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The Great Plains Institute

Better energy. Better world.

four stars

92.65

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 92.65 four stars
  Financial 90.41 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

90.41

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 17.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 92.65 four stars
Institute for Energy Research (DC) 89.39 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 87.00 three stars
The Heritage Foundation (DC) 86.19 three stars
Pioneer Institute (MA) 91.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,775,743
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $27,675
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $481,783
Total Contributions $4,285,201
   Program Service Revenue $236,380
Total Primary Revenue $4,521,581
   Other Revenue $-24,308
TOTAL REVENUE $4,497,273
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,584,419
   Administrative Expenses $584,539
   Fundraising Expenses $595,438
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,764,396
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-267,123
   
Net Assets $3,989,994

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
Electricity $1,341,390 37.4%
Carbon Management $937,931 26.2%
Transportation $478,400 13.3%

Ratings History
The Great Plains Institute has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$160,740 3.37% Rolf Nordstrom President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 92.65 four stars
Center for American Progress (DC) 91.15 four stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 92.85 four stars
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 four stars
Population Reference Bureau (DC) 89.86 three 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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