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People for the American Way Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
October 2023

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

People for the American Way Foundation
1101 15th Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of first amendment freedoms and democratic values.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

*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.
People for the American Way Foundation
does not meet governance benchmarks.
People for the American Way Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.

CharityWatch Governance Concerns

See Analysts' Notes for Explanation
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
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Unable to Provide Salaries

See Analysts' Notes for explanation.

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 People for the American Way Foundation (PFAW) at this time due to the charity's failure to respond to CharityWatch's request for its fiscal 2022 audited financial statements and IRS Form 990. For this reason, we have issued PFAW a "?" rating for its fiscal year-ended 12/31/2022.

CharityWatch sent inquiries to PFAW's COO via email on 9/8/2023, and again via U.S. mail on 9/15/2023, and has not received a response as of the date of this update on 10/12/2023. Additionally, CharityWatch attempted to locate financials for the charity's fiscal year-ended 12/31/2022 in several online public databases, including the online databases of state attorneys general and secretaries of state, but was unsuccessful. If PFAW responds to CharityWatch's questions at a future date, we may update PFAW's rating at that time.

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