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Human Rights Watch

CharityWatch report issued
October 2018

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

Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue
34th Floor
New York, NY 10118

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 75%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $27

How many dollars Human Rights Watch 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
Human Rights Watch & Subsidiaries Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Human Rights Watch IRS Form 990 13-2875808
Entity: Human Rights Watch & Subsidiaries
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Human Rights Watch
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-2875808

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?
Human Rights Watch
meets governance benchmarks.
Human Rights 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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Kenneth Roth Executive Director $610,783
2 Michele Alexander Deputy Executive Director, Development & Outreach $385,944
3 Iain Levine Deputy Executive Director, Program $348,230
Name: Kenneth Roth
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $610,783
Name: Michele Alexander
Title: Deputy Executive Director, Development & Outreach
Compensation: $385,944
Name: Iain Levine
Title: Deputy Executive Director, Program
Compensation: $348,230

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 Human Rights Watch (HRW) also includes the financial activities of the "branches, charitable affiliates and registered offices" consolidated in the HRW and subsidiaries audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017.

According to Note 1 of the HRW fiscal 2017 consolidated audit, these 23 consolidated entities, "over which HRW maintains operational control and oversight," are located in the following 21 countries:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, DRC, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.