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Food and Water Watch

CharityWatch report issued
January 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

Food and Water Watch
1616 P Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Conducts extensive research and public education to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 81%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $12

How many dollars Food and Water Watch spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Food and Water Watch'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
82% $11
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
Food and Water Watch IRS Form 990 32-0160439
Food and Water Watch Audited Financial Statements 32-0160439
Entity: Food and Water Watch
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 32-0160439
Entity: Food and Water Watch
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 32-0160439

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?
Food and Water Watch
meets governance benchmarks.
Food and Water Watch
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 Wenonah Hauter Executive Director $258,093
2 Lane Brooks COO $235,474
3 Mark Schlosberg Co-Director, Organizing Department $203,035
Name: Wenonah Hauter
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $258,093
Name: Lane Brooks
Title: COO
Compensation: $235,474
Name: Mark Schlosberg
Title: Co-Director, Organizing Department
Compensation: $203,035

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 Food and Water Watch is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID#32-0160439).

The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Food and Water Action Fund (tax ID#32-0160436).

CharityWatch will issue separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when their financial activities are included in consolidated audited financial statements, due to their differing tax treatment by the IRS. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits and Tax Status, which can be found on the Our Process page.

CharityWatch currently does not issue a separate rating of the 501(c)(4) Food and Water Action Fund, which has been relatively small in size. For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs" in the Articles & Alerts section, below.
According to the Food and Water Watch audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 7, Related Party Transactions):

"The Organization shares common management and employees with Food and Water Action Fund (the Fund), a 501(c)(4) organization whose purpose is to lobby elected officials on behalf of citizens on issues of safe food and clean water. The Fund is billed by the Organization for its share of salary and office expenses. These costs approximated $797,868 for the year ended December 31, 2017. At December 31, 2017 the Fund owed the Organization $639,990 for shared costs."