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Mackinac Center

A nonpartisan public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free markets and limited government

four stars

92.92

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 92.92 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute working to improve the quality of life for all people by advancing sound public policy based on the principles of free markets and limited government. Through research and education, the Mackinac Center equips policy makers, scholars, media and the public at large to better understand, evaluate and take action on public policy options.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute working to improve the quality of life for all people by advancing sound public policy based on the principles of free markets and limited government. Through research and education, the Mackinac Center equips policy makers, scholars, media and the public at large to better understand, evaluate and take action on public policy options.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
86.7%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.71
  Program Expenses Growth 14.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
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) 92.92 four stars
Washington Policy Center (WA) 85.98 three stars
Center for a New American Security (DC) 96.54 four stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
Center for Food Safety (DC) 85.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,275,812
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,275,812
   Program Service Revenue $152,952
Total Primary Revenue $8,428,764
   Other Revenue $84,997
TOTAL REVENUE $8,513,761
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,686,017
   Administrative Expenses $332,876
   Fundraising Expenses $601,346
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,620,239
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,893,522
   
Net Assets $11,234,925

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
Inform Public on Legislation $1,026,114 18.0%
Research and Analysis on Michigan Educational Policy $427,628 7.5%
Research & Analysis of Budget and Fiscal Responsibility $375,324 6.6%

Ratings History
Mackinac Center has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 92.92 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2019 92.92 four stars
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
(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
$299,153 4.51% Joseph G. Lehman President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.92 four stars
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (IA) 88.90 three stars
Institute for Women's Policy Research (DC) 86.47 three stars
Ethics and Public Policy Center (DC) 89.98 three stars
SPUR (CA) 88.30 three 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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