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CharityWatch report issued
April 2019

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

25 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Suite 330
Washington, DC 20001

Other Names

Federation for American Immigration Reform
Immigration Reform Law Institute

Tax Status




Stated Mission

To educate the public about the economic, sociological, environmental, demographic and other effects of mass immigration to the U.S.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 81%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

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


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

FAIR'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
86% $1
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
Federation for American Immigration Reform & Affiliates Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Federation for American Immigration Reform IRS Form 990 52-1136126
Immigration Reform Law Institute IRS Form 990 52-1469956
Entity: Federation for American Immigration Reform & Affiliates
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Federation for American Immigration Reform
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1136126
Entity: Immigration Reform Law Institute
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1469956

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?
meets governance benchmarks.
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 Daniel A. Stein President $426,988
2 Robert Dane Executive Director $262,998
3 Jennifer Harris CFO $191,597
Name: Daniel A. Stein
Title: President
Compensation: $426,988
Name: Robert Dane
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $262,998
Name: Jennifer Harris
Title: CFO
Compensation: $191,597

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 FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) includes the financial activities of the two 501(c)(3) public charities included in the organization's 2017 audited consolidated financial statements: (1) Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) (tax ID #52-1136126), and (2) Immigration Reform Law Institute (tax ID #52-1469956).

CharityWatch's rating of FAIR does not include the financial activities of its related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, FAIR Congressional Task Force (tax ID #52-1258403). CharityWatch currently does not issue a separate rating for the Task Force due to its small size. The Task Force had only $545 in total revenue and incurred less than $6,000 in expenses, according to the FAIR 2017 consolidated audit.

CharityWatch issues separate 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.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) consolidated audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 6, Concentration of Revenue):

"During the year ended December 31, 2017, FAIR and Affiliates received $31,328,674 in grants and contributions from five donors. Grants and contributions from the five donors represented approximately 93% of the total operating revenue and support recognized by FAIR and Affiliates for the year ended December 31, 2017. If a significant reduction in funding from these grantors were to occur, it might adversely impact FAIR and Affiliates' financial position and ability to carry out its program activities."
According to the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) 2017 tax filing, IRLI received in-kind donated services and use of facilities on which it placed a total value of $98,550 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI).

[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 Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) 2017 tax filing, FAIR reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

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

"Daniel A. Stein, President, and Gwendolyn Girlie, IT/Systems Manager, received a bonus that was based on an appraisal of his/her performance. The remaining employees listed also received $150 each in a holiday bonus for the year ended December 31, 2017."

FAIR reports $50,150 in "Bonus & incentive compensation" paid to Daniel A. Stein, Esq., with $426,988 in total compensation paid in 2017. Three employees are reported as receiving $150 in "Bonus & incentive compensation" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II). Gwendolyn Girlie is not reported on Schedule J, Part II; her reported total compensation in 2017 was $122,410, according to IRS Form 990, Part VII.

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