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Mental Health America (MHA)

CharityWatch report issued
April 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

Mental Health America (MHA)
500 Montgomery Street
Suite 820
Alexandria, VA 22314

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification & intervention for those at risk; and integrated care, services & support for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 79%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars Mental Health America (MHA) 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
Mental Health America IRS Form 990 13-1614906
Mental Health America Audited Financial Statements 13-1614906
Entity: Mental Health America
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1614906
Entity: Mental Health America
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1614906

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?
Mental Health America (MHA)
meets governance benchmarks.
Mental Health America (MHA)
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 No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Paul Gionfriddo President/CEO $236,018
2 Jessica Kennedy VP of Finance $116,696
3 Erin Wallace Chief Communications Officer $116,264
Name: Paul Gionfriddo
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $236,018
Name: Jessica Kennedy
Title: VP of Finance
Compensation: $116,696
Name: Erin Wallace
Title: Chief Communications Officer
Compensation: $116,264

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 Mental Health America (MHA) does not include the mental health associations affiliated with MHA.

According to the MHA audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 1 re: Affiliates):

"Each of the mental health associations affiliated with MHA elects its own Board of Directors, conducts service programs independent of MHA and maintains its own financial accounts. Accordingly, due to lack of control, the financial statements of MHA do not include the accounts and activities of these affiliated organizations. MHA made grants to and received dues from affiliates, which totaled $118,217 and $237,279, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2018."

According to the Mental Health America (MHA) audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 10, Commitments, Employment agreement): 

"MHA has entered into an executive employment agreement with the President/Chief Executive Officer, with an expiration date of December 31, 2023. Under certain circumstances, upon early termination of this agreement, MHA is obligated for six months of base pay as a severance."

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