Non-profit

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Website:

ellabakercenter.org

Location:

OAKLAND, CA

Tax ID:

94-3252009

Experian Number:

813354579

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $4,018,054
Expenses: $1,870,150
Assets: $5,586,168

Formation:

1996 (as Bay Area Police Watch)

Type:

Ethnic Interest Advocacy Group

Founder:

Van Jones

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a left-of-center strategy and action center based in Oakland, California. The Center focuses on prison reform and promoting development in economically and socially struggling communities.

Background

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights was founded in Oakland, California, in 1996 by Van Jones, a far-left activist who worked in the Obama administration as the President’s Special Adviser for Green Jobs. The Center is named for Ella Baker, a civil rights activist in the 1960s involved in creating the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a civil rights group that later became a far-left Black Nationalist group. Jones is now a member of the Center’s board of directors. [1]

The organization was initially created as “Bay Area Police Watch,” with the goal of “holding police accountable for their actions.” It changed its name to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights by the end of 1996. [2]

Advocacy

The Ella Baker Center runs “Audit Ahern,” [3] a project which calls for an audit of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that the office’s budget is aligned with social work projects such as increasing HIV testing, providing after-school programs, and providing housing. [4]

The Ella Baker Center also advocates for legislation that aids in providing the formerly incarcerated employment and housing upon release to allow an easier return into society. [5]

Additionally, the group co-manages “Restore Oakland” with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a labor-union-associated group that organizes restaurant workers around left-of-center policy advocacy. The project focuses on training members in the community to play larger roles in the economy which includes encouragement to launch businesses, restaurant job training, and job placement. [6]

Funding

In its most recent IRS filing from 2016, the Ella Baker Center had total revenues of $4,018,054, total expenses of $1,870,150, and net assets of $5,471,624. [7]

The Ella Baker Center has received at least $23 million in grants since 1999. The California Endowment, a center-of-left grantmaking organization, is the group’s largest donor and has provided it with $3,178,324 in grants. Other top donors to the Center include the Tides Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Natem Foundation. [8]

Leadership

Zachary Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Norris has a background focused on ending youth incarceration as co-founder of Justice for Families, a group which helped lead the closure of five juvenile prisons. Additionally, he is a former board member at Witness for Peace and Just Cause Oakland. [9] Norris received total compensation of $91,470 in 2016. [10]

Arron Jiron is the current board chair for the organization. Jiron is also a program officer at the left-wing S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. He has worked with the juvenile justice system and early education through his past involvement with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Youth Opportunities Center in Nebraska. [11]

References

  1. “Van Jones.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/van-jones. ^
  2. “About Us.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/about/about-us?language=en. ^
  3. “Our Work.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/our-work. ^
  4. “Save Money, Save Lives-Audit Sheriff Ahern.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/get-involved/save-money-save-lives–audit-sheriff-ahern. ^
  5. “Policy Change.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/policy-change. ^
  6. “Restore Oakland.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/restore-oakland. ^
  7. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. 2016. Schedule A, Part I, Lines 12, 18, 22. ^
  8. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Californians for Population Stabilization. Accessed June 19, 2019. www.FoundationSearch.com. ^
  9. “Zachary Norris.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/about/staff-and-board/zachary-norris?language=en. ^
  10. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Californians For Population Stabilization. 2017. Schedule A, Part VII, Line 10. ^
  11. “Arron Jiron.” Ella Baker Center. Accessed June 19, 2019. https://ellabakercenter.org/about/staff-and-board/arron-jiron-0?language=en. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Van Jones
    Co-Founder
  2. Ben Wyskida
    Former Communications Staffer

Coalition Memberships

  1. Oakland Rising
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 1999

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,018,054 $1,870,150 $5,586,168 $114,544 N $4,015,258 $10,436 $3,950 $179,912
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,062,091 $1,758,178 $3,393,922 $69,025 N $4,053,173 $2,500 $1,338 $164,508 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,048,052 $720,444 $1,063,523 $42,539 N $1,021,502 $850 $1,213 $149,695
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,123,978 $947,110 $810,139 $116,763 N $1,123,804 $525 $1,500 $164,258 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,066,186 $2,102,209 $749,080 $232,572 N $1,091,680 $800 $2,109 $243,504 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $2,413,639 $2,244,627 $1,698,864 $176,647 N $2,415,999 $900 $5,050 $192,237 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $1,529,990 $2,382,862 $1,494,347 $148,541 N $1,540,298 $3,377 $9,226 $190,789 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

    1970 BROADWAY STE 1125
    OAKLAND, CA 94612-2234