About Urban

Organizational Principles
Financial Overview


Urban is funded by grants and contracts from foundations, government at all levels, corporations, universities, other nonprofits, and individuals. With this funding, we conduct research, evaluate programs, and offer technical assistance. We also are fortunate to receive charitable contributions from individuals who support our mission with flexible funding and with contributions toward work on specific issues.

The Urban Institute strives to meet the highest standards of integrity and quality in its research and analyses and in the evidence-based policy recommendations offered by its researchers and experts. We believe that operating consistent with the values of independence, rigor, and transparency is essential to maintaining those standards.

As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues, but it does empower and support its experts in sharing their own evidence-based views and policy recommendations that have been shaped by scholarship. Funders do not determine our research findings or the insights and recommendations of our experts. Urban scholars and experts are expected to be objective and follow the evidence wherever it may lead. Learn more about our funding principles.

Audited Financial Statements

These financial statements are presented for convenience and informational purposes only. Although reasonable efforts are made to ensure the integrity of our online information, they should not be relied on. A copy of the printed financial statements will be provided on request.

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