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Population Council

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

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

Population Council
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 84%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

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


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The Population Council IRS Form 990 13-1687001
The Population Council Audited Financial Statements 13-1687001
Entity: The Population Council
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1687001
Entity: The Population Council
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1687001

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.
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Population Council
meets governance benchmarks.
Population Council
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Julia Bunting President $533,300
2 Ann K. Blanc VP, Social & Behavioral Science Research $353,516
3 James E. Sailer VP/Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Research $336,009
Name: Julia Bunting
Title: President
Compensation: $533,300
Name: Ann K. Blanc
Title: VP, Social & Behavioral Science Research
Compensation: $353,516
Name: James E. Sailer
Title: VP/Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Research
Compensation: $336,009

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 Population Council audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 2(k), Concentration of Support):

"During 2018 and 2017, approximately $30.8 million and $29.2 million, respectively, of the Council's grants were funded directly by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...

"The three largest funding sources, one U.S. government agency, one foreign agency and one private foundation constitute 48% of the total Council's revenue in 2018..."

According to The Population Council audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 2(j), Royalties):

"Royalties from license agreements are recognized in accordance with the conditions of each agreement. A milestone payment of $20 million tied to a product licensing agreement was recognized as revenue in 2018."

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