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Council on Foreign Relations
A nonpartisan resource for information and analysis
83.86
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065
tel: (212) 434-9400   Web Site
EIN: 13-1628168
Board Leadership
David M. Rubernstein
Chairman CEO
Richard N. Haass
President
 
Mission
Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. The Council does this by: maintaining a diverse membership; convening meetings to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research; publishing the journal Foreign Affairs; sponsoring independent task forces; and providing up-to-date information about foreign policy.
Rating Overview
Financial
77.54
Accountability & Transparency
96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Why isn't this based on more recent data?
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Financial Performance Metrics
 Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
68.2%
 Administrative Expenses25.8%
 Fundraising Expenses5.9%
 Fundraising Efficiency$0.06
 Working Capital Ratio (years)4.09
 Program Expenses Growth0.3%
 Liabilities to Assets12.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council on Foreign Relations on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Accountability & Transparency
Performance Metrics
Information Provided on the Form 990
 
 
Independent Voting Board Members

 
No Material diversion of assets
 Audited financials prepared by independent accountant
 Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From related parties
 
Documents Board Meeting Minutes
 Provided copy of Form 990 to organization's governing body in advance of filing
 
Conflict of Interest Policy
 
Whistleblower Policy
 Records Retention and Destruction Policy
 
CEO listed with salary
 Process for determining CEO compensation
 
Board Listed / Board Members Not Compensated
Is the following information easily accessible on the charity's website? 
 
Donor Privacy Policy
 
Board Members Listed
 
Audited Financials
 
Form 990
 
Key staff listed
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Income Statement
(FYE 06/2019)
REVENUE
 
Contributions 
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants$67,952,100
   Federated Campaigns$0
   Membership Dues$4,912,269
   Fundraising Events$0
   Related Organizations$0
   Government Grants$0
Total Contributions$72,864,369
   Program Service Revenue$17,598,232
Total Primary Revenue$90,462,601
   Other Revenue$49,673,699
TOTAL REVENUE$140,136,300
  
EXPENSES 
   Program Expenses$50,992,100
   Administrative Expenses$20,793,800
   Fundraising Expenses$4,621,400
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES$76,407,300
 
 
Payments to Affiliates$0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year$63,729,000
 
 
Net Assets$546,027,700
Financial Charts
Contributions Breakdown (FYE 06/2019)
Contributions, Gifts
& Grants
Membership Dues
93.3%
Expenses Breakdown (FYE 06/2019)
Program
Administrative
Fundraising
27.2%
66.7%
Revenue/Expenses Trend
Program Expenses
Programs (FYE 06/2019)
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 NameAmount Spent% of Program Expenses
The David Rockefeller Studies Program$23,551,70046.2%
Foreign Affairs$10,417,80020.4%
CFR's Meetings Programs$3,259,8006.4%
Ratings History
Form 990 FYEDate PublishedOverall ScoreOverall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06
06/01/2020
83.86

2018-06
06/01/2019
89.04

2017-06
06/01/2018
87.81

2016-06
06/01/2017
87.25

2015-06
06/01/2016
86.29
 
CN 2.0
2014-06
08/01/2015
84.70

2013-06
06/01/2014
90.35

2012-06
06/01/2013
91.25

2011-06
08/01/2012
86.31

2010-06
09/20/2011
84.68
 
CN 1.0
2009-06
11/01/2010
94.57

2008-06
12/15/2009
92.09

2007-06
05/01/2009
88.09

2006-06
05/01/2008
87.08

2005-06
12/01/2006
86.75

2004-06
12/01/2005
84.20

2003-06
09/01/2004
95.25

2002-06
08/01/2003
86.44

2001-06
10/15/2002
86.61
DETAILED SIDE-BY-SIDE REPORT
IRS Data/Forms 990
The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).
EIN13-1628168
Name in IRS Master FileCOUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS INC
NTEE CodeQ05
NTEE ClassificationResearch Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE TypeInternational, Foreign Affairs and National Security
ClassificationEducational Organization
Subsection501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities(161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation StatusOrganization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
AffiliationIndependent - 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 DateJanuary, 1927
Filing Requirement990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year EndJune
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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June, 2018
June, 2017
June, 2016
June, 2015
June, 2014
Compensation of Leaders
(FYE 06/2019)
Comp% of ExpensesPaid toTitle
$1,694,2592.21%Richard N. HaassPresident
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