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Government Accountability Project (GAP)

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

Government Accountability Project (GAP)
1612 K Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To promote government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 76%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $10

How many dollars Government Accountability Project (GAP) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Government Accountability Project (GAP)'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
78% $8
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
Government Accountability Project IRS Form 990 52-1343924
Government Accountability Project Audited Financial Statements 52-1343924
Entity: Government Accountability Project
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1343924
Entity: Government Accountability Project
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1343924

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?
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
meets governance benchmarks.
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
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 Louis Clark Executive Director/CEO $151,657
2 Thomas Devine Legal Director $124,352
3 Michael Termini Chief of Staff $123,914
Name: Louis Clark
Title: Executive Director/CEO
Compensation: $151,657
Name: Thomas Devine
Title: Legal Director
Compensation: $124,352
Name: Michael Termini
Title: Chief of Staff
Compensation: $123,914

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 Government Accountability Project (GAP) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 14, Contract Commitments):

"On January 6, 2017, GAP signed an Information Technology (IT) contract with a vender [sic] who will provide (IT) services as per the contract for a monthly fee of $2,090. The contract expires September 30, 2018."


"On June 7, 2017, GAP signed a contract for website services of which $32,000 remains to be paid in 2018."

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