each organization and did not have a formal purchase price." The total "inherent contribution recognized by the Foundation" as a result of the acquisitions was $322,289 and $5,496,803 during the years ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

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