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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Institute for Policy Studies

Ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment

three stars

88.57

1301 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 234-9382   Web Site
EIN: 52-0788947

Board Leadership
Tope Folarin
Chair

CEO
John Cavanagh
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.57 three stars
  Financial 94.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1963, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960's to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. The Institute for Policy Studies is the counterweight to the dealmakers. We work to reclaim democracy. We collaborate with grassroots movements to foster the conditions for long-term change. We promote relationships, linking activists and public officials who share our belief that a better world is possible. We launch, inform and sustain democratic movements. The Institute's work is organized into over a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars' diverse areas of expertise. In practice, they make crucial linkages across the movements for peace, justice and the environment.

Since 1963, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960's to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. The Institute for Policy Studies is the counterweight to the dealmakers. We work to reclaim democracy. We collaborate with grassroots movements to foster the conditions for long-term change. We promote relationships, linking activists and public officials who share our belief that a better world is possible. We launch, inform and sustain democratic movements. The Institute's work is organized into over a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars' diverse areas of expertise. In practice, they make crucial linkages across the movements for peace, justice and the environment.

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Financial

four stars

94.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
86.5%
  Administrative Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.55
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Policy Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Policy Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
Center for Economic and Policy Research (DC) 91.85 four stars
Health Policy Institute of Ohio (OH) 91.45 four stars
Freedom Foundation (WA) 87.01 three stars
Economic Policy Institute (DC) 90.90 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,323,681
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $47,698
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,371,379
   Program Service Revenue $19,544
Total Primary Revenue $4,390,923
   Other Revenue $291,532
TOTAL REVENUE $4,682,455
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,842,505
   Administrative Expenses $237,719
   Fundraising Expenses $337,179
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,417,403
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $265,052
   
Net Assets $6,527,823

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
New Economy $1,351,262 35.2%
Affiliates - The Economic Hardship Reporting Project $1,196,745 31.1%
Common Security $668,675 17.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 88.57 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2020 92.85 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 94.21 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 93.31 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2015 84.84 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2013 89.57 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2013 89.57 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 86.69 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.07 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 92.53 four stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 90.23 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 83.19 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 79.49 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 79.00 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 80.41 three stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 93.07 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 52-0788947
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 February, 1965
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
$90,000 2.03% John Cavanagh Director

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Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 234-9382
fax: (202) 387-7915
EIN: 52-0788947

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Board Leadership

Tope Folarin
Chair

CEO

John Cavanagh
Executive Director

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