Non-profit

Michigan League for Public Policy

Website:

mlpp.org/

Location:

LANSING, MI

Tax ID:

38-1360557

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $1,159,214
Expenses: $1,939,364
Assets: $4,961,002

Executive Director:

Gilda Z. Jacobs

Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) is a left-of-center racial-policy advocacy organization. The organization pushes liberal agendas based on economic equity, healthcare reform, and other issues primarily in the state of Michigan. [1] MLPP is funded in part by numerous large left-of-center and liberal grantmaking organizations including the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [2] [3] Its head, Gilda Jacobs, is a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate. [4]

History

MLPP was founded in 1912 and was originally known as the Michigan Conference of Charities and Corrections and the Michigan Conference of Social Work. The organization was originally focused on labor-related issues such as child labor, wage rates at automotive factories, and workplace protections for immigrants and women. [5]

Activities

Response to COVID-19

MLPP conducted numerous studies and worked with the Michigan state government to relate the COVID-19 pandemic to its racial-policy agenda. Working with the state government, the organization devised a number of tax-payer funded strategies to specifically benefit ethnic-minority communities affected by the pandemic. Most notably, the organization and the Michigan Department of Health pushed for tax-payer funded hotel rooms for ethnic-minority prisoners who tested positive for COVID-19, special relief for ethnic-minority-owned businesses affected by government-ordered closure, and to extend relief policy to illegal immigrants residing in Michigan. [6]

MLPP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (EDIT)

The MLPP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (EDIT) is a board of employees of the organization that develops literature and strategies to push a race-centered policy stance. The organization claims that the state of Michigan has had “a long history of institutional racism that has created barriers for communities of color in all aspects of life,” and advocates for policy favoring ethnic communities. [7] The program also focuses on changing hiring practices of companies in Michigan by performing outreach to ethnic minorities to increase the chances of minority candidates being hired over their white counterparts. [8]

The program is sponsored by a number of large left-of-center organizations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. [9]

2022 State Budget Priorities

MLPP released a statement in 2021 advocating for the Michigan state budget to include measures for a number of left-of-center political issues. The organization argued that the budget should be focused on race issues, and included a number of recommendations for incentives and programs designed to benefit majority ethnic-minority communities. Most notably, the statement argues that Michigan taxpayers should cover the bill for childcare programs, eviction protection measures, and widely expanded food-stamp and Medicare programs. [10]

People

Gilda Z. Jacobs is the president and CEO of MLPP. Jacobs began her career as a special education teacher in the 1980s. After holding numerous positions in municipal governments, Jacobs was elected as a Democrat to a seat in the Michigan State Senate. During her time in the Michigan State Senate, she served as a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus. [11]

Jacobs has made numerous large donations to Democratic presidential candidates. Most notably, she made donations totaling $2,000 to the Obama campaign, $2,250 to Hillary for America, and $500 to Biden for President. [12] She also made donations totaling $487.50 to Emily’s List, a pro-abortion organization that supports female Democratic candidates for public office. [13] Jacobs was compensated $126,716 in 2018. [14]

Funding

MLPP reported net assets of $4,075,235 in 2018. That same year, the organization reported a negative revenue, losing $780,150. [15]

MLPP is funded in large part by left-of-center and liberal grantmaking organizations. Most notably, the organization received $650,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 2013 and 2015,[16] $2,200,000 from the Ford Foundation between 2006 and 2018,[17] and $20,000 from the Hopewell Fund in 2018. [18] The organization has also received substantial grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Energy Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. [19]

References

  1. “About MLPP.” MLPP.org. Accessed March 26, 2021. https://mlpp.org/about/ ^
  2. “Grants Database: MLPP.” Ford Foundation. Accessed April 11, 2021. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=%26SearchText%3Dmichigan%20league%20for%20public%20policy&page=NaN&minyear=2006&maxyear=2021 ^
  3. “Grants Database: MLPP.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer.html#k=michigan%20league%20for%20public%20policy ^
  4. “User Profile: Gilda Z. Jacobs.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 29, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/gildajacobs ^
  5. “The League’s Beginning in the Progressive Era.” MLPP.org. Accessed March 26, 2021. https://mlpp.org/announcement/the-leagues-beginning-in-the-progressive-era/ ^
  6. “COVID -19 Response & Mitigation Strategies For Racial & Ethnic Populations & Marginalized Communities.” Office of Equity and Minority Health, MLPP. Accessed April 11, 2021. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/OEMH_COVID-19_Response_Mitigation_Strategies_Targeting_Racial_Ethnic_Populations_Marginalized_Communities_FINAL_689586_7.pdf ^
  7. “EDIT Charter.” MLPP. Accessed March 28, 2021. https://mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/mlpp-edit-charter-2019.pdf ^
  8. “MLPP Hiring Guide.” MLPP. Accessed March 28, 2021. https://mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/mlpp-hiring-guide.pdf ^
  9. “EDIT Resource Library.” MLPP. Accessed March 28, 2021. https://mlpp.org/edit/ ^
  10. “Budget Priorities Overview.” MLPP. Accessed April 2, 2021. https://mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2022-budget-priorities-overview.pdf ^
  11. “User Profile: Gilda Z. Jacobs.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 29, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/gildajacobs ^
  12. “Individual Contributions: Gilda Jacobs.” FEC.gov. Accessed April 3, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=gilda%20jacobs  ^
  13. “Individual Contributions: Gilda Jacobs.” FEC.gov. Accessed April 3, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=gilda%20jacobs  ^
  14. IRS Form 990 Return of Organization exempt From Income Tax: Michigan League for Public Policy. Part VII: Section A. Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees. ^
  15. IRS Form 990 Return of Organization exempt From Income Tax: Michigan League for Public Policy. Part I: Summary. ^
  16. “Grants Database: MLPP.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer.html#k=michigan%20league%20for%20public%20policy ^
  17. “Grants Database: MLPP.” Ford Foundation. Accessed April 11, 2021. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=%26SearchText%3Dmichigan%20league%20for%20public%20policy&page=NaN&minyear=2006&maxyear=2021 ^
  18. 2018 IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: Hopewell Fund. Schedule I, Part II: Grants. ^
  19. “Michigan League for Public Policy.” Influence Watch. Accessed April 9, 2021. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/michigan-league-for-public-policy/ ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 1956

  • 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 $1,159,214 $1,939,364 $4,961,002 $885,767 N $963,817 $195,136 $261 $126,715 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,708,832 $1,796,596 $6,189,126 $1,126,244 N $2,429,363 $279,366 $103 $117,423 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $2,535,068 $1,763,297 $4,850,052 $1,135,522 N $2,339,903 $189,689 $5,476 $111,070
    2015 Dec Form 990 $2,066,432 $2,895,514 $3,777,286 $1,099,694 N $1,197,659 $867,788 $985 $112,920 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,394,522 $1,200,958 $4,749,955 $1,155,463 N $1,245,735 $10,182 $110,046 $53,182 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $4,292,867 $3,455,052 $4,499,380 $1,098,452 N $2,891,721 $995,709 $179,024 $105,582 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $3,453,837 $3,295,159 $2,645,687 $776,637 N $3,169,140 $249,887 $10,986 $175,642 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $2,671,680 $2,455,897 $2,502,689 $813,337 N $2,370,587 $281,677 $6,496 $165,391 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $2,249,166 $1,472,232 $2,135,049 $640,920 N $1,877,991 $314,422 $34,341 $142,646 PDF

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    Michigan League for Public Policy

    1223 TURNER STREET STE G-1
    LANSING, MI 48906-4369