EIN 52-1263996

Public Citizen Foundation

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The Public Citizen Foundation is a non-profit consumer rights organization. The Foundation's mission is to work for consumer rights through public information and education, litigation, and research. The Foundation is active in all public forums - Co...
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Program areas at Public Citizen Foundation

Congress watch - congress watch provides information to the Public on the influence of special interest dollars that corrupt the political process and on corporate welfare expenditures that lard the federal budget; on a wide range of consumer protection measures, including health and safety standards, access to the courts, and financial services regulation.
Energy program - the energy program provides information to the publicon the threat of catastrophic climate change, the dangers of nuclearand fossil fuels, and the opportunities available to advance energyefficiency and develop renewable energy sources.
Public information and education - the Foundation is active in every Public forum - congress, the courts, government agencies, and the news media. The Foundation believes that full disclosure of government information empowers citizens and consumers. All of the Foundation's communication and outreach efforts aim to make information about health care, transportation, climate change, international trade, nuclear waste and reactor safety, renewable energy, government and corporate accountability and related issues accessible to ordinary citizens. If necessary, the Foundation uses the courts to en
Health research group - the health research group fights for safe foods, drugs, and medical devices; for universal access to quality health care; and for full disclosure of information that will empower consumers and inform their personal health care decisions.
Litigation group - litigation group attorneys have argued landmark lawsuits on behalf of citizens in federal and state courts across the country. Their efforts to represent principled, rather than profitable, positions in legal disputes have preserved the vital checks and balances of the separation of powers in the federal government, prevented the destruction of presidential records, and forced regulatory agencies to issue important health and safety standards.
Pc Texas - pc Texas informs texans on important energy, trade, campaign finance reform, ethics, transportation, and utility issues.
Global trade watch - acting on its belief that so called "free trade" treaties cost u.s. jobs, reduce wages, undermine our democratic rights, and jeopardize health, safety, and the environment, global trade watch provides information to the Public on the damaging impact of the corporate push for globalization through treaties such as the north american free trade agreement (nafta) and the world trade organization (wto) agreements.
Access to medicines - Public Citizen's access to medicines group works with partners worldwide to improve health outcomes and save lives, through use of pharmaceutical cost-lowering measures including generic competition. They help civil society groups and Public agencies overcome patent-based and other drug monopolies. Their work challenges big pharma's economic and political power.
Publications - the Foundation publishes books, periodicals, special reports, and expert commentary on current issues in health and safety, the law, energy policy, climate change, transportation, and government and corporate accountability. This information is available to the Public.

Grants made by Public Citizen Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Americans for Financial Reform Education FundReducing Fossil-Fuel Finance Through Financial Regulation$513,650
Stand Up AmericaFederal Democracy Reforms, Defending Attacks on Elections$80,000
Democracy 21 Education FundFederal Democracy Reforms, Defending Attacks on Elections, Work on Trumpwatch Project and Small Donor Revolution Project$75,000
...and 11 more grants made

Who funds Public Citizen Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Tides FoundationHealthy Individuals and Communities$1,080,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$415,769
The Perls Foundation Katherine Perls Et Al TrusteesTo Support Work in the Area of Access To Medicines. $100,000 of the Grant Is Restricted To the Foundation's Work in Latin America.$343,750
...and 56 more grants received totalling $4,096,267

Personnel at Public Citizen Foundation

Joseph StoshakChief Financial Officer$57,119
Sidney M. WolfeFounder, Senior Adviser$151,770
Robert WeissmanPresident$156,918
Lisa GilbertLeg Affairs Dir and Exec Vice President / Legislative Affairs Director$99,925
Allison ZieveDirector$121,183
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for Public Citizen Foundation

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$14,828,552
Program services$1,573,101
Investment income and dividends$1,353,525
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$68,381
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$851,541
Net income from fundraising events$650
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$1,851
Total revenues$18,677,601

Form 990s for Public Citizen Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-092021-04-06990View PDF
2019-092020-08-19990View PDF
2018-092019-06-19990View PDF
2017-092018-03-14990View PDF
2016-092017-08-08990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 14, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $1,000 from Rudolph Joseph Foundation
October 10, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 17 new grant, including a grant for $1,309,640 from Tides Foundation
October 2, 2021
Received grants
Identified 23 new grant, including a grant for $251,000 from Community Foundation of Louisville
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General information
1600 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 588-1000
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NTEE code, primary
W00: Public Policy, Public Services Institutions: General
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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