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State Policy Network

Building a national network of free-market think tanks

four stars

90.52

1655 North Fort Myer Drive Suite 360
Arlington, VA 22209
tel: (703) 243-1655   Web Site
EIN: 57-0952531

Board Leadership
Carl O. Helstrom, III
Chair

CEO
Tracie Sharp
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.52 four stars
  Financial 92.35 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1992, State Policy Network (SPN) is the only group in the country dedicated solely to improving the practical effectiveness of independent, non-profit, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks. SPN's programs enable these organizations to better educate local citizens, policy makers and opinion leaders about market-oriented alternatives to state and local policy challenges. We are the capacity building service organization for America's free market, state-focused think tank community. We advance a free society by providing leadership development, management training and networking opportunities for think tank professionals and by promoting strategic partnerships among market-oriented organizations.

Founded in 1992, State Policy Network (SPN) is the only group in the country dedicated solely to improving the practical effectiveness of independent, non-profit, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks. SPN's programs enable these organizations to better educate local citizens, policy makers and opinion leaders about market-oriented alternatives to state and local policy challenges. We are the capacity building service organization for America's free market, state-focused think tank community. We advance a free society by providing leadership development, management training and networking opportunities for think tank professionals and by promoting strategic partnerships among market-oriented organizations.

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Financial

four stars

92.35

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.68
  Program Expenses Growth 15.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by State Policy Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by State Policy Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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State Policy Network (VA) 90.52 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,303,804
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $66,500
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,370,304
   Program Service Revenue $338,375
Total Primary Revenue $16,708,679
   Other Revenue $106,727
TOTAL REVENUE $16,815,406
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,253,646
   Administrative Expenses $586,013
   Fundraising Expenses $1,486,787
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,326,446
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,488,960
   
Net Assets $8,385,408

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
State Policy Analysis and Education $3,363,390 29.9%
Leadership Development Initiative $3,164,719 28.1%
Annual Meeting $1,716,318 15.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 90.52 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 88.07 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.30 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 83.95 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.98 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 89.85 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 88.41 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 89.83 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 89.77 three stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 87.98 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.81 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 87.41 three stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 90.56 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 90.35 four 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 57-0952531
Name in IRS Master File STATE POLICY NETWORK
NTEE Code R02
NTEE Classification Management & Technical Assistance
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
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 September, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$350,112 2.62% Tracie J. Sharp President

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Charity Contact Info

State Policy Network
1655 North Fort Myer Drive
Suite 360
Arlington, VA 22209
tel: (703) 243-1655
fax: (703) 740-0314
EIN: 57-0952531

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Board Leadership

Carl O. Helstrom, III
Chair

CEO

Tracie Sharp
President, CEO

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