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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Tobin Project

Transformative research in the social sciences

three stars

87.60

One Mifflin Place Suite 240
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: (617) 547-2600   Web Site
EIN: 20-3105790

Board Leadership
David A. Moss
President

CEO
Alex Berlin
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.60 three stars
  Financial 86.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Tobin Project is a catalyst for transformative research in the social sciences. The mission of the Tobin Project is to mobilize, motivate, and support a community of scholars across the social sciences and allied fields seeking to deepen our understanding of significant challenges facing the nation over the long term. Toward this end, the Tobin Project aims to identify and pursue questions that, if addressed with rigorous scholarly research, could have the greatest potential to benefit society and to unlock doors within the academy to new and vital lines of inquiry. Though universities play a vital role in facilitating rigorous academic research, growing evidence suggests that external catalysts are needed to drive interdisciplinary research on the most pressing real-world problems. The Tobin Project is pioneering exactly this role.

The Tobin Project is a catalyst for transformative research in the social sciences. The mission of the Tobin Project is to mobilize, motivate, and support a community of scholars across the social sciences and allied fields seeking to deepen our understanding of significant challenges facing the nation over the long term. Toward this end, the Tobin Project aims to identify and pursue questions that, if addressed with rigorous scholarly research, could have the greatest potential to benefit society and to unlock doors within the academy to new and vital lines of inquiry. Though universities play a vital role in facilitating rigorous academic research, growing evidence suggests that external catalysts are needed to drive interdisciplinary research on the most pressing real-world problems. The Tobin Project is pioneering exactly this role.

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Financial

three stars

86.35

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
81.0%
  Administrative Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.75
  Program Expenses Growth -1.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Tobin Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Tobin Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Tobin Project (MA) 87.60 three stars
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance (DC) 90.79 four stars
Illinois Policy Institute (IL) 88.59 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $541,500
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $541,500
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $541,500
   Other Revenue $28,878
TOTAL REVENUE $570,378
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $962,796
   Administrative Expenses $208,402
   Fundraising Expenses $72,786
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,243,984
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-673,606
   
Net Assets $2,187,961

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
Research in Democracy and Markets $257,570 26.8%
Research in American National Security $211,220 21.9%
Research in Economic Inequality $134,768 14.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 09/03/2019 87.60 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 89.79 three stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 91.19 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 89.78 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.42 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 88.24 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 20-3105790
Name in IRS Master File TOBIN PROJECT INC
NTEE Code W05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
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 February, 2006
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$164,127 13.19% Alexander Berlin Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Tobin Project (MA) 87.60 three stars
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (DC) 95.04 four stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 94.76 four stars
National Consumers League (DC) 86.24 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Tobin Project
One Mifflin Place
Suite 240
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: (617) 547-2600
fax: (617) 547-2601
EIN: 20-3105790

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Board Leadership

David A. Moss
President

CEO

Alex Berlin
Executive Director

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