The News Literacy Project

A future founded on facts

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The News Literacy Project

EIN: 27-4011343


The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy.

Ruling year info



Charles Salter

Main address

5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 440

Washington, DC 20015 USA

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Subject area info

Middle school education

Secondary education


Information and media literacy


Population served info





NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The crisis of disinformation is an emergency, as it threatens the very fabric of our democracy. Too many people lack news literacy skills and do not think there is anything they can do about the flood of disinformation polluting our information landscape. Educating and empowering the individual to be more discerning consumers of news and information (news literacy) is foundational to strengthening our democratic society. News literacy helps people civically engage in more meaningful, authentic and empowering ways while also helping people hold news media accountable. In fact, news literacy is a precondition of a modern democratic society. But it’s not a panacea and must be accompanied by a holistic societal approach to the challenges of disinformation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Checkology® virtual classroom

The Checkology virtual classroom ( is a free e-learning platform with engaging, authoritative lessons on subjects like news media bias, misinformation, conspiratorial thinking and more.

Learners develop the ability to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods.

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The Sift (, NLP’s free weekly newsletter for educators — delivered during the school year — explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses media and press freedom topics and discusses social media trends and issues. It also includes links, discussion prompts and activities for use in the classroom.

Population(s) Served

The News Literacy Project’s professional learning ( emphasizes teaching educators essential news literacy concepts they can integrate into the curriculum to provide their students with the abilities, knowledge and confidence to navigate an increasingly complex and ever-changing information landscape.

We offer compelling interactive workshops, on site or via webinar, for educators from a variety of subject area and grade levels, including librarians and technology/media specialists.

Whether you are new to the field of news literacy or want to expand the ways you integrate it into your curriculum, our professional learning offerings can meet your needs.

Population(s) Served

Modeled on The Sift newsletter for educators, Get Smart About News ( is our new free newsletter designed for the general public. It explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses media and press freedom topics and discusses social media trends and issues.

Population(s) Served

RumorGuard curates real-world examples of viral misinformation and provides a concise summary of published fact-checks, making clear for readers exactly what is true and is not. The site goes beyond traditional fact-checking efforts by also walking users through the process of evaluating how and why a rumor might be false. Each RumorGuard post takes readers through the facts behind a specific viral rumor, then breaks down the five factors that can be used to verify any claim: authenticity, source, evidence, context and reasoning.

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Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students registered for online courses

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students, Adolescents

Related Program

Checkology® virtual classroom

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision: News literacy is an integral part of American life, and people of all ages and backgrounds know how to identify credible news and other information and understand the indispensable role a free press has in a democracy, empowering them to play a more equal and active role in the civic life of the country.

Education Engagement: NLP will support and influence the emerging media literacy movement by promoting news literacy – teaching students how to think about news and information, not what to think – and by partnering with educators, administrators and policymakers to fuel a national movement in education that achieves necessary systemic change and prepares students of all backgrounds for active civic life.

Civic Engagement: NLP will raise the awareness and practice of news literacy all across the country – creating the social change in public thinking much like previous campaigns targeting littering, smoking and drunk driving – and empowering people to actively and collectively push back against the spread of disinformation.

Sustainability: NLP will demonstrate its programmatic effectiveness through a robust learning agenda and be financially supported at levels that enable the organization to continue to invest in talent and the innovative resource development needed to sustain the movement. To bolster this sustainability, NLP will also call on leaders in social media, news media, academia and corporate and philanthropic circles to play an active role in strengthening the national effort to combat disinformation.

NLP has been at the forefront of news literacy education since founder Alan Miller left the Los Angeles Times, where he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, to start NLP in 2008. Our staff members have backgrounds in fields such as education, journalism, communications and law, bringing diverse skills and perspectives together in a dedicated effort to provide engaging news literacy education on a widespread scale.

Since 2016, more than 345,000 students have used NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom, and the organization has engaged over 50,000 educators in all 50 states and more than 120 other countries. All told, educators using NLP resources and programs in the last year reached an estimated 2 million students.

NLP is poised to take on a more significant national presence as more school districts begin requiring news literacy education and as it continues to expand its work to reach adults. This strategic direction will enable NLP and its staff to focus on teaching people of all ages the news literacy skills they need to fully engage in the civic life of our country in meaningful and informed ways.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.53 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of The News Literacy Project’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,502 -$104,629 $453,994 $1,307,153 -$365,215
As % of expenses 3.0% -8.6% 26.3% 38.5% -9.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $14,349 -$163,282 $394,274 $1,248,870 -$492,466
As % of expenses 1.2% -12.8% 22.1% 36.2% -12.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,203,907 $1,398,355 $2,869,247 $9,385,705 $2,474,259
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.3% 16.2% 105.2% 0.0% -73.6%
Program services revenue 8.1% 10.4% 0.9% 1.2% 9.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.5% 0.2% 0.3% 0.3% 1.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 91.4% 89.4% 98.8% 100.6% 89.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -2.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,202,221 $1,217,930 $1,725,520 $3,392,720 $3,767,042
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.7% 1.3% 41.7% 0.0% 11.0%
Personnel 83.5% 75.8% 63.5% 68.0% 78.2%
Professional fees 7.6% 9.7% 19.3% 7.3% 5.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.9% 1.0% 2.2% 1.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 8.9% 13.5% 16.2% 22.5% 14.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,223,374 $1,276,583 $1,785,240 $3,451,003 $3,894,293
One month of savings $100,185 $101,494 $143,793 $282,727 $313,920
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $250,000 $0 $0 $233,759 $275,568
Total full costs (estimated) $1,573,559 $1,378,077 $1,929,033 $3,967,489 $4,483,781

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020
Months of cash 5.3 5.5 11.7 10.9 8.1
Months of cash and investments 5.3 5.5 11.7 10.9 9.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.1 0.1 3.0 7.8 6.1
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020
Cash $531,303 $555,770 $1,687,947 $3,073,020 $2,531,974
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $497,849
Receivables $42,655 $174,888 $170,200 $4,914,442 $3,634,453
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $293,265 $293,265 $324,444 $630,924 $905,426
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 11.6% 31.6% 46.7% 10.1% 21.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.2% 6.4% 4.0% 3.2% 7.2%
Unrestricted net assets $371,092 $207,810 $602,084 $2,759,006 $2,266,540
Temporarily restricted net assets $390,876 $675,930 $1,365,663 $5,536,813 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $390,876 $675,930 $1,365,663 $5,536,813 $4,590,781
Total net assets $761,968 $883,740 $1,967,747 $8,295,819 $6,857,321

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Charles Salter

Charles (Chuck) Salter joined the News Literacy Project as chief operating officer in 2018 and was named president and chief operating officer in 2019. He became NLP’s CEO on July 1, 2022. Prior to joining the team, he spent nearly two decades working in the education space – particularly to advance opportunity in under-resourced communities – as a teacher, school leader, teachers union president and as a senior executive with several national education organizations, including: Teach For America in California, New York and Nevada; the Bay Area After-School All-Stars in California; and as regional director, vice president and superintendent of schools with Lighthouse Academies, a national nonprofit charter management organization, where he managed a group of 6 schools outside of Chicago that enrolled more than 2,200 students. Before NLP, he was president and chief operating officer of BUILD Inc., a national youth entrepreneurship organization.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
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Board chair

Greg McCaffery

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

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