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Center for the National Interest

America's Voice for Strategic Realism

four stars

91.91

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

Board Leadership
General Charles Boyd
Chairman

CEO
Dimitri K. Simes
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.91 four stars
  Financial 96.90 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

96.90

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
87.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.50
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.0%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for the National Interest (DC) 91.91 four stars
Mises Institute (AL) 87.05 three stars
The Center for Democracy and Technology (DC) 88.83 three stars
Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CO) 87.21 three stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 96.30 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,654,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $396,300
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,050,300
   Program Service Revenue $394,485
Total Primary Revenue $3,444,785
   Other Revenue $349,053
TOTAL REVENUE $3,793,838
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,156,612
   Administrative Expenses $287,088
   Fundraising Expenses $141,680
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,585,380
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $208,458
   
Net Assets $5,317,088

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 Energy and Climate Programs $375,000 11.9%
US Russia Relations Program $316,759 10.0%
The Middle East Program $84,644 2.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$523,846 14.61% Dimitri Simes President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$215,770 6.01% Paul Saunders Executive Director

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for the National Interest (DC) 91.91 four stars
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 89.39 three stars
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (NJ) 88.32 three stars
The Center for Democracy and Technology (DC) 88.83 three stars
National Institute on Money in State Politics (MT) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

General Charles Boyd
Chairman

CEO

Dimitri K. Simes
President, CEO

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