Non-profit

Opportunity Agenda

Website:

opportunityagenda.org/

Location:

New York, NY

Tax ID:

84-3935514

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $10,913,662
Expenses: $3,227,075
Assets: $12,042,303

Type:

Non-Profit, former project of Tides Center

Formation:

2006

Acting President:

Adam Luna

Last Tax Form:

2022 990 Form

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The Opportunity Agenda is a left-of-center organization that advocates for left-of-center positions on issues including immigration, education, and racial policy. The organization is a former project of the Tides Center, a large left-progressive fiscal sponsorship organization.  As of 2024, they have achieved non-profit status. 1 2

Background

The Opportunity Agenda performs the bulk of its advocacy through executive training programs and leader outreach. The organization appeals to “artists, creatives, and culture makers,” to shift public discourse on issues such as race, immigration, gender issues, and environmentalism. It offers online resources, such as toolkits, webinars, and workshops, to train nonprofit executives and other notable figures to push Opportunity Agenda’s left-of-center political stances. 3

Media Roundtables

Opportunity Agenda regularly hosts media roundtables with notable figures in public policy. The roundtables serve as a forum to discuss and seek left-of-center solutions for policy issues. Participants are often associated with left-of-center organizations, and there is a regular lack of conservative representation. Past topics have included the decriminalization of narcotics, immigration, and general approaches to leniency in criminal justice. Participants in the round table have come from organizations including the ACLU, LUPE, and UndocuBlack Network. 4

Fellows

Opportunity Agenda organizes a group of fellows annually to advocate for left-of-center approaches to immigration policy, drug policy, women’s and gender issues, and race issues. Many of the fellows are known for their work with left-of-center civil rights organizations. The most recent class of fellows includes executives from organizations such as the ACLU, one of the largest left-of-center civil rights organizations in the United States; UndocuBlack Network, a left-wing organization which advocates for the abolition of border security measures; and Color of Change, a website that hosts petitions advocating for left-of-center policy implementation. 5

People

Adam Luna serves as the interim president of Opportunity Agenda as of 2024. He previously worked as the Vice President of programs strategy and impact for the Opportunity Agenda. Prior to working for the group, Luna served as the senior advisor for United We Dream, the political director for America’s Voice, and was the director of field strategy for Campaign for America’s Future (CAF). 6 7

Ellen Buchman was the former executive director for Opportunity Agenda. Buchman previously worked as the executive vice president for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a left-of-center civil rights organization. Buchman also worked for a number of other left-of-center organizations including Citizen Action, an organization that supports issues such as government-controlled health care, and as a field director for the American Association of University Women, a left-of-center organization that advocates left-of-center solutions to gender issues. 8

Funding

The Opportunity Agenda receives millions of dollars in annual grants from left-of-center and liberal organizations. It received $300,000 in 2019, and $1.5 million in 2018 from the Ford Foundation. 9 10 It also received $1.4 million between 2016 and 2018 from the MacArthur Foundation, a multi-billion dollar foundation that funds a number of left-of-center and liberal organizations,11 and $500,000 in 2013 from Atlantic Philanthropies, a left-of-center organization that funds Democratic candidates for public office as well as a left-of-center nonprofits. 12

According to its 2022 990 form, the organization reported a revenue of $2,245,968, expenses of $6,368,488, and total assets of $10,800,970. 13

References

  1. “Partner Directory: The Opportunity Agenda.” Tides Center. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.tides.org/project/social-venture/the-opportunity-agenda/
  2. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). The Opportunity Agenda. 2022. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/843935514/202333199349322583/full
  3. “Partner Directory: Opportunity Agenda.” Tides Center. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.tides.org/project/social-venture/the-opportunity-agenda/
  4. “Media Roundtables.” Opportunity Agenda. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.opportunityagenda.org/pressroom/media-roundtables.
  5. “Our Fellows.” Opportunity Agenda. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.opportunityagenda.org/pressroom/our-fellows
  6. “Adam Luna.” Opportunity Agenda, Accessed March 15, 2024. https://opportunityagenda.org/our_team/staff/adam-luna/
  7. “Adam Luna.” LinkedIn, Accessed March 15, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-luna-57713610b
  8. “User Profile: Ellen Buchman.” LinkedIn. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/american-association-of-university-women-aauw/
  9. “Grants Database.” Ford Foundation. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=%26SearchText%3Dtides&page=0&minyear=2019&maxyear=2019
  10. “Grants Database.” Ford Foundation. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=%26SearchText%3Dtides&page=0&minyear=2018&maxyear=2018
  11. “Grants Database.” MacArthur Foundation. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.macfound.org/grantees/9461/
  12. “Grants Database.” Atlantic Philanthropies. Accessed November 2, 2020. https://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/grants/opportunity-agenda
  13. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). The Opportunity Agenda. 2022. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/843935514/202333199349322583/full
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 2020

  • 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
    2021 Dec Form 990 $10,913,662 $3,227,075 $12,042,303 $390,028 N $10,913,662 $0 $0 $268,209
    2020 Dec Form 990 $4,000,761 $35,073 $3,980,188 $14,500 N $4,000,000 $0 $761 $0 PDF

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