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Middle East Media Research Institute Inc.

 PO Box 27837
 Washington, DC 20038
[P] (202) 955-9070
[F] (202) 955-9077
www.memri.org
[email protected]
Gisele Gildener
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INCORPORATED: 1998
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LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2015
Organization DBA MEMRI
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

MEMRI's primary goal is "To Bridge the Gap Between the Middle East and the West." The organization aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public, thus generating awareness of issues in the Middle East. Through translations and research, MEMRI seeks to shed light on important aspects of social, political, religious, and economic issues of the Arab and Muslim world.

Mission Statement

MEMRI's primary goal is "To Bridge the Gap Between the Middle East and the West." The organization aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public, thus generating awareness of issues in the Middle East. Through translations and research, MEMRI seeks to shed light on important aspects of social, political, religious, and economic issues of the Arab and Muslim world.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $4,916,390.00
Projected Expense $4,916,390.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • MEMRI TV Monitor Project
  • The Tom Lantos Archives on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial

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Overview

Mission Statement

MEMRI's primary goal is "To Bridge the Gap Between the Middle East and the West." The organization aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public, thus generating awareness of issues in the Middle East. Through translations and research, MEMRI seeks to shed light on important aspects of social, political, religious, and economic issues of the Arab and Muslim world.

Background Statement

MEMRI, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a branch office in Jerusalem and a presence via home offices in Tokyo, Pakistan, Poland, Afghanistan, France, and Rome, has a worldwide staff of over 70.   MEMRI staff comprises international scholars, former government and military officials, political activists, and media experts of diverse religions and nationalities, from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and elsewhere. As one journalist wrote after reporting on the organization, "MEMRI staffers work virtually around the clock, with an almost missionary spirit, feeling that their work is vital, that their moment is now..."

MEMRI's Four Processes

Four processes are fundamental to MEMRI's ability to achieve its goals: 1) monitoring, 2) translation, 3) research, and 4) dissemination.

Monitoring

MEMRI's monitoring is extremely resource- and manpower-intensive, covering multiple primary sources of Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Urdu, Dari, and Hindi media and other materials, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, the Gulf countries and elsewhere. The primary sources monitored by MEMRI include newspapers, sermons, speeches, interviews, websites, TV broadcasts, and schoolbooks.  To maintain its comprehensive research edge, MEMRI pays especially close attention to newly emerging information sources.

Translation

MEMRI translates the results of its monitoring from the original Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, Dari, and Hindi into English and other Western languages. Excerpts from these translations form the basis of MEMRI's Special Dispatch Series; MEMRI's Inquiry & Analysis Series presents original analyses based on translations.

Research

In its nearly 15 years, MEMRI has produced over almost 6,000 research reports and has translated nearly 3,600 TV clips. One major focus of MEMRI research is jihad and terrorism; this focus includes examinations of terrorist groups, of fatwas and sermons discussing the religious justifications of terrorism, and of children's schoolbooks that teach the need for jihad. Another, and vitally important, focus of MEMRI research is the Tom Lantos Archives on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial – the largest archives in the world of translated Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, Dari and Hindi material on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial from the past decade. Furthermore, an additional major focus of MEMRI research is reform in the Middle East, including translating and promoting individuals who are struggling for human rights, women's rights, and minorities' rights in the region, as well as for religious reform, ending terror and violence, and other issues.  

 


Impact Statement

MEMRI has been at the forefront of bridging the language gap between the Middle East and the West, in a consistent and nonpartisan manner, for 15 years. MEMRI's translations and analyses of media, schoolbooks, other primary sources in countries across the Arab and Muslim world have made www.memri.org one of the most widely respected and utilized online resources.  With over 100,000 subscribers worldwide to its email list and millions of hits to its websites, the ever-growing ranks of reader look to MEMRI for vital and accurate translation, and also for insightful analysis of political, religious, and other trends in the region. The U.S. and Western governments, militaries, and academia have come to rely on MEMRI's thorough and accurate translations of all things Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu and Hindi; no other organization does what MEMRI does. Today, there is hardly a TV or press documentary, academic study, parliamentary discussion, or government decision-making process in the West on issues related to the Arab and Muslim world,  that does not rely on MEMRI research. To date, we have published thousands of reports and analytical papers  and have released thousands of minutes of subtitled clips from Arab and Iranian TV channels.


Needs Statement

Due to the rapid pace of current events, MEMRI frequently needs to expand its daily efforts and broaden its reach of coverage. However, despite these changes, MEMRI's dedicated staff has adapted quickly and smoothly to accommodate the rapid, sometimes daily shifts in our objectives.
 
However, MEMRI staff continues to have to deal with an ever-growing work load, requiring our existing manpower to work around the clock to keep up with the ongoing developments of daily events throughout the Middle East and beyond. As a result of these unpredictable news events, MEMRI needs additional funding to cover the additional salaries for extra labor costs of approximately $150,000.

CEO Statement

MEMRI’s main achievement in its first 15 years has been the dissemination of a massive amount of information on the Arab and Muslim world – thus shattering the monopoly on this information held by ignorant or interested parties to conceal the hide the truths and realities of the region. In this way, MEMRI has significantly raised the level of knowledge in the West about the Arab and Muslim world. Professor Bernard Lewis said in 2007: “MEMRI is the single most important development in Middle East Studies in the last 25 years.”

MEMRI has significantly contributed to policy-making, providing necessary information for legislative initiatives and to assist government efforts to combat terrorism, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust denial.

MEMRI’s vision for the next 15 years is to win the information battle worldwide, by becoming the main source of information on the Arab and Muslim world derived from open sources for Western media, academia, legislatures, and governments.

In addition, as the Arab and Muslim world and its media continue to expand into the West, in the next 15 years MEMRI will become the source of information on Arab and Muslim communities in the West.

 


Board Chair Statement

MEMRI fulfills a vital role in the defense of Western countries’ safety and security by providing a critical component in the decision-making process: accurate, up to date information on the Arab and Muslim world. This information is taken from open sources, and therefore can be provided to all layers of decision-making in democratic countries – governments, media, and academia, as well as the public at large.

Without this vital knowledge informing the public debate and national security considerations, tragic consequences will ensue.

Now more than ever –with confusing changes in the Arab and Muslim world, the nature of which are unclear -- MEMRI's mission is of crucial importance, because an accurate perception of the realities of this part of the world is essential for the West's safety and security.

MEMRI is unique in fulfilling this role for two reasons: 1) No other research institute provides this type or depth of information, and 2) Governments and intelligence agencies lack a sufficient number of the language experts needed to fulfill this role comprehensively.

Indeed, in its first 15 years, MEMRI has produced over 5,000 translations, over 900 analysis papers, and over 3,650 TV clips, and over 50,000 blog posts. Even intelligence agencies have no parallel to the MEMRI TV Project, which produces English-subtitled video clips from TV channels in the Arab and Muslim world.

Open-source material is of huge importance, despite being freely available and not secret. Two examples can suffice:

From the late 1920s, millions of copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf were sold in Germany before the first full, unexpurgated translation in English appeared on February 28, 1939.  By then, it was too late. This book that would affect the security and future of the U.S. and its allies, indeed, of civilization itself and the fate of the Jewish people, was not easily accessible. It was in German, which the American public could not read.

More recently, political miscalculations were based on complete ignorance of Ayatollah Khomeini's pre-1979 writings in Farsi, almost none of which were available in English. What if those revealing writings had been made available in English and widely disseminated years beforehand? 

MEMRI is performing this key role today. Its mission is to make sure that Western countries will know in time everything that will affect their safety and security. They should never again be caught unawares.

Advocacy organizations, by definition, cannot have the impact that MEMRI has, through providing reliable information in its pure form. In our modern society, information rules. And this is what MEMRI does, and why it does it.


Geographic Area Served

INTERNATIONAL

MEMRI research serves the global community, encompassing the media, legislative bodies, government agencies, policy makers, academia, and the public at large. In addition, hundreds of universities throughout the United States have used MEMRI TV clips for research projects, classroom lectures, language maintenance, discussions, presentations, and other course work.

MEMRI material is posted on its websites. The leading websites arewww.memri.org(reporting from the print media) andwww.memritv.org(reporting from the video media).

 

 

 

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - Promotion of International Understanding
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Public & Societal Benefit NEC

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

MEMRI TV Monitor Project

MEMRI TV Monitor Project

The MEMRI TV Project maintains the world's largest archives of footage translated from Arab and Iranian television. This project has so far produced nearly 6,000 translated clips, totaling more than 22,000 minutes of footage – the largest such archives in the world. The MEMRI TV Project is viewed in 195 countries around the world, and to date over 20 million visitors have accessed its website. MEMRI TV monitors over 100 channels from the Arab world and Iran, with staffers working in shifts around the clock. No one else – not even the U.S. military – does such work. MEMRI TVclips have beenaired by major U.S. TV networks: NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, FOX, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, as well as major international TV networks.

Budget  $1,500,000.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served US& International US& International US& International
Program Short-Term Success 

With our email distribution list of over 100,000 recipients, the millions who visit our websites in all the languages into which we translate our research, our unique archives, which include media documentation and over 22,000 minutes of video from Arab and Iranian television, and the hundreds of analytical papers and thousands of translations that we have published, MEMRI has created a huge qualitative and quantitative leap forward in knowledge about the Middle East among the Western public. MEMRI is used by academia all over the West; in the U.S. alone it has been used by 500 universities.

Complementing the utilization and reliance on MEMRI's research are the extensive citations of MEMRI's research material in leading media across the world, including The New York Times,Wall Street Journal,Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Examiner, Bloomberg,FOX News Channel, Commentary Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Atlantic, and major outlets in Europe.


Program Long-Term Success 

MEMRI's primary goal is "bridging the language gap between the West and the Middle East." The organization aims to inform and educate journalists, government leaders, academia, and the general public, thus generating awareness of issues in these regions. Through translations and research, MEMRI seeks to shed light on important aspects of social, political, religious, and economic issues in the Arab and Muslim world.

Program Success Monitored By 

 

Multiple methods are used to evaluate success; most important is the use of MEMRI's work by the media and government officials. An equally important barometer is the number of visitiors to our websites and the number of our subscribers.
Today, there is hardly a media documentary, legislative activity, or government policy-making process dealing with the Middle East, in either the U.S. or Europe, which does not use MEMRI materials. In addition, MEMRI is used by academia all over the West; in the U.S. alone it has been used by 500 universities.
In its first 15 years, the success that MEMRI has achieved is, in and of itself, direct evidence of the positive methodology which has been employed in its research endeavors. 
Examples of Program Success 

On January 3, 2013, MEMRI TV released its Clip No. 3702,of excerpts from two 2010 campaign speechesby then-Egyptian presidential candidate and Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt leader Muhammad Mursi in which he called the Jews "descendants of apes and pigs" and rejected the possibility of peace with them. The speeches, which MEMRI found after an intensive Internet search, are dated March 20 and September 23, 2010, but had never previously been translated into English (to view the MEMRI TV clip, clickhere). Also, on January 16, MEMRI releasedMEMRI TV Clip No. 3713, containing further antisemitic comments by Mursi in 2010 as well as statements critical of President Obama and the U.S.

On January 15, both the White House and the U.S. State Department condemned the statements that Mursi made in the MEMRI TV clip. At a White House press briefing,Press SecretaryJay Carney called the comments "deeply offensive."


The Tom Lantos Archives on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial

In April 2009, MEMRI dedicated its Anti-Semitism Documentation Project to the late Congressman Tom Lantos, in an inauguration ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol. Anti-Semitism in the Arab world, South Asia, and Iran has evolved rapidly in recent years. The Tom Lantos Archives documents anti-Semitic themes in newspaper reports, editorials, and other media from the Middle East and South Asia. These themes include calls in mosque sermons and in the media for killing Jews, based on various Islamic origins; old European libels and stereotypes; and Nazi propaganda. This project, which includes thousands of pages of translations and hundreds of hours of footage from the MEMRI TV Project, maintains the largest archive in the world of translated material on anti-Semitism in this region from the past decade. This project has provided material in numerous court cases, resulting in many Arab and Iranian TV channels being taken off the air in the West.

Budget  $805,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Liberties
Population Served International International International
Program Short-Term Success 

 Hamas Al-Aqsa TV aired an interview with Azzam Al-Tamimi, director of the London-based Institute of Political Thought. In it, he noted how Al-Aqsa TV had been banned from Eutelsat and could no longer broadcast on European satellites, and thus was unable to reach "a large audience of Arabs and Muslims in Europe." He said that this was due to "people who lie in wait for the Arabic TV channels. There is an organization called MEMRI..." He went on to advise Al-Aqsa and the other Arab channels "to obey the broadcasting laws and to be "very careful when we use the term 'Jews.'" He added, "Denying the Holocaust... is considered a crime in the West" and notes, "By the way, denying the Holocaust is unwise, because it did happen." He then rejects the interviewer's assertion that "the problem lies in the exaggeration of its scale," saying, "Zionism uses the Holocaust to justify the crimes committed by Israel. If we say that, there won't be any problem, but if we deny it happened, it will be. 

Program Long-Term Success 

On a daily basis, MEMRI Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial material is used in promoting awareness of Holocaust denial in the Middle East by Hamas and Hezbollah TV state sponsored media outlets as well as media outlets belonging to terrorist groups which frequently air anti-Semitic content as well as Holocaust Denial. In this pursuit and works with legislatures throughout the world having these channels shut down, in authoring letters notifying Middle East diplomats in the U.S. of instances of incitement to antisemitism and jihad by their countries, and in briefing staffers on rising antisemitism in the Middle East, and more.

Providing this research engenders critical analysis of trends in Holocaust denial in the Middle East, Iran and South Asian media, promoting vital awareness which assist Western governments, media and academiain combating its incitement to violence and genocide.

Program Success Monitored By 

Multiple methods are used to evaluate impact of our work; including usage by the media and government officials. An equally important barometer is the number of visitors to our websites and the number of our subscribers; citations of MEMRI's research appear daily around the world in the media; journalists from leading publications in both the U.S. and abroad regularly contact MEMRI to seek advice and information.

Quarterly results of all viewed MEMRI TV clips, MEMRI Special Dispatch and Inquiry Analysis during the quarterly period will be provided.

Likewise, associated outcomes in the form of special briefings, events and activities, in cooperation with other institutions that deal with Anti-Semitism and Holocaust remembrance are also methods of evaluating impact.

Examples of Program Success 

MEMRI's global impact was directly evident in varying corridors of power, including the specially designated office of the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, through their use of MEMRI's monthly research reports in their ongoing efforts, as well as planned incorporation of MEMRI's reports into the 2012 Human Rights Report.

Another example of impact was the recent advent of the intense global exposure of MEMRI's December 2012 coverage of a video of a speech which Egypt's President, Muhammad Mursi had delivered during his election, calling Jews “apes and pigs” and the Egyptian people to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. In early January 2013, MEMRI’s release of the clips of antisemitic statements by Egyptian President Mursi were reported on worldwide, prompting international condemnation. Read a full report here and view the clips here and here.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

MEMRI’s successes were achieved with a relatively small team of highly-qualified and deeply-committed experts. However, due to The Arab Spring and the fragmentation of Arab and Muslim societies, where there is no longer restrictions on speech (even if new regimes wanted it), much upheaval has occurred in this region of the world. Most notably, these recent developments have been especially influenced by the development of the Internet over the past 15 years.

As a result of these two factors a completely new professional environment for MEMRI has been created, with a flood of open-source information increasing a hundred-fold. TV channels and newspapers that previously could be counted on one hand have turned into hundreds. The Internet and social media have created an ocean of data to be monitored and analyzed. Moreover, while in the past only government opinions and their mouthpieces mattered, today everything that is reflected in the hugely-expanded media and social media defines the political agenda and its implementation. This opens new horizons to forecasting developments and trends that could impact Western security.

In addition to the recent political changes in the region, a wave of Muslim immigration established itself in the West. A sizable portion of these new immigrants have not integrated, but rather secluded themselves in their own ethnic enclaves in the West, maintaining close contacts with their societies of origin. This is also an important new challenge: to monitor and translate the media of those communities.

In view of this changing environment, MEMRI’s vision for the next 15 years is to win the information battle worldwide, by becoming the main source of information on the Arab and Muslim world derived from open sources for Western media, academia, legislatures, and governments.

Since the Arab and Muslim world has extended its presence into the West, and so has the reach of its media, and both are growing in scope and intensity, especially on the Internet, in the next 15 years MEMRI will also become the source of information on the Arab and Muslim communities in the West.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steven Stalinsky
CEO Term Start Dec 2001
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

A native of Pittsburgh,PA, Steven Stalinsky has been Executive Director of The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) for over twelve years.  During this period, the organization has grown into a leading international think-tank headquartered in Washington DC, with branches in Rome, London, Tokyo, Baghdad and Jerusalem, a staff of over 70, and a budget of close to $5 million.

In addition to dozens of original research articles authored for MEMRI, Mr. Stalinsky has published articles for multiple newspapers, magazines, and journals including The Weekly Standard,The Middle East QuarterlyNational Review,The Jerusalem Post, and others. Leading media outlets, including The New York Times,Washington Post, the Associated Press,New York Post,Washington Times, and many others have interviewed Steve on issues surrounding the Middle East. His research has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Fox News,USA Today,The Guardian (U.K.), National Public Radio, “The O’Reilly Factor,”Defense News, and elsewhere.  From 2003 through 2007, he wrote a weekly column for the New York Sun focusing on the Arab and Iranian media with an emphasis on the war on terror.

Mr. Stalinsky’s expertise on the Middle East is sought after throughout Washington, D.C., where he has briefed staff of the White House, Government Account Agency, Homeland Security, Justice Department, Office of Director of National Intelligence, and other institutions.  On Capitol Hill, Steve frequently assists staff on Middle East issues.  His research has been used in major legislation centering on Iran and Egypt, and for the Saudi Accountability Act – which led to his invitation to testify about Saudi Arabia before Congress. 

Similarly, Mr. Stalinsky’s research has also made an impact internationally.  His articles have been cited in official United Nations documents, as well as by members of the U.K. Parliament.  His groundbreaking expose on the official think-tank of the Arab League (the Zayed Centre) has been recognized as singlehandedly leading to its closure.

Prior to joining MEMRI, Mr. Stalinsky spent a decade in Washington, D.C. at various private and government think-tanks, as well as in engaging in political and campaign endeavors.  He directed an influential political action committee (PAC) involved with lobbying issues related to the Middle East.

Of particular pride to Mr. Stalinsky is his experience before coming to Washington DC, when he served the U.S. with a year in AmeriCorps (often considered the urban Peace Corps) as a City Year member.City Year’s primary goal is to build democracy through citizen service,civic engagement and social entrepreneurship, as well as to train tomorrow’s leaders and to provide them with skills to “change the world.”   

 Directly out of college, he worked on the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign.

Mr. Stalinsky holds a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and has a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies concentrating on Islamic Studies.

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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Tufail Ahmed Director of South East Studies Project --
Mr. Yigal Carmon President and Founder --
Dr. Menahem Milson Vice President --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 70
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 6
Caucasian: 28
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 34
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 29
Male: 41
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Oliver"Buck" Revell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oliver "Buck" Revell: Chairman; Former FBI Executive Assistant Director (Investigations) in charge of Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence programs; former Vice Chairman
Board Chair Term Jan 2007 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. Elliott Abrams
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Former Special Assistant to Pres.George W. Bush, Senior Director of the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs, and Deputy Nat'l Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strat
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2010 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elliott Abrams Council on Foreign Relations Voting
Steve Emerson Executive Director of The Investigative Project --
Jeffrey Kaufman Managing Trademark and Copyright Partner at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt --
Robert Reilly Former Senior Advisor at the Department of Defense and Chairman of the Committee for Western Civilization at the Claremont Institute --
Oliver "Buck" Revell Chairman; Former FBI Executive Assistant Director (Investigations) in charge of Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence programs --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi Jordanian writer and university professor NonVoting
Attorney General John Ashcroft Former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator (MO) NonVoting
Prime Minister Ehud Barak Barak Former Prime Minister of Israel NonVoting
Professor Yehuda Bauer Former Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem NonVoting
Secretary William Bennett Former U.S. Secretary of Education NonVoting
Ambassador John Bolton, Bolton Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. NonVoting
Ambassador Paul Bremer Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq NonVoting
Mr. Edgar Bronfman Former president of the World Jewish Congress, and president of Distillers Corporation-Seagrams Ltd. NonVoting
Minister Irwin Cotler Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada NonVoting
Mr. Christopher DeMuth Former President, American Enterprise Institute NonVoting
Professor Alan Dershowitz Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School NonVoting
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat Former U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. NonVoting
Dr. Khaled Fouad Allam Algerian sociologist at the University of Trieste NonVoting
General Michael V. Hayden Retired USAF four-star General and former Director of NSA and CIA NonVoting
Congressman Peter Hoekstra Former 9-term member of U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan NonVoting
Honorable Jana Hybaskova Former Member of the European Parliament and Chairperson of the European Democrats Party (CZ) NonVoting
Dr. Josef Joffe Publisher of Die Zeit NonVoting
Mr. Magdi Khalil Human rights activist and Executive Editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International NonVoting
Dr. Lafif Lakhdar, Tunisian intellectual NonVoting
Chairwoman Katrina Lantos Swett Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice NonVoting
Mr. Chin Ho Lee Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive of the Hyundai Corporation NonVoting
Professor Bernard Lewis Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University NonVoting
Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University NonVoting
Mr. Herb London President Emeritus of the Hudson Institute NonVoting
Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar Former Prime Minister of Spain NonVoting
Ambassador Alfred Moses Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania NonVoting
Attorney General Michael Mukasey Former U.S. Attorney General NonVoting
Dr. Samuel Pisar, UNESCO Honorary Ambassador; Special Envoy for Holocaust Education and Polish-born Holocaust survivor NonVoting
Mr. Norman Podhoretz Former editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine NonVoting
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Former US Secretary of Defense and US Representative (IL) NonVoting
Natan Sharansky Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel NonVoting
Professor Stephen Trachtenberg President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at George Washington University NonVoting
Professor Elie Wiesel Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal NonVoting
Honorable James Woolsey Former Director of the CIA and former Under-Secretary of the U.S. Navy NonVoting
Mr. Mort Zuckerman Chairman and editor-in-chief, U.S. News & World Report NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 35
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 6
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 2
Male: 41
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 57%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 57%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

MEMRI’s successes have been achieved with a relatively small team of highly qualified and deeply committed experts. However, due to the Arab Spring and the fragmentation of Arab and Muslim societies, where restrictions on speech are no longer in place no matter how much the new regimes might wish for them, there has been great upheaval in this part of the world. These developments have been especially influenced by the growth of the Internet over the past 15 years.

As a result of these two factors, a completely new professional environment for MEMRI has been created, with a veritable flood of open-source information. The number of TV channels and newspapers, once counted on the fingers of one hand, is now in the hundreds. The Internet and social media have spawned an ocean of data for monitoring and analyzing. Moreover, while once it was only the opinions and media of the governments that mattered, today all kinds of content in the hugely expanded media and social media defines the political agenda and its implementation. This opens new horizons to predicting developments and trends that could impact Western security.

In addition to the recent political changes in the region, a wave of Muslim immigration in the West is establishing itself. A sizable portion of these new immigrants have not integrated, but rather secluded themselves in their own ethnic enclaves in the West, maintaining close contact with their societies of origin. This is also an important new challenge: to monitor and translate the media of those communities.


 

Foundation Comments

The demographics reflect the board of directors and board of advisors.

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $4,916,390.00
Projected Expense $4,916,390.00
Form 990s

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $4,975,434 $5,164,881 $4,537,560
Total Expenses $4,900,625 $5,126,947 $4,626,849

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$133,333 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $4,738,875 $5,112,635 $4,507,099
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,063 $1,437 $217
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $101,163 $50,809 $30,244

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $4,412,941 $4,548,661 $4,111,654
Administration Expense $184,620 $231,844 $218,450
Fundraising Expense $303,064 $346,442 $296,745
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.01 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 89% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 7% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $1,054,780 $949,141 $868,365
Current Assets $993,583 $860,439 $778,153
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $155,246 $124,416 $81,574
Total Net Assets $899,534 $824,725 $786,791

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.40 6.92 9.54

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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