Partnership for Public Service

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Budget (2016):

Revenue: $16,897,293
Expenses: $17,671,461
Assets: $22,847,925




Government Nonprofit

President and CEO:

Max Stier

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The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit organization which provides consulting services to government agencies with the aim to make them more efficient.1 Its seeks to encourage more young people to work for the federal government. 2


The Partnership was founded by Samuel J. Heyman in 2001. After graduating from Harvard in 1963, Heyman worked for then-U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the Kennedy administration. This experience had a lasting impact on Heyman: after amassing a fortune at his father’s real estate business Heyman Companies, Heyman decided to create a nonprofit organization that would encourage young people to work for the government by making government jobs more accessible.3

Heyman pledged $45 million to Partnership at its inception, which was closely followed by a $4 million pledge from the Annenberg Foundation.4

In a 2007 interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Partnership president Max Stier complained about the declining interest in government jobs among young people. “When John F. Kennedy issued his call to service, to government, it was a lot simpler world. The president could actually move a nation in a way that is much harder to do today,” he said. He attributed the cause for low numbers of young federal workers at the time to a variety of reasons, including the Vietnam War causing the government to gain lasting negative connotation, the profitability of the private sector, a high number of federal employees eligible for retirement, slow hiring processes, and “politically appointed” agency leaders obstructing new hires.5

According to the same interview, Stier had apparently welcomed the way that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center “really made the government relevant in people’s lives in a way it hadn’t been for a couple generations.” He added, “9/11 made us realize in fact we were at risk, and that the primary vehicle to address this challenge was our government.”6 He also advised that the American public should think of civil service workers in the same way that they think of the military.7


Stier stated that one of the “core principles” of the Partnership is to help the government become more efficient because it “does not have adequate metrics to allow it to understand its own effectiveness.”8

The Partnership for Public Service helped establish the Congressional Public Service Caucus, a caucus made up of Members of the House of Representatives that wish to promote policies that will persuade more people to work for the federal government.9 10 The Partnership has convinced multiple federal agencies to shorten their hiring methods by “eliminating many steps in the application process.”11

In 2005, the Partnership received a government grant of $600,000 to strengthen several university programs which aimed to hire graduating students as federal workers.12

In 2009, the Partnership took on most of the staff of the Council for Excellence in Government, a similar nonprofit that closed due to funding shortages. The Partnership also adopted some of the Council’s programs, such as leadership training programs for federal managers.13

The Partnership worked with both the Trump and the Clinton campaigns in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election to ensure that the future administration would be well-prepared for the appointee process according to their standards, regardless of the outcome.14

In December 2016, the Partnership joined efforts with the Washington Post to launch a program that tracks all government employees appointed by President Donald Trump. “This tracker will play a key role in holding the president-elect and the Senate accountable for ensuring the top leaders are in place to run our government effectively, keep our country safe and deliver critical services to the American people,” Partnership president Max Stier said at the time. “The data we gather with this tracker will also inform our reporting on the new administration,” senior politics editor at the Washington Post Steven Ginsberg added.1516


Call to Serve is an initiative by the Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which facilitates cooperation between federal agencies and universities to promote government jobs to students.1718

The Partnership runs the “Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals” program, often referred to as the “Sammies,” which presents medals and cash prizes to government employees to recognize them for their achievements in hopes that it will inspire more people to work in the government.1920

Excellence in Government is a fellowship program run by the Partnership which provides a leadership educational course to federal employees. 21


The Partnership for Public Service has over two dozen people on its advisory board, many of them holding high ranking positions in government, media, academia, and nonprofit organizations. 22

Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He has worked in various positions in the federal government. 23 In August 2017, Stier wrote an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy stressing to donors and private foundations that it is still important to support the federal government, and especially nonprofits that aid it such as his Partnership, even if they do not like the sitting president. 24

In 1995, Stier was hired by the Williams & Connolly law firm. While Stier was working for Williams & Connolly, the firm represented former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.25 Future Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh worked for then-Independent Counsel Ken Starr, who wrote a report establishing grounds for Bill Clinton’s impeachment.2627

Nearly twenty years later, in September 2019, the New York Times reported that Stier had alleged that Kavanaugh involved himself in an indecent sexual act during a college party when he was a student at Yale University.28 The female student involved in the alleged incident did not speak with Times reporters; the Times later appended an editor’s note stating that “friends say she does not recall the episode.”29 Stier’s account reportedly made it to the Times second-hand.30


According to Partnership for Public Service’s latest IRS filing from 2017, the group reported $13.8 million in total revenues, $16.3 million in total expenditures, and $16.7 million in net assets. 31 Since 2008, the Partnership has received $20.6 million in federal grants. 32

Funding sources

Since 2002, the Partnership has received over $33 million from grantmaking foundations and other nonprofits: 33

Partnership for Public Service: Grantors (2002-2017)Year(s)AmountDescription
Acquavella Family Foundation2003$10,000
Aetna Foundation Inc2007$30,000 Service to America Medals
Annette Heyman Foundation Inc2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014$10,473,633 Unrestricted Grant (2002), Unrestricted Grant (2009), General Support (2012), General Support (2014)
Aon Foundation2009$75,000 The partnership for public service is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that works to revitalize federal government by Inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works
Bank Of America Charitable Gift Fund2011$10,000 Supports named organization
Baron Capital Foundation2008, 2009$30,000 General Support (2008), General Support (2009)
Beatrice & Samuel A Seaver Foundation2005$5,000
Bechtel Group Foundation2009, 2010$10,000 For scientific, charitable, and for educational purposes (2009)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation2010, 2011, 2012-2016$4,056,178 To develop and administer a program to develop strong leaders and spur innovation to improve our nation's schools (2011, 2012); Research and learning opportunities (2012-2016)
Bostock Family Foundation2003, 2004, 2006$40,000
Broadcom Foundation2014, 2016$59,418 White house stem education fellowship (2014), Noemie Lev's fellowship extension at the office of science and technology policy (2016)
Caplin Foundation2014$6,144 General support
Carl C Icahn Foundation2016, 2017$20,000 Grant for general support
Carol Bernick Family Foundation2006$5,000
Cendant Charitable Foundation2003$10,000
Challenger Foundation2003, 2004$25,000
Charina Endowment Fund Inc2012, 2015$350,000 General purpose fund (2012), Charitable contribution (2015)
Charina Foundation Inc2010-2016$37,500 General Purpose
Community Foundation Of New Jersey2016$50,000 General support
Continental Grain Foundation2006$5,000
Daryl & Steven Roth Foundation2016$10,000 Recognized charities
Democracy Fund Inc2016, 2017$375,000 General support (2016, 2017); Program support for research on congressional oversight (2017)
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation2003$15,000 First annual partnership for Public Service Gala held on May 29, 2003
Earle I Mack Foundation Inc2003, 2004, 2006, 2008$30,000
Edward & Sandra Meyer Foundation Inc2006$10,000
Edward John And Patricia Rosenwald Foundation2014-2016$35,000 General Support
Englander Foundation Inc2003-2005$75,000
Envision Excellence In Stemeducation2016$62,500 To further STEM Funders Network.
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund2004, 2006-2008, 2013, 2016$135,000 For grant recipent's exempt purposes (2013, 2016)
Foundation 142008$5,000
Fritz And Adelaide Kauffmann Foundation Inc2005-2008, 2011-2013, 2015, 2017$280,000 General Fund (2005); General Tax Exempt Purposes (2011-2013, 2015, 2017)
George And Patricia Wellde Foundation2007, 2012-2014$180,000 General purpose fund (2012-2014)
Gloria And Sidney Danziger Foundation Inc2008$5,000 General Support
Gold Family Foundation2004$5,000 Cultural and educational advancement
Gordon E And Betty I Moore Foundation2014-2016$495,043 In support of a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy fellow who will focus on building relationships among the science, informal science education, and Maker communities to help advance the Office's national goals for science and science l (2014-2016); To support the development of a plan to expand civil service fellowship opportunities (2016); In support of the Customer Service Index initiative to improve customer satisfaction with government services (2016)
Horace W Goldsmith Foundation2007$50,000
Howard B Bernick Foundation2008$5,000 General support
James And Merryl Tisch Foundation Inc2004, 2006, 2008$30,000
Jerome & Anne C Fisher Charitable Foundation2003-2006$25,000 General fund (2003-2005)
Jesselson Foundation2004$10,000
Jewish Communal Fund2004, 2005, 2009-2017$190,730 Unrestricted general support (2010-2012); General support (2009, 2013, 2014)
Joel E Smilow Charitable Trust2005, 2008$25,000 General operating support
John And Mary R Markle Foundation2005$10,000
Johnson & Johnson Family Of Companies Contribution Fund2007$10,000
Joseph & Florence Mandel Foundation2005-2008$30,000
Judy And Michael Steinhardt Foundation2003, 2004, 2008$15,000
Kadrovach/Duckworth Family Foundation2012$25,000 General purpose fund
Kresge Foundation2016, 2017$252,000 This grant will support the design and pilot implementation of capacity-building training for federal employees working in select high-poverty communities (promise zones) to improve collaboration and constructive problemsolving between federal and local
Lauder Foundation Inc2006, 2009$35,000 To promote the work of the organization
Laura And John Arnold Foundation2016$729,223 To identify measures that can improve operations at the office of management and budget (2016); To advance pay for success financing (2016)
Leeds Family Foundation2008$5,000
Leon Lowenstein Foundation Inc2008, 2009, 2014$15,000 General support (2009, 2014)
Meckler Foundation Inc2003, 2006$15,000 General support
Michael And Lynee Tarnopol Family Foundation Inc2005$4,490
Mitchell Kapor Foundation Dba Kapor Center For Social Impact2014, 2015, 2016$277,000 For OSTP fellow (2014); Marvin CARR, OSTP fellow - Grant agreement 6/1/15-5/31/16 (2015); Quincy Brown, ostp fellow - grant agreement 7/18/16 -1/20/17 (2016)
Mnuchin Foundation2005$5,000
Mortimer Levitt Foundation Inc2003, 2005-2007$310,000 Charitable Contribution (2003)
Nathan Cummings Foundation2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011$35,000 General support
New York Yankees Foundation Inc2007$5,000
Paul Singer Family Foundation2004$5,000
Peter G Peterson Foundation2010$35,000 To support a conference promoting revitalization of the public service and improve government performance
Price Family Foundation Inc2003$10,000 General support
Proteus Fund Inc2006, 2008$35,000 For public education on revitalizing federal civil service (2006); General Support (2008)
Raether 1985 Charitable Trust2003$5,000 General Charitable
Rfi Foundation2008, 2011$15,842 Sponsorship of 2008 service to America medals (2008); General support (2011)
Richard And Hinda Rosenthal Foundation2008$5,000
Robert A And Renee E Belfer Family Foundation2006$9,550 General support
Robert C Baker Foundation Inc2003$5,000 General support
Robert K Steel Family Foundation2004, 2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2016$390,000 General purpose fund (2012, 2014, 2015); Contributions were made to the general purpose fund of public charitable organization (2011); To the general purpose fund of Public charitable organizations that were classified under Section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code (2010, 2016)
Robertson Foundation2008-2011$3,000,000 Support for the organization's charitable purposes (2009); General Purpose (2010, 2011)
Robertson Foundation For Governmentinc2011$5,000 General support
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc2003, 2007, 2009-2013, 2015, 2016$480,000 To its research project, 'Inspiring a new generation to government service: understanding the communications challenge' (2003); Toward the costs of its Achieving Public Good Making Government and Philanthropy Effective Partners Conference (2009); For the development of a new business plan (2011); For a Pocantico conference that will establish a framework for management of the federal workforce in the next administration with an emphasis on ways to manage an effective presidential transition (2007, 2010-2013, 2015); For a conference at the pedantic center, ready to govern preparing to lead from day one (2016)
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation2017$125,000 Funds to support the Partnership in its efforts to strengthen the capacity, resiliency, and performance of the United States federal government during a critical time for our nation.
Samuel I Newhouse Foundation Inc2004-2006, 2008, 2009, 2011-2014, 2016$300,000 To award artists w/ disabilities (2011); To promote its tax exempt purpose (2012-2014, 2016)
Schlosstein Hartley Foundation2005$5,000
Schwab Charitable Fund2015-2017$715,000 Social Services/Social Benefits
Segal Family Foundation Inc2006, 2010$20,000 Social Welfare
Silicon Valley Community Foundation2017$200,000 Community Development
Smith Richardson Foundation Inc2009$20,095
Solow Foundation2003-2006$85,000 Specific-Related to foundation's activity (2003-2005); Scientific purpose (2006)
The Annenberg Foundation2007-2010$3,999,980 Walter and Leonore Annenberg federal leadership institute and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg public service speakers bureau
The Bloomberg Family Foundation Inc2016$300,000 General operations
The David And Lucile Packard Foundation2010$40,000 Organizational effectiveness and philanthropy
The Dorothea L Leonhardt Foundation Inc2005$5,000
The Eli And Edythe Broad Foundation2010-2012, 2014, 2015$847,000 To support the development of strong innovative leaders at the US department of education (2010-2012); Professional development programs support (2014, 2015)
The Ford Foundation2006, 2015-2017$1,500,000 For the Katrina anniversary campaign, a communications initiative to assess government successes and failures in responding to Katrina (2006); Core support for the ready to govern program to prepare incoming presidential administrations to lead the federal government more effectively (2015-2017)
The James Irvine Foundation2017$75,000 To increase intergovernmental collaboration
The L.A.W. Foundation2006, 2008$20,000
The Ludwig Family Foundation Inc2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015-2017$85,370 For 2008 new york gala (2008); Ready to govern initiative (2012); Samuel J. Heyman service to America medals (2012, 2013); General operating support (2015-2017)
The Lynn And Jules Kroll Family Foundation2008$10,000 General support
The Mandelbaum Foundation2003-2005, 2007, 2008$125,000 General Support (2003)
The Marc Haas Foundation Inc2003-2010, 2012-2016$350,000 General Support (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012-2016)
The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation2004$10,000 General support
The Rockefeller Foundation2009, 2010$240,000 To foster Greater innovation in the US federal government (2009); For a forum on innovative problem-solving in the federal government (2010)
The Sage Foundation Inc2007-2012, 2014-2016$265,000 General operating purpose
The Simons Foundation Inc2015$189,078 Image of stem initiative
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation2010, 2012, 2014-2017$810,000 For strategic business planning (2010); For strengthening the department of educations career civil service leadership capacity (2012); For support of nonpartisan research and education on legislative branch rules and processes (2014, 2015); For general operating support (2016, 2017)
The Zients Family Foundation Inc2013, 2014, 2016$18,951 General support (2013, 2014); Annual fund (2016)
Valerie & Charles Diker Fund2008$5,000 General support
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program2005, 2007, 2008$20,000 Human services (2007); Support for civic projects (2008)


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  2. Partnership for Public Service. “Board and History.” Partnership for Public Service. Accessed September 18, 2019.
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  14. Lewis, Michael. “’This Guy Doesn’t Know Anything’: the inside Story of Trump’s Shambolic Transition Team.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, September 27, 2018.
  15. WashPostPR. “The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service Launch Political Appointee Tracker.” The Washington Post. WP Company, February 28, 2019.
  16. “Trump Nominations Tracker: See Which Key Positions Have Been Filled so Far.” The Washington Post. WP Company. Accessed September 19, 2019.
  17. Partnership for Public Service. “Call to Serve: Colleges and Universities.” Partnership for Public Service. Accessed September 19, 2019.
  18. “Other Strategies To Meet Hiring Requirements .”, September 2005.
  19. “Stephen Barr – Honoring the Stars of Government.” The Washington Post. WP Company, February 27, 2007.
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  30. Re, Gregg. “NYT updates Kavanaugh ‘bombshell’ to note accuser doesn’t recall alleged assault.” Fox News, September 16, 2019.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 1999

  • 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 $16,897,293 $17,671,461 $22,847,925 $5,816,503 N $6,879,457 $9,127,011 $567,683 $753,205
    2015 Dec Form 990 $14,394,406 $14,015,048 $25,516,089 $7,681,819 N $6,362,571 $7,083,187 $651,163 $699,236 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $9,704,297 $10,996,723 $23,265,173 $4,954,985 N $3,785,783 $4,938,928 $0 $891,061 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $9,836,837 $10,595,546 $23,976,036 $3,657,770 N $4,622,066 $3,959,818 $1,166,734 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $8,579,617 $10,807,086 $24,597,464 $3,835,396 N $3,546,878 $4,463,392 $488,898 $1,016,398 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $17,043,372 $11,445,588 $25,988,960 $3,828,088 N $12,449,284 $3,702,367 $153,579 $1,006,135 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $9,584,411 $11,760,060 $20,439,819 $2,945,907 N $5,279,761 $4,047,363 $382,868 $910,940 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

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