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National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
January 2023

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation
11250 Waples Mill Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

Other Names

Friends of NRA
NRA Foundation

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Support firearm-related public interest activities to defend & foster the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans; promote firearms & hunting safety; enhance marksmanship skills of shooting sports participants; and educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological & artistic context.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

*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.
National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation
does not meet governance benchmarks.
National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.

CharityWatch Governance Concerns

See Analysts' Notes for Explanation
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 Wayne R. LaPierre Ex-Officio $1,143,868
2 Tyler Schropp Executive Director $688,270
3 Craig B. Spray Treasurer $665,017
Name: Wayne R. LaPierre
Title: Ex-Officio
Compensation: $1,143,868
Name: Tyler Schropp
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $688,270
Name: Craig B. Spray
Title: Treasurer
Compensation: $665,017

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 a "?" rating for the National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation for its fiscal 2021 reporting year due to concerns related to its governance practices, which may impact the reliability of the NRA Foundation's financial reporting. CharityWatch has also issued a Governance Exception to the NRA Foundation due to the pending legal action brought by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, as well as the pending legal action against the NRA, a related organization, by the New York State Attorney General.

CharityWatch issues a separate rating for the National Rifle Association (NRA), a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization.

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