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National Organization for Women (National Office)

CharityWatch report issued
April 2022

D
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
47%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$40
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Organization for Women (National Office)
1100 H Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

Other Names

NOW

Tax Status

501(c)4

Website

www.now.org

Stated Mission

To take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals and lead societal change.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2020

Program Percentage: 47%

The percentage of National Organization for Women (National Office)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$4,900,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $40

How many dollars National Organization for Women (National Office) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$3,500,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

National Organization for Women (National Office)'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
62% $19
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
National Organization for Women IRS Form 990 23-7094479
National Organization for Women Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Entity: National Organization for Women
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7094479
Entity: National Organization for Women
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple

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.
National Organization for Women (National Office)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
National Organization for Women (National Office)
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Toni Van Pelt Past President $336,410
2 Christian F. Nunes President $160,463
3 Janice E. Erickson Government Relations Director $114,701
1
Name: Toni Van Pelt
Title: Past President
Compensation: $336,410
2
Name: Christian F. Nunes
Title: President
Compensation: $160,463
3
Name: Janice E. Erickson
Title: Government Relations Director
Compensation: $114,701

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 National Organization for Women (NOW), a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, does not include the financial activities of its local chapters.

According to the NOW consolidated audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 1, Organization):

"NOW Inc. has chartered over 250 state and local chapters across the United States. The chapters are independent entities with their own management, staff and finances. These [audited] consolidated financial statements do not include the accounts of any state or local chapters."


CharityWatch's rating of NOW also excludes the financial activities of its related 501(c)(3) public charity entity, National Organization for Women Foundation (tax ID #52-1477004), and its related political action committee (PAC), National Organization for Women Political Action Committee. The Foundation is not rated separately by CharityWatch at this time due to its smaller size relative to NOW. (The Foundation reported receiving approximately $1.9 million in contributions in 2020, according to the organizations' audited Consolidating Schedule of Activities.) CharityWatch does not rate PACs.


CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(4) & 501(c)(3) organizations, even when they are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page. For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs" in the "Articles & Alerts" section, below.

According to the National Organization for Women consolidated audit of December 31, 2020 (Consolidating Schedule of Activities & Note 2(l)(iii) re: In-kind contributions), the Organization received in-kind contributed legal services during 2020 on which it placed a total value of $153,880.

[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 National Organization for Women consolidated audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 9, Payroll Protection Program (PPP)):

"The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and generally covers eight weeks of payroll costs and may be forgiven entirely if the borrower meets certain conditions, such as staffing levels and spending a certain amount of funds on salaries and other qualifying expenditures during the qualified period. The Organization was approved for a loan under this program on April 29, 2020 in the amount of $90,339 with an interest rate of 1%. As of December 31, 2020, management determined that the conditions for loan forgiveness had been met and the full amount of the loan was recognized and included in government grant revenue in the accompanying [audited] consolidated statement of activities. The loan was forgiven in full on February 3, 2021."

According to the National Organization for Women consolidated audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 11, Commitments and contingency, Hotel commitments):

"The Organization has a contractual commitment with a hotel for its annual conference to be held in July 2022. The agreement contains a cancellation clause that increases as the actual date of the annual conference approaches. As of September 13, 2021, the potential cancellation fees were estimated to be $32,274, which consists of a minimum food and beverage fee and room cancellation fees."

According to the National Organization for Women consolidated audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 11, Commitments and contingency, Contingency):

"Beginning around March 2020, the COVID-19 virus was declared a global pandemic... Business continuity, Organization programs and funding sources could continue to be severely impacted for months or beyond as governments and their citizens take significant and unprecedented measures to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic. Management is carefully monitoring the situation and evaluating its options during this time. The Organization expects that it is reasonably possible that this matter will negatively impact its operating results. However, the related financial impact and duration cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. No adjustments have been made to these [audited] financial statements as a result of this uncertainty."


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