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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, training future scholars and decision-makers to advance and apply a research agenda for understanding institutions and change.
Policy Research- Conduct economic research of consequence that makes sense of public policy problems and puts forward solutions that maximize individual freedom and prosperity.

Grants made by Mercatus Center

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Regents of the University of California at BerkeleyUniversity Research & Teaching/ Education Grants$3,300,000
University of California San Francisco / Ucsf Payroll OfficeUniversity Research & Teaching/ Education Grants$2,450,000
Stanford UniversityUniversity Research & Teaching/ Education Grants$1,770,800
...and 53 more grants made totalling $20,787,932

Who funds Mercatus Center

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$7,519,320
Schwab Charitable FundPublic, Societal Benefit$1,894,100
National Philanthropic TrustEducation$1,362,000
...and 40 more grants received totalling $14,327,061

Personnel at Mercatus Center

Emily Chamlee-WrightSenior Affiliated Scholar President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Humane Studies Board Member$0
Daniel M. RothschildChief Financial Officer$370,000
Gary D. LeffTreasurer and Chief Financial Officer$151,875
Jennifer ZamboneSecretary and Vice President of Operations$235,000
Eileen NorcrossPolicy Research - Vice President / Vice President of Policy Research$250,000
...and 7 more key personnel

Financials for Mercatus Center

RevenuesFYE 08/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$71,316,366
Program services$117,360
Investment income and dividends$107,028
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$273,127
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$61,683
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$26,815
Total revenues$71,902,379

Form 990s for Mercatus Center

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-082021-04-12990View PDF
2019-082020-10-21990View PDF
2018-082019-06-19990View PDF
2017-082018-04-10990View PDF
2016-082017-07-27990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Organizations like Mercatus Center

The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew)Philadelphia, PA$346,765,756
The Milken InstituteSanta Monica, CA$133,637,630
National Opinion Research Center (NORC)Chicago, IL$268,782,107
The Heritage FoundationWashington, DC$119,134,479
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)Cambridge, MA$42,730,306
Woodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsWashington, DC$28,873,770
Institute for Humane StudiesArlington, VA$21,122,878
IthakaNew York, NY$104,778,419
FSGBoston, MA$22,728,487
American Enterprise InstituteWashington, DC$48,035,784
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 7 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from George Edward Durell Foundation
November 7, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 17 new grant, including a grant for $533,025 from John Templeton Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 24, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
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