A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)

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AFL-CIO Constituency Group


Washington, D.C.


Clayola Brown

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The A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) is a 501(c)(3) “constituency group” of the AFL-CIO for African-American union members. APRI was founded in 1965, and advocates for the agenda of the AFL-CIO at the state and federal level, using litigation and legislative pressure.

Organization Overview

The A. Philip Randolph Institute is one of six AFL-CIO “constituency groups” — nonprofit organizations directly affiliated (and funded by) the labor union federation that represent specific ethnic and interest groups within the AFL-CIO. APRI represents African Americans in the AFL-CIO. These constituency groups, including APRI, advocate for pro-union legislation and policy.1

Political Activity

APRI regularly encourages voter mobilization and activism in support of labor unions and left-of-center political causes. The left-wing political action committee Democracy in Color, a project of PowerPAC created by Center for American Progress senior fellow Steven Phillips, has called APRI an organization with a “proven track record[] of conducting effective and accountable voter registration and mobilization work” in battleground districts and states.2

On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute to uphold Ohio’s voter integrity law allowing the state to lawfully remove infrequent voters from its voter rosters. APRI served as the primary respondent in the case, and was supported by a number of liberal interest groups.3


APRI receives much of its funding from the AFL-CIO and its member unions, including the United Auto Workers. APRI has also received funding from non-AFL-CIO unions, like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).4

Between 2005 and 2017, APRI received over $1 million from labor unions, including $715,594 from the AFL-CIO; $243,115 from the SEIU; $64,750 from the United Steelworkers; and $46,620 from the American Federation of Government Employees.5

A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund

Also see A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund (Nonprofit)

The Institute’s other 501c3 affiliate, the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund, receives funding from left-of-center foundations and donor-advised fund providers, including the Tides Foundation, California Endowment, Gill Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation. The Institute is also listed as a partner of Democracy North Carolina, a left-wing redistricting organization funded by George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society and the liberal Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.6 7



Clayola Brown is president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Since 1991, Brown has been a member of the Board of Directors of the SEIU-affiliated Amalgamated Bank. She is a former vice-president of the AFL-CIO and current international vice-president of the Workers United labor union.8

Board of Directors

Loretta Johnson, the board treasurer of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, is also vice-president of AFL-CIO, board secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers and board member of the BlueGreen Alliance.9


  1. “Issues/Actions.” A. Philip Randolph Institute. Accessed July 12, 2018.
  2. “Return of the Majority.” Democracy in Color. Accessed June 26, 2018.
  3. “HUSTED v. A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE.” LII / Legal Information Institute. Accessed July 10, 2018.
  4. [1]  “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.” Online Public Disclosure Room U.S. Department of Labor. Accessed July 11, 2018.
  5. “Grant Visualizer: A. Philip Randolph Institute.” Foundation Search. Accessed July 11, 2018.
  6. “Grant Visualizer: A Philip Randolph Educational Fund.” Foundation Search. Accessed July 11, 2018.
  7. “Take Action.” Democracy NC. Accessed July 10, 2018.
  8. [1] Accessed July 10, 2018.
  9. Aft union. “Lorretta Johnson.” American Federation of Teachers. February 02, 2018. Accessed July 12, 2018.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Loretta Johnson
    Board Treasurer
  2. Norman Hill
    Former President
  3. Lenore Miller
    Board Member
  4. Diane Babineaux
    Board Member
  5. John Bland
    Trustee, Vice President
  6. Glynda Linton
    Former Executive Board Member
  7. Robert Creamer
    Political Consultant (Strategic Consulting Group, Democracy Partners)

Donor Organizations

  1. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHE) (Labor Union)
  2. American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) (Labor Union)
  3. Amalgamated Transit Union (Labor Union)
  4. American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) (Labor Union)
  5. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (Labor Union)
  6. American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (Labor Union)
  7. American Postal Workers Union (Labor Union)
  8. Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCTGM) (Labor Union)
  9. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  10. Communications Workers of America (CWA) (Labor Union)
  11. Gill Foundation (Non-profit)
  12. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) (Labor Union)
  13. International Longshoremen’s Association (Labor Union)
  14. Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) (Labor Union)
  15. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) (Non-profit)
  17. Office and Professional Employees International Union (Labor Union)
  18. Pittsburgh Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  20. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  21. Sixteen Thirty Fund (1630 Fund) (Non-profit)
  22. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. United Auto Workers (UAW) (Labor Union)
  24. United Federation of Teachers (UFT) (Labor Union)
  25. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) (Labor Union)
  26. United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) (Labor Union)
  27. United Steelworkers (USW) (Labor Union)
  28. Voter Registration Project (Non-profit)
  29. Workers United (Labor Union)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 1995

  • Available Filings

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    A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)

    PO BOX 841366
    PEARLAND, TX 77584-0076