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The Great Plains Institute

Better energy. Better world.

four stars

96.30

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

Board Leadership
Winthrop A. Rockwell
Chair

CEO
Rolf Nordstrom
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.30 four stars
  Financial 96.64 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

96.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.84
  Program Expenses Growth 49.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.4%
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) 96.30 four stars
Independence Institute (CO) 91.15 four stars
Middle East Forum (PA) 91.04 four stars
Washington Policy Center (WA) 85.33 three stars
The Center for Working Families (DC) 88.58 three stars

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The Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,003,293
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $68,835
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $274,872
Total Contributions $4,347,000
   Program Service Revenue $395,730
Total Primary Revenue $4,742,730
   Other Revenue $-79,315
TOTAL REVENUE $4,663,415
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,940,045
   Administrative Expenses $543,454
   Fundraising Expenses $287,748
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,771,247
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-107,832
   
Net Assets $2,650,990

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
Fossil Fuels $1,766,469 44.8%
Electric Grid $1,145,686 29.1%
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Communities $649,047 16.5%

Ratings History
The Great Plains Institute has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,700 2.50% Rolf Nordstrom Executive Director

The Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 96.30 four stars
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (VT) 90.36 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 88.22 three stars
Food and Water Watch (DC) 88.45 three stars
Colorado Health Institute (CO) 91.92 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

Winthrop A. Rockwell
Chair

CEO

Rolf Nordstrom
President, CEO

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