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Research and Public Policy : Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Carnegie Institution for Science

Supporting research in the Earth, space, and life sciences

three stars

87.85

1530 P Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 387-6400   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196523

Board Leadership
Craig Barrett
Chairman

CEO
Eric D. Isaacs
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.85 three stars
  Financial 83.29 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as Carnegie Institution of Washington) in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery. The Carnegie Institution works to devote resources to exceptional individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. They seek answers to questions about the structure of the universe, the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems, the behavior and transformation of matter when subjected to extreme conditions, the origin of life, the function of genes, and the development of organisms from single-celled egg to adult.

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as Carnegie Institution of Washington) in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery. The Carnegie Institution works to devote resources to exceptional individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. They seek answers to questions about the structure of the universe, the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems, the behavior and transformation of matter when subjected to extreme conditions, the origin of life, the function of genes, and the development of organisms from single-celled egg to adult.

Financial

three stars

83.29

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 18.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.87
  Program Expenses Growth -3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Carnegie Institution for Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Carnegie Institution for Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 87.85 three stars
Institute of Noetic Sciences (CA) 89.78 three stars
APhA Foundation (DC) 86.20 three stars
Lowell Observatory (AZ) 88.01 three stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 95.36 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,987,013
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $15,419,854
Total Contributions $23,406,867
   Program Service Revenue $6,072,640
Total Primary Revenue $29,479,507
   Other Revenue $108,361,963
TOTAL REVENUE $137,841,470
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $74,877,182
   Administrative Expenses $18,132,862
   Fundraising Expenses $3,109,997
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $96,120,041
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $41,721,429
   
Net Assets $1,024,768,470

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
Research $65,362,263 87.3%
Education $9,514,919 12.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 87.85 three stars
2018-06 11/01/2019 89.75 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2019 88.76 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 87.74 three stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 90.78 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 95.34 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 89.59 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 92.32 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 99.02 four stars
2011-06 12/01/2012 98.32 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 98.79 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 93.13 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 90.06 four stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 92.47 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 96.53 four stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 98.59 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 95.81 four stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 95.54 four stars
2003-06 02/01/2005 90.69 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 53-0196523
Name in IRS Master File CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON
NTEE Code U31
NTEE Classification Astronomy
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(40) Scholarships (other)
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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, 1914
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$441,297 0.45% Eric D. Isaacs President
Other Salaries of Note
$710,790 0.73% Michael Stambaugh Chief Investment Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 87.85 three stars
Mote Marine Laboratory (FL) 92.20 four stars
Woodwell Climate Research Center (MA) 95.03 four stars
Institute of Noetic Sciences (CA) 89.78 three stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 95.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 387-6400
fax: (202) 387-8092
EIN: 53-0196523

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Board Leadership

Craig Barrett
Chairman

CEO

Eric D. Isaacs
President

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