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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Business Executives for National Security

Working to help make America safe and secure

93.01

1030 Fifteenth Street NW Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 296-2125   Web Site
EIN: 52-1271179

Board Leadership
Mark Gerencser
Chairman

CEO
General Joseph L. Votel
President, CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.01
  Financial 90.12
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nationwide, non-partisan organization, is the primary channel through which senior business executives can help enhance the nation's security. BENS members use their business experience to drive our agenda, deliver our message to decision makers, and make certain that the changes we propose are put into practice. BENS has only one special interest: to help make America safe and secure. BENS members have been using their business experience to find practical solutions to pressing national security challenges since 1982, when the organization was founded by business executive and entrepreneur Stanley A. Weiss.

Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nationwide, non-partisan organization, is the primary channel through which senior business executives can help enhance the nation's security. BENS members use their business experience to drive our agenda, deliver our message to decision makers, and make certain that the changes we propose are put into practice. BENS has only one special interest: to help make America safe and secure. BENS members have been using their business experience to find practical solutions to pressing national security challenges since 1982, when the organization was founded by business executive and entrepreneur Stanley A. Weiss.

Financial

90.12

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
79.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.61
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Business Executives for National Security on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Business Executives for National Security on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 93.01
Public Knowledge (DC) 85.18
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 91.21
PolicyLink (CA) 96.79
The Center for Democracy & Technology (DC) 95.79

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,871,733
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,232,617
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,104,350
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,104,350
   Other Revenue $520,611
TOTAL REVENUE $7,624,961
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,202,745
   Administrative Expenses $582,150
   Fundraising Expenses $964,542
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,749,437
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $875,524
   
Net Assets $10,291,399

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
Project Development & Implementation $2,667,014 51.3%
Meetings, Program Development, and Implementation $2,535,731 48.7%

Ratings History
Business Executives for National Security has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 93.01
2018-12 10/01/2019 94.76
2017-12 12/01/2018 91.72
2016-12 03/01/2018 90.12
2015-12 02/01/2017 85.15
2014-12 06/01/2016 81.45
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 78.73
2014-12 12/23/2015 78.62
2013-12 04/01/2015 76.50
2012-12 12/20/2013 78.19
2011-12 05/01/2013 78.34
2010-12 02/01/2012 79.73
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.16
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 78.22
2008-12 07/01/2010 89.62
2007-12 04/01/2009 90.00
2006-12 03/01/2008 92.96
2005-12 12/15/2006 85.15
2004-12 01/01/2006 88.62
2003-12 11/01/2004 55.32

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

EIN 52-1271179
Name in IRS Master File BUSINESS EXECUTIVES FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
NTEE Code Q43
NTEE Classification National Security, Domestic
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 January, 1983
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
$548,110 8.12% Norton A. Schwartz President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 93.01
Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC) 87.66
Cato Institute (DC) 91.62
Health Policy Institute of Ohio (OH) 92.20
Center for Immigration Studies (DC) 91.53

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Charity Contact Info

Business Executives for National Security
1030 Fifteenth Street NW
Suite 200 East
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 296-2125
fax: (202) 296-2490
EIN: 52-1271179

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Board Leadership

Mark Gerencser
Chairman

CEO

General Joseph L. Votel
President, CEO

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