EIN 13-4174402

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

IRS 501(c) type
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FDD conducts independent research, education, and analyses on national security and international terrorism to safeguard democracy.
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Program areas at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Research: Provides research on national security, international relations, terrorism, and related issues on a timely basis and in response to the political and societal environment.
Iran Threat: Provides policy research, analysis, and education addressing Iran's support for terrorism and the pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Communications and Government Relations: Educates the general public and policy audiences on issues related to national security, international relations, terrorism, and other issues related to the defense of democratic societies and institutions.
Center on Economic and Financial Power: Examines how democracies can use sanctions as economic coercion, deter illicit finance, and defend themselves against economic warfare.
Center on Military and Political Power: Promotes understanding of the defense strategies, policies, and capabilities necessary to deter and defeat threats to the freedom, security, and prosperity of Americans and our allies by providing rigorous, timely, and relevant research and analysis.
Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation: Aims to promote a greater understanding of the threats and opportunities to national security posed by the rapidly expanding technological environment.
Conducts research: Conduct research and analysis of certain groups and nations that may cause harm to the US or other democratic allies.
Education and Training Programs: Provide mentoring, skill-building workshops, roundtables, and travel opportunities to mid-career professionals working in various aspects of national security and public policy.

Who funds Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Marcus FoundationTo Support the Exempt Purpose of the Recipient Organization$5,250,000
National Philanthropic TrustInternational$3,866,500
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$2,324,700
...and 88 more grants received totalling $21,359,344

Personnel at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Mark DubowitzChief Executive Officer / Executive Director / President / Treasurer and Secretary / Secretary and Treasurer$771,682
William McCarthyChief Operating Officer / Senior Vice President$537,597
Georgianna SheaChief Technologist$242,413
John LeaveyVice President of Security$205,230
Kathryn E HelmanVice President , Finance / Senior Director of Finance$200,910
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$17,850,316
Program services$331,347
Investment income and dividends$114,262
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$121,893
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$117
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$6,137
Total revenues$18,424,072

Form 990s for Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-27990View PDF
2021-122022-11-02990View PDF
2020-122021-10-18990View PDF
2019-122021-02-22990View PDF
2018-122019-12-26990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 48 new grant, including a grant for $5,250,000 from Marcus Foundation
January 19, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 18, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
December 30, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
November 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 7 new grant, including a grant for $125,000 from Progress Charitable Foundation de
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsInternational-focused organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Foreign affairsWorld peace
Political advocacyLobbyingOperates internationallyNational levelTax deductible donations
General information
1800 M St NW 800s
Washington, DC 20036
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 207-0190
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
Q40: International Peace and Security
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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