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CDC Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
May 2024

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

CDC Foundation
600 Peachtree St NE
Ste 1000
Atlanta, GA 30308

Other Names

National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster by forging effective partnerships between CDC and others to fight threats to health and safety.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2023

*Why a Question Mark Rating?

CharityWatch currently has concerns about this organization and/or is unable to provide complete rating information due to the organization's nondisclosure of financial information. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

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.
CDC Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
CDC Foundation
does not meet 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 Judith Monroe President / CEO $555,385
2 Monique Patrick COO $349,975
3 Lisa Waddell Past CMO $328,242
Name: Judith Monroe
Title: President / CEO
Compensation: $555,385
Name: Monique Patrick
Title: COO
Compensation: $349,975
Name: Lisa Waddell
Title: Past CMO
Compensation: $328,242

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 has issued the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation) a "?" rating for its fiscal year ended 6/30/2023 due to our specific concerns related to aspects of the charity's financial reporting.


CharityWatch analyzed the fiscal 2023 tax Form 990 and audited financial statements of CDC Foundation and contacted the organization via U.S. Mail on May 2, 2024, with questions about its financial reporting. As of May 17, 2024, the charity has not responded. As a result, CharityWatch is unable to conduct a meaningful evaluation of CDC Foundation to determine its program and fundraising efficiency and assign it a letter grade rating. 

In the above mentioned  letter to CDC Foundation's President & CEO, Dr. Judith Monroe, we asked the charity to provide some clarification about its government grants. Specifically, we asked for an explanation of the $15,580,749 discrepancy between the $153,843,184 in "Government grants (contributions)" reported in its IRS tax Form 990, and the $138,262,435 in "Federal grants" reported in its audited financial statements. While CDC Foundation may have reasonable justification for differences in line item reporting between its Form 990 and audit, it did not provide one to CharityWatch when asked. CharityWatch analyzes the sources of a charity's government grants to make determinations about its fundraising efficiency. In the absence of such information we are unable to confidently compute a fundraising efficiency ratio for CDC Foundation. 

We also asked the charity to provide a brief description of the activities included in its audit reporting of $23,502,835 in "Indirect cost recovery" revenue. Indirect cost recoveries typically consist of funds paid to a charity by the government to cover certain overhead costs a nonprofit incurs related to fulfilling the terms of a government grant. In order to compute a valid fundraising efficiency ratio for CDC Foundation, CharityWatch needs to make a determination as to whether this reported revenue should be treated as a contribution or as revenue received in exchange for services provided (program service revenue). CDC Foundation did not respond to our requests for a description of the activities included in this indirect cost recovery revenue.

Should CDC Foundation provide information to CharityWatch at a future date that will allow us to complete a meaningful evaluation of its financial activities for fiscal 2023 or a future year, we may update the charity's rating at that time. 

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