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Mind & Life Institute

Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being.

four stars

92.19

210 Ridge McIntire Road Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903
tel: (434) 338-7380   Web Site
EIN: 77-0284767

Board Leadership
Thupten Jinpa
Chair

CEO
Susan Bauer-Wu
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.19 four stars
  Financial 99.17 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Mind & Life Institute seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world's contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry. Ultimately, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being. We promote and support rigorous, multi-disciplinary scientific investigation of the mind which will lead to the development and dissemination of practices that cultivate the mental qualities of attention, emotional balance, kindness, compassion, confidence and happiness We believe that only through this integrated investigation can we achieve an accurate understanding of how the mind works, the benefits of mental fitness, and the best practices for achieving mental and emotional fitness.

The Mind & Life Institute seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world's contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry. Ultimately, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being. We promote and support rigorous, multi-disciplinary scientific investigation of the mind which will lead to the development and dissemination of practices that cultivate the mental qualities of attention, emotional balance, kindness, compassion, confidence and happiness We believe that only through this integrated investigation can we achieve an accurate understanding of how the mind works, the benefits of mental fitness, and the best practices for achieving mental and emotional fitness.

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Financial

four stars

99.17

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
82.1%
  Administrative Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.05
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mind & Life Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mind & Life Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mind & Life Institute (VA) 92.19 four stars
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (ME) 92.61 four stars
Long Now Foundation (CA) 90.03 four stars
Earthwatch Institute (MA) 86.69 three stars
Marine Biological Laboratory (MA) 86.63 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,413,617
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,413,617
   Program Service Revenue $377,609
Total Primary Revenue $2,791,226
   Other Revenue $83,804
TOTAL REVENUE $2,875,030
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,427,345
   Administrative Expenses $746,776
   Fundraising Expenses $295,837
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,469,958
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,594,928
   
Net Assets $5,285,332

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
International Symposium for Contemplative Studies $1,566,958 45.7%
Summer Research Institute $350,376 10.2%
Mind and Life Dialogues $201,149 5.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.19 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 89.39 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 89.33 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 89.33 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 86.31 three stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 75.16 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 77-0284767
Name in IRS Master File MIND AND LIFE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code P54
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 December, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$225,051 5.03% Susan Bauer-Wu President
Other Salaries of Note
$50,000 1.11% Jinpa Langri Chair of Board

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mind & Life Institute (VA) 92.19 four stars
American Association for the Advancement of Science (DC) 88.83 three stars
Lowell Observatory (AZ) 86.75 three stars
Long Now Foundation (CA) 90.03 four stars
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (DC) 95.24 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mind & Life Institute
210 Ridge McIntire Road
Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903
tel: (434) 338-7380
fax: (434) 329-7164
EIN: 77-0284767

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Board Leadership

Thupten Jinpa
Chair

CEO

Susan Bauer-Wu
President

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