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Institute on Religion and Public Life

Advancing a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of public life

two stars

75.08

9 East 40th Street 10th Floor
New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 627-1985   Web Site
EIN: 52-1628303

Board Leadership
Robert Louis Wilken
Chairman

CEO
R.R. Reno
Editor and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.08 two stars
  Financial 77.37 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 73.00 two stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

First Things is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization. The Institute was founded in 1990 by Richard John Neuhaus and his colleagues to confront the ideology of secularism, which insists that the public square must be “naked,” and that faith has no place in shaping the public conversation or in shaping public policy. The Institute's mission is to articulate a governing consensus that supports a religiously pluralistic society capable of cooperating to defend human dignity from conception to natural death, a democratically, constitutionally ordered form of government supported by a religiously and morally serious culture, economic freedom that encourages a culture of personal and communal responsibility, and genuine patriotism and loyalty to the Western tradition that provide a basis for responsible global citizenship.

First Things is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization. The Institute was founded in 1990 by Richard John Neuhaus and his colleagues to confront the ideology of secularism, which insists that the public square must be “naked,” and that faith has no place in shaping the public conversation or in shaping public policy. The Institute's mission is to articulate a governing consensus that supports a religiously pluralistic society capable of cooperating to defend human dignity from conception to natural death, a democratically, constitutionally ordered form of government supported by a religiously and morally serious culture, economic freedom that encourages a culture of personal and communal responsibility, and genuine patriotism and loyalty to the Western tradition that provide a basis for responsible global citizenship.

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Financial

two stars

77.37

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

73.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
75.8%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.15
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 68.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute on Religion and Public Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute on Religion and Public Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,036,906
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,036,906
   Program Service Revenue $1,025,191
Total Primary Revenue $3,062,097
   Other Revenue $9,843
TOTAL REVENUE $3,071,940
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,404,668
   Administrative Expenses $361,019
   Fundraising Expenses $507,884
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,273,571
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-201,631
   
Net Assets $466,898

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
Publication of First Things Magazine $1,300,845 54.1%
Educational Programs $1,103,823 45.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 75.08 two stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 74.80 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 70.49 two stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 66.27 one star
2014-12 12/21/2016 64.31 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1628303
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 June, 1994
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
$221,262 6.75% Russell R. Reno Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$2,750 0.08% Russell Hittinger Director
$1,500 0.04% Elizabeth Corey Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute on Religion and Public Life (NY) 75.08 two stars
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Charity Contact Info

Institute on Religion and Public Life
9 East 40th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 627-1985
EIN: 52-1628303

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Board Leadership

Robert Louis Wilken
Chairman

CEO

R.R. Reno
Editor and Executive Director

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