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Middle East Institute

Washington, DC   |  https://www.mei.edu

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Middle East Institute

EIN: 53-0204608


Mission

TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MIDDLE EAST AMONG CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF THESE TWO AREAS.

Ruling year info

1949

President and CEO

Paul Salem

Main address

1763 N St NW

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

53-0204608

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Languages

International studies

International relations

Foreign policy

Population served info

Students

Researchers

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MEI’s mission is to work towards peace, prosperity and partnership in the Middle East. The region’s future remains of great importance to the United States and the world. MEI is uniquely positioned as a premier think tank and convener to exercise the leadership necessary to navigate crises, support recovery, and build resilience in the Middle East – while promoting close collaboration with the United States.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies

MEI’s Afghanistan and Pakistan studies center aims to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of the politics, economy, society and foreign policy of these two countries. It works with scholars to produce original research, sponsors lectures, produces opinion pieces, and provides expert analysis with the goal of promoting knowledge about Afghanistan and Pakistan among the American public and within policy making circles.

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Publications, blog posts, and podcasts

Number of public events held to further mission

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

The Middle East Institute seeks to achieve policy impact by serving as a trusted source for non-partisan expert analysis of regional trends and events and providing programs, projects, and partnerships positioned to support the current challenges in the Middle East. It is also dedicated to promoting education and greater understanding and appreciation of the region’s rich history, culture, and contemporary art.

The Institute integrates the work of three Centers to achieve its goals of policy impact, education, and cultural diplomacy:

1) Policy Center: MEI’s think tank produces analysis, convenes experts, and provides insight that helps decision makers in Washington and around the world craft foreign policies that prioritize peace, prosperity, and partnership.

2) Education Center: Through language instruction, a peer-reviewed academic journal, a library, and leadership development program, the Education Center works to teach and mentor the next generation of policy makers to think critically about the region and engage holistically with its peoples, languages, cultures, histories, and identities.

3) Arts & Culture Center: Through arts programming and rotating exhibitions in the MEI Art Gallery, the Arts and Culture Center showcases the often-overlooked cultural depth of the Middle East, and works to forge indelible bonds through the power of music, performance, and the arts.

Financials

Middle East Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

3.30

Average of 17.88 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.6

Average of 10.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Middle East Institute

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

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$1,286,749 $487,495 $1,008,342 $98,677 -$3,356,446
As % of expenses -25.1% 9.1% 17.5% 1.5% -46.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,634,127 $287,333 $569,623 -$330,657 -$3,757,113
As % of expenses -29.9% 5.2% 9.2% -4.6% -49.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,201,501 $4,616,349 $5,723,487 $7,193,589 $7,537,295
Total revenue, % change over prior year -27.8% 9.9% 24.0% 25.7% 4.8%
Program services revenue 21.5% 19.9% 11.6% 7.2% 6.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 13.2% 10.7% 5.5% 5.7% 5.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.6% 5.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 64.3% 67.3% 72.1% 62.2% 66.5%
Other revenue 1.0% 2.1% 3.2% 19.8% 21.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,126,335 $5,329,660 $5,775,121 $6,794,861 $7,169,564
Total expenses, % change over prior year -9.4% 4.0% 8.4% 17.7% 5.5%
Personnel 55.2% 53.3% 63.3% 61.9% 59.4%
Professional fees 11.8% 15.4% 23.5% 23.2% 22.4%
Occupancy 12.2% 8.7% 2.3% 2.5% 2.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 1.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 20.8% 22.5% 10.9% 12.1% 14.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $5,473,713 $5,529,822 $6,213,840 $7,224,195 $7,570,231
One month of savings $427,195 $444,138 $481,260 $566,238 $597,464
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $5,857,992 $6,039,810 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $11,758,900 $12,013,770 $6,695,100 $7,790,433 $8,167,695

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.1 0.7 4.3 1.2 1.6
Months of cash and investments 47.1 34.0 36.3 31.6 26.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 38.7 24.8 24.5 23.6 20.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $488,083 $301,604 $2,079,706 $661,531 $956,382
Investments $19,612,127 $14,798,817 $15,401,988 $17,214,093 $14,567,207
Receivables $802,067 $1,190,536 $78,244 $1,168,867 $1,581,553
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $11,470,369 $17,510,179 $17,723,905 $17,754,976 $17,754,976
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 19.4% 13.9% 16.2% 18.6% 20.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 7.3% 14.6%
Unrestricted net assets $25,793,625 $26,080,958 $26,650,581 $26,319,924 $22,562,811
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $4,333,856 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $4,333,856 $5,083,623 $5,651,754 $6,178,009 $5,178,227
Total net assets $30,127,481 $31,164,581 $32,302,335 $32,497,933 $27,741,038

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Paul Salem

Paul Salem is president and CEO of the Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports. Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013. From 1999 to 2006, he was director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989-1999 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon's leading public policy think tank.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/30/2023
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Board chair

John Abizaid

Marjorie Adams

Robert Jordan

Brian C. McK. Henderson

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/29/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Male

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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