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The Independent Institute

The Power of Independent Thinking

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four stars

96.90

100 Swan Way Oakland, CA 94621
tel: (510) 632-1366   Web Site
EIN: 94-3008370

Board Leadership
John Hagel III & David Teece
Co-Chairs

CEO
David J. Theroux
Founder, President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.90 four stars
  Financial 96.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Independent Institute transcends the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefines the debate over public issues, and fosters new and effective directions for government reform. In order to fully understand the nature of public issues and possible solutions, the Institute's program adheres to the highest standards of independent scholarly inquiry. The Institute's program is pursued to rigorous standards without regard to any political or social biases. The resulting studies are published and widely distributed as books, articles in The Independent Review, Policy Reports, Working Papers, and other publications.

Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, we create transformational ideas for today's most pressing social and economic challenges. By connecting these ideas with organizations and networks, we inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing at home and around the globe.

The Independent Institute transcends the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefines the debate over public issues, and fosters new and effective directions for government reform. In order to fully understand the nature of public issues and possible solutions, the Institute's program adheres to the highest standards of independent scholarly inquiry. The Institute's program is pursued to rigorous standards without regard to any political or social biases. The resulting studies are published and widely distributed as books, articles in The Independent Review, Policy Reports, Working Papers, and other publications.

Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, we create transformational ideas for today's most pressing social and economic challenges. By connecting these ideas with organizations and networks, we inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing at home and around the globe.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of website pageviews
2,297,040
Number of YouTube views
7,336,430
This impact information is current as of July 2019, 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

four stars

96.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
84.7%
  Administrative Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.81
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Independent Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Independent Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,772,324
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,772,324
   Program Service Revenue $37,599
Total Primary Revenue $2,809,923
   Other Revenue $203,472
TOTAL REVENUE $3,013,395
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,733,540
   Administrative Expenses $169,441
   Fundraising Expenses $293,598
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,196,579
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-183,184
   
Net Assets $8,171,331

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- David Theroux President
Other Salaries of Note
$125,399 3.92% Ivan Eland Senior Fellow
$106,080 3.31% Martin Buerger CFO

Mission

The Independent Institute transcends the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefines the debate over public issues, and fosters new and effective directions for government reform. In order to fully understand the nature of public issues and possible solutions, the Institute's program adheres to the highest standards of independent scholarly inquiry. The Institute's program is pursued to rigorous standards without regard to any political or social biases. The resulting studies are published and widely distributed as books, articles in The Independent Review, Policy Reports, Working Papers, and other publications.

Applying independent thinking to issues that matter, we create transformational ideas for today's most pressing social and economic challenges. By connecting these ideas with organizations and networks, we inspire action that can unleash an era of unparalleled human flourishing at home and around the globe.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Independent Institute (CA) 96.90 four stars
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American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (DC) 86.98 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Independent Institute
100 Swan Way
Oakland, CA 94621
tel: (510) 632-1366
fax: (510) 568-6040
EIN: 94-3008370

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Board Leadership

John Hagel III & David Teece
Co-Chairs

CEO

David J. Theroux
Founder, President, CEO