Non-profit

Active Minds

Website:

www.activeminds.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

20-0587172

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $4,475,101
Expenses: $2,067,500
Assets: $2,915,908

Founded:

2003

Founder:

Alison Malmon

Active Minds Inc (Active Minds) is nonprofit organization that is composed of over 600 chapters at colleges and high schools in America. The chapters provide mental health support, advocacy, and community engagement to the schools. [1]

Active Minds’ chapter organization are responsible for raising their own funds but may receive up to a $250 grant from the national organization to get started. [2] The national organization also charges the chapter organization if it requests to host any events, programs, or speakers from Active Minds. [3] [4]

History

Active Minds Inc (Active Minds), originally named Open Minds, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by Alison Malmon in 2003 following the suicide of her brother, Brian. It operates through a network of over 600 chapters at secondary and post-secondary schools, consisting of over 1.9 million students each year. [5]

Active Minds’ chapters work to increase awareness of and destigmatize mental health issues. [6] It advocates for schools to increase mental health services to students, including time off. [7] Active Minds’ activities are mostly exclusive to creating school-level chapters that support students dealing with mental health. It argues that mental health issues are more prominent among ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community, which Active Minds states is why its objectives include having equity standards, resembling the concept of intersectionality associated with identity politics. [8]

Structure

Active Minds’ national headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. Its staff offers a variety of program services to the chapter organizations, at the cost of the individual chapter. [9] [10] Its services include hosting events, providing speakers, and access to full-time staff who consult chapters on how they can advocate for mental health awareness and support students. [11]

The Active Minds headquarters recommends that prospective schools provide their own funding or fundraising for chapter organizations but offers grants up to $250 to start a chapter. Chapters do not have to pay dues for membership, but Active Minds requires each chapter to be responsible for its own fundraising, including for the use of various program services offered by the organization and speakers from the organization. [12]

Services

Active Minds’ services include advocating for mental health awareness, services, and support for college students. [13] It has a variety of employees that offer guest speaker services for schools, covering a wide range of topics under mental health and including the identity politics concept of intersectionality. [14] Active Minds’ guest speaker application asks for budget options from the chapter, ranging from options of under $500 to over $10,000. [15]

Active Minds offers a “Send Silence Packing” event program to chapters where members set up a large display of backpacks that represent sending silence “packing” otherwise described as denouncing being silent about mental health issues. The display also includes photographs and stories regarding suicide. [16] The event lasts all day and Active Minds provides it to between 60 and 80 schools a year. [17] Active Minds charges $6,000 to host its Send Silence Packing program. [18]

Financials

In 2020, Active Minds reported receiving $3.8 million in contributions, $646,000 in program revenue, and total revenue of $4.4 million. [19] It reported having $2.0 million in total expenses, $1.0 million on salaries and compensation and $834,000 on conferences. [20] [21]

References

  1. “Active Minds’ Story – A Movement of Hope Created out of Tragedy.” Active Minds, January 19, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/about-us/our-story/. ^
  2. “Start A Chapter FAQ.” Active Minds, October 8, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/chapter-network/start-a-chapter-faq/. ^
  3. “Speaking Event Host Application.” Active Minds, August 2, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/speaking-event-host-application/. ^
  4. “SSP Interest Form.” Active Minds, November 1, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/ssp-interest-form/. ^
  5. “Active Minds’ Story – A Movement of Hope Created out of Tragedy.” Active Minds, January 19, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/about-us/our-story/. ^
  6. “Active Minds’ Story – A Movement of Hope Created out of Tragedy.” Active Minds, January 19, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/about-us/our-story/. ^
  7. “Position Statements.” Active Minds, August 2, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/about-us/position-statements/. ^
  8. “Our Programs.” Active Minds, May 1, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/. ^
  9. “Speaking Event Host Application.” Active Minds, August 2, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/speaking-event-host-application/. ^
  10. “Speaking Event Host Application.” Active Minds, August 2, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/speaking-event-host-application/. ^
  11. “Start A Chapter FAQ.” Active Minds, October 8, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/chapter-network/start-a-chapter-faq/. ^
  12. “Start A Chapter FAQ.” Active Minds, October 8, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/chapter-network/start-a-chapter-faq/. ^
  13.  “Chapter Network.” Active Minds, January 19, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/chapter-network/. ^
  14. “Active Minds Speakers.” Active Minds, April 14, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/am-speakers/. ^
  15. “Speaking Event Host Application.” Active Minds, August 2, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/speaking-event-host-application/. ^
  16. [1] “Georgia Southern University.” Counseling Center | Georgia Southern University. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/counseling/send-silence-packing/. ^
  17. “About the Display.” Active Minds, February 18, 2022. https://www.activeminds.org/programs/send-silence-packing/about-the-display/. ^
  18. “SSP Interest Form.” Active Minds, November 1, 2021. https://www.activeminds.org/ssp-interest-form/. ^
  19. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Active Minds Inc. 2020. Part I, lines 8-12. ^
  20. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Active Minds Inc. 2020. Part I, lines 13-18. ^
  21. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Active Minds Inc. 2020. Part IX, line 19. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2004

  • 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 $4,475,101 $2,067,500 $2,915,908 $162,484 N $3,883,899 $646,409 $8,574 $285,559 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $2,045,302 $2,135,066 $496,187 $150,364 N $1,581,145 $522,391 $244 $262,142 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $1,815,113 $2,040,800 $540,453 $104,866 N $1,368,609 $484,985 $724 $234,745 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $2,005,394 $1,761,371 $800,133 $138,859 N $1,540,936 $502,578 $611 $127,930
    2015 Jun Form 990 $1,347,510 $1,584,209 $503,552 $86,301 N $1,003,278 $344,368 $141 $107,014 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $1,490,663 $1,415,165 $726,655 $72,697 N $1,107,089 $389,712 $267 $93,542 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,428,076 $1,428,632 $615,457 $43,493 N $1,092,563 $327,427 $169 $91,111 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $1,146,171 $1,413,274 $613,076 $37,659 N $873,835 $269,903 $149 $85,405 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $1,139,140 $808,232 $867,760 $25,240 N $964,307 $174,420 $413 $80,923 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Active Minds


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