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CharityWatch report issued
November 2021

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

4301 Wilson Blvd
Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203-1867

Other Names

NAMI National
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Dedicated to improving the lives of persons and their families living with serious mental illness.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2020

Program Percentage: 82%

The percentage of NAMI'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 NAMI 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
NAMI National IRS Form 990 43-1201653
NAMI National Audited Financial Statements 43-1201653
Entity: NAMI National
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 43-1201653
Entity: NAMI National
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 43-1201653

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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Daniel Gillison CEO $265,046
2 David Levy CFO $196,624
3 Andrew Sperling Director of Legislative & Policy Advocacy $187,924
Name: Daniel Gillison
Title: CEO
Compensation: $265,046
Name: David Levy
Title: CFO
Compensation: $196,624
Name: Andrew Sperling
Title: Director of Legislative & Policy Advocacy
Compensation: $187,924

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 NAMI National audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 1, Nature of Operations):

"Effective December 12, 2020, NAMI merged with NAMI National, an Arizona nonprofit corporation with a similar mission as NAMI, to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes... A merger agreement was signed subsequent to year-end on January 11, 2021. Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, NAMI National will continue to operate as the surviving organization, utilizing the assets and resources of NAMI."

According to the NAMI National audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 2 re: Revenue Recognition), NAMI reports receiving in-kind "donated services consisting of media, legal, and other professional services" in 2020 on which it placed a value of $684,029.

[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 NAMI National audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 13, Commitments and Contingencies, Employment Agreements):

"NAMI National entered an employment agreement with a new Chief Executive Officer, which commenced on January 20, 2020 and is scheduled to expire on January 19, 2023. The agreement contains terms that require severance payments upon the occurrence of certain contractual events."

According to the NAMI National audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 17, COVID-19 Pandemic):

"The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world has caused business disruption due to mandatory lockdowns implemented in most states in order to slow down the spread of virus. NAMI National's management has been monitoring the situation and implementing certain changes in its operations and upcoming events in order to mitigate the impact of this pandemic. While the disruption is currently expected to be temporary, there is considerable uncertainty around its duration, and the full financial impact cannot be reasonably estimated at this time."

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