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Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Building Community, Strengthening Economies

four stars

91.75

1710 Connecticut Avenue NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 898-1610   Web Site
EIN: 23-7394104

Board Leadership
Kirk Marckwald
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Brenda Platt & Stacy Mitchell
Co-Directors

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.75 four stars
  Financial 96.12 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self Reliance has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. The Institute's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self Reliance has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. The Institute's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

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Financial

four stars

96.12

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
87.3%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.72
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Local Self-Reliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Local Self-Reliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (DC) 91.75 four stars
Public Knowledge (DC) 88.10 three stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 94.25 four stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 88.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,020,376
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,020,376
   Program Service Revenue $61,609
Total Primary Revenue $1,081,985
   Other Revenue $336
TOTAL REVENUE $1,082,321
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,303,090
   Administrative Expenses $154,930
   Fundraising Expenses $67,528
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,525,548
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-443,227
   
Net Assets $1,055,661

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Institute for Local Self-Reliance has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.75 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 89.95 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 23-7394104
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF RELIANCE INC
NTEE Code S05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
(149) Other instruction and training
(199) Other scientific research 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 October, 1974
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
$77,064 5.05% Neil Seldman President
Other Salaries of Note
$93,117 6.10% Brenda Platt Co-Director
$82,083 5.38% Stacy Mitchell Co-Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (DC) 91.75 four stars
The Heartland Institute (IL) 86.37 three stars
National Humanities Center (NC) 88.31 three stars
The Land Institute (KS) 92.36 four stars
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 89.24 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1710 Connecticut Avenue NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 898-1610
EIN: 23-7394104

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Board Leadership

Kirk Marckwald
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Brenda Platt & Stacy Mitchell
Co-Directors

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