The Institute on Religion and Public Life Inc

Address
35 East 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
Contact
Website: http://www.firstthings.com
Phone: +1 (212) 627-2288
Nonprofit
NTEE: A70 - Humanities Organizations
EIN: 52-1628303

Mission

The Institute on Religion and Public Life is an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization. The Institutes mission is to articulate a governing consensus that supports:- a religiously pluralistic society that defends human dignity from conception to natural death.- a democratic, constitutionally ordered form of government supported by a religiously and morally serious culture.- a vision of freedom that encourages a culture of personal and communal responsibility.- loyalty to the Western tradition that provide a basis for responsible global citizenship.The Institutes flagship program, First Things magazine, is the leading intellectual journal of its kind in the United States. In addition to publishing ten issues of First Things each year, the Institute hosts educational programs that promote religiously informed analysis of culture, society, theology, and politics.
 20162015201420132012
Basic features of the organization
Year of formation1989
Subsection code03
PF filing required0    
Metropolitan statistical area5602
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$476,562.00$365,392.00$200,000.00 $200,004.00
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$359,650.00$365,392.00$200,000.00 $200,004.00
Number of employees131015 16
Number of people compensated >$100k111 1
Number of volunteers5    
Number of highly compensated contractors111  
Personnel
Chong, Victor
TitleTreasurer, Mgr.treasurer   
Name of key/compensated personVictor Chongvictor chong   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org40.00040.00   
Reportable compensation from org$70,008.00$72,004.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$33,588.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Clark, Fred
Title directordirector director
Name of key/compensated person fred clarkfred clark fred clark
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director TrueTrue True
Average hours per week working for org 001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00 $0.00
Clark, Frederic
TitleDirector    
Name of key/compensated personFrederic Clark    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org1.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Corey, Elizabeth
TitleDirectordirectordirector  
Name of key/compensated personElizabeth Coreyelizabeth coreyelizabeth corey  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00  
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Glendon, Mary
TitleDirectordirectordirector director
Name of key/compensated personMary Ann Glendonmary ann glendonmary ann glendon mary ann glendon
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Goldman, Davida
TitleSecretary, Mgr.secretary   
Name of key/compensated personDavida Goldmandavida goldman   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org40.00040.00   
Reportable compensation from org$73,380.00$73,380.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$23,789.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Hittinger, Russell
TitleDirectortreasurertreasurer secretary/treasurer
Name of key/compensated personRussell Hittingerrussell hittingerrussell hittinger russell hittinger
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Current officer  True True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Moran, Colin
TitleDirectordirectordirector director
Name of key/compensated personColin Morancolin morancolin moran colin moran
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Novak, David
TitleVice Presidentsecretarysecretary vice president
Name of key/compensated personDavid Novakdavid novakdavid novak david novak
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Current officerTrue True True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Nperryjr, James
Title director   
Name of key/compensated person james nperryjr   
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True   
Average hours per week working for org 001.00   
Reportable compensation from org $0.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00   
Perry, James
TitleDirector    
Name of key/compensated personJames Perry    
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue    
Average hours per week working for org1.00    
Reportable compensation from org$0.00    
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00    
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00    
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Perryjr, James
Title  director  
Name of key/compensated person  james n perryjr  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director  True  
Average hours per week working for org  001.00  
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00  
Reno, Russell
TitleExecutive Dir.executive directorexecutive director executive director
Name of key/compensated personRussell R Renorussell r renorussell r reno russell r reno
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrue    
Average hours per week working for org40.00050.00050.00 050.00
Reportable compensation from org$216,262.00$220,008.00$200,000.00 $200,004.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$55,091.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Shaw, Bruce
TitleDirectordirectordirector  
Name of key/compensated personBruce R Shawbruce shawbruce shaw  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00  
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Smith, Larry
TitleDirectordirectordirector  
Name of key/compensated personLarry A Smithlarry a smithlarry a smith  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue  
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00  
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Weigel, George
TitleDirectordirectordirector director
Name of key/compensated personGeorge Weigelgeorge weigelgeorge weigel george weigel
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Wilken, Robert
TitleChairman& Pres.board chairmanpresident president
Name of key/compensated personRobert Louis Wilkenrobert wilkenrobert wilken robert wilken
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrueTrue True
Current officerTrue True True
Average hours per week working for org1.00001.00001.00 001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.00    
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesThe Institute on Religion and Public Life, Inc. is an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.Publication of magazine - First Things. Conferences among notable scholars on issues pertaining to American public philosophy.Publication of magazine - First Things. Conferences among notable scholars on issues pertaining to American public philosophy. Publication of magazine - First Things. Conferences among notable scholars on issues pertaining to American public philosophy.
Program service expenses, total$2,270,856.00$1,758,673.00$1,661,606.00 $1,591,034.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS First Things Educational Programs are a long standing commitment. Each year the Institute sponsors and hosts a variety of educational events in order to engage the public, national influencers, as well as noted scholars and promising students. The Institutes educational programs promote religiously informed analysis of culture, society, theology, and religious liberty. These programs include Evangelicals and Catholics Together, the annual Erasmus Lecture, special colloquia, and its new Intellectual Retreats.
Program expenses$530,032.00    
Program revenue$63,639.00    
Program descriptionEDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS First Things Educational Programs are a long standing commitment. Each year the Institute sponsors and hosts a variety of educational events in order to engage the public, national influencers, as well as noted scholars and promising students. The Institutes educational programs promote religiously informed analysis of culture, society, theology, and religious liberty. These programs include Evangelicals and Catholics Together, the annual Erasmus Lecture, special colloquia, and its new Intellectual Retreats.    
Meetings with theologians and other members of the religious community on topics of interest to them.
Program expenses $355,291.00$203,953.00 $55,899.00
Program description Meetings with theologians and other members of the religious community on topics of interest to them.Meetings with theologians and other members of the religious community on topics of interest to them. Meetings with theologians and other members of the religious community on topics of interest to them.
PUBLICATION OF FIRST THINGS MAGAZINEThe Institutes publication, First Things, is the leading intellectual journal of its kind in the United States. Published ten times a year, with a print circulation of over 28,000, the magazine can be accessed via Android, iPad, Kindle, and Nook. At firstthings.com, readers can access the content of the First Things print edition, as well as online-only articles and widely read blogs.
Program expenses$1,740,824.00$968,355.00$1,026,545.00 $1,056,693.00
Program revenue$727,646.00$692,751.00$692,203.00 $808,072.00
Program descriptionPUBLICATION OF FIRST THINGS MAGAZINEThe Institutes publication, First Things, is the leading intellectual journal of its kind in the United States. Published ten times a year, with a print circulation of over 28,000, the magazine can be accessed via Android, iPad, Kindle, and Nook. At firstthings.com, readers can access the content of the First Things print edition, as well as online-only articles and widely read blogs.Publication of First Things MagazinePublication of First Things Magazine Publication of First Things Magazine
publication management
Program expenses $137,945.00$133,734.00 $126,993.00
Program description publication managementpublication management publication management
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$2,543,353.00$2,892,279.00$2,267,261.00 $2,069,796.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$1,484,020.00$2,004,847.00$1,238,251.00$1,417,409.00$1,010,469.00
Revenue from noncash contributions  $20,283.00 $66,367.00
Investment income, current yr-$2,040.00$122.00-$154.00 $2,864.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$1,484,020.00$2,004,847.00$1,238,251.00 $1,010,469.00
Total unrelated business revenue$204,181.00$134,027.00$252,228.00 $202,746.00
Other revenue, current yr$0.00$7,000.00$12,000.00 $662.00
Program service revenue (total)$1,061,373.00$880,310.00$1,017,164.00$1,050,247.00$1,055,801.00
Gross receipts$2,581,049.00$2,892,279.00$2,267,261.00 $2,250,671.00
Sources of contributions
Revenue from all other contributions$1,484,020.00$2,004,847.00$1,238,251.00 $1,010,469.00
Other types of revenue
Royalties (total)$0.00    
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$0.00   $662.00
Net revenue from gaming (total)$0.00    
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$120.00$122.00-$154.00 $2,069.00
Net rental income$0.00$7,000.00$12,000.00$0.00$0.00
Net income from fundraising events$0.00    
Net inventory sales (total)$0.00    
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$2,861,837.00$2,677,860.00$2,541,154.00 $2,318,468.00
Total functional expenses: program service $2,270,856.00$1,758,673.00$1,661,606.00 $1,591,034.00
Total functional expenses: management and general$364,005.00$742,955.00$701,881.00 $631,750.00
Total functional expenses: fundraising$226,976.00$176,232.00$177,667.00 $95,684.00
Fees for services
Lobbying fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Legal fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
General management fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Investment management fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$1,685,518.00$495,289.00$429,854.00$565,043.00$478,635.00
Total assets, beginning of year$495,289.00$429,854.00$565,043.00 $808,814.00
Total liabilities$933,712.00$689,517.00$838,501.00$699,797.00$738,851.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$689,517.00$838,501.00$699,797.00 $820,358.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$881,184.00    
Loans & receivables from key persons$0.00    
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr-$41,745.00-$194,228.00-$408,647.00  
Temporarily restricted net assets$793,551.00    
Net assets$751,806.00-$194,228.00-$408,647.00 -$260,216.00
Net assets, beginning of year-$194,228.00-$408,647.00-$134,754.00 -$11,544.00
Intangible assets$0.00    
Other assets$48,156.00$45,256.00$44,425.00 $40,447.00
Investments: other securities$0.00    
Investments: publicly traded securities$33,386.00$49,917.00  $26,497.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$592,721.00$237,880.00$149,132.00 $232,571.00
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$237,880.00$149,132.00$325,936.00 $459,906.00
Investments -- program-related$0.00    
Inventories for sale or use$0.00    
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses-$318,484.00$214,419.00-$273,893.00 -$248,672.00
Advertising (total)$29,421.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Savings & temp cash investment$0.00    
Accounts receivable, net$75,393.00$76,141.00$118,136.00 $101,945.00
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$43,514.00$61,339.00$79,250.00 $49,078.00
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$83,957.00$22,108.00$63,577.00 $66,022.00
Deferred revenue$749,755.00$667,409.00$624,924.00 $672,829.00
Unsecured notes & loans to unrelated parties$100,000.00    
Secured mortgages and notes payable  $150,000.00  
Total net assets or fund balances$751,806.00-$194,228.00-$408,647.00 -$260,216.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$21,791.00$21,154.00$26,685.00 $16,068.00
Payment to affiliates$0.00$0.00$0.00 $0.00
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members131111 7
Number of independent voting members111111 7
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrueTrue True
Relationships among key personnelTrue    
Accrual accountingTrueTrueTrue True
Tax year start date2016-01-012015-01-012014-01-01 2012-01-01
Tax year end date2016-12-012015-12-012014-12-012013-12-012012-12-01
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990990 990
Date e-filing submitted2017-12-222017-02-242016-02-09 2014-01-14
IRS schema version2016v3.02015v2.12014v5.0 2012v2.2
Filing identifier201723189349300442201623159349303352201533159349304113 201323089349301462
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