Non-profit

Indivisible Civics

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Website:

www.indivisible.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

82-2355901

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $5,270,435
Expenses: $4,090,232
Assets: $1,332,114

Formerly:

The Indivisible Fund

Formation:

2018

Executive Director:

Meighan Stone

Indivisible Civics is the charitable arm of the Indivisible Project, a left-of-center lobbying organization that was created to provide liberals a practical guide about “Resisting the Trump Agenda.” [1]

Indivisible Civics receives a large sum of money from private foundations. It was reported that Indivisible Civics and the Indivisible Project received a combined total of $14.9 million in 2019 of which only 17.3 percent came from small donations while 53 percent came in the form of grants from private foundations. [2]

Board members of Indivisible Civics have affiliations with multiple left-of-center organizations including the Civic Engagement Fund, the Center for American Progress, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and The Hub Project. [3][4]

Founding

Indivisible Civics is the non-profit charitable arm of the Indivisible Project (or Indivisible), a left-of-center lobbying and electoral advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and created in late 2016 as a response to the election of President Donald Trump. It was established to provide liberals a practical guide about “Resisting the Trump Agenda,”[5] and its goal for 2018 was to replace all elected officials who don’t reflect their views with “diverse, progressive, local leaders.” [6]

Indivisible Civics provides the project with movement coordination, resources, training, and funding. It has assisted with the project’s 73,625 calls to Congress since the beginning of 2019, and its “tools” have been used in 2,438 events in every state in America, including Indivisible’s “Defund Hate” campaign which encouraged Congress to decrease funding to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Department of Homeland Security. [7]

Indivisible Civics was created in 2018 as the Indivisible Project’s charitable arm. Before its creation, the Indivisible Project used the Indivisible Fund, a project of the Tides Foundation, a major center-left grantmaking organization, and a major pass-through funder to numerous left-leaning non-profits. [8]

Funding

Indivisible Civics receives a substantial amount of money from donations from the public and contributions from foundations. It is also listed on ActBlue Charities, a pass-through organization created to facilitate donations to left-of-center 501(c)(3) nonprofits and the charitable affiliate of the 501(c)(4) nonprofit ActBlue Civics and 527 political action committee ActBlue. [9]

Indivisible Civics had a total revenue of $5,270,435 in 2018, with $5,243,131 coming from contributions and grants. It had just over $4 million in total expenses and around $1.3 million in assets. Of the total expenses, only $10,000 was in the form of grants to domestic organizations or governments. Around $85,000 was compensation for officers, directors, and trustees, while $1.7 million was spent on salaries and other wages, and $444,543 was spent on other employee benefits. [10]

Indivisible Civics’ revenue increased by a large amount in 2019 as its total revenue was $8,698,862, all of which came in the form of grants and contributions. Its total expenses also increased to $6,772,630 and its assets increased to $4,379,986. Of Indivisible Civics’ expenses only $80,000 was spent on grants to domestic organizations or governments but its compensation to officers, directors, and trustees grew to $269,333. It also spent $3.6 million on salaries and other wages with an additional $746,359 for other employee benefits. It also spent $488,632 on lobbying in 2019. [11]

Indivisible Civics granted $33,750 to the Arizona Center for Empowerment in 2019, as well as $33,750 to the New Florida Majority Education Fund, $5,000 to the National Partnership for New Americans, and $7,500 to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. [12] The only grant made in 2018 was $10,000 to the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, a left-leaning voter registration and mobilization organization that guides immigrants through the citizenship process to increase the political power of left-leaning Latino voting blocs and conducts outreach to ensure high turnout among left-leaning Latinos. [13]

Indivisible and Indivisible Civics announced in annual reports that the two organizations received a combined amount of $6.5 million for 2017, 35 percent from small donations, 25 percent from major gifts, and 40 percent from foundation grants. These percentages changed drastically in 2019 when Indivisible reported receiving an additional $14.9 million of which only 17.3 percent came from small donations while 53 percent came in the form of grants from private foundations despite Sarah Dohl, the spokesperson for Indivisible, claiming that the project would not allow foundations to fund the majority of the organization to “maintain our independence from both the funders and from the [Democratic] party.” [14]

The Kohlberg Foundation, a private family foundation founded by private equity billionaire Jerome Kohlberg that provides grants to numerous left-of-center organizations, granted Indivisible Civics $250,000 in 2017. [15] The Compton Foundation, a left-of-center grantmaking foundation founded by the Compton family, granted Indivisible Civics $150,000 over three years in 2020. [16]

People

One of the board of directors for Indivisible Civics, Meighan Stone, is a senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), president of the Malala Fund from 2014 to 2017, and is on the board of directors for organizations such as the Faith and Politics Institute, and the Civic Engagement Fund, a left-of-center advocacy organization, and project of the New Venture Fund, a left-of-center grant-making organization which has been accused of serving as a “dark money” fund for concealing the identities of its donors. [17][18]

Another member of the board of directors is Indivar Dutta-Gupta, who has worked for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C., that was founded by John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, Counselor to the President in the Obama White House, and chair of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. [19][20] He is also on the advisory board for the left-of-center Liberation in a Generation, a fiscally-sponsored project of PolicyLink, a left-of-center nonprofit organization that seeks to increase entitlement spending, increase public participation in government-controlled health care and entitlement programs, and oppose election integrity laws.

Indivar Dutta-Gupta also received $8,000 for co-authoring a memo for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a left-of-center grantmaking foundation that specializes in programs that deal with children. He also received $24,000 as a consultant for The Hub Project, a left-of-center advocacy and research organization established by former Obama administration officials in 2017 that works with other groups to promote left-of-center policy. [21]

Other members of the board of directors include the co-founder of Amplify, David Slifka; the chief of staff to the Vice Mayor of Berkeley, Jeremy Haile; energy product strategy lead for Google Srijata Chattopadhyay; and two co-founders and co-executive directors of the Indivisible Project, Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin. [22]

References

  1. “Summary,” Indivisible, accessed April 26, 2021, https://web.archive.org/web/20180305201143/https://www.indivisible.org/guide/summary/. ^
  2. Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo, “Resistance Disconnect,” The American Prospect, February 4, 2021, https://prospect.org/politics/resistance-disconnect-indivisible-national-local-activists/. ^
  3. “Indivisible Civics,” Indivisible Civics, accessed April 26, 2021, https://indivisiblecivics.org/. ^
  4. GCPIEconSec, ESOI | GCPI  @GCPIEconSec, and Esoi | Gcpi, “INDIVAR DUTTA-GUPTA,” Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, accessed April 26, 2021, https://www.georgetownpoverty.org/about/indivar-dutta-gupta-relevant-outside-income-and-potential-conflicts-of-interest/. ^
  5. “Summary,” Indivisible, accessed April 26, 2021, https://web.archive.org/web/20180305201143/https://www.indivisible.org/guide/summary/. ^
  6. Angel Padilla, “2018 Is Here,” Indivisible, January 3, 2018, https://web.archive.org/web/20180925141143/https://www.indivisible.org/blog/2018-is-here/. ^
  7. “Indivisible Civics,” Indivisible Civics, accessed April 26, 2021, https://indivisiblecivics.org/. ^
  8. “About – Indivisible: Annual Report,” Indivisible, accessed April 26, 2021, https://www.indivisibleannualreport-2017.org/about. ^
  9. “Directory,” ActBlue, accessed April 26, 2021, https://secure.actblue.com/directory/NCMaria/all?focus_area=Social%2BJustice%2B%26%2BEquity&page=8. ^
  10. Sisi Wei Mike Tigas, “INDIVISIBLE CIVICS INC – Form Form 990 for Period Ending Dec 2018 – Nonprofit Explorer,” ProPublica, May 9, 2013, https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/822355901/01_2020_prefixes_81-82%2F822355901_201812_990_2020012917081347. ^
  11. Sisi Wei Mike Tigas, “INDIVISIBLE CIVICS INC – Form Form 990 for Period Ending Dec 2019 – Nonprofit Explorer,” ProPublica, May 9, 2013, https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/822355901/11_2020_prefixes_81-91%2F822355901_201912_990_2020112417456714. ^
  12. Sisi Wei Mike Tigas, “INDIVISIBLE CIVICS INC – Form Form 990 for Period Ending Dec 2019 – Nonprofit Explorer,” ProPublica, May 9, 2013, https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/822355901/11_2020_prefixes_81-91%2F822355901_201912_990_2020112417456714. ^
  13. “MI FAMILIA VOTA EDUCATION FUND,” MI FAMILIA VOTA EDUCATION FUND – GuideStar Profile, accessed April 26, 2021, https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-0182824. ^
  14. Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo, “Resistance Disconnect,” The American Prospect, February 4, 2021, https://prospect.org/politics/resistance-disconnect-indivisible-national-local-activists/. ^
  15. “Kohlberg Foundation Annual Review – 2017,” kohlbergfoundation.org, accessed April 26, 2021, http://kohlbergfoundation.org/files/2018/11/ar-fs-2017.pdf. ^
  16. “Leadership Grant Highlights,” Compton Foundation, accessed April 26, 2021, https://www.comptonfoundation.org/grants-awarded/grant-highlights/leadership-grant-highlights/. ^
  17. “Indivisible Civics,” Indivisible Civics, accessed April 26, 2021, https://indivisiblecivics.org/. ^
  18. Lachlan Markay, “Over 100 Left-Wing Groups Sourced to DC Dark Money Outfit,” Washington Free Beacon, October 22, 2015, https://freebeacon.com/issues/over-100-left-wing-groups-sourced-to-d-c-dark-money-outfit/. ^
  19. “Indivisible Civics,” Indivisible Civics, accessed April 26, 2021, https://indivisiblecivics.org/. ^
  20. “Center for American Progress – Activist FactsActivist Facts,” Activist Facts, July 23, 2014, https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/528-center-for-american-progress/. ^
  21. GCPIEconSec, ESOI | GCPI  @GCPIEconSec, and Esoi | Gcpi, “INDIVAR DUTTA-GUPTA,” Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, accessed April 26, 2021, https://www.georgetownpoverty.org/about/indivar-dutta-gupta-relevant-outside-income-and-potential-conflicts-of-interest/. ^
  22. “Indivisible Civics,” Indivisible Civics, accessed April 26, 2021, https://indivisiblecivics.org/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

Coalition Memberships

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 2018

  • 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
    2018 Dec Form 990 $5,270,435 $4,090,232 $1,332,114 $177,411 N $5,243,131 $0 $0 $85,163 PDF

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