Mission: TO REPRESENT THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ON-PREMISE ALCOHOL AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BY PROVIDING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO ALCOHOL CONSUM ... (More)

AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE is a 501(c)(6) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1992, and donations may or may not be tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  abionline.org

 1090 VERMONT AVE NW STE 800
WASHINGTON DC 20005-4961


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Moderate Concern Advisory for:
AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE

During our analysis of American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2011 Form 990, the document revealed the following:

  • The majority of the American Beverage Institute's functional expenses were paid to its CEO Richard Berman's for-profit management company, Berman and Company. The document revealed that out of total expenses of $1.72 million, $1.35 million were paid to Berman and Company for "staff[ing] and operat[ing] the day-to-day activities" of the charity. (See Page 8 Part VII, Page 10 Part IX, and Schedule L)

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2012 and FYE 12/2013 Forms 990, the documents revealed the following:

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2014 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:

  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2014 990, Page 8)

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2015 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:

  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2015 990, Page 8)

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2016 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:

  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2016 990, Page 8)

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2017 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:

  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2017 990, Page 8)

During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2018 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:

  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2018 990, Page 8)

We find the practice of a charity contracting for management services with a business owned by that charity's CEO atypical when compared to how other charities operate. We have reached out to American Beverage Institute for further clarification, but have not received an adequate explanation and have thus issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory.


The nature of the atypical financial reporting issues identified are such that Charity Navigator has issued this CN Advisory to provide donors with information that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated because it is not a 501(c)(3) IRS registered nonprofit

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Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available


Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



PETE MADLAND, SEC/TREASURER/DIRECTOR

$250


PAUL AVERY, DIRECTOR

$250


KERISSA HOLLIS, DIRECTOR

$250


ELLEN KOTEFF, DIRECTOR

$250


STAN NOVACK, DIRECTOR

$250


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2018

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Business promotion (chamber of commerce, business league, etc. (BMF activity code: 200)


Foundation Status:

All organizations except 501(c)(3) (BMF foundation code: 00)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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Spent in most recent FY

Not applicable

Percent of program expenses


OPPOSED EFFORTS TO LOWER THE LEGAL DRUNK DRIVING LIMIT FROM 0.08 TO 0.05. ABI CONTINUED A MAJOR CAMPAIGN IN UTAH TO PUSH BACK AGAINST THE ALREADY PASSED .05 LAW. THESE EFFORTS INCLUDED PRESS RELEASES, ... (More)


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Spent in most recent FY

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Percent of program expenses


WROTE AND SUBMITTED PRESS RELEASES AND OPINION EDITORIALS ON LOWERING THE DRUNK DRIVING LIMIT TO 0.05-AS WELL AS ON OTHER ISSUES LIKE ALCOHOL AND HEALTH, TARIFFS, AND ALCOHOL SELLING RESTRICTIONS. DEV ... (More)


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Spent in most recent FY

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Percent of program expenses


RESEARCHED, COMPILED, AND DISTRIBUTED REGULAR ISSUE UPDATE EMAILS TO BUSINESS LEADERS IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY. PREPARED ANALYSES ON EFFORTS BY ACTIVISTS TO DEMONIZE MODERATE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION. H ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

Not Currently Scored

AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

AMERICAN BEVERAGE INSTITUTE is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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