Financial Reports

Investing in the Institute for Justice: Capitalizing the Fight for Liberty

The Institute for Justice has a well-deserved reputation for financial responsibility and careful stewardship of the funds our donors entrust to us.

In 2018—for the 17th consecutive year—IJ earned an “exceptional” designation and the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for our financial management, accountability and transparency. Less than one percent of the charities rated have received this distinction 17 years in a row. As Charity Navigator puts it: “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Institute for Justice from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

The Institute for Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-deductible. We rely solely on individuals and charitable foundations to provide the resources we need to defend the rights of our clients and thousands of others like them. IJ’s tax ID number is 52-1744337.

Key Financial Indicators


Breakdown of Support for IJ

  • 80% from individuals
  • 20% from foundations


FY18 Budget Breakdown

81%: Programs

8%: Development

11% Administration

$25 Million Budget in FY19


1,500 Partners giving $1,000 or more each year

Over 8,200 individual donors

= 25 donors

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