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Center of the American Experiment

Thinking Minnesota

three stars

81.27

8421 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 110
Golden Valley, MN 55426
tel: (612) 338-3605   Web Site
EIN: 36-3611426

Board Leadership
Rob Eibensteiner
Chairman

CEO
John H. Hinderaker
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.27 three stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota's leading public policy organization. The Center is more than a think tank. It not only researches and produces papers on Minnesota's economy, education, health care, the family, employee freedom and state and local governance. It also crafts and proposes creative solutions that emphasize free enterprise, limited government, personal responsibility and government accountability. For more than 25 years, Center of the American Experiment has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota. It leads the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state.

Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota's leading public policy organization. The Center is more than a think tank. It not only researches and produces papers on Minnesota's economy, education, health care, the family, employee freedom and state and local governance. It also crafts and proposes creative solutions that emphasize free enterprise, limited government, personal responsibility and government accountability. For more than 25 years, Center of the American Experiment has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota. It leads the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
87.1%
  Administrative Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 28.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center of the American Experiment on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center of the American Experiment on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center of the American Experiment (MN) 81.27 three stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 86.67 three stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 90.66 four stars
National Institute on Money in State Politics (MT) 89.02 three stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 89.58 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,840,970
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $218,749
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,059,719
   Program Service Revenue $47,760
Total Primary Revenue $4,107,479
   Other Revenue $19,476
TOTAL REVENUE $4,126,955
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,885,632
   Administrative Expenses $69,015
   Fundraising Expenses $254,711
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,209,358
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $917,597
   
Net Assets $2,457,899

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
Opposition to Gas Tax Increase $1,998,843 69.3%
Thinking Minnesota Magazine $567,845 19.7%
Minnesota Economy Project $178,676 6.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 81.27 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 80.30 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 77.54 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 76.71 two stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 74.95 two 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 36-3611426
Name in IRS Master File CENTER OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT
NTEE Code O99
NTEE Classification Youth Development N.E.C.
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
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 April, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$150,000 4.67% John Hinderaker President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center of the American Experiment (MN) 81.27 three stars
Freedom Foundation (WA) 87.01 three stars
National Humanities Center (NC) 89.79 three stars
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (VA) 87.31 three stars
Peterson Institute for International Economics (DC) 85.99 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center of the American Experiment
8421 Wayzata Boulevard
Suite 110
Golden Valley, MN 55426
tel: (612) 338-3605
EIN: 36-3611426

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Board Leadership

Rob Eibensteiner
Chairman

CEO

John H. Hinderaker
President

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