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The Great Plains Institute

Better energy. Better world.

four stars

96.97

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 96.97 four stars
  Financial 98.48 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

four stars

98.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2018 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.01
  Program Expenses Growth 36.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.7%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 96.97 four stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 91.66 four stars
Center for the National Interest (DC) 89.04 three stars
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (DC) 87.22 three stars
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,095,161
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $80,450
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $374,431
Total Contributions $6,550,042
   Program Service Revenue $288,098
Total Primary Revenue $6,838,140
   Other Revenue $-78,072
TOTAL REVENUE $6,760,068
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,902,925
   Administrative Expenses $600,370
   Fundraising Expenses $650,646
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,153,941
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,606,127
   
Net Assets $4,257,117

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 and Climate $1,724,890 44.2%
Electric Grid $1,098,630 28.1%
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Communities $656,302 16.8%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,863 2.90% Rolf Nordstrom Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 96.97 four stars
World Environment Center (DC) 88.39 three stars
Creative Commons (CA) 89.05 three stars
Mercatus Center (VA) 88.81 three stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 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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