Central Asia Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to using donations it receives prudently to best effect generations of people, primarily in the contiguous mountain regions of Central Asia. Our pledge to our donors is to keep our overhead (administrative and fundraising costs) low, maximize the percentage of contributions that are available for our programs, spend and save program dollars wisely so that multitudes of children may benefit over the long term. Historically, the average annual percentage CAI has set aside for its programs is 82%.
CAI has two purposes– as described in the original 1996 certificate of incorporation and in its application for recognition of exemption as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization filed with the Internal Revenue Service – to establish and support education in remote mountain communities of Central Asia and to educate the public about the importance of these educational activities.
This dual mission and that of its co-founder, Greg Mortensen, focuses on educational and community building projects in remote mountain regions of Central Asia, and educates the American and international public about the need to expand educational opportunities in these complex regions as a way to promote peace. More specifically, as outlined on our Program Page, CAI’s programs include school building, scholarships, teacher support, public health, women’s vocational centers, and global outreach. Global Outreach allows CAI to promote awareness of the importance of primary education, literacy, and cross-cultural understanding through its websites, publications, public events, the Pennies for Peace Program, and the books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.
Central Asia Institute recognizes its obligation to provide information regarding its programs and activities for review by the public. Our policy is to provide such reports and information to the pertinent local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. These entities include the Internal Revenue Service and those state agencies with which we register to engage in requests for contributions and other support.
Copies of our IRS Form 990s are available below, which includes significant information about our financial activities and other information about CAI and its programs. You may also visit Guidestar. We have also provided the state-mandated disclosures required by law for fundraising in the various states in which we file.
To show our accountability to donors, we have provided our annual reports and our Form 990 tax returns below.
CAI Funding Sources
CAI 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Status
CAI Annual Reports
CAI Audited Financial Statements
CAI 990 Tax Forms