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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

PERC

Improving environmental quality through markets

four stars

90.05

2048 Analysis Drive Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
tel: (406) 587-9591   Web Site
EIN: 81-0393444

Board Leadership
Loren Bough
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Reed Watson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.05 four stars
  Financial 86.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

86.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
71.1%
  Administrative Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.15
  Program Expenses Growth 2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PERC on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PERC on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PERC (MT) 90.05 four stars
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MN) 95.53 four stars
Trustees for Alaska (AK) 86.75 three stars
Coming Clean (VT) 85.32 three stars
Western Environmental Law Center (OR) 88.64 three stars

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PERC - the Property and Environment Research Center - is the nation's oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through markets and property rights. Research is at the heart of PERC's work followed by outreach and education. Formed in 1980, PERC applies economic thinking to environmental problems. Research and policy analysis will remain a cornerstone of PERC's agenda. Current topics of research include public lands management, water marketing, timber, endangered species, fisheries preservation, conservation easements, environmental entrepreneurship, and land use issues. Located in Bozeman Montana, PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism (FME).

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,798,824
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,798,824
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,798,824
   Other Revenue $31,211
TOTAL REVENUE $1,830,035
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,771,993
   Administrative Expenses $352,807
   Fundraising Expenses $231,997
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,356,797
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-526,762
   
Net Assets $4,653,191

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
Research $1,107,782 62.5%
Outreach $357,579 20.2%
Applied Programs $306,632 17.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 12/01/2016 90.05 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.95 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 10/01/2015 83.87 three stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 77.77 two stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 82.29 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 82.06 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 94.13 four stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 81.03 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 90.48 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 92.24 four stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 87.86 three stars
2007-12 10/01/2008 66.64 one star
2006-12 10/01/2007 77.41 two stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 79.21 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 81-0393444
Name in IRS Master File POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH CENTER INC
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 June, 1981
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$152,500 6.47% Lawrence Reed Watson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$135,850 5.76% Terry L. Anderson Former President, Senior Fellow

PERC - the Property and Environment Research Center - is the nation's oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through markets and property rights. Research is at the heart of PERC's work followed by outreach and education. Formed in 1980, PERC applies economic thinking to environmental problems. Research and policy analysis will remain a cornerstone of PERC's agenda. Current topics of research include public lands management, water marketing, timber, endangered species, fisheries preservation, conservation easements, environmental entrepreneurship, and land use issues. Located in Bozeman Montana, PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism (FME).

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PERC (MT) 90.05 four stars
Group for the East End (NY) 90.06 four stars
Wyoming Outdoor Council (WY) 85.22 three stars
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 90.49 four stars
Ceres (MA) 94.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

PERC
2048 Analysis Drive
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
tel: (406) 587-9591
EIN: 81-0393444

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Board Leadership

Loren Bough
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Reed Watson
Executive Director

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