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Middle East Institute

Promoting knowledge and understanding of the Middle East region in the United States

four stars

97.85

1319 Eighteenth Street Northwest Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 785-1141   Web Site
EIN: 53-0204608

Board Leadership
Richard A. Clarke
Chairman

CEO
Wendy Chamberlin
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.85 four stars
  Financial 96.96 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1946, the Middle East Institute (MEI) has been an important conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American policymakers, organizations and the public. We strive to increase knowledge of the Middle East among our own citizens and to promote understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and America. Today we play a vital and unique role in expanding the dialogue beyond Washington, D.C., and actively with organizations in the Middle East. MEI houses the George Camp Keiser Library, which has the largest English-language collection on the Middle East outside of the Library of Congress. In addition, MEI publishes The Middle East Journal and offers courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.

Since 1946, the Middle East Institute (MEI) has been an important conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American policymakers, organizations and the public. We strive to increase knowledge of the Middle East among our own citizens and to promote understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and America. Today we play a vital and unique role in expanding the dialogue beyond Washington, D.C., and actively with organizations in the Middle East. MEI houses the George Camp Keiser Library, which has the largest English-language collection on the Middle East outside of the Library of Congress. In addition, MEI publishes The Middle East Journal and offers courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.

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Financial

four stars

96.96

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.26
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Middle East Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Middle East Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Middle East Institute (DC) 97.85 four stars
The Korea Society (NY) 85.31 three stars
StandWithUs (CA) 95.87 four stars
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (MA) 93.69 four stars
Los Angeles World Affairs Council (CA) 88.03 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,903,112
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $22,903,112
   Program Service Revenue $3,162,432
Total Primary Revenue $26,065,544
   Other Revenue $367,216
TOTAL REVENUE $26,432,760
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,372,662
   Administrative Expenses $369,463
   Fundraising Expenses $417,270
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,159,395
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $22,273,365
   
Net Assets $32,520,987

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
Center for Policy Analysis, Research & Programs $2,300,702 68.2%
MEI Center for Academics $662,269 19.6%
Center for Arts and Culture $409,691 12.1%

Ratings History
Middle East Institute has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 97.85 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 99.46 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.03 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 94.90 four stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 96.88 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 92.15 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 87.44 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 73.91 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.76 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 86.14 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 98.20 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 86.63 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 89.02 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 91.81 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 86.09 three stars
2003-12 07/01/2005 92.39 four stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 92.87 four stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 82.30 three stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 88.25 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 53-0204608
Name in IRS Master File MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(61) Library
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 December, 1949
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$228,305 5.48% Wendy J. Chamberlin President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Middle East Institute (DC) 97.85 four stars
StandWithUs (CA) 95.87 four stars
Group of Thirty (DC) 85.35 three stars
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (DC) 94.01 four stars
The Atlantic Council of the United States (DC) 93.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Middle East Institute
1319 Eighteenth Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 785-1141
fax: (202) 331-8861
EIN: 53-0204608

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Board Leadership

Richard A. Clarke
Chairman

CEO

Wendy Chamberlin
President

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