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Institute for the Study of War

Advancing an informed understanding of military affairs

two stars

77.88

1400 16th Street NW Suite 515
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 293-5550   Web Site
EIN: 26-0273675

Board Leadership
R. Jack Keane
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Kimberly Kagan
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.88 two stars
  Financial 70.72 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 Institute for the Study of War (ISW) advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation's ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization. ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats. ISW researchers spend time in conflict zones conducting independent assessments and enhancing their understanding of realities on the ground. Through reports and timely events, our research educates military and civilian leaders, reporters, and the public to enhance the quality of policy debates.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation's ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization. ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats. ISW researchers spend time in conflict zones conducting independent assessments and enhancing their understanding of realities on the ground. Through reports and timely events, our research educates military and civilian leaders, reporters, and the public to enhance the quality of policy debates.

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Financial

two stars

70.72

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)
60.8%
  Administrative Expenses 25.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for the Study of War on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for the Study of War on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Institute for the Study of War (DC) 77.88 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,973,476
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $50,000
   Fundraising Events $416,941
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,440,417
   Program Service Revenue $59,376
Total Primary Revenue $2,499,793
   Other Revenue $-185,880
TOTAL REVENUE $2,313,913
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,319,284
   Administrative Expenses $730,607
   Fundraising Expenses $310,057
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,359,948
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-46,035
   
Net Assets $1,675,644

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 77.88 two stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 79.96 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 81.77 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2018 84.20 three 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 26-0273675
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR INC
NTEE Code B05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable 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 March, 2008
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$232,500 9.85% Kimberly Kagan President

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Institute for the Study of War (DC) 77.88 two stars
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Charity Contact Info

Institute for the Study of War
1400 16th Street NW
Suite 515
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 293-5550
EIN: 26-0273675

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Board Leadership

R. Jack Keane
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Kimberly Kagan
President

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