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Center of the American Experiment

Thinking Minnesota

two stars

76.71

8421 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 110
Golden Valley, MN 55426
tel: (612) 338-3605   Web Site
EIN: 36-3611426

Board Leadership
Rob Eibensteiner
Chairman

CEO
John H. Hinderaker
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.71 two stars
  Financial 86.41 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 70.00 two stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota's leading public policy organization. The Center is more than a think tank. It not only researches and produces papers on Minnesota's economy, education, health care, the family, employee freedom and state and local governance. It also crafts and proposes creative solutions that emphasize free enterprise, limited government, personal responsibility and government accountability. For more than 25 years, Center of the American Experiment has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota. It leads the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state.

Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota's leading public policy organization. The Center is more than a think tank. It not only researches and produces papers on Minnesota's economy, education, health care, the family, employee freedom and state and local governance. It also crafts and proposes creative solutions that emphasize free enterprise, limited government, personal responsibility and government accountability. For more than 25 years, Center of the American Experiment has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota. It leads the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state.

Financial

three stars

86.41

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

70.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
81.2%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.64
  Program Expenses Growth 24.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center of the American Experiment on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center of the American Experiment on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center of the American Experiment (MN) 76.71 two stars
Livewell Colorado (CO) 89.50 three stars
The Independent Institute (CA) 94.30 four stars
Center for a New American Security (DC) 95.26 four stars
Reason Foundation (CA) 94.64 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,645,251
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $196,203
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,841,454
   Program Service Revenue $1,675
Total Primary Revenue $1,843,129
   Other Revenue $207
TOTAL REVENUE $1,843,336
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,351,592
   Administrative Expenses $68,100
   Fundraising Expenses $171,540
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,591,232
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $252,104
   
Net Assets $816,700

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Minnesota Economy Project $250,000 18.5%
Thinking Minnesota Magazine $220,000 16.3%
Employee Freedom Project $176,500 13.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 76.71 two stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 74.95 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-3611426
Name in IRS Master File CENTER OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT
NTEE Code O99
NTEE Classification Youth Development N.E.C.
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,000 6.28% John Hinderaker President
Other Salaries of Note
$149,910 9.42% Mitch Pearlstein Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center of the American Experiment (MN) 76.71 two stars
CLASP (DC) 94.57 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 90.60 four stars
Creative Commons (CA) 89.05 three stars
Encore.org (CA) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center of the American Experiment
8421 Wayzata Boulevard
Suite 110
Golden Valley, MN 55426
tel: (612) 338-3605
EIN: 36-3611426

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Board Leadership

Rob Eibensteiner
Chairman

CEO

John H. Hinderaker
President

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