Non-profit

NEO Philanthropy

Website:

neophilanthropy.org

Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

13-3191113

DUNS Number:

61-438-0421

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $38,374,187
Expenses: $38,557,461
Assets: $21,700,060

Formation:

1983

Type:

Fiscal Sponsorship and Pass-Through Entity

Formerly:

Public Interest Projects (1983-2008)

President:

Michele Lord

Berta Colon (former co-president)

Donald Ross (1983-2003)

Notable Projects:

Funders Committee for Civic Participation

State Infrastructure Fund

Shelby Response Fund

Four Freedoms Fund

NEO Philanthropy (formerly Public Interest Projects) is a New York-based nonprofit that serves as a fiscal clearinghouse for left-of-center causes. The group serves as a vehicle for center-left foundations to pool resources, hosts donor-advised funds, and sponsors various liberal projects. [1]

The organization is the fiscal sponsor of center-left entities, including the Funders Committee on Civic Participation, a liberal voter mobilization group. [2] Disbursing grant money serves remains one of NEO’s primary functions; NEO Philanthropy gave close to 60 percent of its total expenditures as grants. [3]

Inside Philanthropy described NEO as “an intermediary that doesn’t have its own resources for grantmaking.” [4] The group receives funding from major center-left donors, including the Atlantic Philanthropies, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Gill Foundation, the Pew Trusts, and the Carnegie Corporation, among others. [5] The organization and similar left-of-center groups that engage in “nonpartisan” voter registration have received criticism for appearing to favor the registration of voters exceptionally likely to vote for Democratic candidates. [6]

The NEO Philanthropy Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of NEO Philanthropy.

Background

Founding of “Public Interest Projects”

NEO Philanthropy was formed in 1983 as Public Interest Projects. NEO’s founder, Donald Ross, reportedly chose the relatively bland name “Public Interest Projects” because he “wanted the organization to be under the radar so that people wouldn’t necessarily know what it did.” [7]

Donald K. Ross

Donald K. Ross is a left-wing environmental activist credited with proposing the model of the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) in the 1970s alongside activist Ralph Nader. The PIRGs, state-based policy advocacy groups, operate under the national U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG); US-PIRG and numerous other left-wing policy advocacy groups, including the canvassing services group Fund for the Public Interest, are controlled by the umbrella group Public Interest Network. Ross worked as the founding director of New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) from 1973 to 1982, where he reportedly grew the organization to 180 staffers operating out of 31 offices. [8] Barack Obama, then a student at Columbia University, worked full-time for NYPIRG as a community organizer from February through May 1985. [9] Ross later worked as director of Ralph Nader’s group Citizen Action. [10]

In 1971, Ross co-authored Action For a Change alongside Nader, a book credited as a kind of manual for the then-new network of Public Interest Research Groups they had founded. In More Action For a Change (1987), journalist Kelley Griffin noted that Ross, “a native of the Bronx with a law degree from New York University and three years’ experience in organizing PIRGs nationwide . . . was a natural candidate to heard NYPIRG” as well as its lobbying program in 1973. Ross also aided activists in establishing the Oregon Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) in the 1970s, one of the oldest and largest state PIRGs, as well as the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. [11] [12]

From 1985 to 1999, Ross was chief administrative officer for the Rockefeller Family Fund. [13] In July 2014, a report by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recorded that Ross was part of “a narrow set of individuals whose careers are part of the fabric of the far-left environmental movement . . . [who] exercise outsized influence regarding the distribution of funds” by groups like “Environmental Grantmakers Association, Democracy Alliance, and others.” [14]

From 2004 to 2009, Ross was a member of the Greenpeace board of directors; in multiple years he was also board chairman. [15] Ross was also a member of the board of directors for the League of Conservation Voters from 2004-2010. [16]

Ross is the co-founder of Malkin & Ross, an Albany, New York-based lobbying and government affairs firm created in 1984. Malkin & Ross lists clients including Food and Water WatchVera Institute of Justice, Sierra Club, and Make the Road New York; it’s first large client was reportedly the New York Trial Lawyers Association. [17] [18] [19] Arthur N. Malkin, Ross’s business partner and the firm’s co-founder, reportedly worked for Ross as legislative director for NYPIRG beginning in 1979. [20]

M&R Strategic Services (MRSS) is Malkin & Ross’s Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and government relations affiliate. MRSS notes campaigns and left-wing groups it’s consulted for, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Sierra Club, GLAAD, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Population Connection, Oxfam America, Planned Parenthood, 350.org, and Earthrights International. [21] The group also opposed the Trump administration’s decision to undo the creation of several national parks in the final weeks of the Obama administration. [22]

Past MRSS clients also include AARP, Alliance for Justice, Bread for the World, Environmental Defense Fund, Human Rights Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America, League of Conservation Voters, National Environmental Trust, the Bauman Family Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Public Interest Projects (NEO Philanthropy). [23]

In 2018, the Packard Foundation reported a $50,000 grant to MRSS “for public opinion polling and other research on views of science”; in 2018 it reported another $150,000 grant to the firm for the same purpose. [24] [25]

Since 1996, MRSS has donated $41,735 to Democratic Party political candidates, including 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. [26]

In the 2018 midterm election, MRSS received $1,335,417 in payments from left-wing PACs and labor unions, including Planned Parenthood Votes, the SEIU, League of Conservation Voters, Win Justice PAC, United We Can, American Nurses Association, and It Starts Today. [27]

Rebranding as “NEO Philanthropy”

A 2015 interview with the website Inside Philanthropy noted that NEO Philanthropy was always intended to provide funding to “social justice” causes, but grew more cognizant of “alliance-building” with other left-wing groups in the mid-2000s. Around 2008, according to then-president Berta Colón, the group rebranded itself from Public Interest Projects to NEO Philanthropy and coalesced its mission around “strengthen[ing] intersections of social justice issues, aligning the diverse interests of donors and advocates while nurturing collective action across areas that are too often pursued in isolation.” [28]

The Fiscal Sponsorship Model

According to a June 2015 interview with NEO president Michele Lord, NEO was established to serve as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for numerous left-wing groups that didn’t want to pursue nonprofit recognition by the IRS under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. According to Lord, NEO was “the backroom for lots of organizations that didn’t have their own 501(c)(3) [status].” Lord also noted that, as of 2015, NEO hosted over 40 fiscally sponsored projects. [29]

“Alliance building is central to NEO’s model,” according to a 2015 Inside Philanthropy interview with Lord. The group calls itself a “bridge” between funders and activists on the Left, using its various funds to sponsor projects aimed at pushing center-left policies in voting, LGBT issues, etc.: [30]

NEO is an intermediary that doesn’t have its own assets for grantmaking. Money comes in the door from funders and goes out the door to social justice groups. As a go-between, NEO is able to talk to both grantmakers and grantees with unusual candor.

. . .

What NEO did, over eight years, was to organize disparate efforts through a national donor collaborative that ultimately gave $34 million in grants to 140 groups. This collaborative wasn’t just a clearinghouse for cutting checks; it was, says NEO, a movement-building effort that sought to empower the parents and community residents most affected by education reform. It drew in some name brand funders, but also a great many smaller, more obscure funders who were able to hook into a sophisticated grantmaking operation.

Beyond providing money, CPER sought to build the infrastructure of an “educational justice movement” in a variety of ways, including connecting up different players, helping them work together through convening and facilitating, and ensuring that best practices were shared.

Initiatives

NEO Philanthropy primarily exists to provide fiscal sponsorship to center-left projects. The group notes that it has hosted some 60 such projects. [31]

“Funder Collaboratives”

NEO’s largest projects are what it calls “funder collaboratives,” each of which focuses on an area interest to left-of-center donors.

The Four Freedoms Fund is directed toward supporting the political interests and welfare of illegal immigrants. The Just and Fair Schools Fund seeks to ease school discipline. The State Infrastructure Fund engages in voter registration and opposes conservative electoral reform legislation. [32] The Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S. opposes immigration law enforcement activities. [33]

In the electoral area, NEO Philanthropy also operates the Shelby Response Fund, dedicated to opposing voting laws in states affected by changes to the Voting Rights Act ordered by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder. [34] That fund was managed by Karen Narasaki, an attorney with ties to numerous liberal nonprofits who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. [35] According to leaked documents reported on by the Washington Free Beacon, the Open Society Foundations funded by left-wing financier George Soros is a principal funder of the Shelby Response Fund, with liberal voter registration practices such as expanded same-day registration and early voting on the Fund’s agenda. [36]

NEO is also involved in efforts to change criminal justice. The MacArthur Foundation gave NEO $18 million for juvenile justice projects aimed at preventing juveniles from entering the adult justice system. [37]

NEO supports projects in the feminist and pro-abortion spheres. The group was the charitable partner for the producers of the controversial campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground. (Reason magazine described the film as “a work of activist propaganda,”[38] and, ironically, it was distributed by The Weinstein Company of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. [39]) NEO Philanthropy is also the fiscal sponsor of Shout Your Abortion, an aggressive pro-abortion messaging campaign seeking to normalize the practice. [40]

Funders Committee for Civic Participation

Also see Funders Committee for Civic Participation (Nonprofit)

NEO fiscally sponsors the Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), a membership organization of left-wing donors including the Democracy Alliance, the AFL-CIO, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the MacArthur Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and numerous other donors that focuses on voter registration and liberal-backed changes to election systems. [41]

The FCCP is formally nonpartisan, but critics have noted that the organization’s election-related efforts are funded by liberal foundations and support strategies which help Democrats get elected. [42]

Federal Agencies Project

The Federal Agencies Project (FAP) was created by NEO Philanthropy to encourage “U.S. government agencies to be more responsive to LGBT needs.” [43]

The campaign primarily targets federal agencies to push for expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples. FAP is managed by Civitas Public Affairs Group, a consultancy created by left-wing activists from the gay marriage groups Gill Foundation, Freedom to Marry, and now-defunct Gill Action Fund; FAP itself has received grants from the Gill Foundation, an LGBT interest funder, including $965,000 in 2015. [44] [45] [46]

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice is a left-wing immigration advocacy project of NEO Philanthropy. [47]

The group purchased numerous Facebook advertisements in 2018 and 2019, some of which solicited donations that went to NEO Philanthropy. [48] Other Facebook advertisements criticized Republican legislators in New Jersey: [49]

NJ GOP legislators started a petition today against expanding access to drivers licenses using Trump rhetoric to create fear & an us vs. them mentality. We won’t fall for it.

Let’s show every legislators there’s no reason to hesitate on voting yes on expanding access to drivers licenses for all, regardless of status. Call leadership & sign petition to show your support now

Past Projects

Past NEO projects include the incubation of InsideClimate News, an environmentalist media outfit. NEO Philanthropy, then still named Public Interest Projects, reportedly served as fiscal sponsor for InsideClimate and its associated public relations firm, Science First, from 2010 through 2014. [50]

NEO also managed the center-left projects National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems, Define American, and Colorado Communities for Public Education Reform. [51] [52]

The National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems was a NEO Philanthropy project in operation between 2011 and 2014. The project was launched in 2010 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in order to “accelerate policy reforms to juvenile justice systems throughout the country,” with a particular focus on state legislatures. According to NEO, funders of the campaign included the George Gund Foundation, Interact Foundation for Health, MacArthur Foundation, Edward Moore Foundation, New York Community Trust, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Sapelo Foundation. NEO hired the services of M&R Strategic Services to run the campaign, the firm run by NEO Philanthropy founder Donald K. Ross. [53]

Define American is an illegal immigration advocacy group incubated by NEO Philanthropy. The group aims to discourage the use of the term “illegal alien” to describe non-citizens living the United States illegally in favor of the term “undocumented immigrant.” Define American encourages illegal immigrants to advertise their status as non-citizens living illegally in the country. [54]

Political Activities

2000 San Diego School Board Election

In 2015, the San Diego Reader revealed that NEO Philanthropy (under the name Public Interest Projects) was one major contributor to a $720,000 advertisement campaign in a 2000 San Diego, California school board election managed by a group called the Partnership for Student Achievement. When pressed by journalists, the group revealed its two top donors: “Essential Information, Inc., of Washington, D.C., gave $100,000. Public Interest Projects of New York City gave $57,000.” Essential Information is a left-wing nonprofit founded by Russell Mokhiber, a professional activist who worked for Ralph Nader’s various groups, including Corporate Crime Reporter, a legal weekly. [55]

Facebook Advertisements

NEO Philanthropy has purchased advertisements on the social networking site Facebook for at least two other groups.

NEO Philanthropy paid for multiple Facebook advertisements supporting abortion-on-demand and criticizing legislation passed in Alabama in May a “monstrosity.” While NEO paid for the advertisements, the ads themselves were released by Lady Parts Justice, a left-wing agitation group and a project of the “pop-up” group sponsor Sixteen Thirty Fund; Lady Parts Justice calls itself “a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose haters fighting to end abortion access.” [56]

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, a left-wing immigration project of NEO Philanthropy, paid for multiple Facebook advertisements in 2018 and 2019 soliciting donations. Donations to the group went to NEO Philanthropy, the group’s fiscal sponsor. [57]

Funding

A table of NEO Philanthropy’s total revenues between 2010 and 2017 is available below: [58]

NEO PhilanthropyNEO Philanthropy Action Fund
Annual RevenuesAnnual Revenues
2010$30,206,5352010$1,015,581
2011$34,557,9482011$8,918,605
2012$43,722,6312012$9,308,000
2013$41,666,2582013$6,171,768
2014$51,747,4392014$6,159,366
2015$39,361,1922015$2,039,350
2016$38,374,1872016$7,996,232
2017$58,068,4142017$10,114,588
Grand Total:$337,754,604Grand Total:$51,723,490

A table of NEO Philanthropy’s total expenditures between 2010 and 2017 is available below: [59]

NEO PhilanthropyNEO Philanthropy Action Fund
Grand Total:$314,435,583Grand Total:$49,645,359
Annual ExpendituresAnnual Expenditures
2010$30,510,9332010$1,856,880
2011$32,847,6842011$4,263,280
2012$42,281,3492012$11,486,609
2013$38,578,0272013$3,786,318
2014$46,872,4852014$8,714,271
2015$39,701,5062015$3,191,129
2016$38,557,4612016$8,101,542
2017$45,086,1382017$8,245,330

Funding Sources

NEO Philanthropy serves as a philanthropic intermediary, similar to a donor-advised fund (which NEO reportedly operates). Reports indicate that NEO partners with upwards of 100 left-wing funding groups. [60] NEO Philanthropy reportedly does not typically raise funds from the general public, though it began to do so as part of its association with the film The Hunting Ground. [61]

Foundations provide the backbone of NEO Philanthropy’s funding. In 2014, NEO Philanthropy reported $51.7 million in total revenue; grants to NEO Philanthropy from foundations in 2014 totaled over $37 million. [62] Other left-wing nonprofits have provided funds to NEO: Tax records show grants from New Venture Fund, The Energy Foundation, Greenpeace, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in recent years. [63]

Atlantic Philanthropies, a now-closed Bermuda-based foundation consortium formerly headed by Democracy Alliance chief Gara LaMarche, granted NEO-associated entities more than $14.3 million from 2010 until Atlantic expended all its funds in 2016. [64]

Between 2005 and 2010, the left-of-center Knight Foundation granted $4 million to NEO Philanthropy to establish the American Dream Fund, “which will provide flexible funding to immigrant-serving organizations in Knight communities,” according to the grant description. [65]

In 2012, the Gates Foundation granted NEO $40,000 to run the project Colorado Communities for Public Education Reform. [66]

A list of foundations that have given grants to NEO Philanthropy between 2013 and 2017 is available here: [67]

NEO Philanthropy: Donors (2013-2017)YearsGrant Amount
Grand Total:$106,878,053
American Endowment Foundation2016$17,386
Annie E Casey Foundation2016$6,000
Arcus Foundation2015$197,350
Aviv Foundation Inc2017$4,000
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Inc2016$50,000
Bauman Family Foundation2015, 2017$2,870,000
Ben & Jerry's Foundation Inc2017$40,000
Bohemian Foundation2016$150,000
Brett Family Foundation2016$7,500
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids2016$10,000
Carnegie Corporation Of New York2014-2016$20,125,000
Cedar Tree Foundation2016$400,000
Charter Charitable Foundation2015$20,000
Chestnut Fund2016-2017$30,000
Common Counsel Foundation2015-2016$105,000
Community Foundation Of New Jersey2016-2017$40,000
Compton Foundation Inc2015-2016$130,000
Crosscurrents Foundation Inc2014$10,500
David A Dechman Foundation2016$50,000
De Beaumont Foundation Inc2015-2016$1,450,975
Dornick Foundation Inc2016$25,000
East Bay Community Foundation2015$300,000
Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr Fund2013-2016$3,016,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund2015-2016$2,862,700
Foundation To Promote Open Society2014, 2016$8,929,850
Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation2015$20,000
General Service Foundation2015-2016$70,000
George & Fay Young Foundation, Inc.2014$225,000
George B Storer Foundation Inc2014$125,000
Gill Foundation2015$750,000
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation2016-2017$200,000
Greenberg Foundation2016-2017$40,000
Grove Foundation2017$530,000
Hagedorn Foundation2015$335,695
Heising-Simons Foundation2016$20,000
Hidden Leaf Foundation2015$165,000
Incourage Community Foundation2017$33,260
J M Kaplan Fund Inc2015$100,000
Jacquelyn And Gregory Zehner Foundation2015$10,000
Jerome L Greene Foundation Inc2016$395,000
Jewish Communal Fund2016-2017$80,000
Jewish Community Foundation Of The Jewish Federation Council Of Greater Los Angeles2015$10,000
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation2014-2016$8,180,000
Joya Charitable Foundation2016, 2018$14,000
Joyce Foundation2015-2016$75,000
Lily Auchincloss Foundation Inc2015$25,000
Lisa And Douglas Goldman Fund2016-2017$,8000
Matan B'seter Foundation Inc2017$2,120,000
Mertz Gilmore Foundation2014-2017$925,000
Miami Foundation2015$25,000
Moriah Fund Inc2015$25,000
Naomi And Nehemiah Cohen Foundation2016$50,000
Nesholm Family Foundation2016$5,000
Novo Foundation2016$23,6450
Nurture Nature Foundation2015-2016$13,000
Overbrook Foundation2014-2016$355,000
Patagonia Org2016$50,000
Proteus Fund Inc2006, 2016, 2017$192,620
Public Welfare Foundation Inc2015-2016$125,000
Quixote Foundation Inc2014$7,000
Rathmann Family Foundation2015$15,000
Reva And David Logan Foundation2014-2015$1,192,920
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation2017$12,000
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc2015-2016$26,700
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc2016$10,000
Santa Fe Community Foundation2017$17,500
Schwab Charitable Fund2015, 2017$11,350
Sierra Club2015-2016$80,000
Silicon Valley Community Foundation2016-2017$2,738,311
Stifler Family Foundation2016$5,000
The Allstate Foundation2015$15,000
The Arca Foundation2015-2016$80,000
The Ayco Charitable Foundation2015$20,000
The California Endowment2015-2017$180,000
The California Wellness Foundation2015-2016$10,000
The Common Sense Fund Inc2015-2016$110,000
The Community Foundation For The National Capital Region2017$20,000
The David And Lucile Packard Foundation2016$300,000
The Dobkin Family Foundation2016$7,500
The Farago Foundation Inc2016$90,000
The Fledgling Fund2015$25,000
The Ford Foundation2014-2016$18,035,833
The James Irvine Foundation2014-2016$80,000
The Jpb Foundation2014-2016$9,994,867
The Leonard And Sophie Davis Fund2016$15,000
The Marisla Foundation2016$60,000
The Ottinger Foundation Inc2016$20,000
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation2014-2016$2,313,568
The Russell Family Foundation2015$5,000
The Sagner Family Foundation2016$52,000
The Scherman Foundation Inc2014$20,000
The Sherwood Foundation2016$231,990
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation2014-2015$4,409,221
The Whitman Institute2016-2017$20,000
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation2014-2016$140,000
Thornburg Foundation2015, 2017$111,000
Tides Foundation2014, 2017$2,849,007
Tulsa Community Foundation2015$7,500
Two Sisters And A Wife Foundation Inc2016$5,000
Unbound Philanthropy2015-2016$1,865,000
W K Kellogg Foundation2015-2017$650,000
Wallace Global Fund Ii2016-2017$545,000
Wallace H Coulter Foundation2015-2016$4,009,500
Wellspring Foundation2015$25,000
Wilburforce Foundation2015$10,000
William F Harnisch Foundation Inc2015$15,000
Women Donors Network2017$15,000
Woodbury Fund Inc2015$20,000

Consulting and Independent Contractor Fees

NEO Philanthropy has hired M+R Strategic Services (MRSS), the firm co-founded by NEO Philanthropy founder Donald Ross, for “project management” services multiple times. Since 2002, NEO has paid MRSS $24,399,042 in contractor fees. [68] According to a 2012 NEO report, the group hired MRSS “to help design, staff and manage state campaigns” for its project National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems. [69]

A full list of NEO Philanthropy’s independent contractor payments between 2002 and 2017 is available below: [70]

Neo Philanthropy: Independent Contractors (2002-2017)YearsTotal
Grand Total:$42,327,343
M+R Strategic Services2005-2008, 2011-2015$24,399,042
Social Transformation Project2012-2017$3,124,644
Science First2008-2013$2,594,955
Team Blackbird LLC2016-2017$2,399,030
Civitas Public Affairs Group LLC2012-2017$1,573,598
Lord Ross Inc.2003-2005$1,465,705
Monona Yin2009-2011, 2014$692,231
Shout LLC2016-2017$647,438
Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry2006-2007,2009$472,000
Grassroots Solutions Inc.2015$430,500
Blueprint Research and Design2007, 2009$422,473
Perry Undem LLC2016$395,400
Evans McDonough2004-2005$242,500
Chong & Koster LLC2017$242,498
James Elder2007-2008$241,000
Project New West2011$233,680
Secret Couuntry Firms LLC.2015$200,000
Ellis Cose2006$181,200
Dorothy Thomas2005-2006$180,000
Greenberg Quinian Rasner Research, Inc.2003-2004$179,540
Maureen Byrnes2010$175,000
Documented Doc LLC2014$171,242
James Foreman2010$162,500
Marjorie Fine2014$161,413
Out of the Blue Films2012$158,000
Spitfire Strategies2013$151,034
Phoebe Eng.2002-2003$150,375
Toxics Targetic Inc. 2003$147,000
Public Private Ventures2011$122,000
Heather Booth2009$120,000
Prestige Strategic Communications2004$104,471
Michael Guest2010$101,250
Dayna Cunningham2004$99,000
Summit Collaborative2003$70,160
David Scheie2005$63,485
Jay R. Halfon2002$52,979

Financial Documents

NEO Philanthropy’s IRS Form 990 filings for 2014, 2016, and 2017 are available here:

NEO Philanthropy Action Fund

NEO Philanthropy’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm, NEO Philanthropy Action Fund (formerly Public Interest Projects Action Fund), received $21,993,000 from Atlantic Philanthropies between 2009 and 2010. [71] In 2011, Atlantic Philanthropies’s Atlantic Advocacy Fund gave the Action fund $2,197,500; in 2012, it gave the Action Fund another $1,802,500. [72]

The Action Fund has given at least $100,000 from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund since 2009. [73]

Grant Recipients

NEO reported approximately $46.9 million in total expenditures for 2014 and reported more than $32.1 million in grants to domestic organizations. [74] In 2015, those numbers were $39.7 million and $22.7 million, respectively. [75] Since 2003, NEO has granted more than $176 million to likeminded left-of-center organizations. [76]

Grantees for 2015 include branches of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Tides Center, Border Action Network, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation, Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund, Chinese Progressive Association, Center for American Progress, and UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), among others. [77]

Lobbying

In 2012, the left-wing New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) reported that NEO Philanthropy (Public Interest Projects) had spent $90,707 lobbying in New York state in 2010. [78]

Leadership

Until 2015, NEO Philanthropy had two co-presidents, Michele Lord and Berta Colón. Since Colón’s departure in 2015, Lord has worked as the group’s sole president.

President

Michele Lord is president of both NEO Philanthropy and NEO Philanthropy Action Fund, a position she assumed in 2015 after working as co-president alongside Berta Colón. Lord simultaneously works as director of the Ottinger Foundation, a foundation that “supports work in the areas of economic justice, civic participation and environmental justice.” She was previously director of the Norman Foundation for six years, and “has overseen program evaluations” with the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Open Society Foundations (formerly Institute). [79] In 2017, Lord was paid $276,025 in total compensation. [80]

Lord has a background in Democratic electoral politics. She also worked as director for the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues from 1984 to 1988. She later worked in the New York City Mayor’s Office 1990 to 1993 under then-Mayor David Dinkins (D). [81]

From 2002 to 2015, Berta Colón was co-president of NEO Philanthropy alongside Michele Lord. After leaving NEO, Colón was briefly deputy director of El Museo del Barrio, a Latino cultural museum in New York City; she was fired from her position in May 2017 after less than a year’s time with the museum for “performance reasons” related to its $800,000 deficit. [82]

NEO Philanthropy founder Donald Ross was president of the group from its creation in 1983 until he left in 2003. [83]

Senior Staff

NEO Philanthropy’s senior operational staff consists of the following individuals: [84]

Erin Ballard is chief operating officer of NEO Philanthropy.

Robert Bray is director of communications for NEO Philanthropy.

Sue Lim is chief financial officer for NEO Philanthropy.

Sarah Motola is NEO’s managing director of fiscal sponsorship.

Program Staff

In addition to its senior staff, NEO Philanthropy has three program directors who manage its individual funds. [85]

Lisa Versaci is director of NEO’s State Infrastructure Fund. Versaci is also a consultant to the Democracy Alliance and is the former managing director of the Committee on States, the Democracy Alliance’s state-level counterpart.

Anita Khashu is director of NEO’s Four Freedoms Fund, a position she assumed in December 2014. Khashu previously worked as founding director of the Vera Institute for Justice’s Center on Immigration and Justice.[86]

Gratienne Baskin is director of NEO’s Anti-Trafficking Fund. Baskin previously worked for the Urban Justice Center as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Past Staff

Margarita Rubalcava was director of immigration for NEO Philanthropy from 2006 to 2014 as well as the director of the Four Freedoms Fund. Rubalcava is currently president of the left-of-center funder Borealis Philanthropy. [87]

Lisa Guide was a key employee of NEO Philanthropy from 2003 to 2006. [88] Since 2003, Guide has also been associate director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. [89]

Board of Directors

NEO Philanthropy’s board of directors in 2019 consisted of ten individuals: John Gilroy, director of the U.S. Public Lands program for Pew Charitable Trusts; Christopher Meyer, chief of staff for the Rockefeller Foundation project 100 Resilient Cities; Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward (formerly Applied Research Center); Cathy Albisa, co-founder of National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; Kristen Ruff, senior vice president of member services for Philanthropy New York; Darren Sandow, executive director of the Hagedorn Foundation; Kerrien Suarez, director of Equity in the Center (a project of ProInspire); Christina Schatz, a financial adviser; Sean Thomas-Breitfield, co-director of Building Movement Project; and Ben Wyskida, chief executive officer of Fenton Communications, a public affairs firm that caters to left-wing clients. [90]

Board chair John Gilroy is a former campaign staffer for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a position he held from 1980 to 1984 during the tenure of NYPIRG director and NEO Philanthropy founder Donald Ross. [91] From 2013 to 2017, Gilroy was NEO’s board chair.

Past Board Members

NEO Philanthropy founder Donald Ross was president of the group and a board member from its creation in 1983 until he left in 2003. Ross’s wife, Helen Klein Ross, was also a board member during that period. [92]

Patricia Bauman was a NEO board member from 2012 to 2017. Bauman is president of the Bauman Family Foundation and a major donor to left-wing causes. She is a board member of the Democracy Alliance, a network of top-ranking left-wing funders and influencers. [93]

Susan Stamler was a board member from at least 2001 to 2011. Stamler was vice president of Malkin & Ross from 2010 to 2015, the firm owned by Donald Ross. [94]

Madeline Janis was a NEO board member from 2012 to 2013. Janis is co-founder and executive director of Jobs to Move America. [95]

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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Mallika Dutt
    Former Board Member (2013-2016)
  2. Gratienne Baskin
    Director, Anti-Trafficking Fund
  3. Ben Wyskida
    Board Member
  4. Anita Khashu
    Program Director (Four Freedoms Fund)
  5. Darren Sandow
    Board Member, Consultant
  6. Donald Ross
    Founder, President (1983-2003)
  7. John Gilroy
    Board Member
  8. Michele Lord
    President
  9. Lisa Versaci
    Director (State Infrastructure Fund)
  10. Patricia Bauman
    Former Board Member (2012-2017)
  11. Lisa Guide
    Former Employee (2003-2007)
  12. Margarita Rubalcava
    Former Director of Immigration (2006-2014)
  13. Susan Stamler
    Former Board Member (ca. 2001-2011)
  14. Julie Kohler
    Former Director for Education & Civic Engagement

Donor Organizations

  1. American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) (Labor Union)
  2. Arcus Foundation (Non-profit)
  3. Mangrove Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. Bauman Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Non-profit)
  6. Brett Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. Carnegie Corporation of New York (Non-profit)
  8. Chestnut Fund (Non-profit)
  9. Douglas H. Phelps Foundation (Non-profit)
  10. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Foundation to Promote Open Society (Non-profit)
  12. George B. Storer Foundation (Non-profit)
  13. Gill Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. Hagedorn Foundation (Non-profit)
  15. Heising-Simons Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. Jerome L. Greene Foundation (Non-profit)
  17. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. Joyce Foundation (Non-profit)
  20. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund (Non-profit)
  22. Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund (Non-profit)
  23. Marisla Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. National Education Association (NEA) (Labor Union)
  26. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Non-profit)
  27. New Venture Fund (NVF) (Non-profit)
  28. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund (Non-profit)
  29. Open Society Foundations (OSF) (Non-profit)
  30. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Non-profit)
  31. Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Non-profit)
  32. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  33. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (Non-profit)
  34. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  35. Unbound Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  36. Voter Registration Project (Non-profit)
  37. Wyss Foundation (Non-profit)

Donation Recipients

  1. 9to5, National Association of Working Women (Non-profit)
  2. ABA Fund for Justice and Education (Non-profit)
  3. ACCE Institute (Non-profit)
  4. ACLU Foundation of Southern California (Non-profit)
  5. ACLU Foundation of Texas (Non-profit)
  6. Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice (Non-profit)
  7. Advancement Project (Non-profit)
  8. Advocates for Youth (AFY) (Non-profit)
  9. African American Policy Forum (Non-profit)
  10. Alaska Conservation Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Alliance for a Just Society (Non-profit)
  12. Alliance for Justice (AFJ) (Non-profit)
  13. America Votes (Non-profit)
  14. American Bar Association (Non-profit)
  15. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Non-profit)
  17. American Family Voices (Non-profit)
  18. American Friends Service Committee (Non-profit)
  19. American Immigration Council (AIC) (Non-profit)
  20. American Sustainable Business Council (Non-profit)
  21. American Women (Non-profit)
  22. Arab American Action Network (Non-profit)
  23. Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS) (Non-profit)
  24. Arcus Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Civic Engagement Fund (Non-profit)
  26. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) (Non-profit)
  27. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) (Non-profit)
  28. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (Non-profit)
  29. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago (Non-profit)
  30. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  31. Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) (Non-profit)
  32. Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation (Non-profit)
  33. Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) (Non-profit)
  34. Blueprint NC (Non-profit)
  35. Border Action Network (Non-profit)
  36. Bus Federation Civic Fund (Non-profit)
  37. California Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  38. Campaign Legal Center (Non-profit)
  39. CASA de Maryland (Non-profit)
  40. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) (Non-profit)
  41. Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL) Education Fund (Non-profit)
  42. Center for American Progress (CAP) (Non-profit)
  43. Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action) (Non-profit)
  44. Center for Civic Policy (Non-profit)
  45. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  46. Center for Community Change (CCC) Action (Non-profit)
  47. Center for New Community (Non-profit)
  48. Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) (Non-profit)
  49. Center for Public Interest Research (Non-profit)
  50. Center for Public Policy Priorities (Non-profit)
  51. Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) (Non-profit)
  52. Chinese Progressive Association (Non-profit)
  53. CHIRLA (Non-profit)
  54. Church World Service (Non-profit)
  55. Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund (Non-profit)
  56. Clean Water Action (Non-profit)
  57. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (Non-profit)
  58. Color of Change (Non-profit)
  59. Colorado Center on Law and Policy (Non-profit)
  60. Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable (Non-profit)
  61. Colorofchange.org Education Fund (Non-profit)
  62. Common Cause Education Fund (Non-profit)
  63. Common Counsel Foundation (Non-profit)
  64. Communications Consortium Media Center (Non-profit)
  65. Community Initiatives (Non-profit)
  66. Community Labor United (Non-profit)
  67. Corporate Ethics International (Non-profit)
  68. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Non-profit)
  69. Define American (Non-profit)
  70. Democracy North Carolina (Non-profit)
  71. Drum Major Institute (Non-profit)
  72. End Rape on Campus (Non-profit)
  73. Environmental Grantmakers Association (Non-profit)
  74. Equal Justice Society (Non-profit)
  75. Equality Alliance of San Diego County (Non-profit)
  76. Equality California Institute (Non-profit)
  77. Equality Federation Institute (Non-profit)
  78. Fair Elections Center (Non-profit)
  79. Faith in Public Life (Non-profit)
  80. Faith in Public Life Action Fund (Non-profit)
  81. Fifth Avenue Committee (Non-profit)
  82. Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) (Non-profit)
  83. Gamaliel Foundation (Non-profit)
  84. Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights – GLAHR (Non-profit)
  85. GLSEN (Non-profit)
  86. Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) (Non-profit)
  87. Grist Magazine (Non-profit)
  88. Grow Your Own Illinois (Non-profit)
  89. Health Access Foundation (Non-profit)
  90. Hispanics in Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  91. Human Rights Watch (Non-profit)
  92. Idaho Community Action Network (Non-profit)
  93. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) (Non-profit)
  94. Institute for Southern Studies (Non-profit)
  95. Interfaith Youth Core (Non-profit)
  96. Investigative News Network (Non-profit)
  97. ISAIAH (Non-profit)
  98. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Non-profit)
  99. Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (Non-profit)
  100. Korean Resource Center (Non-profit)
  101. Latino Victory Project (Non-profit)
  102. LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Non-profit)
  103. Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Non-profit)
  104. League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) (Non-profit)
  105. Leadership Center for the Common Good (Non-profit)
  106. Leadership Conference Education Fund (Non-profit)
  107. League of Conservation Voters (LCV) (Non-profit)
  108. League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) (Non-profit)
  109. Legal Momentum (Non-profit)
  110. Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Non-profit)
  111. MADRE (Non-profit)
  112. Make the Road New York (MRNY) (Non-profit)
  113. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Non-profit)
  114. Media Matters Action Network (Non-profit)
  115. Media Matters for America (Non-profit)
  116. Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) (Non-profit)
  117. Mi Familia Vota (Non-profit)
  118. Miami Workers Center (Non-profit)
  119. Migration Policy Institute (Non-profit)
  120. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Non-profit)
  121. MomsRising (Non-profit)
  122. Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) (Non-profit)
  123. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  124. Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) (Non-profit)
  125. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Non-profit)
  126. NAACP National Voter Fund (Non-profit)
  127. NALEO Educational Fund (Non-profit)
  128. National Center for Transgender Equality (Non-profit)
  129. National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (Non-profit)
  130. National Congress of American Indians (Non-profit)
  131. National Day Laborer Organizing Network (Non-profit)
  132. National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) (Non-profit)
  133. National Employment Law Project (NELP) (Non-profit)
  134. National Immigration Forum (NIF) (Non-profit)
  135. National Immigration Forum Action Fund (Non-profit)
  136. National Immigration Law Center (Non-profit)
  137. National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) (Non-profit)
  138. National Partnership for New Americans (Non-profit)
  139. Neighborhood Funders Group (Non-profit)
  140. New Era Colorado Foundation (Non-profit)
  141. New Florida Majority Education Fund (Non-profit)
  142. New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) Education Fund (Non-profit)
  143. New Organizing Institute Education Fund (Non-profit)
  144. New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (Non-profit)
  145. New Venture Fund (NVF) (Non-profit)
  146. New Virginia Majority (Non-profit)
  147. New Virginia Majority Education Fund (Non-profit)
  148. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  149. New York Community Trust (Community Funds) (Non-profit)
  150. New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) (Non-profit)
  151. Nonprofit VOTE (Non-profit)
  152. North Carolina Conservation Network (Non-profit)
  153. North Carolina Justice Center (Non-profit)
  154. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund (Non-profit)
  155. New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Fund (Non-profit)
  156. Ohio Organizing Collaborative (Non-profit)
  157. One Colorado Education Fund (Non-profit)
  158. Pacific Institute for Community Organizations (PICO National Network) (Non-profit)
  159. Partnership for Working Families (Non-profit)
  160. Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) Education Fund (Non-profit)
  161. Pew Charitable Trusts (Non-profit)
  162. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Non-profit)
  163. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (Non-profit)
  164. Planned Parenthood of South Texas (Non-profit)
  165. PolicyLink (Non-profit)
  166. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (Non-profit)
  167. Progressive States Network (PSN) (Non-profit)
  168. ProgressNow (Non-profit)
  169. Public Citizen Foundation (Non-profit)
  170. Puente Human Rights Movement (Non-profit)
  171. ReThink Media (Non-profit)
  172. Rock the Vote (Non-profit)
  173. Rockefeller Family Fund (Non-profit)
  174. Rose Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  175. Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Non-profit)
  176. Schott Foundation for Public Education (Non-profit)
  177. SCOPE (Non-profit)
  178. Sierra Club Foundation (Non-profit)
  179. Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (Non-profit)
  180. Social Science Research Council (Non-profit)
  181. Sojourners (Non-profit)
  182. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) (Non-profit)
  183. Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) (Non-profit)
  184. Southern Echo (Non-profit)
  185. Southern Vision Alliance (Non-profit)
  186. SouthWest Organizing Project (Non-profit)
  187. State Engagement Fund (Non-profit)
  188. State Voices (Non-profit)
  189. Sunflower Community Action (Non-profit)
  190. Sustainable Markets Foundation (Non-profit)
  191. TakeAction Minnesota (Non-profit)
  192. TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  193. Tenants and Workers United (Non-profit)
  194. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (Non-profit)
  195. Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (Non-profit)
  196. The Nation Institute (Non-profit)
  197. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  198. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  199. Together Colorado (Non-profit)
  200. Transgender Law Center (Non-profit)
  201. Trust for America’s Health (Non-profit)
  202. U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG) (Non-profit)
  203. UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) (Non-profit)
  204. Union Theological Seminary/Center for Earth Ethics (Non-profit)
  205. United We Dream (Non-profit)
  206. Urban Institute (Non-profit)
  207. US Human Rights Network (Non-profit)
  208. USAction Education Fund (Non-profit)
  209. Voces de la Frontera (Non-profit)
  210. Voter Participation Center (Non-profit)
  211. VoteVets Action Fund (Non-profit)
  212. Voting for America (Non-profit)
  213. Voto Latino (Non-profit)
  214. West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) (Non-profit)
  215. Western Conservation Foundation (Non-profit)
  216. William J. Brennan Center for Justice (Non-profit)
  217. Win Minnesota (Non-profit)
  218. Win Win Network (Non-profit)
  219. Wisconsin Voices (Non-profit)
  220. Women Make Movies (Non-profit)
  221. Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) (Non-profit)
  222. Workers Center for Racial Justice (Non-profit)
  223. Workers Defense Project (Non-profit)
  224. Working America Education Fund (Non-profit)
  225. Young People For (People for the American Way) (Non-profit)
  226. Z Smith Reynolds Foundation (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1984

  • 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 $38,374,187 $38,557,461 $21,700,060 $1,060,303 N $37,899,323 $394,370 $116,499 $566,759
    2015 Dec Form 990 $39,361,192 $39,701,506 $22,850,503 $2,078,976 N $38,892,928 $356,978 $139,787 $921,044 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $51,747,439 $46,872,485 $26,376,645 $1,819,349 N $51,239,616 $352,160 $163,813 $710,235
    2013 Dec Form 990 $41,666,258 $38,578,027 $21,472,295 $1,843,839 N $41,190,902 $327,653 $140,510 $663,025 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $43,722,631 $42,281,349 $19,399,248 $2,760,341 N $43,089,557 $528,297 $166,948 $436,755 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $34,557,948 $32,847,684 $16,514,171 $1,369,128 N $33,780,257 $669,780 $170,484 $513,580 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $30,206,535 $30,510,933 $14,155,549 $801,639 N $29,417,139 $533,074 $301,225 $247,333 PDF

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