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

SETI Institute

Exploring, understanding and explaining the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe

three stars

87.09

189 Bernardo Avenue Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94043
tel: (650) 961-6633   Web Site
EIN: 94-2951356

Board Leadership
Dan Lankford
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Bill Diamond
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.09 three stars
  Financial 82.19 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1984, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute is dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. Its mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. We believe we are conducting the most profound search in human history to know our beginnings and our place among the stars. This mission encompasses projects covering a broad range of disciplines that include: astronomy and planetary sciences, chemical evolution, origin of life, biological evolution, cultural evolution, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach.

Founded in 1984, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute is dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. Its mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. We believe we are conducting the most profound search in human history to know our beginnings and our place among the stars. This mission encompasses projects covering a broad range of disciplines that include: astronomy and planetary sciences, chemical evolution, origin of life, biological evolution, cultural evolution, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for SETI Research, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Education and Public Outreach.

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Financial

three stars

82.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 20.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.33
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 35.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SETI Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SETI Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SETI Institute (CA) 87.09 three stars
Woods Hole Research Center (MA) 91.69 four stars
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (DC) 95.43 four stars
Carnegie Institution for Science (DC) 89.75 three stars
Institute of Noetic Sciences (CA) 92.50 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,528,341
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $17,534,558
Total Contributions $20,062,899
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $20,062,899
   Other Revenue $45,858
TOTAL REVENUE $20,108,757
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,499,314
   Administrative Expenses $4,029,190
   Fundraising Expenses $456,483
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,984,987
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $123,770
   
Net Assets $6,793,190

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 Carl Sagan Center (CSC) $12,838,539 82.8%
STEM Education $2,015,248 13.0%
Media and Lectures $645,527 4.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 87.09 three stars
2017-09 12/01/2018 87.01 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 84.62 three stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 80.94 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 82.60 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 02/01/2016 77.24 two stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 80.75 three stars
2012-09 12/20/2013 84.64 three stars
2011-09 04/01/2013 85.34 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 87.13 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 91.60 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 95.52 four stars
2008-09 05/01/2010 83.85 three stars
2007-09 11/01/2008 82.32 three stars
2006-09 11/01/2007 78.90 two stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 79.12 two stars
2004-09 11/01/2005 77.65 two stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 89.69 three stars
2002-09 11/01/2003 86.43 three stars
2001-09 02/05/2003 98.26 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 94-2951356
Name in IRS Master File SETI INSTITUTE
NTEE Code U31
NTEE Classification Astronomy
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (181) Scientific research for government
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, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$242,500 1.21% Bill Diamond Secretary, President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SETI Institute (CA) 87.09 three stars
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MA) 92.08 four stars
The Rodale Institute (PA) 96.79 four stars
Woods Hole Research Center (MA) 91.69 four stars
Mote Marine Laboratory (FL) 92.18 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

SETI Institute
189 Bernardo Avenue
Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94043
tel: (650) 961-6633
fax: (650) 961-7099
EIN: 94-2951356

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Board Leadership

Dan Lankford
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Bill Diamond
President, CEO

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