CharityWatch's rating of National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is for the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #52-0986195).
CharityWatch issues a separate rating for NRLC's related 501(c)(3) public charity, National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund.
The other NRLC interrelated organizations, which include the National Right to Life Political Action Committee, the National Right to Life Conventions, Inc., the National Right to Life Educational Foundation, Inc., and the National Right to Life Victory Fund, are not rated by CharityWatch, either due to their small size or their status as a political action committee (PAC). The related party transactions between the National Right to Life Committee and its interrelated organizations are included in Note 5 of the NRLC audited financial statements, which is cited in a separate Analysts' Note, below.
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According to the National Right to Life Committee audit of April 30, 2022 (Note 12, Management's Plans to Improve the Committee's Financial Condition):
"Over the previous three fiscal years, National Right to Life has undertaken a complete revamp of its membership and prospect fundraising programs, which has resulted in an increase in income and better cash flow, as well as an increase in new donors.
"The Management Fundraising Plan for FY 2021-2022 called for three planned mailings specifically to long-lapsed donors to reactivate them and bring them back onto the current donor file, as well as three direct mail campaigns to prospective donors and two phoning campaigns to prospective donors. As anticipated, these efforts resulted in the reactivation of 2,146 long-lapsed donors and the acquisition of 3,687 new donors, all of which allowed the organization to keep pace with its current list attrition rate.
"For FY 2022-2023, the budget approved by the board of directors includes building on these recent successes. The Development Department's program for FY 2022-2023 includes:
- Continue with a regular donor outreach schedule during the fiscal year that calls for at least eight mailings and two phoning campaigns to existing members...
- New segments of the long-lapsed donor file have been scored on their likelihood and capacity to give and those with the highest scores will be targeted...
- Three direct mail campaigns to prospective donors and two phoning campaigns to prospective donors...
- Continuation of two newsletter mailings to larger capacity donors geared toward long-term giving...
- Identify, using data appending services with our planned giving consultants, additional existing donors with the capacity for larger gifts and building relationships to increase their giving while working to identify new donors capable of making larger gifts.
- Continue to encourage and increase sustained (monthly) giving among new and existing members...
- Exploring new avenues for online fundraising to increase the number of donations received from online sources...
- Increase major gift giving capacity, including identifying and targeting past major donors for new approaches and outreach."
According to the National Right to Life Committee audit of April 30, 2022 (Note 5, Related Party Transactions):
"The Committee established the National Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) as a separate segregated fund. The administrative expenses of the PAC that are paid by the Committee total $267,745 and $205,492 for the years ended April 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively, and are included in the accompanying [audited] financial statements of the Committee.
"The Committee contributes cash and pays certain administrative costs of the National Right to Life Conventions, Inc. (Conventions). The amounts of the contributions are reported on the accompanying [audited] financial statements as an expense. The Committee paid for $10,544 and $9,700 in administrative costs for the years ended April 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. There was no Convention held during the year ended April 30, 2021.
"The Committee provides various administrative services and lobbying to the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund (the Trust) and is reimbursed by the Trust for the cost of the services. For the years ended April 30, 2022 and 2021, the cost of the administrative services provided was $404,950 and $494,586, respectively. In addition, the Committee and the Trust maintain combined operating bank accounts that are tracked separately. Total amounts due to the Trust from the Committee as of April 30, 2022 and 2021 is $2,215,773 and $2,494,803, respectively. These amounts are reported on the accompanying [audited] statements of financial position. Amounts due to the Trust are non-interest bearing...
"The Committee contributes cash and pays certain administrative expenses of the National Right to Life Victory Fund (Victory Fund). The amounts of contributions are reported on the accompanying [audited] financial statements as an expense. For the years ended April 30, 2022 and 2021, the Committee contributed $100,083 and $199,601, respectively, all of which was in the form of administrative assistance. In addition, the Committee contributed $1,400,000 in cash to the Victory Fund during the year ended April 30, 2021."
According to the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) tax filing for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2022, NRLC reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons a transaction in the amount of $52,298 involving David N. O'Steen, Jr. The relationship is reported as: "Related to the Executive Director." The transaction is described as: "Salary and benefits" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).
[The Executive Director is David N. O'Steen; his reported total compensation for calendar year 2021 is $135,189 (IRS Form 990, Part VII, Section A).]
According to the National Right to Life Committee and Its Interrelated Entities consolidated audit of April 30, 2022 (Note 15, Significant Uncertainties and Risks):
"The COVID-19 pandemic, whose effects first became known in January 2020, is having a broad and negative impact on commerce and financial markets around the world. Certain sectors of U.S. and global markets have experienced significant declines from uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The Organization is closely monitoring its investment portfolio and its liquidity and is actively working to minimize the impact of these declines. The extent of the impact of the pandemic on the Organization's operational and financial performance will depend on certain developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak and its impacts on the Organization's donors, employees and vendors, all of which, at present [September 27, 2022], cannot be determined. Accordingly, the extent to which the pandemic may impact the Organization's financial position, changes in net assets, and cash flow is uncertain, and the accompanying [audited] consolidated financial statements include no adjustments related to the effects of this pandemic.
"The Organization invests in various investment securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market, and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect the amounts reported on the [audited] consolidated statements of financial position."