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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Center for Constitutional Rights

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Year, State Incorporated:
1966, New Jersey
Stated Purpose:
" Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights demonstrations in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16 : Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

  • The organization's annual report does not identify the total amount spent for each of its major program activities.
  • The organization's annual report does not identify the total fund raising expense for the past fiscal year.
  • The organization's annual report does not identify the total administrative expense for the past fiscal year.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. E. Vincent Warren, CEO
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Catherine Albisa
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Executive Director
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.


The Center for Constitutional Rights provides legal advocacy and education in the field of constitutional and human rights. The organization advocates in support of the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees, subjects of extraordinary renditions, and ghost detainees. Other advocacy issues include racial, gender, and economic justice, corporate human rights abuse, international law and accountability, prison justice, immigrant rights, surveillance and material support, and political dissent. The Center also offers a political fellowship program, and youth outreach.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 17.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,897,652, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)


The following information is based on CCR's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Grants and Contributions


Court awards and attorney fees


Net realized on investment ransactions


Net investment income


Other income


In-kind contributions


Total Income


Program Expenses  



Education and outreach

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative 10% 
Roll the cursor over the pie chart to see the dollar amounts.

Beginning net assets $7,300,365
Ending net assets 6,324,820
Total liabilities 1,228,122

Total assets


Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


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