Non-profit

Open Society Policy Center

Website:

www.opensocietypolicycenter.org

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

52-2028955

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $62,000,000
Expenses: $63,017,801
Assets: $19,180,073

Formation:

1997

Type:

Nonprofit Lobbying Organization

Executive Director:

Tom Perriello

Recent Filings:

2018 Form 990

The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) is a lobbying group associated with the Open Society Network and the Open Society Foundations, the principal advocacy philanthropic efforts of left-of-center financial billionaire George Soros.

Since 2002, OSPC has spent more than $152 million on grantmaking and lobbying activities. More than $96 million of that amount was spent since the Trump Administration came into office. Nearly one-third of that amount, or $48.47 million, was spent in the 2019 cycle alone. [1] That year, OSPC became the second biggest spender on federal lobbying in the United States, after the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, beating out traditionally high-spending lobbying groups such as the National Association of Realtors, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the American Hospital Association, and health insurer Blue Cross/Blue Shield. [2]

OSPC lobbies and make grants to other left-of-center advocacy groups in several areas, including foreign policy and national security, immigration, criminal justice, election reform, and “reproductive and sexual justice.” [3] It has taken a lead role in opposing judicial and executive branch nominees in both the Trump and George W. Bush administrations.

Nominations

Trump Administration

In 2018, OPSC gave $2 million in grants to left-wing groups to advocate against President Donald Trump’s judicial nominations. The grantees included $1,000,000 to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, $150,000 to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, $150,000 to the Committee for a Fair Judiciary, $350,000 to Color of Change (a part of which was designated for voting rights advocacy), $200,000 to the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), and $100,000 to Maine People’s Alliance. [4][5]

Between 2012 and 2016, OSPC gave more than $2 million to the Sixteen Thirty Fund,[6] which was characterized as one of the “key groups founded to resist Trump” by the Atlantic. The Sixteen Thirty Fund sponsors Demand Justice, one of the leading groups that has worked to oppose Trump judicial nominees. [7]

In 2018, OSPC lobbied against the nomination of David B. Cornstein to be U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Michael Pompeo to be Secretary of State. [8] Former OSPC executive director Rickard wrote a letter accusing Haspel of running CIA “black sites” and destroying evidence that CIA agents had tortured military detainees. [9]

Obama Administration

In 2011, OSPC joined the Alliance for Justice and 75 other largely left-leaning organizations calling for return to “regular order” for judicial nominees in the U.S. Senate and “swift confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees.” [10]

George W. Bush Administration

OSPC also worked to oppose Bush administration nominees. In 2005, OSPC organized a coalition of left-leaning religious leaders and academics to oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be U.S. Attorney General. George Hunsinger of Princeton Theological Seminary, leader of the OSPC-organized group, told a press briefing that Gonzales “was at the heart of deliberations in high places about skirting the Geneva Conventions and international law. The question was not how to prevent abuse, but how far interrogations could go in getting away with it. It was but a short step from there to Abu Ghraib.” Gonzales was ultimately confirmed. [11]

The next year, OPSC organized a group of 20 organizations working in foreign policy to oppose the possible re-nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton had been appointed to the position during a Congressional recess but faced a tough nomination fight; he ultimately withdrew in the face of opposition from Senate Democrats. [12]

Iraq War and Anti-Terror Policies

Throughout the George W. Bush administration, OSPC and persons associated with it were sharply critical both of the administration’s Iraq policies and domestic anti-terror provisions. [13]

The same year, then-OSPC head Morton Halperin (now a senior advisor at the Open Society Foundations) argued that the United Nations needed to take the lead on the post-war Iraq reconstruction. [14]

Two years later, Joseph Onek, a former State Department official in the Clinton administration and OSPC security analyst, argued before a Congressional committee that “it is obvious that the government’s expanded information gathering and data mining systems [under the USA PATRIOT Act] will focus on Muslim-Americans.” Because of this, Onek proposed “that information gathered for anti-terrorist purposes not be used against individuals except in proceedings that directly relate to terrorism or other very, very serious crimes,” and not in immigration or other criminal prosecutions. “Unless this restriction is imposed,” Onek argued, the unfairness of using intelligence gathered from open sources “will breed discontent in the Muslim community and will undermine the fight against terrorism.” [15]

Hungary

The organization has also lobbied officials in the State Department and Congress regarding laws passed by the Hungarian government that George Soros opposes and that impact his ability to carry out advocacy in the country.

In 2017, Open Society Policy Center lobbied State Department officials and the Congress against a Hungarian law preventing Central European University from offering degrees in both Hungary and the United States. This legislation scuttled plans by the university to open a campus in Budapest. [16] The university is funded by Soros and was opposed by “members of the ruling Fidesz party” who “portrayed the new measures as a fight for national sovereignty.” The government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has opposed Soros’s efforts to influence Hungarian politics through international organizations such as the Central European University. [17]

In 2018, OSPC also lobbied the State Department and Congress against a “Stop Soros” law passed by the Fidesz-controlled Hungarian parliament that limits the activities of Soros-funded foreign entities that advocate on behalf of migrants entering Hungary and requires those groups to disclose their funding. [18]

Immigration Reform

Between 2012 and 2013, OSPC more than tripled its spending from $3 million to $11.25 million, largely to support liberal expansionist “comprehensive” immigration reform. Its largest grantee was the Alliance for Citizenship, a coalition of labor unions, liberal immigration advocacy groups, left-leaning community organizing groups, and faith-based groups. [19]

Throughout 2017 and 2018, OSPC lobbied Congress in favor of the DREAM Act, an attempt to provide permanent legal residence and a path to citizenship for a class of presently-illegal immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children. When efforts to pass the legislation failed in 2018, OSPC senior advisor Angela Kelley told the Los Angeles Times, “If there was helium in the balloon, I think it has been zapped,” and blamed Republicans for having “no clear plan…. Democrats would be wise to hang back and see what they come to them with.” [20] The group also lobbied against funding for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. [21]

In 2019, OSPC spent more than $100,000 lobbying Congress to pass S.2144, the SECURE Act, and H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act. These bills would have directed the Attorney General to adjust the status of any immigrant who had been given temporary protected status prior to 2017 to permit them to stay in the United States as a legal permanent resident. Neither of these bills had been enacted as of April 2020. [22]

Foreign Policy

OSPC lobbies for what a spokesman for the organization called “a progressive foreign policy.” In 2017, the group “reported lobbying on a bill (S.2047) that would withhold funds for U.S. military action against North Korea unless authorized by Congress.” [23] In 2019, it also lobbied for a bill, H.R. 1004, that sought to prohibit U.S. military action in Venezuela, and for H.R. 2037, which would require the Director of National Intelligence to investigate and report on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashoggi by persons associated with the Saudi Arabian government in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. [24]

Criminal Justice

OSPC has made grants and lobbied on behalf of changes to federal and state criminal sentencing laws and supported other aspects of criminal justice reform efforts.

In 2010, OSPC supported the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine and provided sentence reductions for many inmates sentenced under the prior laws. The bill passed the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. [25]

In 2014, OSPC gave $1.5 million to support California Proposition 47, which reclassified many state felony crimes as misdemeanors and expanded opportunities for expungement. OSPC also “funneled resources into Vote Safe, an organization created in 2013 to help get Prop. 47 off the ground,” and Soros retained a seat on the board of the organization. [26]

In 2018, OSPC supported Issue 1 in Ohio, an unsuccessful ballot initiative that would have cut prison time for offenders who completed rehabilitation and education programs, and reduced low-level drug possession felonies to misdemeanors with no jail time. [27]

OSPC has lobbied Congress in favor of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2019, which would end transfer of surplus military equipment from the Pentagon to state and local law enforcement agencies, and the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, an effort by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to legalize marijuana by delisting it as a prohibited “Schedule I” drug. [28]

Redistricting and Election Law

In 2012, OSPC gave $500,000 to groups that opposed a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment requiring voters to show identification at the polls. [29] The amendment failed.

In 2016, OSPC gave $300,000 to groups in San Diego that supported that city’s proposed Measures K and L, which require the top two vote getters in city elections in June primaries to go to a runoff in November (previously, city laws had permitted some officials to avoid a November election if they received an outright majority in the nonpartisan June primaries) and also required all city-wide initiatives to be approved in November and not June elections. Because these measures pushed these elections into higher-turnout November elections, the changes appeared “likely, at least in the short term, to help Democrats and hurt Republicans.” Both measures were approved. [30]

OSPC also gave $300,000 to a group that supported Amendment 1 in Missouri in 2018. The amendment withdrew the power to redraw legislative districts from the state legislature and gave it to an independent demographer hired by the state auditor. [31]

The same year, OSPC supported Question 1 in Maine, which sought to bring a “ranked choice” voting system in federal and state elections in that state. OSPC founder George Soros’s son Jonathan Soros also gave $100,000 to support the initiative. [32]

People

Tom Perriello is the executive director of OSPC. Perriello is a former Democratic congressman and gubernatorial candidate in Virginia. Perriello is also the executive director of the Open Societies network’s operations in the United States and has worked as the president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. [33] Perriello’s past poltical campaigns have received over $600,000 in contributions from the Soros family. [34] Perriello also serves on the board of OSPC in addition to his work as executive director.

Also on the board are Gara LaMarche, former president of the Democracy Alliance, Andrea Soros Colombel, and Alexander Soros. [35]

Grantmaking

From 2004 to 2018 the Open Society Policy Center has generated $156,012,533 in revenue, expending a total of $155,715,735 with $122,665,747 paid out in grants. [36] The majority of OSPC’s grantmaking is dedicated to left leaning 501(c)(4) advocacy groups and political action committees (PACs) within the United States, though it makes large grants to foreign organizations as well.

The organization’s largest of grants, totaling over $33 million from 2012 to 2020, were made to the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a “dark money behemoth” umbrella organization managed by the Arabella Advisors consulting firm. [37] [38] [39] According to the Open Society Foundations website, many grants from OSPC were designated for specific fiscally sponsored projects housed under the auspices of the Sixteen Thirty Fund. Projects funded by OSPC included Demand Progress Action, the 501(c)(4) wing of the Trusted Elections Fund, Demand Justice, Governing for Impact Action Fund, and several others. [40]

The OSPC has also recently provided significant funding to several other organizations, including the Center for Community Change Action, which received roughly $6.5 million from 2016 to 2020, the Working Families Organization ($11.5 million), the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ($5.1 million), Tides Advocacy ($9.1 million), America Votes ($6.5 million), Color of Change ($4.4 million), and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($4.1 million). [41]

See below, a list of grants made within the U.S. by the OSPC from 2016 to 202o, according to the Open Societies Foundation website. [42] [43]

Recipient Organization20162017201820192020Grand Total
Sixteen Thirty Fund $481,483.00 $2,250,000.00 $4,237,000.00 $9,600,000.00 $16,805,000.00 $33,373,483.00
Working Families Organization $1,500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $9,000,000.00 $11,500,000.00
Tides Advocacy $650,000.00 $1,760,000.00 $2,075,000.00 $4,625,000.00 $9,110,000.00
Community Change Action $2,500,000.00 $1,060,000.00 $1,750,000.00 $1,250,000.00 $6,560,000.00
America Votes $6,550,000.00 $6,550,000.00
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Inc. $760,000.00 $225,000.00 $1,800,000.00 $250,000.00 $2,135,000.00 $5,170,000.00
Color Of Change $350,000.00 $1,050,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $4,400,000.00
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc. $1,000,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $150,000.00 $4,150,000.00
Center for Popular Democracy Action $1,030,000.00 $460,000.00 $700,000.00 $770,000.00 $625,000.00 $3,585,000.00
The North Fund $3,250,000.00 $3,250,000.00
Center for American Progress Action Fund $225,000.00 $440,000.00 $240,000.00 $855,000.00 $1,130,000.00 $2,890,000.00
Care in Action Inc. $400,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,700,000.00 $250,000.00 $2,850,000.00
Arizona Wins $75,000.00 $425,000.00 $400,000.00 $1,700,000.00 $2,600,000.00
Groundswell Action Fund $1,000,000.00 $300,000.00 $1,050,000.00 $2,350,000.00
Indivisible Project $500,000.00 $1,750,000.00 $2,250,000.00
NARAL Pro-Choice America $200,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $2,200,000.00
FWD US Inc $2,125,000.00 $2,125,000.00
Organize Now d/b/a Organize Florida $500,000.00 $750,000.00 $850,000.00 $2,100,000.00
NEO Philanthropy Action Fund, Inc. $630,000.00 $900,000.00 $550,000.00 $2,080,000.00
Straight Ahead Organization $2,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00
Faith in Action Fund $500,000.00 $40,000.00 $800,000.00 $600,000.00 $1,940,000.00
United for Respect $1,600,000.00 $1,600,000.00
America's Voice $575,000.00 $600,000.00 $400,000.00 $1,575,000.00
Peoples Action $150,000.00 $600,000.00 $550,000.00 $275,000.00 $1,575,000.00
MomsRising Together $200,000.00 $350,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $1,550,000.00
Make NC First $220,000.00 $50,000.00 $1,250,000.00 $1,520,000.00
Sunrise $500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $1,500,000.00
Living United for Change in Arizona $1,500,000.00 $1,500,000.00
Center for Community Change Action $1,475,000.00 $1,475,000.00
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities $1,000,000.00 $350,000.00 $1,350,000.00
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center $175,000.00 $650,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,325,000.00
New Venture Fund $340,000.00 $25,000.00 $950,000.00 $1,315,000.00
United We Dream Action $500,000.00 $800,000.00 $1,300,000.00
Drug Policy Action $1,250,000.00 $1,250,000.00
Jobs With Justice $1,200,000.00 $1,200,000.00
Resource Impact $1,200,000.00 $1,200,000.00
Fund for the City of New York $297,000.00 $900,000.00 $1,197,000.00
Public Citizen Inc. $325,000.00 $175,000.00 $650,000.00 $1,150,000.00
Friends Committee on National Legislation $400,000.00 $150,000.00 $600,000.00 $1,150,000.00
Alliance for Youth Action $1,125,000.00 $1,125,000.00
Virginia New Majority $1,000,000.00 $100,000.00 $1,100,000.00
Emgage Action $1,075,000.00 $1,075,000.00
Americans for Financial Reform $446,250.00 $75,000.00 $550,000.00 $1,071,250.00
United to Protect Democracy $150,000.00 $300,000.00 $100,000.00 $480,000.00 $1,030,000.00
Progressive Caucus Action Fund $1,025,000.00 $1,025,000.00
Opportunity for All Coalition $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
Yes on Prop. 57, Californians for Public Safety and Rehabilitation $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
Family Always Comes First $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
Economic Security Project Action $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
Mijente $500,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,000,000.00
Californians Against the Prison Spending Scam, No on Prop 20 $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
New Left Accelerator Action Fund $250,000.00 $200,000.00 $470,000.00 $920,000.00
Human Rights First $100,000.00 $344,228.00 $314,000.00 $150,000.00 $908,228.00
New Georgia Project Action Fund $850,000.00 $850,000.00
Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Action $225,000.00 $300,000.00 $300,000.00 $825,000.00
Western State Strategies $800,000.00 $800,000.00
Michigan Civic Action Fund $800,000.00 $800,000.00
Latino Victory Project $670,000.00 $100,000.00 $770,000.00
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund $135,000.00 $165,000.00 $384,660.00 $85,000.00 $769,660.00
Congressional Progressive Caucus Center $750,000.00 $750,000.00
Alianza For Progress $750,000.00 $750,000.00
The Cooperative Impact Lab $750,000.00 $750,000.00
Hero Action Fund $250,000.00 $500,000.00 $750,000.00
Working Texans for Paid Sick Time $750,000.00 $750,000.00
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $50,000.00 $300,000.00 $380,000.00 $730,000.00
J Street $25,000.00 $100,000.00 $600,000.00 $725,000.00
American Immigration Council $190,000.00 $35,000.00 $250,000.00 $250,000.00 $725,000.00
Church World Service $245,000.00 $456,736.00 $701,736.00
Texas Organizing Project $700,000.00 $700,000.00
Invest in Education $700,000.00 $700,000.00
Truman National Security Project $110,000.00 $400,000.00 $150,000.00 $660,000.00
Faith in Minnesota $650,000.00 $650,000.00
Migration Policy Institute $350,000.00 $300,000.00 $650,000.00
Sierra Club $125,000.00 $250,000.00 $250,000.00 $625,000.00
United States Public Interest Research Group $200,000.00 $400,000.00 $600,000.00
Project On Government Oversight, Inc. $50,000.00 $300,000.00 $250,000.00 $600,000.00
Freedom Action Now $600,000.00 $600,000.00
Way to Win Action Fund $250,000.00 $350,000.00 $600,000.00
Maine People's Alliance $400,000.00 $100,000.00 $95,000.00 $595,000.00
Niskanen Center for Public Policy $500,000.00 $75,000.00 $575,000.00
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Inc. $55,000.00 $20,000.00 $500,000.00 $575,000.00
Ohio Organizing Campaign $500,000.00 $60,000.00 $560,000.00
Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund $100,000.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $550,000.00
Open Markets Action Fund $520,000.00 $520,000.00
Schools and Communities First $500,000.00 $500,000.00
VoteVets Action Fund $500,000.00 $500,000.00
The Fairness Project $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Accelerate Action Inc. $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Foreign Policy for America $500,000.00 $500,000.00
No On Prop. 66 $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Clean Missouri $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Vote Yes 4 Minneapolis $500,000.00 $500,000.00
PolicyLink Equity Action Network $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Working Washington $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Retain a Just Nebraska $500,000.00 $500,000.00
Make the Road New York, Inc $490,000.00 $490,000.00
State Engagement Fund $170,000.00 $300,000.00 $470,000.00
UltraViolet Action $450,000.00 $450,000.00
All Hands on Deck Network DBA Movement Voter Project $250,000.00 $187,400.00 $437,400.00
Roosevelt Forward, Inc. $175,000.00 $250,000.00 $425,000.00
Sister District Action Network $75,000.00 $100,000.00 $250,000.00 $425,000.00
Oxfam America Action Fund $425,000.00 $425,000.00
NILC Immigrant Justice Fund $270,000.00 $150,000.00 $420,000.00
Yes on Two Ballot Committee $420,000.00 $420,000.00
Project on Middle East Democracy $90,000.00 $115,000.00 $200,000.00 $405,000.00
Voces de la Frontera Action $400,000.00 $400,000.00
Women's Refugee Commission $400,000.00 $400,000.00
ACRONYM $390,000.00 $390,000.00
Transparency International e.V. $374,685.00 $374,685.00
Georgia Investor Action Fund $350,000.00 $350,000.00
UNITE HERE Action Fund $350,000.00 $350,000.00
America is Better $200,000.00 $150,000.00 $350,000.00
Collective Future $350,000.00 $350,000.00
Just Liberty $350,000.00 $350,000.00
National Peace Corps Association $125,000.00 $200,000.00 $325,000.00
MOVE Ballot Fund $300,000.00 $300,000.00
By the People Referendum Committee $300,000.00 $300,000.00
Donors of Color Action Inc $300,000.00 $300,000.00
Mercy Corps $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $300,000.00
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Inc $300,000.00 $300,000.00
UnidosUS Action Fund $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $300,000.00
Committee to Save Our Neighborhoods $300,000.00 $300,000.00
American Jewish World Service, Inc. $300,000.00 $300,000.00
Foundation for Middle East Peace $140,000.00 $140,000.00 $280,000.00
ReThink Media Inc $250,000.00 $12,000.00 $262,000.00
Organize for Justice $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Voto Latino Action Fund $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Center for Law and Social Policy $250,000.00 $250,000.00
CARE Action $250,000.00 $250,000.00
re:power $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Renew New England $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Equis Labs $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Inc. $250,000.00 $250,000.00
US Mobilizing for Urgent and Sustainable Transformation (USMUST) $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Amnesty International USA, Inc. $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Voters Organized To Educate VOTE Action Fund $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Family Values at Work Action Inc $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Win Without War $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Racial Politics Consulting, LLC $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Global Witness $250,000.00 $250,000.00
CASA in Action $240,000.00 $240,000.00
De-Escalate Washington I-940 $230,000.00 $230,000.00
Advance Carolina $112,500.00 $112,500.00 $225,000.00
Alianza Americas $75,000.00 $150,000.00 $225,000.00
MoveOn.org Civic Action $24,995.00 $50,000.00 $150,000.00 $224,995.00
Center for the New Economy Inc. $120,000.00 $100,000.00 $220,000.00
Progressive Maryland Inc. $75,000.00 $136,000.00 $211,000.00
Common Defense Civic Engagement Inc. $210,000.00 $210,000.00
Center for Victims of Torture $100,000.00 $110,000.00 $210,000.00
San Diegans for Full Voter Participation, Yes on K & L, Sponsored by Community and Voter Rights Organizations $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Stop Deceptive Amendments $200,000.00 $200,000.00
VOCAL-NY Action Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Action NC $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Border Network for Human Rights $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Jolt Action $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $200,000.00
Florida Watch Action Inc $200,000.00 $200,000.00
GS Action, Inc. $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Proteus Action League $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $125,000.00 $200,000.00
The Center for Empowered Politics $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $200,000.00
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Allied Media Action Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Social Security Works $200,000.00 $200,000.00
National Security Action $200,000.00 $200,000.00
America's Voice Education Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Center for Civic Action $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Coworker Solidarity Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Bend the Arc Jewish Action $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Business Action Fund $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs SEE Inc. $199,975.00 $199,975.00
Silicon Valley Rising Action $185,000.00 $185,000.00
Down East AIDS Network, Inc. $42,000.00 $140,000.00 $182,000.00
Muslim Advocates $50,000.00 $130,000.00 $180,000.00
Every Voice $175,000.00 $175,000.00
UFW Foundation $100,000.00 $75,000.00 $175,000.00
Rights & Democracy Project $175,000.00 $175,000.00
National Women's Law Center Action Fund $125,000.00 $50,000.00 $175,000.00
Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) $170,000.00 $170,000.00
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City $160,000.00 $160,000.00
Moore + Associates LLC $160,000.00 $160,000.00
Florida Alliance $150,000.00 $150,000.00
San Diegans for Full Voter Participation $150,000.00 $150,000.00
CHANGE Illinois Action Fund $150,000.00 $150,000.00
The Advocacy Fund $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Committee for a Fair Judiciary $150,000.00 $150,000.00
PushBlack Now $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Community Catalyst Action Fund $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Alliance for Peacebuilding $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Movement Impact Lab $150,000.00 $150,000.00
PAFCO Education Fund, Inc. $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Progress North Carolina Action $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Refugees International $148,500.00 $148,500.00
International Refugee Assistance Project $145,000.00 $145,000.00
Beyond the Choir $140,000.00 $140,000.00
Communities United $139,721.00 $139,721.00
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Inc. $100,000.00 $25,000.00 $125,000.00
Poder NC Action $125,000.00 $125,000.00
WISDOM Action Network $125,000.00 $125,000.00
PowerCA Action $125,000.00 $125,000.00
CASA de Maryland $125,000.00 $125,000.00
People for the American Way $125,000.00 $125,000.00
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) $119,000.00 $119,000.00
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund USA, Inc $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Henry L. Stimson Center $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Fund for Educational Excellence $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Louisiana for Personal Freedoms $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Impact Charitable $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Drone Wars UK $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Spendrise, Inc. $100,000.00 $100,000.00
NIAC Action $100,000.00 $100,000.00
President and Fellows of Harvard College $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $100,000.00
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Inc. $100,000.00 $100,000.00
American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland $100,000.00 $100,000.00
IMPACT Transforming Natural Resource Management $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Black Youth Project 100 NFP $100,000.00 $100,000.00
New America Foundation $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Climate Jobs NY, Inc. $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Durham For All $100,000.00 $100,000.00
PODER $100,000.00 $100,000.00
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy $92,000.00 $92,000.00
IPAS $90,000.00 $90,000.00
Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund $85,000.00 $85,000.00
Congressional Black Caucus Institute $85,000.00 $85,000.00
Korean Americans in Action $85,000.00 $85,000.00
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. $80,000.00 $80,000.00
National Center for Civic Innovation $75,000.00 $75,000.00
Community Initiatives $75,000.00 $75,000.00
Center for Health and Gender Equity Inc. $75,000.00 $75,000.00
The Taifa Group LLC $75,000.00 $75,000.00
National Religious Campaign Against Torture $70,000.00 $70,000.00
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Maryland Chapter, Inc. $68,996.00 $68,996.00
Innovation Ohio $65,000.00 $65,000.00
The Aspen Institute Inc. $65,000.00 $65,000.00
Tides Center $20,000.00 $22,500.00 $20,000.00 $62,500.00
Policy Action $62,500.00 $62,500.00
Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund $60,000.00 $60,000.00
Sex Workers Outreach Project USA $60,000.00 $60,000.00
New York Focus $60,000.00 $60,000.00
March On $58,000.00 $58,000.00
Recovery Advocacy Project $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Crisis Action Inc. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Fund for Constitutional Government $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Center for Urban Families, Inc. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
The Praxis Project, Inc. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Institute for Asian Democracy $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $50,000.00
Social Good Fund Inc. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Arms Control Association $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Pretrial Justice Institute $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Center for International Policy $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Latin America Working Group $50,000.00 $50,000.00
New Jersey Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence $50,000.00 $50,000.00
North Carolina Survivors Union $50,000.00 $50,000.00
HIAS, Inc $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Faith in Public Life Action Fund $50,000.00 $50,000.00
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Inc. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Salvation and Social Justice $50,000.00 $50,000.00
The Constitution Project $50,000.00 $50,000.00
London School of Economics and Political Science $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Migrar es Vivir A.C. $50,000.00 $50,000.00
ASO Communications $49,999.00 $49,999.00
No on I-27 $40,000.00 $40,000.00
New York State Immigrant Action Fund $40,000.00 $40,000.00
Center for Strategic and International Studies $38,965.00 $38,965.00
The College of New Jersey Foundation Inc $36,989.00 $36,989.00
Black Girls Vote 4 HER Inc $30,000.00 $30,000.00
Fair Share Housing Center $30,000.00 $30,000.00
Poverty and Race Research Action Council $30,000.00 $30,000.00
The Washington Bus $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Leandra English Legal Expense Trust $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Center for Economic and Policy Research $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Peace Development Fund $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Common Cause $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Jubilee USA Network $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Islamic Society of North America, Inc. $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Vet Voice Foundation Inc. $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Aegis America, Inc. $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Puerto Rico Salud Inc. $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Partnership for a Secure America $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Community Partners $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Digital Innovations Group, Inc. $20,000.00 $20,000.00
Amnesty International Limited $18,500.00 $18,500.00
Architects of Justice, LLC $15,000.00 $15,000.00
Trans United Fund $12,000.00 $12,000.00
National Day Laborer Organizing Network $10,000.00 $10,000.00
Disability Rights Maryland $10,000.00 $10,000.00
Voices of Community Activists and Leaders, Inc. $10,000.00 $10,000.00
Peace Action $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Grand Total $8,626,478.00 $16,304,500.00 $31,222,263.00 $54,845,499.00 $98,897,342.00 $209,896,082.00

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  • Accounting Period: December - November
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    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
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    2017 Dec Form 990 $16,759,566 $24,125,262 $8,526,467 $6,476,386 N $16,759,566 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $12,000,000 $12,680,864 $10,044,233 $656,453 N $12,000,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $17,000,000 $10,233,652 $10,591,160 $689,090 N $17,000,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $8,000,000 $12,590,145 $4,243,090 $1,107,368 N $8,000,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $18,000,000 $11,584,378 $8,175,292 $449,425 N $18,000,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $5,200,000 $4,558,517 $1,631,954 $321,709 N $5,200,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $3,000,015 $2,706,718 $1,171,075 $502,313 N $3,000,000 $0 $15 $0 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $2,500,044 $2,147,310 $532,783 $157,318 N $2,500,000 $0 $33 $0 PDF

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