Non-profit

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

Website:

www.pacefunders.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

31-1705363

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $305,707
Expenses: $399,246
Assets: $556,588

Executive Director:

Kristen Cambell

Type:

Civil engagement advocacy group

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), formerly known as the Grantmakers Forum for Community and National Service, serves as a “philanthropic laboratory” that engages in research and activism experiments to derive best practices for civil engagement advocacy.

As of April 2020, PACE has 58 members, many of which are left-of-center nonprofits, including the Ford Foundation, Case Foundation, Foundation for Civic Leadership, and the Voqal Fund. [1] All members hold increasing democratic participation and changes to the electoral system as priorities.

PACE has spoken in favor of government spending to promote voting and protect voters against the coronavirus in the 2020 elections. [2]

Members

PACE’s members are required to share investment information with PACE and pay dues on a sliding scale depending on their total grant-giving budgets. The scale starts at $1,000 per year. [3]

PACE’s members as of early April, 2020 included:[4]

Experiments

Every two years, PACE establishes a new set of experimental “vehicles.” The organization gives grants to members and non-member nonprofits which engage in novel projects within each vehicle. [5]

For the 2020-2022 period, PACE has five vehicles: “Community Curation” connects activists from diverse identities, locations, and ideologies to find synergies; “Learning Labs” forms conferences for activists to discuss current initiatives; “Collective Experiments” funds projects launched as joint ventures by other nonprofits; “Civic Philanthropy Research” studies the funding levels and impact of philanthropic ventures; and “Learning Out Loud” analyzes and summarizes data from the other vehicles. [6]

Faith In/And Democracy

Faith In/And Democracy is a vehicle that began in 2019 but is continuing into the 2020-2022 period. The vehicle seeks to expand civic participation through outreach in religious communities. [7]

Faith In/And Democracy is co-run by the Fetzer Institute, a non-denominational spiritual community organizer, and Democracy Fund, a left-of-center electoral systems policy nonprofit funded by liberal eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar. [8]

Donors

Democracy Fund is a member of PACE and granted the organization $100,000 in 2018 and 2019 for the Faith In/And Democracy vehicle. [9]

In 2015, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the sixth-largest grantmaking foundation in America, gave $50,000 to PACE for “general operating support. [10]

References

  1. “Current PACE Members.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/members/. ^
  2. Rojc, Philip. “Virus-Proofing the Vote: Democracy Funders Respond to COVID-19.” Inside Philanthropy. file:///C:/Users/Matt/Downloads/Virus-Proofing%20the%20Vote_%20Democracy%20Funders%20Respond%20to%20COVID-19%20%20Inside%20Philanthropy.pdf. ^
  3. “Membership.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/membership/. ^
  4. “Current PACE Members.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/members/. ^
  5. “Pace Strategic Plan 2020-2022.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PACE-2020-2022-StrategicPlan-FINAL-1.29.20.pdf. ^
  6. “Pace Strategic Plan 2020-2022.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PACE-2020-2022-StrategicPlan-FINAL-1.29.20.pdf. ^
  7. “Faith In/And Democracy.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/faith/. ^
  8. “Faith In/And Democracy.” PACE. Accessed April 4, 2020. http://www.pacefunders.org/faith/. ^
  9. “PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement).” Democracy Fund. Accessed April 4, 2020. https://www.democracyfund.org/portfolio/entry/pace-philanthropy-for-active-civic-engagement. ^
  10. “Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement.” William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Accessed April 4, 2020. https://hewlett.org/grants/philanthropy-for-active-civic-engagement-for-general-operating-support/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 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
    2017 Dec Form 990 $305,707 $399,246 $556,588 $16,024 N $295,750 $9,655 $302 $154,458 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $414,719 $248,994 $500,295 $2,640 N $398,300 $16,357 $62 $139,500 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $187,052 $115,594 $333,670 $1,741 N $186,500 $500 $52 $49,500 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $156,815 $219,269 $261,223 $752 N $153,000 $3,778 $37 $153,502 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $220,864 $338,036 $330,647 $7,722 N $178,989 $41,708 $167 $198,708 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $408,078 $317,761 $442,089 $2,020 N $382,000 $25,660 $418 $192,920 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $378,716 $281,322 $354,398 $4,646 N $378,344 $0 $372 $182,000 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

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