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The Great Plains Institute

Better energy. Better world.

four stars

90.61

2801 21st Avenue South Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55407
tel: (612) 278-7150   Web Site
EIN: 41-1921126

Board Leadership
Will Kaul
Chair

CEO
Rolf Nordstrom
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.61 four stars
  Financial 87.34 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We combine a unique consensus-building approach, expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action to find and implement lasting solutions. Our work strengthens communities and provides greater economic opportunity through creation of higher paying jobs, expansion of the nation's industrial base, and greater domestic energy independence while eliminating carbon emissions. We convene partners across government, commercial, geographic, and cultural lines to broker solutions among unlikely allies and in nearly any political or economic environment.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We combine a unique consensus-building approach, expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action to find and implement lasting solutions. Our work strengthens communities and provides greater economic opportunity through creation of higher paying jobs, expansion of the nation's industrial base, and greater domestic energy independence while eliminating carbon emissions. We convene partners across government, commercial, geographic, and cultural lines to broker solutions among unlikely allies and in nearly any political or economic environment.

Financial

three stars

87.34

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.79
  Program Expenses Growth 16.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Great Plains Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Great Plains Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 90.61 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,515,415
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $727,483
Total Contributions $5,242,898
   Program Service Revenue $93,447
Total Primary Revenue $5,336,345
   Other Revenue $2,633
TOTAL REVENUE $5,338,978
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,046,843
   Administrative Expenses $816,967
   Fundraising Expenses $436,693
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,300,503
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $38,475
   
Net Assets $4,028,469

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
Carbon Management $1,378,902 34.1%
Decarbonizing Electricity $1,352,082 33.4%
Transportation and Fuels $489,798 12.1%

Ratings History
The Great Plains Institute has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 90.61 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 92.65 four stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 96.97 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 92.14 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 96.30 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 95.98 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 94.38 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 95.74 four stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 91.59 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 87.75 three 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 41-1921126
Name in IRS Master File GREAT PLAINS INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
NTEE Code S30
NTEE Classification Economic Development
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 May, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$172,300 3.25% Rolf Nordstrom President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 90.61 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

The Great Plains Institute
2801 21st Avenue South
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55407
tel: (612) 278-7150
fax: (612) 278-7151
EIN: 41-1921126

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Board Leadership

Will Kaul
Chair

CEO

Rolf Nordstrom
President, CEO

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