Action Now Initiative




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Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2017):

Revenue: $5,652,142
Expenses: $5,589,049
Assets: $530,694


2012 1


  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Action Now Initiative. 2012. Archived:

John and Laura Arnold

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The Action Now Initiative is a center-left advocacy nonprofit created by liberal donors John and Laura Arnold in 2012. 1 It is closely associated with two more grantmaking organizations funded by the Arnolds, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the for-profit Arnold Ventures.


Financial Overview

The Action Now Initiative is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization founded in 2012. 2

Action Now Initiative: Financial Overview
YearTotal RevenuesTotal ExpendituresGrants Paid

Grants from Action Now Initiative

The following are grants made by the Action Now Initiative between 2012 and 2017: 3

Action Now Initiative: Grant RecipientsAmount
2017American Heart Association$270,000
2017Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions$50,000
2017Coalition for Healthy Kids$840,000
2017FairVote Action Fund$42,000
2017FairVote Minnesota$250,000
2017Foundation for Healthy Generations$26,500
2017Illinois Public Health Institute$113,000
2017Energy Innovation Reform Project$120,000
2017Kipp St. Louis$50,000
2017National Alliance for Better Nutrition$60,000
2017Open Primaries$1,236,000
2017Patients for Affordable Drugs$255,000
2017Retirement Security Initiative$1,233,700
2017The Chamberlain Project$258,000
2017Coalition for Healthy Kids$51,757
201650CAN Action Fund$40,000
2016American Heart Association$675,000
2016Arizonans for Strong Leadership$250,000
2016Black Alliance for Education$29,999
2016CA Charter Schools Association$30,000
2016ChangeLab Solutions$45,000
2016Citizens for Healthy Oakland$1,075,000
2016Education Reform Now Advocacy$30,000
2016FairVote Action Fund$60,000
2016FairVote Minnesota$300,000
2016AmericaFed for Children$15,000
2016Great Schools PAC$70,000
2016Healthier Colorado$400,000
2016Illinois Public Health Institute$96,250
2016Innovation Reform Action Project$250,000
2016Louisiana Charter Schools$30,000
2016Memphians for School Equity$30,000
2016Open Primaries$3,398,315
2016Opportunity for All Georgians$375,000
2016Philadelphians for a Fair Future$400,000
2016Retirement Security Initiative$920,000
2016San Franciscans United to Reduce Obesity$2,185,000
2016Stand for Children$60,000
2016Texans for Education Reform$400,000
2016The Chamberlain Project$719,000
2016The Nutrition Coalition$450,000
2016Upstream Public Health$10,000
2015Action for Healthy Food$1,180,000
2015Alabama Policy Institute$110,000
2015Coalition for Consumer Patent Protection$120,000
2015Empower Louisiana$642,500
2015FairVote Minnesota$200,000
2015Illinois Public Health Institute$32,000
2015Innovation Reform Action Project$250,000
2015Liberty Initiative Fund$10,000
2015Open Primaries$3,585,000
2015Retirement Security Initiative$610,000
2015Stand for Children$125,000
2015Texans for Education Reform$1,250,000
2015Texans for Local Control$92,500
2015Texas Association of Business Foundation$25,000
2015Texas Conservative Coalition$25,000
2015Texas Public Policy Foundation$50,000
2015The Chamberlain Project$40,000
2015The Nutrition Coalition$480,000
2014Alabama Policy Institute$80,000
2014Baton Rouge Area Chamber$50,000
2014CA Center for Public Health Advocate$400,000
2014The Center for Healthy Eating$875,000
2014Committee for Pension Fairness$150,000
2014Healthy Child Initiative$70,000
2014Liberty Initiative Fund$548,000
2014Open Primaries$810,000
2014Stand for Children$15,000
2014Support Our Public Schools$150,000
2014Texans for Education Reform$2,500,000
2014Heartland Alliance$50,000
2014Citizens for Phoenix Pension Reform$1,087,000
2013Alabama Policy Institute$50,000
2013California Business Roundtable$5,000
2013Citizens to Protect Pennsylvania Jobs$360,000
2013Education Reform Now Advocacy$800,000
2013Kentucky Chamber of Commerce$112,000
2013Kick the Can Tellride$65,000
2013Liberty Initiative Fund$1,032,500
2013San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce$200,000
2013Secure Oklahoma$418,700
2013Stand for Children$150,000
2013Texas Public Policy Foundation$55,000
2012Citizens in Charge Foundation$91,000
2012Michigan Chamber of Commerce$1,000,000
2012San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce$300,000
2012Stand for Children$240,000
2012Liberty Initiative Fund$151,000
2012San Diego Taxpayers Association$300,000


  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Action Now Initiative. 2012. Archived:
  2. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Action Now Initiative. 2012-2017. Part I.
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Action Now Initiative. 2012-2017. Schedule I.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2013

  • 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
    2017 Dec Form 990 $5,652,142 $5,589,049 $530,694 $0 N $5,650,000 $0 $2,142 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $13,700,599 $13,638,064 $467,601 $0 N $13,700,000 $0 $599 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $9,975,059 $9,582,646 $405,066 $0 N $9,975,000 $0 $59 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $9,425,054 $9,472,406 $12,654 $0 N $9,425,000 $0 $54 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,940,081 $5,099,368 $60,006 $0 N $2,940,000 $0 $81 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $4,463,654 $2,260,750 $2,202,904 $0 N $4,463,558 $0 $96 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990EZ $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

    Action Now Initiative

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