Progressive Maryland Education Fund




Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2015):

Revenue: $100,578
Expenses: $36,723
Assets: $49,666

Contact InfluenceWatch with suggested edits or tips for additional profiles.

Progressive Maryland Education Fund is a left-of-center nonprofit organization that lobbies in support of left-of-center legislation and engages in community organizing in Maryland. It is the educational sister organization of Progressive Maryland.

The organization has supported the passage of left-progressive legislation in Maryland, including measures that raised the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, implemented a universal paid sick leave mandate, created left-of-center criminal justice policies, and restricted campaign financing in three Maryland counties. 1

The organization is a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network, a left-of-center umbrella group for pro-organized labor research organizations. 2 It is also a member of the People’s Action Institute, the educational arm of the left-wing community organizing group People’s Action. 3


Larry Stafford Jr. is the executive director of the Progressive Maryland Education Fund. He has been the executive director since 2015. Previously, he was a staffer for the controversial, now-defunct voter outreach organization ACORN. He also works as the head of Progressive Maryland, the associated lobbying arm of Progressive Maryland Education Fund. 4

Jennifer Mendes Dwyer is the deputy executive director of the organization. She has been working for the organization since 2016. Before joining the organization, she worked to prevent a Walmart store from opening in her town. 5 Nikki MG Cole is the Progressive Maryland Education Fund organizing director. Elizabeth Mackenzie is the director of legislative organizing. 6


In 2018, the organization generated $359,569 in revenue and spent $334,940. 7

The Fund accepted a grant of an undisclosed amount from the Greater Washington Community Foundation to assist low-income people in completing the 2020 Census. 8


  1.      “Who We Are”. 2021. Progressive Maryland Education Fund. Accessed February 8.
  2.    “Our Network”. 2021. EARN. Accessed February 8.
  3. “Institute Member Organizations”. 2021. People’s Action. Accessed February 8.
  4. “Staff Directory & Contacts”. 2021. Progressive Maryland. Accessed February 8.
  5.          “Staff Directory & Contacts”. 2021. Progressive Maryland. Accessed February 8.
  6. “Who We Are”. 2021. Progressive Maryland Education Fund. Accessed February 8.
  7. Form 990. 2018. Ebook. Guidestar.
  8. “Ensuring An Equitable Future For Our Region Through A Fair And Accurate Census Count”. 2019. Greater Washington Community Foundation.

Associated Organizations

  1. Progressive Maryland (Non-profit)
  See an error? Let us know!

Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2004

  • 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
    2015 Dec Form 990 $100,578 $36,723 $49,666 $0 N $100,578 $0 $0 $0
    2014 Dec Form 990 $53,096 $73,337 $1,292 $15,481 N $53,096 $0 $0 $0
    2013 Dec Form 990 $71,242 $40,802 $21,533 $15,481 N $71,242 $0 $0 $0
    2012 Dec Form 990 $44,913 $33,064 $84,293 $0 N $44,913 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $190,255 $166,508 $72,444 $0 N $190,250 $0 $5 $0

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Progressive Maryland Education Fund

    SILVER SPRING, MD 20901-2463