Non-profit

Doc Society

Website:

docsociety.org/

Location:

Brooklyn, NY

Tax ID:

46-1094197

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $1,765,554
Expenses: $1,551,065
Assets: $1,715,489

Type:

Documentary Production Group

Formation:

2005

President:

Jess Search

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Doc Society is a documentary film producer and distributor that aims to spread a left-of-center social and economic message. It is the American branch of the international organization of the same name. 1

Background

The American branch of Doc Society is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. 2

Doc Society’s mission statement explains that a “commitment to anti-racism, economic justice and climate justice,” roughly meaning the concepts of critical race theory, wealth redistribution, and overhauling the economy in the name of environmentalism, “is embedded in and informs all we do.” 3

Doc Society considers “populism, misinformation, climate crisis, and white nationalism” to be the “challenges of our times,” and has a “Theory of Change” to build a “more inclusive and fairer world” by transforming society. 4

Activities

Doc Society supports international filmmakers by financing their productions and providing them with creative, editorial, strategic, and legal support. It encourages filmmakers to form partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and various private donors to secure additional funds for their projects. 5

It considers the films it helps produce to be “independent films” and describes its work as building a “growing network of partners” that support the global individual filmmakers. 6

Since 2005, the Doc Society has funded and helped produce 520 films from 75 countries. It spent more than $20 million on film teams, collecting funds from private foundations, corporations, and public funds. 7

Financials

In 2022, Doc Society had a total income of $1,989,789, total expenses of $2,566,542, and net assets of $2,133,702. 8

Grantmaking

In 2022, Doc Society disbursed grants to several film producers including River of Grass, Unseen Documentary LLC, Foammentary, Greener Pastures Film, High Impact, and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers. It also gave $25,000 to the Common Counsel Foundation to support the national convening of its Color Congress. 9

Leadership

As of 2022, the president of the American branch was Jess Search, and the board chair was Anurima Bhargava. 10

References

  1. “Doc Society: Home Page.” Doc Society. Accessed June 2, 2024. https://docsociety.org/#.
  2. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. C.
  3. “Doc Society: Home Page.” Doc Society. Accessed June 2, 2024. https://docsociety.org/#
  4. “Theory of Change.” Doc Society. Accessed June 2, 2024. https://docsociety.org/theory-of-change/.
  5. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. Part I, Summary.
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. Part III – Statement of Program Service Accomplishments.
  7. “Core Capabilities.” Doc Society. Accessed June 2, 2024. https://docsociety.org/core-capabilities/.
  8. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. Part I, lines 12, 18, 22.
  9. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. Schedule I, Part II – Grants and Other Assistance to Domestic Organizations and Domestic Governments.
  10. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Doc Society. 2022. Part VII – Compensation.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: March - February
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 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 Mar Form 990 $1,765,554 $1,551,065 $1,715,489 $178,805 N $1,716,721 $48,116 $201 $145,550
    2020 Mar Form 990 $2,991,357 $2,151,271 $1,517,401 $184,653 N $2,941,187 $49,478 $692 $147,455 PDF
    2019 Mar Form 990 $1,817,637 $1,907,218 $997,335 $503,395 N $1,742,398 $74,950 $289 $131,297 PDF
    2018 Mar Form 990 $1,546,799 $1,560,450 $772,421 $188,894 N $1,465,699 $81,100 $0 $123,391 PDF
    2017 Mar Form 990 $1,452,327 $1,266,300 $747,257 $122,102 N $1,385,062 $67,265 $0 $116,892 PDF
    2016 Mar Form 990 $142,500 $251,875 $584,756 $140,801 N $110,000 $32,500 $0 $34,088 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $970,301 $724,545 $766,142 $220,070 N $962,005 $8,296 $0 $53,272 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $418,331 $124,546 $325,316 $25,000 N $418,331 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Doc Society

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    Brooklyn, NY 11201-3022