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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Mercatus Center

Turning ideas into action

three stars

88.81

3434 Washington Boulevard Fourth Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
tel: (800) 815-5711   Web Site
EIN: 54-1436224

Board Leadership
Tyler Cowen
Chairman

CEO
Daniel M. Rothschild
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.81 three stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has sought to bridge the gap that often exists between economic understanding and real-world decision making. Mercatus applies scholarly research to the problems facing policy makers. Bringing together a network of scholars and experts from around the globe, the Mercatus Center provides policy makers with the economic tools to make sense of today's most pressing issues. Mercatus turns ideas into action. Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues.

For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has sought to bridge the gap that often exists between economic understanding and real-world decision making. Mercatus applies scholarly research to the problems facing policy makers. Bringing together a network of scholars and experts from around the globe, the Mercatus Center provides policy makers with the economic tools to make sense of today's most pressing issues. Mercatus turns ideas into action. Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
86.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.79
  Program Expenses Growth 15.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mercatus Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mercatus Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mercatus Center (VA) 88.81 three stars
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 four stars
Center for the New Economy (PR) 87.15 three stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 91.45 four stars
Tobin Project (MA) 91.19 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $29,211,150
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $29,211,150
   Program Service Revenue $260,845
Total Primary Revenue $29,471,995
   Other Revenue $94,229
TOTAL REVENUE $29,566,224
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $23,923,508
   Administrative Expenses $2,062,643
   Fundraising Expenses $1,596,036
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,582,187
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,984,037
   
Net Assets $19,071,104

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
Regulatory & Government Accountability Studies $7,660,924 32.0%
Student Programs $7,250,380 30.3%
Communications $5,357,442 22.4%
Outreach $2,257,609 9.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 08/01/2018 88.81 three stars
2016-08 10/01/2017 88.81 three stars
2015-08 11/01/2016 88.81 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 88.14 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 89.01 three stars
2013-08 12/22/2014 86.28 three stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 88.02 three stars
2011-08 05/01/2012 84.32 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 87.48 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-08 07/01/2011 89.30 three stars
2009-08 07/01/2010 90.83 four stars
2008-08 07/01/2009 91.37 four stars
2007-08 08/01/2008 90.40 four stars
2006-08 04/01/2007 73.33 two stars
2005-08 05/01/2006 73.45 two stars
2004-08 05/01/2005 67.09 one star
2003-08 08/01/2004 77.36 two stars
2002-08 04/01/2004 73.53 two 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 54-1436224
Name in IRS Master File MERCATUS CENTER INC
NTEE Code V22
NTEE Classification Economics (as a social science)
NTEE Type Social Science Research Institutes, Services
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (199) Other scientific research activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 March, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013

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
$282,500 1.02% Daniel Rothschild Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mercatus Center (VA) 88.81 three stars
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The Heartland Institute (IL) 86.37 three stars
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (DC) 89.01 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Mercatus Center
3434 Washington Boulevard
Fourth Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
tel: (800) 815-5711
fax: (703) 993-4935
EIN: 54-1436224

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Board Leadership

Tyler Cowen
Chairman

CEO

Daniel M. Rothschild
Executive Director

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