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Sightline Institute

Smart Solutions for a Sustainable Northwest

four stars

93.43

1402 Third Avenue Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (888) 447-1880   Web Site
EIN: 52-1833599

Board Leadership
Kamala Rao
Chair

CEO
Alan Durning
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.43 four stars
  Financial 90.72 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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

Financial

four stars

90.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.14
  Program Expenses Growth 11.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sightline Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sightline Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sightline Institute (WA) 93.43 four stars
Center for American Progress (DC) 94.13 four stars
Economic Policy Institute (DC) 90.36 four stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 four stars
Institute for Energy Research (DC) 89.26 three stars

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Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center working to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability-strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. Since 1993, we have equipped policymakers, and citizens with the information and tools they need to advance solutions to the most significant challenges facing the Northwest. Our innovative research and practical ideas connect the dots across a range of issues, giving leaders the resources they need to create change. In the nearly two decades of our existence, we have come to fill a crucial niche in the sustainability movement: the convergence of science-based research and communications. We show social change-makers how to put sustainability theory into practice; how to convert scientific findings into language and policy that resonates with social values.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,545,750
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,545,750
   Program Service Revenue $24,309
Total Primary Revenue $1,570,059
   Other Revenue $18,986
TOTAL REVENUE $1,589,045
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,106,719
   Administrative Expenses $66,790
   Fundraising Expenses $244,486
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,417,995
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $171,050
   
Net Assets $2,859,945

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
Research & Communication $1,106,719 100.0%

Ratings History
Sightline Institute has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 02/01/2017 93.43 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.78 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 91.64 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 86.14 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 89.03 three stars
2011-12 08/01/2013 79.85 two stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 75.78 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 83.68 three stars
2009-12 02/01/2012 81.23 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 75.96 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 78.11 two stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 89.69 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 85.27 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 83.92 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 55.08 one star
2004-12 03/01/2006 54.64 zero star
2003-12 09/01/2004 85.25 three stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 72.03 two stars
2001-12 06/09/2003 92.84 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 52-1833599
Name in IRS Master File SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code C28
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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]
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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
$90,604 6.38% Alan Durning Executive Director

Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center working to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability-strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. Since 1993, we have equipped policymakers, and citizens with the information and tools they need to advance solutions to the most significant challenges facing the Northwest. Our innovative research and practical ideas connect the dots across a range of issues, giving leaders the resources they need to create change. In the nearly two decades of our existence, we have come to fill a crucial niche in the sustainability movement: the convergence of science-based research and communications. We show social change-makers how to put sustainability theory into practice; how to convert scientific findings into language and policy that resonates with social values.

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Sightline Institute (WA) 93.43 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (888) 447-1880
fax: (206) 447-2270
EIN: 52-1833599

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Board Leadership

Kamala Rao
Chair

CEO

Alan Durning
Executive Director

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