EIN 52-1351785

Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Competitive Enterprise Institute (cei) is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free Enterprise and limited government. We believe that consumers are best helped not by government regulation but by being allowed to make their own choices in a free marketplace. Cei is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free Enterprise and limited government. Public policy research/education dedicated to principles of free Enterprise & limited government.
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Program areas at Competitive Enterprise Institute

Communications and outreachcei's communications and outreach department assists the cei policy centers with their efforts to disseminate research findings and analysis to various audiences including policymakers, news media, allied organizations, and the general public. It also helps the policy centers build coalitions of like minded scholars, activists, and other stakeholders to advance the organization's mission of promoting the institutions of liberty and removing government-created barriers to economic freedom, innovation, and prosperity.
Center for litigation - the central mission of cei's center for law & litigation is to encourage government bodies to comply with the law that governs them. Cei does this through representation of parties in public interest litigation, submission of amicus briefs, policy analysis and advocacy, government records requests, and research support extended to cei's policy colleagues. Issues that the center has focused on in the recent past include corporate average fuel economy standards, consumer appliance energy efficiency standards, the universal service fee, mutual funds fees, and civil forfeiture reform.
Center for economic freedomcei's center for economic freedom addresses many of the industries and activities where long-established, and often paternalistic, regulatory policies tend to stymie the creation and evolution of new products and services, technologies, business practices, and work arrangements. Key issue areas include banking and securities regulation, consumer finance, labor law and employment policy, consumer product regulation, and trade policy. These issue areas requires our experts to have a firm understanding of existing regulation, regulation's monetary and social costs, and an appreciation of the way technology and innovation present new challenges and prospects for reform.
Center for energy and environmentcei's center for energy and environment makes the positive case for abundant energy and promotes environmental policies based on economic freedom, property rights, and limited government. The center works to combat the belief that prosperity threatens the environment, that the answer to every environmental challenge is more regulation and that risks can be abolished by limiting human ingenuity.
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Grants made by Competitive Enterprise Institute

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
America's Future FoundationTo Assist Free-Market Nonprofit Organizations By Identifying, Evaluating, and Placing the Best and Brightest Individuals in Key Roles Within the Liberty Movement.$12,500

Who funds Competitive Enterprise Institute

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Vanguard Charitable Endowment ProgramFor Recipient's Exempt Purpose$1,259,500
Donors TrustFor General Operations$705,550
Searle Freedom TrustResearch$500,000
...and 63 more grants received totalling $4,886,760

Personnel at Competitive Enterprise Institute

Travis BurkVice President of Communications / Attornery$112,291
Wayne CrewsVice President for Policy$165,996
Iain MurrayVice President of Strategy$147,856
Kent LassmanPresident$313,279
Carrie DiamondTreasurer , Director of Administration$117,461
...and 10 more key personnel

Financials for Competitive Enterprise Institute

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$7,868,382
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$16,006
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-2,699
Net income from fundraising events$-214,408
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$91,495
Total revenues$7,758,776

Form 990s for Competitive Enterprise Institute

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-03-08990View PDF
2021-092022-04-15990View PDF
2021-092022-04-05990View PDF
2020-092021-04-13990View PDF
2019-092020-09-22990View PDF
...and 12 more Form 990s
Data update history
June 17, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 15, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
June 12, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
June 9, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
May 27, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
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General information
1310 L St NW 7th FL
Washington, DC 20005
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Website URL
(202) 331-1010
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IRS details
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
W20: Government and Public Administration
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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