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The Ayn Rand Institute

The center for the advancement of Objectivism

two stars

78.40

6 Hutton Centre Drive Suite 600
Santa Ana, CA 92707
tel: (949) 222-6550   Web Site
EIN: 22-2570926

Board Leadership
Yaron Brook
Chair

CEO
Tal Tsfany
President & Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.40 two stars
  Financial 69.72 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand's novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience. ARI seeks to spearhead a cultural renaissance that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's culture. The major battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism is the educational institutions-high schools and, above all, the universities, where students learn the ideas that shape their lives. Ayn Rand's philosophy-known as Objectivism-holds that historical trends are the inescapable product of philosophy.

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand's novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience. ARI seeks to spearhead a cultural renaissance that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's culture. The major battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism is the educational institutions-high schools and, above all, the universities, where students learn the ideas that shape their lives. Ayn Rand's philosophy-known as Objectivism-holds that historical trends are the inescapable product of philosophy.

Financial

one star

69.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.27
  Program Expenses Growth -8.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 65.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ayn Rand Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ayn Rand Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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The Ayn Rand Institute (CA) 78.40 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,371,413
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $97,540
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,468,953
   Program Service Revenue $466,263
Total Primary Revenue $6,935,216
   Other Revenue $51,462
TOTAL REVENUE $6,986,678
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,524,694
   Administrative Expenses $1,458,483
   Fundraising Expenses $794,482
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,777,659
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-790,981
   
Net Assets $2,324,199

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
Outreach Programs $2,918,731 52.8%
Educational Programs $2,021,081 36.6%
Other $584,882 10.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 78.40 two stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 77.88 two stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 76.96 two stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 80.43 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 83.50 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.02 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 89.21 three stars
2013-09 02/01/2015 83.25 three stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 78.57 two stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 90.02 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 93.32 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 91.05 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 07/01/2011 93.74 four stars
2009-09 08/01/2010 86.19 three stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 83.19 three stars
2007-09 09/01/2008 85.64 three stars
2006-09 05/01/2007 83.06 three stars
2005-09 06/01/2006 73.76 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 75.49 two stars
2003-09 02/01/2005 72.98 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 22-2570926
Name in IRS Master File AYN RAND INSTITUTE THE CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF OBJECTIVISM
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 (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(149) Other instruction and training
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 May, 1987
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
$167,652 2.15% Tal Tsfany President & CEO

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The Ayn Rand Institute (CA) 78.40 two stars
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Charity Contact Info

The Ayn Rand Institute
6 Hutton Centre Drive
Suite 600
Santa Ana, CA 92707
tel: (949) 222-6550
fax: (949) 222-6558
EIN: 22-2570926

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Board Leadership

Yaron Brook
Chair

CEO

Tal Tsfany
President & Chief Executive Officer

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