National Association of Scholars Parent

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National Association of Scholars

EIN: 11-2741490


Established in 1987, NAS seeks to counteract the decline in American undergraduate education, which has occurred so widely since the late 1960s. Specifically, this means the restoration of the traditional liberal arts requirements based on the seminal works of Western Civilization, the re-establishment of rigorous academic standards, and opposition to the politically tendentious courses now so widespread on many campuses. NAS also seeks to preserve academic freedom from increasing encroachment by campus speech codes, which often impede the free exchange of ideas and open debate.

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Dr. Peter W. Wood

Main address

420 Madison Ave. 7th Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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Subject area info

Higher education

Population served info



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Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NAS is concerned with issues, including academic content, cost, unfairness, academic integrity, campus culture, attitudes, governance, and long-term trends. We encourage commitment to high intellectual standards, individual merit, institutional integrity, good governance, and sound public policy.

We believe that intellectual freedom and the pursuit of truth are fundamental values for higher education, and we want higher education to once again become a place that prioritizes these values.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Questions

From our national headquarters in New York, NAS sponsors a network of 47 state affiliates, and publishes Academic Questions, a quarterly journal, and NAS Update, our regular newsletter. Our major research projects are conducted from our New York office as well. We also hold periodic regional conferences devoted to timely issues in contemporary higher education.

Population(s) Served

NAS defends professors and scholars facing challenges to academic freedom.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

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Population(s) Served


Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

NAS is a membership organization. Our members are the committed, involved supporters who help push our work forward.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NAS was founded to confront the rise of campus political correctness.

We expect colleges to offer coherent curricula and programs of study. We uphold a view of institutional integrity that includes financial probity as well as transparency in the curriculum and classroom. We uphold the principles of academic freedom that include faculty members' and students' freedom to pursue academic research; their freedom to question and to think for themselves; and their freedom from ideological imposition.

We expect colleges and universities to prioritize education as academia's main purpose. And we understand education in our time and place to entail providing students with breadth of understanding of core subjects including Western civilization and American history. We recognize that the vitality of American education arises in large part out of the freedom of colleges and universities to experiment and to offer diverse curricula. That robust diversity, however, must be anchored in respect.

The NAS advocates for excellence by encouraging commitment to high intellectual standards, individual merit, institutional integrity, good governance, and sound public policy.

Ideas judged on their merits
Disinterested pursuit of truth
Fair and judicial examination of contending views
Rich and challenging reading assignments
Frequent and carefully assessed writing assignments
Well-rounded core requirements
Transmission of both the core content and core values of Western civilization
Rigorous and fair testing and examination
Coherent curricula within majors and programs of study

Individuals judged fairly, according to their abilities and accomplishments
Grades consonant with accomplishment

Thrift, faithful stewardship of gifts, and financial probity
Transparency in the curriculum and classroom
Scientific spirit in scholarly inquiry
Freedom of faculty members and students to pursue academic research
Freedom of faculty members to teach their academic subjects
Freedom of students to question and to think for themselves
Freedom from ideological imposition or suppression
Conservation of knowledge and intellectual achievement

Leadership focused on academic mission
Appointment of officers and staff members who are genuinely qualified
Efficient organization
Transparent rules and procedures
Adherence to the rule of law
Restraint in response to fashionable movements and political, social, and ideological enthusiasms
Mindfulness of the history of higher education, the ethos of scholarship, and value of knowledge and free inquiry
Capacity and willingness to distinguish between the significant and the trivial
Commitment to civil debate and respect for dissenting opinions

Prioritizing education as academia's main purpose
Minimal student indebtedness
Equal opportunity on the basis of individual merit
Access to college for all
Alternatives to college made available
Greater price competition among colleges and universities
Support for affordable tuition
Support for innovation and the creation of new colleges
Support for the developing market for online college degrees and vocational training
One set of standards applied to for-profit and not-for-profit institutions
Academic programs aligned with U.S. national interests
Funding for basic research
Reform of K-12 education

We publish a quarterly journal, Academic Questions, which explores the vices and virtues of the contemporary university. Issues are often themed and include scholarly articles, book reviews, poetry, and items of academic interest. A subscription to Academic Questions is included in NAS membership. Read More

We regularly publish studies that examine curricula and other aspects of higher education policy and practice. These studies document trends in contemporary academia. They aim to stimulate improvements to the quality of education in our colleges and universities.

NAS's website presents daily opinion and commentary on developments and trends in higher education. A high-traffic destination linked by major online publications, publishes substantial op-ed style articles by guest authors and NAS staff, along with debates and videos.

NAS and our members are involved in efforts to pass legislation for true and salutary higher education reform. We file friend-of-the-court briefs in legal cases, defending freedom of speech and conscience, and the civil rights of educators and students. We give testimony before congressional and legislative committees and engage public support for worthy reforms. We defend academics and scholars facing challenges to their academic freedom.

NAS holds national and regional meetings that focus on important issues and public policy debates in higher education today. At these meetings and conferences, those concerned about higher education convene to discuss issues of the moment, propose reforms, and recognize individual achievements.

Recent accomplishments include:

Accomplishment #1
Sen. Marco Rubio cited Outsourced to China, NAS's April 2017 report on Confucius Institutes and China's use of soft power at American universities, in a letter urging Florida Confucius Institutes to close. NAS was invited to work with members of the U.S. House and Senate on draft legislation.

Accomplishment #2
NAS was invited to brief staff members at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, the GAO, and the White House on Confucius Institutes. This report has been featured in Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and NRO.

Accomplishment #3
In Feb. 2017, NAS published the Freedom to Learn Amendments to support healthy competition, individual excellence, and freedom from overregulation on American campuses. The HEA reauthorization (Dec. 2017), incorporated many of NAS's proposals, including some of our proposed language. Rep. Virginia Foxx reference our work during an address to Congress on the PROSPER Act.

Accomplishment #4
In 2016, NAS published The Disappearing Continent, the first systematic critique of the examination on European History. In 2017, the College Board made substantial revisions to the APEH course guide in response to our critiques.

Accomplishment #5
In April 2018, U-Penn Law Prof. Amy Wax was barred from teaching first-year courses when students demanded she be fired after she publicly expressed support for traditional marriage and opposition to affirmative action. NAS hosted a sold-out event to honor Prof. Wax for her academic courage.

Accomplishment #6
In April 2018, NAS launched our newest report, The Irreproducibility Crisis, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., at an event sponsored by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. An op-ed by NAS President Peter Wood and Research Director David Randall was featured in the Wall Street Journal in conjunction with the launch.

How we listen

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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


National Association of Scholars
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24.55 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of National Association of Scholars’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$154,978 $529,996 $1,564,663 $1,116,340 -$280,274
As % of expenses -10.4% 34.8% 76.8% 53.8% -11.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$154,978 $529,996 $1,564,663 $1,116,340 -$280,274
As % of expenses -10.4% 34.8% 76.8% 53.8% -11.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,492,669 $2,184,880 $3,332,319 $2,975,459 $2,633,316
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.0% 46.4% 52.5% -10.7% -11.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 8.1% 8.3% 5.8% 5.9% 0.0%
Investment income 3.2% 0.3% 4.1% 2.6% 3.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 87.9% 81.6% 89.7% 91.5% 96.5%
Other revenue 0.9% 9.8% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,489,883 $1,523,150 $2,038,355 $2,076,320 $2,501,741
Total expenses, % change over prior year 21.5% 2.2% 33.8% 1.9% 20.5%
Personnel 53.7% 52.6% 47.3% 57.4% 62.9%
Professional fees 14.2% 11.8% 23.3% 7.4% 8.6%
Occupancy 7.0% 7.8% 6.7% 7.3% 6.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.2% 3.3% 1.3% 2.2% 1.8%
All other expenses 24.0% 24.5% 21.4% 25.7% 20.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,489,883 $1,523,150 $2,038,355 $2,076,320 $2,501,741
One month of savings $124,157 $126,929 $169,863 $173,027 $208,478
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,614,040 $1,650,079 $2,208,218 $2,249,347 $2,710,219

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.3 6.0 8.4 7.3 5.3
Months of cash and investments 10.5 17.5 22.0 28.3 21.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.2 13.1 19.0 25.1 19.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $410,102 $764,590 $1,431,608 $1,261,902 $1,108,504
Investments $891,918 $1,457,733 $2,309,838 $3,629,098 $3,344,761
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $157,846 $157,846 $72,925 $72,925 $72,925
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 2.9% 0.9% 0.9% 6.1%
Unrestricted net assets $1,136,937 $1,666,933 $3,231,596 $4,347,936 $4,067,662
Temporarily restricted net assets $137,815 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $137,815 $543,215 $517,570 $546,140 $169,046
Total net assets $1,274,752 $2,210,148 $3,749,166 $4,894,076 $4,236,708

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dr. Peter W. Wood

Peter Wood succeeded Stephen H. Balch as NAS President in December, 2008, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization.  He is also the Editor of Academic Questions, and also supervises the NAS web page, for which he writes regularly.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
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Board chair

Dr. Keith Whitaker

National Association of Scholars

Term: 2021 - 2024

Daniel Asia

Stephen Balch

Jay Bergman

Ward Connerly

George Dent

David Gordon

Keith Whitaker

Amy Wax

Bradley Watson

Richard Vedder

Wight Martindale

Thomas Klingenstein

Gail Heriot

Joshua Katz

Adam Kissel

Alexander Riley

Elizabetj Weiss

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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