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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

The Aspen Institute

Fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue

95.54

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 736-5800   Web Site
EIN: 84-0399006

Board Leadership
Robert K. Steel
Chair

CEO
Walter Isaacson
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.54
  Financial 95.14
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

95.14

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
78.5%
  Administrative Expenses 18.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.01
  Program Expenses Growth 7.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Aspen Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Aspen Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Aspen Institute (DC) 95.54
Safe Kids Worldwide (DC) 90.75
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (DC) 86.26
Reason Foundation (CA) 92.91
Ethics and Public Policy Center (DC) 92.22

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Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute has a twofold mission: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face; young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together; policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving; and public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $65,270,636
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,226,990
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,135,746
Total Contributions $68,633,372
   Program Service Revenue $28,384,520
Total Primary Revenue $97,017,892
   Other Revenue $-553,675
TOTAL REVENUE $96,464,217
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $72,204,354
   Administrative Expenses $16,755,038
   Fundraising Expenses $2,403,438
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $91,362,830
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,101,387
   
Net Assets $215,411,267

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
Policy Program $39,274,652 54.4%
Campus Activities $14,593,653 20.2%
Public Programs $10,992,511 15.2%

Ratings History
The Aspen Institute has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.54
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 95.41
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.57
2012-12 12/20/2013 91.49
2011-12 06/01/2013 91.35
2010-12 04/01/2012 92.41
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.72
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 92.27
2008-12 07/01/2010 82.69
2007-12 06/01/2009 98.39
2006-12 07/01/2008 95.56
2005-12 12/15/2006 98.43
2004-12 01/01/2006 86.05
2003-12 03/01/2005 85.50
2002-12 05/01/2004 92.20
2001-12 04/15/2003 90.41
2000-12 04/15/2002 91.83

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

EIN 84-0399006
Name in IRS Master File THE ASPEN INSTITUTE INC
NTEE Code V20
NTEE Classification Social Science Institutes, Services
NTEE Type Social Science Research Institutes, Services
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 February, 1951
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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
$808,501 0.88% Walter Isaacson President, CEO

Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute has a twofold mission: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face; young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together; policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving; and public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Aspen Institute (DC) 95.54
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (DC) 86.26
State Policy Network (VA) 88.98
National Skills Coalition (DC) 89.39
The Center for Working Families (DC) 88.58

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Charity Contact Info

The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 736-5800
fax: (202) 467-0790
EIN: 84-0399006

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Board Leadership

Robert K. Steel
Chair

CEO

Walter Isaacson
President, CEO

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