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Competitive Enterprise Institute

Advancing liberty - from the economy to ecology

two stars

79.15

1310 L Street NW Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 331-1010   Web Site
EIN: 52-1351785

Board Leadership
W. Thomas Haynes
Chairman

CEO
Kent Lassman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.15 two stars
  Financial 70.80 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1984, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace. We are nationally recognized as a leading voice on a broad range of regulatory issues from free market approaches to environmental policy, to antitrust and technology policy, to risk regulation. CEI is not a traditional think tank. We frequently produce groundbreaking research on regulatory issues and we reach out to the public and the media to ensure that our ideas are heard, work with policymakers to ensure that they are implemented and, when necessary, take our arguments to court.

Founded in 1984, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace. We are nationally recognized as a leading voice on a broad range of regulatory issues from free market approaches to environmental policy, to antitrust and technology policy, to risk regulation. CEI is not a traditional think tank. We frequently produce groundbreaking research on regulatory issues and we reach out to the public and the media to ensure that our ideas are heard, work with policymakers to ensure that they are implemented and, when necessary, take our arguments to court.

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Financial

two stars

70.80

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
77.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth 1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 75.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Competitive Enterprise Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Competitive Enterprise Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Competitive Enterprise Institute (DC) 79.15 two stars
Institute for Women's Policy Research (DC) 90.59 four stars
Public Agenda (NY) 89.54 three stars
Oil Change International (DC) 90.58 four stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 92.65 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,405,530
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $904,163
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,309,693
   Program Service Revenue $186,313
Total Primary Revenue $6,496,006
   Other Revenue $-98,130
TOTAL REVENUE $6,397,876
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $5,683,125
   Administrative Expenses $373,254
   Fundraising Expenses $740,684
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,797,063
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-399,187
   
Net Assets $776,923

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
Center for Law and Litigation $1,655,680 28.9%
Communications and Outreach $983,599 17.2%
Center for Energy and Environment $774,857 13.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 79.15 two stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 79.54 two stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 83.88 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 86.98 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 87.70 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 89.22 three stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 89.36 three stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 84.56 three stars
2011-09 02/01/2013 82.17 three stars
2010-09 04/01/2012 84.85 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 79.73 two stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 74.36 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 04/01/2011 74.43 two stars
2009-09 12/01/2010 81.19 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 76.22 two stars
2007-09 12/17/2008 83.29 three stars
2006-09 12/01/2007 90.19 four stars
2005-09 11/01/2006 78.36 two stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 76.59 two stars
2003-09 11/01/2004 81.26 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 52-1351785
Name in IRS Master File COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
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 (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 September, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$212,577 3.12% Kent Lassman President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Competitive Enterprise Institute (DC) 79.15 two stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
NEO Philanthropy (NY) 94.07 four stars
National Humanities Center (NC) 89.79 three stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 94.08 four stars

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Competitive Enterprise Institute
1310 L Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 331-1010
fax: (202) 331-0640
EIN: 52-1351785

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Board Leadership

W. Thomas Haynes
Chairman

CEO

Kent Lassman
President

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