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Mackinac Center

A nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan residents

four stars

92.22

140 West Main Street P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640
tel: (989) 631-0900   Web Site
EIN: 38-2701547

Board Leadership
Clifford Taylor
Chair

CEO
Joseph Lehman
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.22 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. The Mackinac Center assists policy makers, scholars, business people, the media and the public by providing objective analysis of Michigan issues. The goal of all Center reports, commentaries and educational programs is to equip Michigan citizens and other decision makers to better evaluate policy options.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. The Mackinac Center assists policy makers, scholars, business people, the media and the public by providing objective analysis of Michigan issues. The goal of all Center reports, commentaries and educational programs is to equip Michigan citizens and other decision makers to better evaluate policy options.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 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)
87.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.58
  Program Expenses Growth 15.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mackinac Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mackinac Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.22 four stars
The Naval Institute Foundation (MD) 85.88 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 87.71 three stars
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (NY) 90.41 four stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 89.35 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,672,919
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,672,919
   Program Service Revenue $2,807
Total Primary Revenue $4,675,726
   Other Revenue $89,781
TOTAL REVENUE $4,765,507
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,739,670
   Administrative Expenses $318,608
   Fundraising Expenses $549,868
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,608,146
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,842,639
   
Net Assets $9,185,487

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
Public Education on Votes Cast by Lawmakers $1,201,684 20.9%
Research and Analysis on Michigan Educational Policy $492,076 8.6%
Research & Analysis of Budget and Fiscal Responsibility $446,326 7.8%

Ratings History
Mackinac Center has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 12/22/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 92.22 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.17 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.16 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 88.84 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 91.95 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 38-2701547
Name in IRS Master File MACKINAC CENTER
NTEE Code W01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 January, 1988
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
$359,514 5.44% Joseph G. Lehman President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.22 four stars
Council for a Strong America (DC) 91.97 four stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 91.45 four stars
Economic Policy Institute (DC) 90.20 four stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mackinac Center
140 West Main Street
P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640
tel: (989) 631-0900
fax: (989) 631-0964
EIN: 38-2701547

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Board Leadership

Clifford Taylor
Chair

CEO

Joseph Lehman
President

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