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Center for Inquiry

Fostering a secular society

three stars

84.27

P.O. Box 741 Amherst, NY 14226
tel: (716) 636-4869   Web Site
EIN: 22-2306795

Board Leadership
Eddie Tabash
Chairman

CEO
Robyn E. Blumner
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.27 three stars
  Financial 81.27 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. The Center for Inquiry supports research, but our mission activities go far beyond sound scholarship. The Center for Inquiry and its programs, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, also carry out their work through education, publishing, advocacy, and social services. The Center for Inquiry has established regional centers and communities, which provide a means of delivering educational programs and services on a local level and provide a venue for like-minded individuals to meet and share experiences. In addition, the Center for Inquiry has affiliates and sponsors programs in many different countries. A secular society ultimately should embrace all of humanity, not just selected countries.

The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. The Center for Inquiry supports research, but our mission activities go far beyond sound scholarship. The Center for Inquiry and its programs, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, also carry out their work through education, publishing, advocacy, and social services. The Center for Inquiry has established regional centers and communities, which provide a means of delivering educational programs and services on a local level and provide a venue for like-minded individuals to meet and share experiences. In addition, the Center for Inquiry has affiliates and sponsors programs in many different countries. A secular society ultimately should embrace all of humanity, not just selected countries.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media
208
Number of overall donors
6,456
Number of individuals attending community events or trainings
267
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

81.27

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
76.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.82
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Inquiry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Inquiry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Center for Inquiry (NY) 84.27 three stars
NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation (VA) 91.98 four stars
ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York (NY) 88.23 three stars
Leadership Conference Education Fund (DC) 92.21 four stars
People For the American Way Foundation (DC) 89.86 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,865,867
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $702,202
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,568,069
   Program Service Revenue $1,273,690
Total Primary Revenue $5,841,759
   Other Revenue $63,851
TOTAL REVENUE $5,905,610
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,674,511
   Administrative Expenses $623,978
   Fundraising Expenses $694,646
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,993,135
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $912,475
   
Net Assets $4,086,842

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
Publications $1,492,212 40.6%
Outreach Program $441,161 12.0%
Conference $271,808 7.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 84.27 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 84.95 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 81.88 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 81.88 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 78.99 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 76.82 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 86.58 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 85.03 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 76.45 two stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 66.13 one star
2010-12 03/01/2012 82.18 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.36 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 79.63 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 85.03 three stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 85.99 three stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 96.29 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 86.09 three stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 83.47 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 92.18 four stars
2002-12 02/01/2004 89.53 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 22-2306795
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR INQUIRY INC
NTEE Code A70
NTEE Classification Humanities Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
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 April, 2001
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$145,260 2.90% Robyn Blumner President, CEO

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American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Foundation (NJ) 90.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center for Inquiry
P.O. Box 741
Amherst, NY 14226
tel: (716) 636-4869
fax: (716) 636-1733
EIN: 22-2306795

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Board Leadership

Eddie Tabash
Chairman

CEO

Robyn E. Blumner
President & CEO

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