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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

The Brookings Institution

Quality. Independence. Impact.

three stars

87.29

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 797-6220   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196577

Board Leadership
John L. Thornton
Co-Chairs

CEO
Strobe Talbott
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.29 three stars
  Financial 82.03 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1916, the Brookings Institution is a public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Founded in 1916, the Brookings Institution is a public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Financial

three stars

82.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
72.3%
  Administrative Expenses 24.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.17
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Brookings Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Brookings Institution on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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The Brookings Institution (DC) 87.29 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $88,980,308
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,558,794
Total Contributions $90,539,102
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $90,539,102
   Other Revenue $18,855,327
TOTAL REVENUE $109,394,429
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $75,408,582
   Administrative Expenses $25,830,909
   Fundraising Expenses $3,395,795
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $104,635,286
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,759,143
   
Net Assets $414,287,137

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
Foreign Policy Studies $17,682,988 23.4%
Economic Studies $15,682,398 20.8%
Global Economy and Development $12,027,943 16.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 11/01/2017 87.29 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 87.20 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 93.99 four stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.36 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 91.80 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 91.33 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 94.07 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 90.78 four stars
2010-06 04/01/2012 90.26 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.07 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 89.48 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 92.43 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 95.26 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 93.87 four stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 88.58 three stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 89.55 three stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 82.41 three stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 95.18 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 97.95 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 53-0196577
Name in IRS Master File BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
NTEE Code V22
NTEE Classification Economics (as a social science)
NTEE Type Social Science Research Institutes, Services
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
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, 1940
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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
$614,490 0.58% N. Strobe Talbott President

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The Brookings Institution (DC) 87.29 three stars
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The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 797-6220
fax: (202) 797-6213
EIN: 53-0196577

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Board Leadership

John L. Thornton
Co-Chairs

CEO

Strobe Talbott
President

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