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CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

American Beverage Institute

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1090 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
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EIN: 52-1730954



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During our analysis of American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2011 Form 990, the document revealed the following:
  • The majority of the American Beverage Institute's functional expenses were paid to its CEO Richard Berman's for-profit management company, Berman and Company. The document revealed that out of total expenses of $1.72 million, $1.35 million were paid to Berman and Company for "staff[ing] and operat[ing] the day-to-day activities" of the charity. (See Page 8 Part VII, Page 10 Part IX, and Schedule L)
During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2012 and FYE 12/2013 Forms 990, the documents revealed the following:
During our analysis of the American Beverage Institute's FYE 12/2014 Form 990, the documents revealed the following:
  • The American Beverage Institute continued to contract with CEO Richard Berman's management company, Berman and Company. (See the 2014 990, Page 8)
We find the practice of a charity contracting for management services with a business owned by that charity's CEO atypical when compared to how other charities operate. We have reached out to American Beverage Institute for further clarification, but have not received an adequate explanation and have thus issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory.

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EIN 52-1730954
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Board of Trade
Subsection 501(c)(6)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (200) Business promotion (chamber of commerce, business league, etc.
Foundation Status All organizations except 501(c)(3)
Deductibility Contributions are not 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 March, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • 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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American Beverage Institute
1090 Vermont Ave. NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
EIN: 52-1730954

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