Non-profit

Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO)

Website:

www.allianceforyouthorganizing.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

46-2465621

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $8,998,688
Expenses: $9,535,248
Assets: $12,932,040

Type:

Youth Vote Activist Organization

Formation:

2017

Executive Director:

Dakota Hall

Board Chair:

Sidney Porter

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $13,718,000

Expenses: $13,038,407

Total Assets: $14,523,053 1

References

  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Alliance for Youth Organizing. 2022. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/462465621/202342199349300864/full
Latest Tax Filing (s):

2022 990 Form

2021 990 Form

2020 990 Form

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The left-progressive Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO) is the successor of the Bus Foundation Civic Fund founded by Mathew Singer to activate youth voting for left-of-center candidates and issues. It is the sister organization of the left-of-center Alliance for Youth Action (AFYA).

Backed with funding from left-of-center foundations and corporations like the Open Society Foundations, Univision, and the Rockefeller Family Fund, AFYO seeks to shape a national organization made up of local organizations to advocate for young voter registration and a number of left-progressive election policy changes including automatic voter registration, lowering the voting age to 16, disconnecting criminal history from voting rights, and mail-in voting. 1 The group also calls for the mass elimination of student debt. 2

AFYO provides a toolkit for organizing, webinars for sharing of experience, one on one assistance, and grants to partners who join the alliance.

History

Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO) is a left-of-center foundation established in 2017 to encourage left-leaning younger voters and is the successor organization of the Bus Federation Civic Fund. 3 4

Founded by Matthew Singer, whom had also founded Forward Montana, AFYO is an outgrowth of the Bus Project and the successor organization to the Bus Federation Civic Fund. AFYO was formed and headquartered in Portland, Oregon and later moved to Washington, D.C. to advance a national organization of local partners in each state. 5 6 7 8

Notable activities include the creation of a national voter registration day and the provision of a voter guide. 9

Organization

Alliance for Youth Organizing activities include educating young people on left-wing issues, training leaders for local partners, and mobilizing young voters. Annual conferences, one-on-one coaching, and site visits are some of the methods used to deliver support. The group also conducts lobbying, reporting $15,000 in lobbying spending for 2018. 10 11

AFYO’s Democracy Done Right initiative advocates broadened voter registration availability including automatic registration, pre-registration for 16 year-olds, same-day voter registration, mail-in voting for all, elimination of designated polling places, and disconnection of a person’s criminal history from voting rights. 12

AFYO partnered with left-of-center Students Learn Students Vote Coalition; Campus Vote Project, an initiative of left-of-center Fair Elections Center that opposes voter identification and removal of those who have died from voter rolls and backs felon voting; and MTV to launch “+1thevote +1thepolls” to expand access to voting on campuses. 13

Other activities include We Can Vote, a left-of-center resource for information and opportunities to help make elections secure, Work Elections a tool to connect poll workers to opportunities, providing a link to the Vote at Home Institute, a separate left-of-center non-profit, that seeks to expand mail-in voting. 14

Government-funded “free” university tuition, a cap on student loan payments, expansion of publicly owned housing, rent caps, reserved labor union positions on company boards, and increased taxes on wealth are advocated in AFYO’s “Broke AF” initiative. 15

Leadership

The Alliance for Youth Organizing shares several staff with the Alliance For Youth Action but maintains its own separate boards of directors. 16

Dakota Hall is the executive director of the Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO), serving in the position since 2021. He previously served as executive director of community activist group Leaders Igniting Transformation as well as several positions with policy reform group Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). 17 18

Whitney Porter is the board chair for Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO). Porter also serves as chief operating officer (COO) for Jews United for Justice (JUFJ). 19

Board member Liba Rubenstein is senior advisor for the Civic Alliance and formerly senior vice president of social impact at 21st Century Fox. 20

Board member and Treasurer Catherine Lerza is a consultant and previously was senior philanthropic advisor at the left-of-center Tides Foundation. 21

Board member Vaughn Frisby is director of individual giving at SPUR, an urban planning think tank, and previously held positions at the Sierra Club and San Francisco Aids Foundation. 22

Finances

Revenue for 2018 was $4,410,817 consisting of $4,148,433 of contributions and grants and $233,845 in service revenue. 23 Expenses totaled $3,487,170 with $536,770 in grants and $595,750 of salaries and benefits. 24 The slightly more than $2 million in other expenses included $249,449 in travel, $376,989 in other salaries and wages, and $1,143,952 in sponsor reimbursements. 25 26

According to its 2022 990 form, the organization reported $13,718,000 in revenue, $13,038,407 in expenses, and $14,523,053 in total assets. 27

References

  1. “Democracy Done Right.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/campaign/democracy-done-right/.
  2. “Broke AF.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/campaign/broke-af/.
  3. “2019 Annual Report.” Alliance For Youth Organizing. Accessed June 19, 2020. http://alliance4youth.wpengine.com/action/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/04/AYA_AnnualReport2019.pdf. Page 2.
  4. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2017. LineC, Part I Line 1.
  5. Missoula blogger seeks Executive Director post for Montana Democratic Party. Accessed June 19, 2020. https://mtlowdown.blogspot.com/2009/06/missoula-blogger-seeks-executive.html.
  6. “Alliance for Youth Action.” Onward Together. Accessed July 1, 2020. https://www.onwardtogether.org/organization/alliance-for-youth-action/.
  7. “Oregon Secretary of State Corporate Division.” Business name search. Accessed July 1, 2020. http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.show_detl?p_be_rsn=1617823&p_srce=BR_INQ&p_print=FALSE.
  8. Corporation, Carnegie. “Make It Weird: Getting the Youth Vote Out.” Medium. Carnegie Reporter, July 6, 2017. https://medium.com/carnegie-reporter/make-it-weird-getting-the-youth-vote-out-7109a4279e51.
  9. “Annual Report 2018.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed June 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/02/AYA_AnnualReport2018.pdf. Pages 24-29
  10. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part II-A, Line 2d.
  11. “alliance for youth organizing annual report.” 2019. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/05/AYA_AnnualReport2019.pdf.
  12. “Democracy Done Right.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/campaign/democracy-done-right/.
  13. “ 1 The Polls.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/plus1thepolls/.
  14. “ 1 The Polls.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/plus1thepolls/.
  15. “Broke AF.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 19, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/campaign/broke-af/.
  16. “Staff & Board.” Alliance for Youth Organizing. Accessed May 18, 2020. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/about/staff-board/.
  17. “Staff.” Alliance for Youth Organizing, Accessed February 27, 2024. https://allianceforyouthorganizing.org/about/staff-board/
  18. “Dakota Hall.” LinkedIn, Accessed February 27, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dakotahall
  19. “Whitney Porter.” Jews United for Justice, Accessed February 27, 2024. https://jufj.org/team/whitney-porter/
  20. “Liba Wenig Rubenstein.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/libawr/
  21. “Catherine Lerza.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-lerza-1252535/
  22. “Vaughn Frisby.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/vaughn-frisby-56930514/
  23. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I, Lines 12, 8, 9.
  24. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I, Lines 18, 13, 15.
  25. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part IX, Lines 25, 17, 7.
  26. “Alliance For Youth Organizing.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Schedule O, Part IX, Line 11G.
  27. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Alliance for Youth Organizing. 2022. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/462465621/202342199349300864/full
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2014

  • 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
    2021 Dec Form 990 $8,998,688 $9,535,248 $12,932,040 $1,101,305 N $8,997,591 $0 $122 $140,962
    2020 Dec Form 990 $21,406,009 $15,445,101 $14,279,695 $1,912,400 N $21,097,073 $304,806 $302 $106,331
    2019 Dec Form 990 $8,361,626 $4,293,016 $7,154,723 $748,336 N $8,285,909 $30,000 $431 $110,635 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $4,410,817 $3,487,170 $2,703,657 $365,880 N $4,148,433 $233,845 $200 $118,849 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,104,125 $1,487,269 $1,497,630 $83,500 N $1,967,115 $124,446 $219 $149,733 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $2,162,629 $1,526,306 $889,152 $45,033 N $1,974,058 $168,817 $273 $147,185 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,045,208 $1,132,906 $294,847 $86,619 N $999,388 $36,747 $1,989 $124,177 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $878,646 $728,491 $345,367 $49,441 N $844,360 $32,567 $1,025 $59,528 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $320,667 $199,896 $139,745 $18,974 N $320,469 $0 $198 $16,380 PDF

    Alliance for Youth Organizing (AFYO)

    650 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE NW 600
    Washington, DC 20001