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Negative Population Growth

CharityWatch report issued
September 2022

CharityWatch Grade
This rating has been downgraded from A- due to the charity having 19.0 years worth of available assets in reserve.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Large Asset Reserves

CharityWatch reduces the grade of any charity that has available assets equal to three to five years of operating expenses. Charities with "years of available assets" of more than five years receive an "F" grade regardless of other measurements. In CharityWatch's view, a reserve of less than three years is reasonable and does not affect a charity's grade. These reductions in grades are based solely on the charities' asset reserves as compared to budget. The CharityWatch definition of "years of available assets" includes funds currently available for the charity's use, including investments that the charity has set aside as a reserve but could choose to spend if it wanted to do so. Negative Population Growth's letter grade rating has been downgraded because it has 3 or more years of available assets.

See Our Process to learn more about how CharityWatch considers a charity’s asset reserves and the High Asset List for a list of charities whose ratings have been reduced due to high assets.

Contact Information

Negative Population Growth
2861 Duke St.
Suite 36
Alexandria, VA 22314

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To educate the American public and political leaders about the detrimental effects of overpopulation on our environment, resources, and quality of life.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 71%

The percentage of Negative Population Growth's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $4

How many dollars Negative Population Growth spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Negative Population Growth'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
81% $2
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
Negative Population Growth Audited Financial Statements 46-4868482
Negative Population Growth IRS Form 990 46-4868482
Entity: Negative Population Growth
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 46-4868482
Entity: Negative Population Growth
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 46-4868482

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.
Negative Population Growth
meets governance benchmarks.
Negative Population Growth
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Craig Michael Lewis Executive VP/Executive Director $128,062
Name: Craig Michael Lewis
Title: Executive VP/Executive Director
Compensation: $128,062

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.

According to the Negative Population Growth audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 10, Concentrations): "During the year ended December 31, 2021, one donor contributed 88% of total contributions revenue..."

According to the Negative Population Growth (NPG) 2021 tax filing, NPG reports re: unusual grants: "The Organization received an unusual grant from the estate of Peter L. Sheldon totaling $4,305,285 in 2021" (IRS Form 990, Schedule A, Part VI).

According to the Negative Population Growth (NPG) 2021 tax filing, NPG reports re: the existence of a family relationship among officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Part VI, line 2): "Don Mann and Sharon Marks - family relationship" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

Don Mann is reported as a director and an officer ("President (until 5/2021)"); Sharon Marks is reported as a director and "Program Assistant" (IRS Form 990, Part VII). NPG reports having six voting members on its board at year-end 2021, with three members being independent (IRS Form 990, Part VI, lines 1a & 1b).

According to the Negative Population Growth audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 11, Risk and uncertainties):

"The Organization invests in various investment securities that are exposed to different risks such as interest rate, credit and market volatility risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and such changes could materially affect the Organization's account balances and amounts reported in the [audited] Statement of Financial Position.

"As a result of the spread of the coronavirus ('COVID-19'), the Organization has experienced disruptions to daily operations and event cancellations. Economic uncertainties have arisen which could negatively impact contribution levels. Other financial impacts could occur though such potential impacts are unknown at this time."

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