Inspiring Americans to Greatness

Steamboat Springs, CO   |

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The Steamboat Institute's mission is to educate the public on the Founding Principles of the United States and to inspire people to be actively involved in their implementation.

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Chairman, CEO, Co-founder

Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Main address

P. O. Box 883037

Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 USA

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Subject area info


Public policy

Leadership development

Education services

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NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

What we aim to solve

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Since its founding in 2008, Steamboat Institute has seen the decline of liberty happening across the country. Americans feel discouraged, unsure of how they can help, and even cancelled when they try to take action. Steamboat Institute seeks to combat this decline and restore America to vision of our Founders. Steamboat Institute provides tools, information, and inspiration to those who hold the Founding Principles of the nation dear. Through four core programs 1) Campus Liberty Tour, 2) Emerging Leaders Council, 3) Tony Blankley Fellowship for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, and 4) Annual Freedom Conference, Steamboat Institute is changing culture in favor of freedom and developing the next generation of leaders willing to fight for freedom and protect the values that make America great. Steamboat Institute seeks to maintain and grow each program, expand the audience and reach of each program, and inspire more Americans to join us in defending liberty.

Our programs

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

Campus Liberty Tour

Since 2018, Steamboat Institute has fearlessly entered the lion’s den of college campuses with compelling debates on the hot topics of the day, engaging conservatives, liberals and centrists. Our focus is on teaching students – and all who attend – how to think, not what to think.

Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour debates are shining examples of robust but civilized discourse, with an emphasis on critical thinking skills. We cannot maintain our democratic republic without a populace capable of critical thinking and civilized discourse. With our Campus Liberty Tour debates, Steamboat Institute aims to address this problem.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is a select network of young professionals (ages 20-29) from across the U.S. who are rising thought leaders, influencers, and policymakers.

This group includes 40+ aspiring writers, educators, business leaders lawyers, filmmakers, and more. Since 2017, ELC members have been attending the Annual Freedom Conference on scholarship, supporting SI events, writing and publishing op-eds, and changing the hearts and minds of their generations. With the support of The Steamboat Institute, ELC members are trained and educated on founding principles, media and journalism, persuasion, and leadership, allowing them to inspire their peers and create a chain reaction of engaged, liberty-minded citizens.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Steamboat Institute established the Tony Blankley Fellowship for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism to honor the memory of our dear friend, Tony Blankley, and to build on his legacy. Tony Blankley was a master journalist and communicator and acted as the Moderator for our first three Freedom Conferences (2009, 2010 and 2011). His insights and good humor were indispensable.

Tonys grasp of public policy, the proper role of government, and the concept of American Exceptionalism is beyond dispute. It is our intention to build on Tonys substantial legacy by nurturing and supporting the careers of outstanding young journalists and emerging conservative thought leaders who share the principles and values espoused by the late Tony Blankley and Steamboat Institute.

The fellowship recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend, travel expenses, speaking engagements, public relations/social media support, and extensive networking opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young adults

Steamboat Institute's Annual Freedom Conference is hosted in Beaver Creek, CO, each year. This 2-day conference brings together the nations top policy and thought leaders and concerned citizens for discussions and insight on the key issues facing the country. Attendees leave inspired to defend liberty in their communities and with the information and resources to have impact.

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Our results

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Scholarships for young professionals to attend the Annual Freedom Conference

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Campus Liberty Tour

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Each of the four core programs, Campus Lberty Tour, Emerging Leaders Council, Tony Blankley Fellowship, and Freedom Conference, each serve a unique purpose to achieve Steamboat Institute's mission to inspire active involvement in defense of liberty.

The Campus Liberty Tour (CLT) brings robust yet civil debates to college campuses around the country with the goal of teaching students HOW to think, not WHAT to think. With live pre- and post-debate polling, students are able to see in real time how simply hearing more than one point of view can change your perspective on an issue.

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) seeks to develop young leaders from a variety of career fields. These rising stars are the leaders of tomorrow, and Steamboat Institute is preparing them to be principled, thoughtful defenders of liberty. ELC members are a select cohort of 20-29 year olds that receive training, education, mentorship and more from Steamboat Institute.

The Tony Blankley Fellows are budding journalists that Steamboat Institute develop and nurture into thriving careers in media. These Fellows are changing the media landscape with their honest reporting. Steamboat Institute's goal is to help restore the trust and integrity of the mainstream media through these principled journalists.

The Freedom Conference serves as a space for liberty-minded individuals and concerned citizens to gather together and learn about the biggest issues facing the nation from policy and thought experts. The retreat-like setting of Beaver Creek, CO, allows attendees to visit with these experts and learn first-hand how they can help defend liberty in their communities.

Steamboat Institute is actively investing in increased staff capacity and new technologies to help grow and facilitate its core programs. By growing these programs, Steamboat Institute will reach new audiences and inspire more Americans to join the fight for freedom.

Since 2019, Steamboat Institute has added 3 full time staff members and several part-time or contractor team members.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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 2.62 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 STEAMBOAT INSTITUTE’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 $1,545 $1,131 $136,922 $133,706 $57,212
As % of expenses 0.2% 0.2% 22.3% 12.5% 3.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,317 $943 $136,581 $133,269 $56,923
As % of expenses 0.2% 0.1% 22.2% 12.5% 3.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $761,587 $701,489 $752,000 $1,199,363 $1,548,316
Total revenue, % change over prior year 38.5% -7.9% 7.2% 59.5% 29.1%
Program services revenue 29.9% 15.2% 22.3% 22.3% 12.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.9% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 70.1% 84.8% 71.0% 77.6% 87.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $757,542 $700,358 $615,078 $1,065,638 $1,501,104
Total expenses, % change over prior year 31.7% -7.5% -12.2% 73.3% 40.9%
Personnel 9.2% 9.6% 18.0% 19.1% 14.0%
Professional fees 15.1% 8.7% 12.0% 7.8% 5.5%
Occupancy 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.0% 2.7% 3.6% 1.9% 1.1%
All other expenses 73.0% 79.0% 66.4% 71.2% 79.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $757,770 $700,546 $615,419 $1,066,075 $1,501,393
One month of savings $63,129 $58,363 $51,257 $88,803 $125,092
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $85,217 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $1,378 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $820,899 $758,909 $753,271 $1,154,878 $1,626,485

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Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 0.8 4.1 3.4 3.7
Months of cash and investments 1.0 0.8 4.1 3.4 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.5 0.6 3.3 3.4 2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $62,954 $47,848 $208,604 $302,367 $459,364
Investments $0 $0 $0 $2,175 $0
Receivables $163,500 $209,750 $221,000 $433,620 $488,165
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,107 $2,107 $3,485 $3,485 $3,485
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.4% 79.4% 57.8% 70.3% 78.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 81.5% 83.3% 58.6% 60.0% 62.3%
Unrestricted net assets $32,322 $33,265 $169,846 $303,115 $360,038
Temporarily restricted net assets $10,000 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 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $0
Total net assets $42,322 $43,265 $179,846 $313,115 $360,038

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chairman, CEO, Co-founder

Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 12/13/2023
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Board co-chair

Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Board co-chair

Rick Akin

The Akin Law Firm, LLC

Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Rick Akin

Roger Dorf

William Friesell

Christopher Cummings

Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto

Bridgett Wagner

Matthew Spalding

Charlie McNeil