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James Randi Educational Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/07/2014: James Randi Educational Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: JAMES RANDI EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

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AKA  JREF
Falls Church, VA
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James Randi Educational Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/07/2014: James Randi Educational Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: JAMES RANDI EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: JREF
Physical Address: Falls Church, VA 22042 
EIN: 65-0649443
Web URL: www.randi.org 
Blog URL: www.randi.org 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
None
Ruling Year: 1997 


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Mission Statement

To advocate for the value of scientific thinking and critical inquiry. To serve as an educational resource for the public and the media on topics involving pseudoscience, the paranormal and other extraordinary claims. To provide, promote and defend educational practices for the teaching and learning of critical thinking skills. To foster interaction among the diverse groups and individuals who value healthy skepticism. To inspire the next generation of outspoken advocates for science and reason.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $887,595
Total Expenses $1,039,201

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Leadership

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James Randi

Term:

Since Sept 2014

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Programs

Program: Critical Thinking Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

The JREF maintains a comprehensive Web page (www.randi.org)--updated daily. We hold regular discussion groups, sponsor conferences, publish a newsletter (SWIFT), and serve as media consultants in the process of critical thinking. Mr. Randi appears on behalf of JREF all over the world, lecturing students and academic staff members on his specialty. Randi also regularly speaks via podcasts and radio interviews. At our headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, we offer a large book library and a video library for the personal consultation of visitors, the media, students, and researchers. We archive video programs and documentaries dealing with the subjects in which we specialize. E-mail has proven particularly effective for the JREF, enabling us to reach a much wider audience worldwide, and to supply inquirers with text and graphics in answer to their questions. One of Mr. Randi's books, "An Encyclopedia of the Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural," is available on our Web page. All material published on the Web is archived and easily available to anyone. Mr. Randi daily answers 40-60 email inquiries.

Program Long-Term Success:

Hosted TAM6, our annual conference on critical thinking and skepticism in Las Vegas with over 1000 participants

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