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Center for the National Interest

America's Voice for Strategic Realism

two stars

78.72

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 887-1000   Web Site
EIN: 26-2117013

Board Leadership
Drew Guff
Chairman

CEO
Dimitri K. Simes
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.72 two stars
  Financial 72.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America's national interest in the complex world of the twenty-first century. The Center for the National Interest's work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges including U.S. ties with major powers such as China, Russia, Japan and America's European allies; regional security in Asia and the Middle East; national security issues including armed conflict, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation; and energy and climate change. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign policy magazine The National Interest, available bi-monthly.

The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America's national interest in the complex world of the twenty-first century. The Center for the National Interest's work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges including U.S. ties with major powers such as China, Russia, Japan and America's European allies; regional security in Asia and the Middle East; national security issues including armed conflict, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation; and energy and climate change. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign policy magazine The National Interest, available bi-monthly.

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Financial

two stars

72.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
74.5%
  Administrative Expenses 21.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth -2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 31.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for the National Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for the National Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Center for the National Interest (DC) 78.72 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,393,520
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $386,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,779,520
   Program Service Revenue $830,607
Total Primary Revenue $2,610,127
   Other Revenue $395,018
TOTAL REVENUE $3,005,145
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,958,791
   Administrative Expenses $1,656,805
   Fundraising Expenses $209,232
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,824,828
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,819,683
   
Net Assets $1,508,903

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
The Middle East Program $1,479,396 50.0%
US Russia Relations Program $650,934 22.0%
The National Interest $621,346 21.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 78.72 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 89.04 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 88.29 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 91.91 four 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 26-2117013
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST INC
NTEE Code W05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational 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 September, 2009
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
$408,621 8.46% Dimitri K. Simes President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for the National Interest (DC) 78.72 two stars
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The Committee of Seventy (PA) 87.63 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Center for the National Interest
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 887-1000
fax: (202) 887-5222
EIN: 26-2117013

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Board Leadership

Drew Guff
Chairman

CEO

Dimitri K. Simes
President, CEO

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