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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Discovery Institute

Advancing a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation.

two stars

73.12

208 Columbia Street Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 292-0401   Web Site
EIN: 91-1521697

Board Leadership
Bruce Chapman
Chair

CEO
Steven J. Buri
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 73.12 two stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 62.00 one star
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Discovery Institute is an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued. Discovery Institute has a special concern for the role that science and technology play in our culture and how they can advance free markets, illuminate public policy and support the theistic foundations of the West.

Discovery Institute is an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued. Discovery Institute has a special concern for the role that science and technology play in our culture and how they can advance free markets, illuminate public policy and support the theistic foundations of the West.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

one star

62.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 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)
91.4%
  Administrative Expenses 1.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth 15.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Discovery Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery Institute (WA) 73.12 two stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
Pioneer Institute (MA) 93.19 four stars
National Employment Law Project (NY) 92.22 four stars
National Consumers League (DC) 86.24 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,322,302
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $603,674
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,925,976
   Program Service Revenue $179,170
Total Primary Revenue $8,105,146
   Other Revenue $88,852
TOTAL REVENUE $8,193,998
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,827,421
   Administrative Expenses $84,414
   Fundraising Expenses $391,367
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,303,202
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,890,796
   
Net Assets $6,894,939

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
Promotion of Scientific Research and Education $4,682,953 80.4%
The AI Program $346,872 5.9%
Technology and Democracy Project $219,059 3.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 73.12 two stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 83.64 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 82.97 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 82.93 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.32 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 81.40 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 81.19 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 82.33 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 83.38 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 80.14 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.68 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 87.92 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 89.05 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 88.87 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 92.58 four stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 92.68 four stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 92.94 four stars
2003-12 11/01/2005 95.54 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 91-1521697
Name in IRS Master File DISCOVERY INSTITUTE
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 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 June, 1996
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
$170,325 2.70% Steven Buri President
Other Salaries of Note
$252,500 4.00% Stephen Meyer Employee

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery Institute (WA) 73.12 two stars
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 87.64 three stars
Public Agenda (NY) 89.54 three stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 91.59 four stars
Center for Disaster Philanthropy (DC) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Discovery Institute
208 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 292-0401
fax: (206) 682-5320
EIN: 91-1521697

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Board Leadership

Bruce Chapman
Chair

CEO

Steven J. Buri
President

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