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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
April 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

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike
Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Other Names

Christopher Reeve Foundation

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 82%

The percentage of Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $26

How many dollars Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation'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
83% $23
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

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Audited Financial Statements 22-2939536
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation IRS Form 990 22-2939536
Entity: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 22-2939536
Entity: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 22-2939536

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?
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Peter Wilderotter President/CEO $330,202
2 Margaret Goldberg VP, Policy & Programs $207,170
3 Susan Howley Executive VP, Research $190,359
Name: Peter Wilderotter
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $330,202
Name: Margaret Goldberg
Title: VP, Policy & Programs
Compensation: $207,170
Name: Susan Howley
Title: Executive VP, Research
Compensation: $190,359

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 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 6, Direct Mail Program):

"The Foundation conducts a Direct Mail Program (the 'Program'), the purpose of which is to increase public awareness and support for the Foundation's mission to provide research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and improve the quality of life of those affected. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Program generated revenues of $804,570 and $863,193, respectively...and expenses of $389,508 and $325,229, respectively..."

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