Non-profit

North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund

Website:

pirg.org/northcarolina/edfund/

Location:

RALEIGH, NC

Tax ID:

56-2152392

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $116,036
Expenses: $106,920
Assets: $283,937

North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund is the policy arm of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group, a left-leaning lobbying group. It produces research papers on energy, environmental, health care, and consumer issues. It is the North Carolina state affiliate of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG). [1]

NCPIRG Education Fund has advocated for price controls on pharmaceuticals, [2] Amazon products, [3] and products with an environmental impact. [4] The group also promotes government-mandated emissions limitations from the federal and local level. [5]

Policy Research

North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund favors price controls on pharmaceuticals, as well as weakening patent protections for pharmaceuticals. [6] It also advocates for a complete federal ban on all flavored e-cigarette products. [7]

The group produced research on COVID-19. [8] It also promoted reports from its national parent regarding healthcare worker safety [9] and restrictions on equipment repairs in hospitals. [10] It published a guide on avoiding high priced items on Amazon at the beginning of the pandemic. The guide advocated for price controls and encouraged readers to sign a petition against price increases on Amazon. [11]

The group’s environmental research has been conducted through Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center since 2006. [12] The Policy Center’s research advocated for state-mandated restrictions against auto and industrial emissions in North Carolina. [13]

The group claims that temperatures will increase by 1.5 to 2 degrees by the end of century and calls for a transition to 100% weather-dependent wind and solar energy. The group also calls for national, state, and local governments to remove all incentives for fossil fuel production, and advocates for “zero-emissions transportation” such as electric buses. [14] It advocates that all buses be electric by 2030, all new cars be electric by 2035, and  bike riding to reduce auto emissions. [15]

NCPIRG Education Fund argues for a pollution tax to fund waste cleanup. It asserts that climate change will cause spills of toxic waste into residential communities. [16]

It also advocates for a complete ban on single use plastics, as well as price controls so that “goods reflect the environmental” impact of those goods. The group does not explain how environmental impact-based pricing would occur. [17]

Finances

In 2016, NCPIRG Education Fund’s revenue was $144,185, all of which came from grants and contributions. Expenses were $136,140, largely for program services. The nonprofit’s total assets are $89,616. [18]

In March 2016, the nonprofit received a $2,500 grant from Strowd Roses, [19] a foundation that funds nonprofits.

References

  1. “Reports.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022.  https://ncpirgedfund.org/reports ^
  2. “High Value Healthcare.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/high-value-health-care-1 ^
  3. “Avoiding Covid-19 Price-Gouging.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022.  https://uspirgedfund.org/feature/usp/avoiding-covid-19-price-gouging ^
  4. “Zero Waste.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/zero-waste ^
  5. “Climate Solutions.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/climate-solutions ^
  6. “High Value Healthcare.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/high-value-health-care-1 ^
  7. “End the Nicotine Trap.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed Jul 20, 2022.  https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/end-nicotine-trap ^
  8. “Responding to the Covid-19 Crisis.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022.  https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/responding-crisis ^
  9. “Protect U.S. Healthcare Workers Now.” U.S. PIRG Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022. https://uspirgedfund.org/feature/usf/protect-healthcare-workers ^
  10. “Hospital Repair Restrictions.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. July 8, 2020. https://uspirg.org/reports/usp/hospital-repair-restrictions ^
  11. “Avoiding Covid-19 Price-Gouging.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022.  https://uspirgedfund.org/feature/usp/avoiding-covid-19-price-gouging ^
  12. Travis Madsen and Elizabeth Ouzts. “Air Pollution and Public Health in North Carolina.” Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. February 2006. https://frontiergroup.org/sites/default/files/reports/NC-Air-Pollution–Public-Health-text–cover.pdf ^
  13. Travis Madsen and Elizabeth Ouzts. “Air Pollution and Public Health in North Carolina.” Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. February 2006. https://frontiergroup.org/sites/default/files/reports/NC-Air-Pollution–Public-Health-text–cover.pdf ^
  14. “Climate Solutions.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 2, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/climate-solutions ^
  15. “Transform Transportation.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fun. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/transform-transportation-0 ^
  16. “Make Polluters Pay.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/make-polluters-pay ^
  17. “Zero Waste.” North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Accessed July 20, 2022. https://ncpirgedfund.org/feature/usf/zero-waste ^
  18. [1] North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2016. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/56-2152392 ^
  19. “North Carolina Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (NC PIRG Education Fund)” Strowd Roses. Accessed July 2, 2022. http://www.strowdroses.org/organization/north-carolina-public-interest-research-group-education-fund-nc-pirg-education-fund/ ^

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2000

  • 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
    2019 Jun Form 990EZ $116,036 $106,920 $283,937 $60,553 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $208,042 $217,100 $303,570 $89,302 N $208,042 $0 $0 $47,637 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $415,277 $291,567 $359,575 $136,249 N $415,277 $0 $0 $30,652 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990EZ $144,185 $136,140 $156,264 $66,648 $0 $0 $0 $0
    2015 Jun Form 990EZ $110,876 $110,859 $144,027 $62,456 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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    North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund

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