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Center on Policy Initiatives

A research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all.

three stars

89.23

3727 Camino del Rio South Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108
tel: (619) 584-5744   Web Site
EIN: 33-0824881

Board Leadership
Carlos Mejía
Chairman

CEO
Kyra R. Greene
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.23 three stars
  Financial 89.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice. CPI works to promote higher living standards for poor and moderate-income people through research, policy development, public education, and effective advocacy.

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice. CPI works to promote higher living standards for poor and moderate-income people through research, policy development, public education, and effective advocacy.

Financial

three stars

89.48

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
83.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.84
  Program Expenses Growth -17.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center on Policy Initiatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center on Policy Initiatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center on Policy Initiatives (CA) 89.23 three stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 91.59 four stars
The Philanthropy Roundtable (DC) 88.22 three stars
The Naval Institute Foundation (MD) 95.11 four stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 92.08 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,206,708
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,206,708
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,206,708
   Other Revenue $60,683
TOTAL REVENUE $2,267,391
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,143,666
   Administrative Expenses $202,604
   Fundraising Expenses $79,513
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,425,783
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $841,608
   
Net Assets $3,339,280

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
Economic Research Reports and Issue Briefs $300,878 26.3%
Community Outreach and Education $296,945 26.0%
Community Coalition Building $545,843 47.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/01/2020 89.23 three stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 92.18 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 91.84 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 91.91 four stars
2015-12 12/21/2016 88.73 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 33-0824881
Name in IRS Master File CENTER ON POLICY INITIATIVES
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - 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 March, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,846 7.07% Kyra Greene President, Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center on Policy Initiatives (CA) 89.23 three stars
Ethics and Public Policy Center (DC) 88.55 three stars
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (IA) 86.18 three stars
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (VA) 87.31 three stars
Center for American Progress (DC) 94.19 four stars

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Center on Policy Initiatives
3727 Camino del Rio South
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108
tel: (619) 584-5744
fax: (619) 584-5748
EIN: 33-0824881

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Board Leadership

Carlos Mejía
Chairman

CEO

Kyra R. Greene
Executive Director

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