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Center of the American Experiment

Thinking Minnesota

three stars

80.30

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 80.30 three stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
85.4%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.66
  Program Expenses Growth 46.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.1%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center of the American Experiment (MN) 80.30 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 85.20 three stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 92.65 four stars
Center on Policy Initiatives (CA) 92.18 four stars
Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MI) 92.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,455,095
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $202,239
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,657,334
   Program Service Revenue $68,727
Total Primary Revenue $3,726,061
   Other Revenue $5,567
TOTAL REVENUE $3,731,628
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,673,421
   Administrative Expenses $51,178
   Fundraising Expenses $383,524
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,108,123
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $623,505
   
Net Assets $1,540,302

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
Government Accountability $1,267,860 47.4%
Thinking Minnesota Magazine $559,383 20.9%
Minnesota Economy Project $542,487 20.3%
Quarterly Lunch Forums $303,691 11.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$131,000 4.21% John Hinderaker President

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Center of the American Experiment (MN) 80.30 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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