The Cooper Union's 990 Filings

Each year The Cooper Union must file a 990 tax return to the IRS.  The 990 is used by tax exempt organizations to report their mission, programs and finances.  The Office of the Vice President of Finance, Administration and Treasurer has posted the Cooper Union's 990 filings since 2008, found below.

Fiscal Year 2012*

Fiscal Year 2011*

Fiscal Year 2010

Fiscal Year 2009

Fiscal Year 2008

* Note: As part of a contractual obligation approved by the Board of Trustees, former president George Campbell Jr. will receive $1,071,000 compensation after his departure in 2011.  This compensation is paid out in six annual installments, beginning in 2011, but proper financial filing requires that The Cooper Union report this total amount in full as part of the FY2011 and FY2012 tax returns.  (This amount appears as part of an aggregate amount in different parts of each 990.) However,  The Cooper Union did not actually incur the full $1,071,000 expense in either year.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.