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Human Rights Campaign Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
July 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

Human Rights Campaign Foundation
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. Improves the lives of LGBTQ people by working to increase understanding and encouraging the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies & practices.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2017

Program Percentage: 71%

The percentage of Human Rights Campaign Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $13

How many dollars Human Rights Campaign Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Audited Combined Financial Statements Multiple
Human Rights Campaign Foundation IRS Form 990 52-1481896
Entity: Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Document Type: Audited Combined Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1481896

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?
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Human Rights Campaign 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 Mary Beth Maxwell Assistant VP $200,045
Name: Mary Beth Maxwell
Title: Assistant VP
Compensation: $200,045

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's rating of Human Rights Campaign Foundation is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #52-1481896).

CharityWatch provides a separate rating for Human Rights Campaign, the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #52-1243457).

CharityWatch issues separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when they are included together in a combined or consolidated audit, due to their different tax treatment by the IRS. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page.

For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, click on the "Articles & Alerts" tab (above), and read "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs."
According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year-ended March 31, 2017:

The Foundation reports receiving in-kind donated services and use of facilities on which it placed a value of $2,141,760 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI). The Foundation also reports receiving donated cars & other vehicles and donated software on which it placed a value of $40,528 and $79,333, respectively (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year-ended March 31, 2017, in response to the question of "whether (and if so, how) the organization made its governing documents, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements available to the public during the tax year" (IRS Form 990, Part VI, Section C, line 19), the Foundation reports:

"The Human Rights Campaign Foundation does not make its governing documents, conflict of interest [policy] and financial statements available to the public" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

[Note: Human Rights Campaign Foundation does currently post for download from its public website its IRS Form 990 filings and Audited Combined Financial Statements.]