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Middle East Forum

Promoting American interests in the Middle East

four stars

92.46

1650 Market Street Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tel: (215) 546-5406   Web Site
EIN: 23-7749796

Board Leadership
Steven Levy
Chair

CEO
Daniel Pipes
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.46 four stars
  Financial 91.97 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1990, the Middle East Forum (MEF) is a think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. It defines U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; improving the management of U.S. democracy efforts; reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia; and countering the Iranian threat. The Forum also works to improve Middle East studies in North America. MEF sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active measures to protect Americans and their allies.

Founded in 1990, the Middle East Forum (MEF) is a think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. It defines U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; improving the management of U.S. democracy efforts; reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia; and countering the Iranian threat. The Forum also works to improve Middle East studies in North America. MEF sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active measures to protect Americans and their allies.

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Financial

four stars

91.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 22.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.14
  Program Expenses Growth 11.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Middle East Forum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Middle East Forum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Middle East Forum (PA) 92.46 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,894,173
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,894,173
   Program Service Revenue $1,894
Total Primary Revenue $4,896,067
   Other Revenue $137,372
TOTAL REVENUE $5,033,439
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,742,259
   Administrative Expenses $1,285,795
   Fundraising Expenses $167,377
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,195,431
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-161,992
   
Net Assets $5,041,458

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Middle East Forum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 92.46 four stars
2017-12 10/01/2019 90.09 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.61 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.04 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 84.58 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 97.36 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 86.31 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 86.28 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 86.28 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.51 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 96.16 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 93.03 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 80.82 three stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 82.56 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 78.51 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 67.99 one star
2003-12 09/01/2005 72.50 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 23-7749796
Name in IRS Master File MIDDLE EAST FORUM
NTEE Code Q20
NTEE Classification Promotion of International Understanding
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing 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 January, 1995
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
$259,000 4.98% Daniel Pipes President

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Charity Contact Info

Middle East Forum
1650 Market Street
Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tel: (215) 546-5406
fax: (215) 546-5409
EIN: 23-7749796

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Board Leadership

Steven Levy
Chair

CEO

Daniel Pipes
President

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