Non-profit

Century Foundation

Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

13-1624235

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $2,002,586
Expenses: $4,769,031
Assets: $61,991,477

President:

Mark Zuckerman

Founder:

Edward Filene

Formation:

1906

The Century Foundation is a left-of-center think tank founded in 1919 by Filene’s department stores magnate Edward Filene as the Cooperative League to encourage business leaders to fight the growth of conservatism.

It researches from its left-of-center position and communicates the results via books, articles, position papers and events that are action-oriented.

In 2019 it launched Next100, a left-of-center “pop up” organization designed create the appearance of a grassroots operation designed to appeal to a younger demographic that takes positions favoring expunging criminal records, returning voting rights to felons, and expanding government-provided child-care and early education.

Founding

The Century Foundation was established in 1906 and incorporated in 1919 by Edward Filene, founder of Filene’s department stores and Filene’s Basement, as the Cooperative League to fight the growth of conservatism. Until Filene’s death in 1937 the League granted money to left-of-center organizations that supported Filene’s left-liberal principles. [1]

Concurrent with Filene’s transfer of 4,172 shares of Filene stock, the League was renamed the Twentieth Century Fund and began molding itself into a left-wing think-tank that limits grants to other organizations in favor of conducting research; publishing reports, books, and position papers; and sponsoring events designed to be of interest to government policy makers and the general public to prompt action that advances its positions. [2]

In 1999 the left-of-center think tank changed its name to The Century Foundation while maintaining its operating principles that rarely makes grants to other institutions or individuals. [3]

Policy Positions

The Century Foundation takes a number of policy positions in alignment with the Democratic Party and the broader left-progressive movement, including opposing photo identification, proof of citizenship, and national identification to vote;[4] expanding labor union privileges to reduce income inequality; [5] [6] promoting closer U.S. collaboration with the United Nations in foreign affairs; [7] increasing government provision of daycare and health care;[8][9][10][11] reducing prison population and increasing felons’ rights; [12] and demanding liberal expansionist immigration policy and decreased immigration enforcement. [13]

Solutions proposed by TCF almost always advocate for bigger government and it most often adopts the line of the Democratic Party. [14]

Activities and Statements

Recent tweets and re-tweets of NARAL tweets by the Century Foundation show their continued support for Obamacare and its expansion. [15] Facebook posts show their support for cancellation of student debt and promotion of expanded unionization of workers. [16]

Next100 is a “pop up” think tank created by Century Foundation intended to be more action oriented, appeal to a more youthful demographic, and look more like a grassroots operation. Next100 advocates for a radical-left “New Deal for New Americans Act” co-sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), expunging criminal records and return of voting rights to felons, expansion of early childhood education and child-care, a “Green New Deal” for public housing and a variety of other left-of-center positions. [17]

Century Foundation is closely allied with the left-of-center Center for American Progress (CAP), initially led by John Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative and former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign manager. [18]

Leadership

Mark Zuckerman, former deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama and former Democratic staff director of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, is president of Century Foundation. [19]

Patricia Kozu, formerly managing director of the left-of-center National Employment Law Project (NLEP) and the F.B. Heron Foundation, is Century Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. [20]

Emma Vadehra is executive director of Next100, a “pop up” project of the Century Foundation, and serves as a non-resident senior fellow at the left-of-center Center for American Progress (CAP). [21] [22]

Bradley Abelow, chairman of Century Foundation’s trustees, is a consultant working to advise clients about the politics of climate change. [23] [24]

Damon A. Silvers is a trustee of CF and is the director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO. [25] [26]

Former U.S Senator and Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey (D) is a trustee along with Jonathan Alter a columnist for the Daily Beast and an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. [27]

Jamila Taylor, director of health care reform and senior fellow, previously served as senior fellow and director of women’s health and rights at the left-of-center Center for American Progress (CAP) . [28]

Donors

Donors to the Century Foundation, with their contributions from 2015 through 2018, include:

Laura & John Arnold Foundation $1,749,529
Carnegie Corporation of NY $1,000,000
Bernard L. Schwartz Investments $   771,097
Walton Family Foundation $  525,000
William T. Grant Foundation $  345,000
Henry Luce Foundation $  300,000
Kresge Foundation $  260,000
Commonwealth Fund $  135,000
The Joyce Foundation $    50,000
Guggenheim Foundation $    45,000
Open Society $    25,000
Heinrich Boell Foundation $    16,083
Poverty & Race Research Action Council $    10,000
National Domestic Workers Alliance $      5,000
Abelow Family Foundation $       5,000

Finances

Revenues total $4,249,189 in 2018 including $2,311,620 in grants and contributions received. Expenses were $6,469,126 including $2,800,071in salaries and wages and $1,647,005 in other expenses. [29] Direct charitable activities of $6,048,205 were reported and direct project expense of $1,647,005. [30]

Assets at the close of fiscal 2018 were $58,476,843. [31]

References

  1. “Century Foundation Records.” Century Foundation records. Accessed April 5, 2020. http://archives.nypl.org/mss/18811. ^
  2. “Century Foundation Records.” Century Foundation records. Accessed April 5, 2020. http://archives.nypl.org/mss/18811. ^
  3. “Century Foundation Records.” Century Foundation records. Accessed April 5, 2020. http://archives.nypl.org/mss/18811. ^
  4. Wang, Tova, Jamila Taylor, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Jamila Taylor, Simon Greer, Richard D. Kahlenberg, and Century Foundation. “9 Ways Voting Is Suppressed in America.” The Century Foundation, March 4, 2016. https://tcf.org/content/commentary/9-ways-voting-is-suppressed-in-america/. ^
  5. Taylor, Jamila, Simon Greer, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Century Foundation, and Century Foundation. “14 Progressive Priorities for the New Congress.” The Century Foundation, November 1, 2018. https://tcf.org/content/report/14-progressive-priorities-new-congress/. ^
  6. Rolf, David, David RolfContributor, David Rolf, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Burgess Perritt, Jen Mishory, et al. “A Roadmap to Rebuilding Worker Power.” The Century Foundation, February 27, 2019. https://tcf.org/content/report/roadmap-rebuilding-worker-power/. ^
  7. “Discover The Networks.” Discover the Networks | Century Foundation (CF). Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/century-foundation-cf/. ^
  8. Burris, Michelle, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Burgess Perritt, Jen Mishory, et al. “The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms.” The Century Foundation, March 4, 2020. https://tcf.org/content/facts/the-benefits-of-socioeconomically-and-racially-integrated-schools-and-classrooms/. ^
  9. “America’s Child Care Crisis.” The Century Foundation, January 21, 2020. https://tcf.org/content/event/book-talk-americas-child-care-crisis/. ^
  10. Kashen, Julie, Katie Hamm, Julie KashenDirector, Julie Kashen, Katie Hamm, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, et al. “Child Care for All: A Blueprint for States.” The Century Foundation, August 8, 2019. https://tcf.org/content/report/child-care-blueprint-states/. ^
  11. Jost, Timothy Stoltzfus, Harold Pollack, Timothy Stoltzfus JostHarold PollackContributor, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Harold Pollack, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, et al. “Key Proposals to Strengthen the Affordable Care Act.” The Century Foundation, August 26, 2016. https://tcf.org/content/report/key-proposals-to-strengthen-the-aca/. ^
  12. Wang, Tova, Jamila Taylor, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Jamila Taylor, Simon Greer, Richard D. Kahlenberg, and Century Foundation. “9 Ways Voting Is Suppressed in America.” The Century Foundation, March 4, 2016. https://tcf.org/content/commentary/9-ways-voting-is-suppressed-in-america/. ^
  13. Crockford, — Kade, Kade CrockfordContributor, Kade Crockford, Jamila Taylor, Simon Greer, and Richard D. Kahlenberg. “Beyond Sanctuary: Local Strategies for Defending Civil Liberties.” The Century Foundation, June 3, 2019. https://tcf.org/content/report/beyond-sanctuary/. ^
  14. “Discover The Networks.” Discover the Networks | Century Foundation (CF). Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/century-foundation-cf/./. ^
  15. Naral. “10 Years Ago, President @BarackObama Signed the #ACA into Law. @DemocraticAGs Are Fighting to Protect This Crucial Legislation That: ✅ Protects Nearly 20M✅ Allows More than 130M with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Covered✅ Expands Medicaid Coverage #AffordableCareAct Pic.twitter.com/SQt55v0xZd.” Twitter. Twitter, March 23, 2020. https://twitter.com/NARAL/status/1242196939128680448. ^
  16. GardenContributor, Charlotte, Amanda Novello, Andrew Stettner, Moshe Marvit, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Burgess Perritt, et al. “What’s Next For Labor Law Reform?” The Century Foundation, March 3, 2020. https://tcf.org/content/commentary/whats-next-labor-law-reform/?fbclid=IwAR112_11NfRsKMeo4QCs5GC9QLsFVDdRMInpCv1QpB96L6s2Nw0_CkRn9GA. ^
  17. “About the Next100.” Next100. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://thenext100.org/about/. ^
  18. “Discover The Networks.” Discover the Networks | Century Foundation (CF). Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/century-foundation-cf/. ^
  19. Shireman, Robert, Mark Zuckerman, Steve Dubb, Mark Zuckerman, Andrew Stettner, Robert Iafolla, Andrew Wallender, et al. “Mark Zuckerman.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/mark-zuckerman/. ^
  20. “Patricia Kozu.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/patricia-kozu/. ^
  21. “Emma Vadehra.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/emma-vadehra/. ^
  22. “Emma Vadehra Archives.” Center for American Progress. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/vadehra-emma/bio/. ^
  23. “Bradley Abelow.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/bradley-abelow/. ^
  24. “Bradley Abelow – American Jewish World Service.” AJWS. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://ajws.org/who-we-are/our-team/board/bradley-abelow/. ^
  25. “Damon A. Silvers.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/damon-a-silvers/. ^
  26. “Damon A. Silvers.” AFL. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://aflcio.org/policy-experts/damon-silvers. ^
  27. “Bob Kerrey.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/bob-kerrey/. ^
  28. Lotven, Amy, Marc H. Morial, Emily Kopp, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Taylor, Jamila Burgess Perritt, Molly Bangs, Julie Kashen, and Jamila Taylor. “Jamila Taylor.” The Century Foundation. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://tcf.org/experts/jamila-taylor/. ^
  29. The Century Foundation, Inc. Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). 2017. Part I, Lines 12,1, 26, 14, 23. ^
  30. The Century Foundation, Inc. Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). Part IX statement 15, Page 1 Ln 23 statement 8. ^
  31. The Century Foundation, Inc. Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). Part III, Line 6. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: August 1, 1937

  • 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
    2015 Jun Form PF $2,002,586 $4,769,031 $61,991,477 $401,835 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Jun Form PF $7,067,972 $4,370,531 $66,605,119 $409,746 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Jun Form PF $27,639,144 $4,166,821 $62,175,942 $360,679 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Jun Form PF $1,675,090 $4,238,711 $41,903,077 $3,308,361 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Jun Form PF $1,740,475 $3,992,727 $41,265,561 $688,041 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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    Century Foundation

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