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International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

Middle East Institute

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

93.63

1763 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 785-1141   Web Site
EIN: 53-0204608

Board Leadership
Richard A. Clarke
Chairman

CEO
Paul Salem
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.63
  Financial 95.87
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

95.87

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 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)
79.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.80
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.7%
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) 93.63
The Ireland Funds America (MA) 86.12
StandWithUs (CA) 95.47
National Council on US-Arab Relations (DC) 91.06
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (DC) 89.07

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,108,532
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,108,532
   Program Service Revenue $917,294
Total Primary Revenue $4,025,826
   Other Revenue $590,523
TOTAL REVENUE $4,616,349
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,206,906
   Administrative Expenses $796,584
   Fundraising Expenses $526,332
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,529,822
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-913,473
   
Net Assets $31,164,581

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 Studies $2,899,635 68.9%
Center for Arts and Culture $516,359 12.3%
Center for Education $420,037 10.0%

Ratings History
Middle East Institute has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 93.63
2018-12 04/01/2020 97.05
2017-12 12/21/2018 97.12
2016-12 06/01/2018 97.85
2015-12 06/01/2017 99.46
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.03
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 94.90
2013-12 04/01/2015 96.88
2012-12 12/20/2013 92.15
2011-12 02/01/2013 87.44
2010-12 04/01/2012 73.91
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.76
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 86.14
2008-12 04/01/2010 98.20
2007-12 02/01/2009 86.63
2006-12 12/01/2007 89.02
2005-12 12/01/2006 91.81
2004-12 12/01/2005 86.09
2003-12 07/01/2005 92.39
2002-12 10/01/2003 92.87

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)
(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
$278,837 5.04% Paul Ernest Salem President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Middle East Institute (DC) 93.63
National Council on US-Arab Relations (DC) 91.06
American Council on Germany (NY) 94.62
Asia Society Texas Center (TX) 87.28
National Committee on United States-China Relations (NY) 87.28

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Charity Contact Info

Middle East Institute
1763 N Street, NW
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

Paul Salem
President

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