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National Women's Law Center

CharityWatch report issued
August 2018

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
11 Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Other Names

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 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 78%

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
80% $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 IRS Form 990 52-1213010
National Women's Law Center & Action Fund Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: National Women's Law Center
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1213010
Entity: National Women's Law Center & Action Fund
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.
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 Nancy Campbell Co-President $491,238
2 Marcia D. Greenberger Co-President $483,749
3 Fatima Goss Graves VP, Education & Employment $217,442
Name: Nancy Campbell
Title: Co-President
Compensation: $491,238
Name: Marcia D. Greenberger
Title: Co-President
Compensation: $483,749
Name: Fatima Goss Graves
Title: VP, Education & Employment
Compensation: $217,442

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.
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) announced the launch of the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund on January 1, 2018. According to the NWLC website:

"The TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women's Law Center Fund LLC, a subsidiary of NWLC, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. ... Donations to the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund are tax deductible through the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or through the National Women's Law Center..."

[Click on the "Articles & Alerts" tab (above) for a link to the NWLC January 1, 2018 press release announcing the launch of the "Time's Up" campaign.]
CharityWatch's rating of National Women's Law Center is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #52-1213010), based on its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

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 only $15,081 in total revenue and support in fiscal 2017, according to its audited Statement of Activities for the year ended June 30, 2017.

CharityWatch issues separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their different treatment 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) audited Statement of Activities for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, NWLC received in-kind donated goods and services on which it placed a value of $2,504,232.

"The Organization receives donations of both external and in-house services of attorneys, legal fellows, law students and other professionals. The Organization also receives donations of other goods and services," according to audit Note 1, Donated Goods and Services.

[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.]

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