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Mercatus Center

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To generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.
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Program areas at Mercatus Center

University Research & Teaching - Supports academic research and faculty activities at George Mason University and elsewhere to advance and apply a research agenda for understanding institutions and change or broadly advance a free and prosperous society.
Student Programs - Support Graduate Students at George Mason University and elsewhere training future scholars and decision-makers to advance and apply a research agenda for understanding institutions and change.
Applied Research- Conduct economic research of consequence that makes sense of public policy problems and puts forward solutions that maximize individual freedom and prosperity.
Communications - Improves the effectiveness of Mercatus outreach efforts, raises its public profile, and promotes its research and ideas to media and opinion shapers.
Outreach - Brings education in economic ideas to key decision-makers in the public policy process.
Public Affairs - Seeks to inform alumni, faculty, and supporters about the efforts of the Center and build communication that develops a network of individuals interested in liberty.

Grants made by Mercatus Center

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Kyiv School of EconomicsResearch and Education Grants$1,000,000
Ukraine Defense FundResearch Grants$500,000
Cornell UniversityResearch and Education Grants$332,113
...and 38 more grants made totalling $3,690,506

Who funds Mercatus Center

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Vanguard Charitable Endowment ProgramFor Recipient's Exempt Purpose$9,136,450
Schwab Charitable FundPublic, Societal Benefit$534,120
John Templeton FoundationTraining Scholars Across Disciplinary Lines To Explore Adam Smiths Approach To Political Economy$480,066
...and 60 more grants received totalling $13,442,661

Personnel at Mercatus Center

Jennifer ZamboneSecretary and Chief Operating Officer$240,275
Gary LeffTreasurer and Chief Financial Officer$182,673
Eileen NorcrossVice President of Policy Research$251,574
Karen CzarneckiOutreach - Vice President / Vice President of Outreach / Vice President for Outreach$226,250
Virgil Henry Storr, PhDExecutive Director$206,005
...and 6 more key personnel

Financials for Mercatus Center

RevenuesFYE 08/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$45,540,249
Program services$312,700
Investment income and dividends$1,263,863
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$309,413
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-33,655
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$54,322
Total revenues$47,446,892

Form 990s for Mercatus Center

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-082023-02-22990View PDF
2021-082022-02-09990View PDF
2020-082021-04-12990View PDF
2019-082020-10-21990View PDF
2018-082019-06-19990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 29 new grant, including a grant for $480,066 from John Templeton Foundation
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from Michael and Eleanor Pinkert Family Foundation
August 8, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
July 22, 2023
Received grants
Identified 45 new grant, including a grant for $480,066 from John Templeton Foundation
July 14, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
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V20: Social Science Research Institutes, Services
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813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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