Courage Campaign Institute (CCI) is the educational arm of the left-of-center advocacy group Courage Campaign. Through multiple websites and media outlets, CCI aims to educate the public on issues regarding LGBT rights, liberal expansionist immigration policies, and other issue areas. 
Equality on Trial
Equality on Trial is a project of CCI that conveys news stories regarding legal actions concerning LGBT interests.  CCI claims that the website was the top site for coverage of Proposition 8 and Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) litigation in 2012. (DOMA and Proposition 8 were two “traditional” marriage laws later overruled by the Supreme Court.) 
Nestle Water Bottling
In 2016 and 2017, Courage Campaign Institute was at the forefront of a group of progressive and environmentalist organizations urging food manufacturer and distributor Nestle to stop diverting and pumping water in California to be bottled and sold as Arrowhead and Pure Life products.  The organizations collectively sued the U.S. Forest Service for letting Nestle renew a permit that expired 3 decades prior. It was discovered that Nestle had requested to renew the permit in 1988 immediately upon expiration, however, the Forest Service had failed to do its part. The International Bottled Water Association reported that water bottled in California accounted for only 0.02 percent of annual water use in the state. None of CCI’s suits succeeded and Nestle’s plants in California remained open. 
Courage Campaign Institute took part in a 2013 campaign to lobby against Walmart to get the retailer to stop selling so-called “assault weapons”—certain semi-automatic rifles in common use. CCI helped organize a petition to appeal to Walmart to get them to stop selling such rifles. The petition was presented to the store manager of the Danbury, Connecticut Walmart location, which does not sell firearms.
CCI has also teamed with Ultraviolet, a left-leaning LGBT and women’s rights activist organization, and DailyKos, a progressive news outlet, by providing links to petitions against Visa urging the credit card company to stop processing transactions that involve the sale of semi-automatic rifles.
Leadership and Board of Directors
CCI board member Doug Moore is the executive director of UDW, a labor union based in Orange County, California, and an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. In 2014, Moore traveled to Ferguson, Missouri on his union’s dime to march with Black Lives Matter protestors in the wake of Mike Brown’s death.
Lindsay Gardner serves as the chair of the board of directors for CCI. He previously worked as a media executive and strategist for Fox Networks and Cox Communications and has worked as an advisor for Miramax and AMC Networks. Gardner is responsible for launching Fox Sports Network. He also worked for a short period as National Finance Chairman for Democrat Harold Ford’s failed 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in Tennessee. He was defeated by Republican Bob Corker. 
Rick Jacobs, founder of both the Courage Campaign and the Courage Campaign Institute, serves as the emeritus chair of the board of directors for CCI. He previously served as the Executive Vice Mayor and Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Eric Garcetti (D). According to his LinkedIn profile, he currently works as the CEO of Accelerator for America, an organization based in Los Angeles with ties to labor unions, progressive policy organizations, and Democratic politicians. He has mostly stepped away from his involvement with Courage Campaign and Courage Campaign Institute to focus on Accelerator for America. 
Christine Ellice is a litigation attorney for the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP headquartered in NYC. She serves as counsel for asylum cases tried by the Department of Homeland Security according to her profile on the law firm’s website. 
Eric Paquette works as senior vice president of production for Screen Gems at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles. He also serves as the President of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Paquette Served as a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee. 
Board member Gillian Morshedi is a staff attorney for HomeBase, a nonprofit law firm based in San Francisco, California. Morshedi worked as a legal intern at ACLU, a left-leaning activist organization that focuses on civil liberties. She also interned at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit civil rights law firm funded in part by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. 
Board member Jidan Terry-Koon is a community organizer working for the San Francisco Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that claims to ensure equity and opportunity in the Bay Area.  She served as a senior fellow at Movement Strategy Center, a left-of-center nonprofit which works with socialist organizations. She also served as Deputy Director of both Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (now known as Power California), and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Action Fund, which help fund many progressive organizations while advocating for voting rights for illegal immigrants. 
Lisa Garcia Bedolla is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Her profile on the UC Berkeley website states that she “uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of political and economic inequalities in the United States, considering differences across the lines of ethno-race, gender, class, geography, sexuality, et cetera.” She is a progressive author of such books as Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles; and Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns. 
Nick Roxborough is an attorney based in Los Angeles, California, who has also served as the Los Angeles City Commissioner. In a press release from his law firm, Roxborough Pomerance Nye & Adreani, Roxborough claims that he is working “to win progressive change throughout California.” The same release says, “Our leadership in the business community, and in the political arena serves as a catalyst for the development of personal relationships, as well as the ability to influence policy and legislation,” while Courage Campaign claims to fight for the removal of business influence in public policy.
Courage Campaign Institute reported total revenues of $492,479 in 2016, less than half of its reported revenue of $1,067,824 in 2013, according to 990 tax filings from each year. 
According to 2016 tax filings, Courage Campaign, the 501(c)(4) branch of the organization, spent $152,017 in grants to CCI. These transactions were labeled as “Sharing of paid employees with related organization(s).” CC also gave another $21,531 to Courage Campaign Institute in “gift or grant” money. 
CCI received 3 grants in the amounts of $75,000, $65,000, and $10,000 in 2012 and 2013 from the left-leaning Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund. The grants were in support of the organization’s advocacy for open borders immigration policies.