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Council of Independent Colleges

Advancing independent higher education and its leadership

three stars

86.56

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 466-7230   Web Site
EIN: 01-6004776

Board Leadership
MaryAnn Baenninger
Chair

CEO
Richard Ekman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.56 three stars
  Financial 84.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1956, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC is not a lobbying organization, but rather focuses on providing services to campus leaders as well as seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.

Founded in 1956, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC is not a lobbying organization, but rather focuses on providing services to campus leaders as well as seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.

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Financial

three stars

84.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.1%
  Administrative Expenses 22.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.56
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council of Independent Colleges on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council of Independent Colleges on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Council of Independent Colleges (DC) 86.56 three stars
Afterschool Alliance (DC) 91.45 four stars
New Profit (MA) 88.22 three stars
Excelencia in Education (DC) 87.62 three stars
Council for Educational Change (FL) 85.92 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,670,935
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,281,289
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $25,000
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,977,224
   Program Service Revenue $1,709,039
Total Primary Revenue $11,686,263
   Other Revenue $12,155,409
TOTAL REVENUE $23,841,672
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,693,574
   Administrative Expenses $3,351,973
   Fundraising Expenses $215,956
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,261,503
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,580,169
   
Net Assets $54,146,223

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
Institutional Development Programs $6,097,442 57.0%
Conferences and Other Events $1,890,292 17.7%
Leadership Development $1,657,575 15.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 86.56 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 87.42 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 79.67 two stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 86.15 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.36 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 90.45 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 92.74 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 92.88 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 92.79 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.89 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 86.87 three stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 87.11 three stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 85.88 three stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 85.10 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 80.07 three 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 01-6004776
Name in IRS Master File COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 September, 1957
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$738,996 5.18% Richard Ekman President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Council of Independent Colleges (DC) 86.56 three stars
Center for Collaborative Education (MA) 90.41 four stars
New Visions for Public Schools (NY) 96.64 four stars
Campaign for College Opportunity (CA) 86.56 three stars
Healthy Schools Campaign (IL) 86.73 three stars

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Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 466-7230
EIN: 01-6004776

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Board Leadership

MaryAnn Baenninger
Chair

CEO

Richard Ekman
President

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