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Native American Rights Fund

CharityWatch report issued
August 2018

Top-Rated Charity
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Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
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Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Native American Rights Fund
1506 Broadway
Boulder , CO 80302

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Construct the foundations that are necessary to empower tribes so that they can continue to live according to their native traditions, enforce their treaty rights and protect their sovereignty.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2017

Program Percentage: 74%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Native American Rights Fund 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
Native American Rights Fund IRS Form 990 84-0611876
Native American Rights Fund Audited Financial Statements 84-0611876
Native American Rights Fund New York State Form CHAR500 84-0611876
Entity: Native American Rights Fund
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 84-0611876
Entity: Native American Rights Fund
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 84-0611876
Entity: Native American Rights Fund
Document Type: New York State Form CHAR500
Tax ID: 84-0611876

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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Native American Rights Fund
meets governance benchmarks.
Native American Rights Fund
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 John Echohawk Executive Director $255,172
2 Kim Gottschalk Litigation Management Committee $225,593
3 Steven Moore Attorney $223,917
Name: John Echohawk
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $255,172
Name: Kim Gottschalk
Title: Litigation Management Committee
Compensation: $225,593
Name: Steven Moore
Title: Attorney
Compensation: $223,917

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 Native American Rights Fund (NARF) audit of September 30, 2017 (Note 15, Subsequent Events):

"In October 2017, NARF received a donation to purchase land in Texas. Once the land is purchased by NARF, it will be contributed to a newly-formed not-for-profit organization to manage the land and associated efforts to preserve the culture and education of the Native American people which have a unique and particular interest in the lands of South Texas."
According to the Native American Rights Fund audit of September 30, 2017 (Note 13, Significant Estimates and Concentrations):

"Approximately 58% of all contributions received were from two donors in 2017."

According to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, NARF reports that "$23,761,360 of contributions revenue [was received] from approximately 30 tribal governments" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

[The $23,761,360 noted above represents about 85% of the total contributions and grants reported on NARF's fiscal 2017 Form 990 Statement of Revenue (Part VIII, line 1h).]
According to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) audit of September 30, 2017 (Note 14, Related-party Transactions):

"During the years ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, NARF used the services of a consulting agency that is owned by a relative of NARF's executive management. Payments to the consulting agency amounted to $55,000 and $60,000, respectively..."

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