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National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund

CharityWatch report issued
September 2021

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
1446 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314-3403

Other Names

National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Educates the public about abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and other related issues within the scope of bioethics.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 04/30/2020

*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 Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
does not meet governance benchmarks.
National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Brian Johnston Director $135,656
2 David N. O'Steen Executive Director $135,617
3 Darla St. Martin Co-Executive Director $124,596
Name: Brian Johnston
Title: Director
Compensation: $135,656
Name: David N. O'Steen
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $135,617
Name: Darla St. Martin
Title: Co-Executive Director
Compensation: $124,596

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 is unable to provide a letter grade rating of National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund (the Fund) at this time and has issued it a "?" rating for its fiscal year ended April 30, 2020 for reasons that include following:

(1) Although the Fund's tax filing for the fiscal year ended 04/30/2020 reports that its financial statements for fiscal 2020 were audited by an independent accountant, the Fund has not made these audited financial statements publicly available from online sources (as of 09/17/2021).

(2) As of 09/17/2021, the Fund has not responded to CharityWatch's 08/24/2021 letter requesting its most recent audited financial statements, nor has it responded to similar requests made by CharityWatch in recent prior years.

(3) As of 09/17/2021, CharityWatch did not find for the Fund a currently active charitable organization registration on any of the state Attorney General or Secretary of State websites with online searchable databases that typically contain copies of charity audits. (For example, the Fund's registry status in California was revoked as of 09/21/2017; its status in Colorado expired on 12/15/2013; its status in North Carolina expired on 09/15/2013.)

(4) The independent auditors for the Fund's 501(c)(4) related organization, National Right to Life Committee, issued an "Adverse Opinion" audit for the Committee's fiscal year-ended April 30, 2020 financial statements. The Report of Independent Auditors, dated September 26, 2020, states that the audited financial statements of the National Right to Life Committee for the years ended April 30, 2020 and 2019 "do not present fairly, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America...since they do not include all of its inter-related entities." One of the "inter-related entities" is the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund. The Fund reports transaction amounts for leases and reimbursements for expenses involving the Committee that total over $1.1 million, according to its fiscal 2020 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule R, Part V).

CharityWatch also issued National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund a "?" rating based on its 2017, 2015, and 2014 fiscal years for reasons similar to those noted above.

According to the National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund tax filing for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2020, the Fund reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons a transaction in the amount of $22,250 paid to 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, Part IV).

[The Executive Director is David N. O'Steen; his reported total compensation, including compensation from related organizations, is $135,617 (IRS Form 990, Part VII, Section A).]