Non-profit

Community News Center

Website:

www.communitynewscenter.com/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

87-3328618

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Type:

Civic Participation Organization

Formation:

2023

Executive Director:

Aaron Strauss

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $3,022,000

Expenses: $2,861,959

Net Assets: $160,041 1

References

  1. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.

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Community News Center is a nonprofit organization headed by a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee director that launches and distributes local newsletters. The Sixteen Thirty Fund reported contributing $100,000 to the organization in 2022. 1

Background

Community News Center is headed by executive director Aaron Strauss. Strauss is the former director of the Analyst Institute, a for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works with left-of-center organizations and campaigns to assess and enhance their impact. Strauss’s personal website describes his background as working for several Democratic party campaigns, and his X social media profile describes his work as “using evidence-based strategies to re-elect Biden.” 2 3

Strauss is also a former director of targeting and data for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and described his work since 2019 as “crafting anti-Trump ads and measuring their real-world effects.” 4

Community News Center advocates for local journalism and claims to be addressing the problem of “local news deserts” with local newsletters to increase civic participation. 5

Activities

Community News Center’s primary efforts involve launching and distributing local newsletters, which the organization claims to have done in 13 states. 6

Community News Center claims that these newsletters discuss a broad range of topics such as local events, money saving tips, and government resources and counteract the negative effects of local news deserts where no local journalism outlets are based. 7

Community News Center also raises awareness about national resources, such as federal and consumer protection resources and prescription drug discount programs. 8

Funding

Community News Center reported over $3 million in revenue in 2022. 9 Community News Center does not disclose its donors, but the left-of-center Sixteen Thirty Fund managed by Arabella Advisors reported contributing $100,000 to the organization in 2022. 10

Community News Center is also involved in political activities, reporting $117,213 in political campaign activity expenditures in 2022. 11

Community News Center also reported receiving $1 million in publicly traded securities in 2022, which the organization liquidated at a loss. 12

The organization’s largest expenditures are for printing and mailing services, reporting payments of $1.3 million to Snap Pack Mail and $757,917 to Mission Control, Inc in 2022. Community News Center also issued large payments to research consultants based in Washington, D.C., reporting payments of $250,000 to Democratic polling firm Hart Research Associates and $133,456 to PSG Consulting in 2022. 13

The organization also reported purchasing $174,466 worth of gift cards from Tango Card in the same year. Community News Center’s only reported assets for 2022 were $160,041 in cash. The directors of Community News Center report no compensation from the organization. 14

References

  1. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  2. Aaron Strauss, “About Me,” accessed February 12, 2024, https://www.aaronstrauss.net/about-me.
  3. Aaron Strauss, X profile, accessed February 12, 2024, https://twitter.com/aaronstrauss.
  4. “Aaron Strauss”, LinkedIn. Accessed February 12, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-strauss-216b3224/.
  5. “Local News Deserts,” Community News Center, accessed February 12, 2024, https://www.communitynewscenter.com/local-news-deserts/.
  6.  “Our Work,” Community News Center, accessed February 12, 2024, https://www.communitynewscenter.com/our-work/.
  7. “Our Work,” Community News Center, accessed February 12, 2024, https://www.communitynewscenter.com/our-work/.
  8. “Our Work,” Community News Center, accessed February 12, 2024, https://www.communitynewscenter.com/our-work/.
  9. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  10. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  11. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  12. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  13. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
  14. Community News Center, Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2022.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 2023

  • Available Filings

    No filings available.

    Community News Center

    1300 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC