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Braver Angels

Contributing intellectually to strengthening families and civil society in the U.S. and the world

three stars

80.26

420 Lexington Avenue Room 300
New York, NY 10170
tel: (212) 246-3942   Web Site
EIN: 13-3400377

Board Leadership
Thomas K. Sylvester
Chair

CEO
David Blankenhorn
President, Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.26 three stars
  Financial 77.14 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 84.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization that contributes intellectually to healthy civil discourse in the US. Now going by Braver Angels, this organization seeks to depolarize American politics. Our work is rooted in grassroots organizing. From the grassroots however, our volunteer leaders (supported by a small staff) leverage Braver Angels programs and unique organizing structure to impact community life and American institutions.

Specifically, our efforts are focused on:
Grassroots
Academia
Media
Politics & Government

The root of our organizing, however, begins in the transformation of our attitudes towards each other. The foundation of all our activities is what we refer to as patriotic-empathy: the idea that our love for our country is shown by our concern for our fellow citizens.

The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization that contributes intellectually to healthy civil discourse in the US. Now going by Braver Angels, this organization seeks to depolarize American politics. Our work is rooted in grassroots organizing. From the grassroots however, our volunteer leaders (supported by a small staff) leverage Braver Angels programs and unique organizing structure to impact community life and American institutions.

Specifically, our efforts are focused on:
Grassroots
Academia
Media
Politics & Government

The root of our organizing, however, begins in the transformation of our attitudes towards each other. The foundation of all our activities is what we refer to as patriotic-empathy: the idea that our love for our country is shown by our concern for our fellow citizens.

Financial

two stars

77.14

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

84.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
75.0%
  Administrative Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 84.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Braver Angels on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Braver Angels on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Braver Angels (NY) 80.26 three stars
MassINC (MA) 87.72 three stars
Freedom Foundation (WA) 87.01 three stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 90.61 four stars
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 93.01 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $923,718
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $923,718
   Program Service Revenue $34,905
Total Primary Revenue $958,623
   Other Revenue $58
TOTAL REVENUE $958,681
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $690,874
   Administrative Expenses $84,734
   Fundraising Expenses $97,405
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $873,013
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $85,668
   
Net Assets $16,635

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
Family & Civic Values $557,408 80.7%
Public Education $133,466 19.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-02 12/23/2020 80.26 three stars
2019-02 12/01/2020 74.98 two stars
2019-02 11/01/2020 71.02 two stars
2018-02 03/01/2019 62.30 one star
2017-02 05/01/2018 65.73 one star
2016-02 06/01/2017 70.98 two stars
2015-02 07/01/2016 78.21 two stars
2014-02 06/01/2016 76.92 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-02 08/01/2015 73.28 two stars
2013-02 08/01/2014 77.02 two stars
2012-02 06/01/2013 85.01 three stars
2011-02 05/01/2012 83.69 three stars
2010-02 09/20/2011 82.48 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-02 06/01/2011 90.78 four stars
2009-02 07/01/2010 82.05 three stars
2008-02 12/01/2008 77.51 two stars
2007-02 08/01/2008 92.21 four stars
2006-02 05/01/2007 78.52 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 13-3400377
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN VALUES
NTEE Code P40
NTEE Classification Family Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 December, 1987
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End February
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • February, 2018
  • February, 2017
  • February, 2016
  • February, 2015
  • February, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$191,240 21.90% David Blankenhorn President, Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Braver Angels (NY) 80.26 three stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 90.66 four stars
New America (DC) 94.41 four stars
The Land Institute (KS) 95.63 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Braver Angels
420 Lexington Avenue
Room 300
New York, NY 10170
tel: (212) 246-3942
EIN: 13-3400377

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Board Leadership

Thomas K. Sylvester
Chair

CEO

David Blankenhorn
President, Executive Director

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