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Discovery Institute

Advancing a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation.

three stars

83.32

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 83.32 three stars
  Financial 94.80 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

94.80

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
89.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.74
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
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) 83.32 three stars
MN Community Measurement (MN) 91.74 four stars
League of American Bicyclists (DC) 87.97 three stars
Communications Consortium Media Center (DC) 87.44 three stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 95.98 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,321,879
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $376,938
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,698,817
   Program Service Revenue $77,914
Total Primary Revenue $4,776,731
   Other Revenue $51,700
TOTAL REVENUE $4,828,431
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,080,427
   Administrative Expenses $184,738
   Fundraising Expenses $312,664
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,577,829
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $250,602
   
Net Assets $3,582,691

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 $3,205,253 78.6%
Technology and Democracy Project $318,555 7.8%
The Center of Wealth, Poverty, and Morality $180,074 4.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,200 3.14% Steven Buri President

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Discovery Institute (WA) 83.32 three stars
Tobin Project (MA) 89.78 three stars
The Great Plains Institute (MN) 95.98 four stars
Food and Water Watch (DC) 88.45 three stars
Food Research & Action Center (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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