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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mind & Life Institute

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

three stars

86.70

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 86.70 three stars
  Financial 84.75 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

84.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
75.4%
  Administrative Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.58
  Program Expenses Growth -10.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 36.5%
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) 86.70 three stars
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (TX) 87.81 three stars
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (ME) 90.49 four stars
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (DC) 88.83 three stars
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (ME) 90.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,340,404
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,340,404
   Program Service Revenue $97,783
Total Primary Revenue $3,438,187
   Other Revenue $230,634
TOTAL REVENUE $3,668,821
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,496,642
   Administrative Expenses $518,537
   Fundraising Expenses $351,748
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,366,927
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $301,894
   
Net Assets $5,816,006

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
Grant Programs $940,376 37.7%
Digital Content $541,244 21.7%
Summer Research Institute $437,776 17.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 86.70 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 88.13 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 89.22 three stars
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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$236,500 7.02% Susan Bauer-Wu President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mind & Life Institute (VA) 86.70 three stars
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (NY) 96.26 four stars
Santa Fe Institute (NM) 89.27 three stars
Long Now Foundation (CA) 91.78 four stars
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY) 91.44 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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