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National Women's Law Center

CharityWatch report issued
August 2021

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Women's Law Center
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Other Names

Legal Network for Gender Equity
National Women's Law Center Fund
TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund

Tax Status




Stated Mission

To advance and protect women's legal rights; focuses on major policy areas of importance to women & their families including education, employment, family economic security, and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2020

Program Percentage: 84%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars National Women's Law Center spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

National Women's Law Center'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
85% $6
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 Women's Law Center & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
National Women's Law Center IRS Form 990 52-1213010
Entity: National Women's Law Center & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: National Women's Law Center
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1213010

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
National Women's Law Center
meets governance benchmarks.
National Women's Law Center
meets 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 Fatima Goss Graves President/CEO $436,478
2 Nancy L. Withbroe COO/Chief of Staff $306,412
3 Mary-Frances Wain Senior VP of External Affairs $284,366
Name: Fatima Goss Graves
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $436,478
Name: Nancy L. Withbroe
Title: COO/Chief of Staff
Compensation: $306,412
Name: Mary-Frances Wain
Title: Senior VP of External Affairs
Compensation: $284,366

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 Women's Law Center (NWLC) also includes the financial activities of National Women's Law Center Fund, LLC (the LLC), which are consolidated in the NWLC audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. Both NWLC and the LLC are 501(c)(3) public charities. All inter-entity balances and significant transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the NWLC website: "The Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund are housed and administered by the National Women's Law Center Fund, LLC..."

The rating does not include the financial activities of the National Women's Law Center Action Fund, a related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #46-0639645). At this time, CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for the National Women's Law Center Action Fund. The Action Fund reported less than $145,000 in total revenue and support in fiscal 2020, according to its audited Statement of Activities for the year ended June 30, 2020.

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities 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.

According to the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and National Women's Law Center Fund LLC (the Fund LLC) respective audited Statement of Activities for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, NWLC and the Fund LLC received in-kind donated goods and services in fiscal 2020 on which they placed a value of $5,449,337 and $656,588, respectively, for a combined total value of $6,105,925.

[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 Women's Law Center (NWLC) consolidated audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 7, Commitments and Contingencies, Collective Bargaining Agreement):

"On April 22, 2020, NWLC entered into a voluntary recognition process agreement with IFPTE Local 70/NPEU ('the Union') to recognize the Union as the collective bargaining representative of a group of NWLC's employees. The Bargaining Unit shall consist of the Employer's full-time (i.e., working at least 37.5 hours a week) and regular part-time (i.e., working at least 20 hours a week) employees, but excludes temporary employees (i.e., hired to work for less than 6 months); interns; and supervisors...managers, confidential employees and guards as defined by the National Labor Relations Act. The terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the Union are expected to be negotiated starting in 2021."

According to the National Women's Law Center consolidated audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 1 re: Subsequent Events):

"In preparing these [audited] consolidated financial statements, the Organization has evaluated events and transactions for potential recognition or disclosure through January 14, 2021, the date the consolidated financial statements were available to be issued.

"The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world has caused business disruption due to mandatory lockdowns implemented in most states in order to slow down the spread of virus. The Organization's management has been monitoring the situation and implementing certain changes in its operations and upcoming events in order to mitigate the impact of this pandemic, including cancelling certain events and transitioning to virtual operations. While the disruption is currently expected to be temporary, there is considerable uncertainty around its duration, and the full financial impact cannot be reasonably estimated at this time."

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