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Population Council

CharityWatch report issued
March 2023

Top-Rated Charity
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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

Generates ideas, produces evidence, and designs solutions to improve the lives of underserved populations around the world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 79%

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: $1

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

Governance & Transparency

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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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Julia Bunting Thring President $475,630
2 James E. Sailer VP/Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Research $378,366
3 Annabel Erulkar Senior Associate/Country Director $343,919
Name: Julia Bunting Thring
Title: President
Compensation: $475,630
Name: James E. Sailer
Title: VP/Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Research
Compensation: $378,366
Name: Annabel Erulkar
Title: Senior Associate/Country Director
Compensation: $343,919

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 consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 2(k), Concentration of Support):

"During 2021 and 2020, approximately $7.6 million and $10.8 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 42% of the revenue in both 2021 and 2020, respectively."

According to The Population Council consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 16, Deferred Revenue):

"The Population Council was granted $2,000,000 and $4,181,900 under the Paycheck Protection Program 'PPP' administered by a Small Business Administration (SBA) approved partner in 2021 and 2020, respectively. The loans are uncollateralized and are fully guaranteed by the Federal government. As of December 31, 2021, the $2 million received through the PPP2 program is recorded as deferred revenue in accordance with guidance for conditional contributions. The Population Council has identified associated eligible expenses incurred in 2021 during the covered period. The Council expects to file its forgiveness application within the 10-month statutory limit.

"In 2021 the Council received from [the] SBA a Notice of Payment [sic] Protection Program Forgiveness Payment for a full amount of the PPP1 loan. Based on that Notice, the $4,181,990 [sic] loan received in 2020 was recognized within grants and contributions revenue in the 2021 [audited] consolidated statement of activities."

According to The Population Council consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 17, Commitments and Contingencies):

"On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the novel strain of coronavirus (COVID 19) a global pandemic. The full impact of the COVID 19 pandemic is continuing to evolve as of the date of this report [July 11, 2022]. As a result of the pandemic the Council's offices are still operating either fully remote, or in a hybrid mode, depending on the situation in each particular country. This is slowing down the Council's programs' implementation and, in turn, affects the revenue numbers. There are still many uncertainties associated with the pandemic, including the effect on the awarding organization which funds our programs."

According to The Population Council consolidated audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 18, Subsequent Events):

"On March 1, 2022 the Board of Trustees authorized management to enter into an Asset Purchase/Funding Agreement with the 'International Partnership for Microbicides, Inc.' (IPM) and delegate to the Executive Committee oversight and approval of it. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the Council will obtain the majority of IPM's assets and liabilities. The agreement is expected to be executed in Q3 2022.

"The Council evaluated subsequent events from the consolidated balance sheet date of December 31, 2021 through July 11, 2022, which was the date the [audited] consolidated financial statements were available to be issued and determined that no additional disclosures are required."

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