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Council on Foreign Relations

A nonpartisan resource for information and analysis

three stars

89.04

58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065
tel: (212) 434-9400   Web Site
EIN: 13-1628168

Board Leadership
David M. Rubernstein
Chairman

CEO
Richard N. Haass
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.04 three stars
  Financial 85.03 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. The Council does this by: maintaining a diverse membership; convening meetings to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research; publishing the journal Foreign Affairs; sponsoring independent task forces; and providing up-to-date information about foreign policy.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. The Council does this by: maintaining a diverse membership; convening meetings to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research; publishing the journal Foreign Affairs; sponsoring independent task forces; and providing up-to-date information about foreign policy.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of Facebook followers
414,000
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

85.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
70.0%
  Administrative Expenses 23.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.00
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council on Foreign Relations on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council on Foreign Relations on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Council on Foreign Relations (NY) 89.04 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $59,804,100
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $6,960,000
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $66,764,100
   Program Service Revenue $9,489,800
Total Primary Revenue $76,253,900
   Other Revenue $17,938,600
TOTAL REVENUE $94,192,500
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $50,120,000
   Administrative Expenses $19,268,000
   Fundraising Expenses $4,306,100
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $73,694,100
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $20,498,400
   
Net Assets $519,557,600

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
The David Rockefeller Studies Program $24,434,800 48.8%
Foreign Affairs $10,354,600 20.7%
CFR's Meetings Programs $3,285,800 6.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 89.04 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 87.81 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 87.25 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 86.29 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 84.70 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 90.35 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 91.25 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 86.31 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.68 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 94.57 four stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 92.09 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 88.09 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 87.08 three stars
2005-06 12/01/2006 86.75 three stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 84.20 three stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 95.25 four stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 86.44 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 86.61 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 13-1628168
Name in IRS Master File COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS INC
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
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
(59) Other school related 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 January, 1927
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,452,009 1.97% Richard N. Haass President

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Charity Contact Info

Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
tel: (212) 434-9400
fax: (212) 434-9800
EIN: 13-1628168

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Board Leadership

David M. Rubernstein
Chairman

CEO

Richard N. Haass
President

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