Non-profit

Abigail Adams Institute

Location:

Cambridge, MA

Tax ID:

47-1495965

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $1,142,324
Expenses: $590,637
Assets: $978,406

Formation:

2014

The Abigail Adams Institute is a conservative-leaning education nonprofit that provides academic programming for Harvard and other Boston-area university students as well as young professionals in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. [1] It is named for the former first lady Abigail Adams, a Massachusetts native. [2]

Background

The Abigail Adams Institute was founded in 2014, located at Harvard Square, and says it seeks to provide a “supplemental humanistic education to the Harvard intellectual community.” [3]

The institute provides academic programming for Harvard University and other Boston-area university students as well as young professionals in Cambridge and Boston. [4] The institute provides resources for student organizations about matters it considers neglected in modern research universities. [5]

Princeton professor Robert George, who lectures at the institute, notes the institute is not just a counterbalance to left-leaning campuses and is open to all political views. But, he said, it does offer right-leaning students a place to supplement their education. [6]

The institute holds seminars, workshops, lectures, reading groups, intellectual retreats, and mentoring. Its weekly reading group is called “The Great Conversation: How Should We Live. ” It says it explores the “foundational texts from Homer to Augustine.” [7]

One example of a seminar was in In April 2021 when the Abigail Adams Institute hosted a debate about the preferable economic system between University of Massachusetts-Amherst professor Richard Wolff and Harvard lecturer Arthur Brooks, the former president of the American Enterprise Institute. [8]

The institute was named for America’s second first lady, Abigail Adams, a Massachusetts native who was both the wife and the mother of U.S. presidents. The institute honors her for letters to her husband that show she had a role in the founding of the United States and was an advocate for women’s rights and an opponent of slavery. [9]

Leadership

Danilo Petranovich is the director of the Abigail Adams Institute. He previously taught political science at Duke University and Yale University. [10]

Emma Towne is the director of operations for the Abigail Adams Institute. She is a graduate of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in May 2019. [11]

James Capuzzi is the director of marketing and communications for the Abigail Adams Institute. He graduated from Tulane University and then completed a master’s degree at the American University of Rome. [12]

References

  1. About AAI. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 26, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/about-aai ^
  2. About AAI. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 26, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/about-aai ^
  3. Toy, Haley. “At Harvard, ‘a hub of interdisciplinary scholarship’ emerges through Abigail Adams Institute.” The College Fix. November 28, 2017. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/harvard-hub-interdisciplinary-scholarship-emerges-abigail-adams-institute/ ^
  4. About AAI. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 26, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/about-aai ^
  5. Abigail Adams Institute. Open 990s. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.open990.org/org/471495965/abigail-adams-institute-inc/  ^
  6. Toy, Haley. “At Harvard, ‘a hub of interdisciplinary scholarship’ emerges through Abigail Adams Institute.” The College Fix. November 28, 2017. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/harvard-hub-interdisciplinary-scholarship-emerges-abigail-adams-institute/ ^
  7. Toy, Haley. “At Harvard, ‘a hub of interdisciplinary scholarship’ emerges through Abigail Adams Institute.” The College Fix. November 28, 2017. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/harvard-hub-interdisciplinary-scholarship-emerges-abigail-adams-institute/ ^
  8. Williamson, Kevin D. “Socialism Loses, Again.” National Review. April 18, 2021. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/04/socialism-loses-again/ ^
  9. About AAI. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 26, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/about-aai ^
  10. Team. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/team ^
  11. Team. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/team ^
  12. Team. Abigail Adams Institute. Accessed June 25, 2021. https://www.abigailadamsinstitute.org/team ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 2015

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Jun Form 990 $1,142,324 $590,637 $978,406 $25,062 N $1,126,582 $13,190 $0 $125,193 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $658,423 $520,040 $420,997 $19,340 N $656,782 $300 $0 $120,000
    2017 Jun Form 990 $523,799 $407,294 $270,034 $6,760 N $517,000 $5,410 $0 $130,031
    2016 Jun Form 990 $454,727 $435,234 $147,758 $14,489 N $443,000 $778 $0 $110,997
    2015 Jun Form 990 $220,000 $106,224 $119,192 $5,416 N $220,000 $0 $0 $8,581 PDF

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    Abigail Adams Institute

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