Proteus Fund




Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2016):

Revenue: $21,335,481
Expenses: $22,391,888
Assets: $15,059,114


May 1994


Pass-Through Funding Nonprofit


Paul Di Donato (2017-Present)

Meg Gage (1994-2016)

Latest Tax Filings:

2020 Form 990

2019 Form 990

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The Proteus Fund is a center-left “pass-through” funder and donor-advised fund provider. Since the Fund’s creation in 1995, Proteus has routed hundreds of millions of dollars from major grantmaking foundations and anonymous donors on the Left to activist groups targeting issues including legalizing same-sex marriage, reducing religious freedom to dissent policies on gay rights and abortion, abolishing capital punishment, reducing military spending, and promoting liberal campaign finance policies.

The Proteus Fund moves money through a number of “donor collaboratives” (donor-advised funds) funded by major grantmaking foundations. Through these “collaboratives,” Proteus coordinates the efforts of state, local, and national activist groups so that their efforts are not needlessly duplicated. These funds and collaboratives vet the activist groups to ensure that they are effective and that they stay on message. These “collaboratives” and donor-advised funds include the Piper Fund, the Civil Marriage Collaborative, the Rights, Faith and Democracy Collaborative, the Themis Fund, the Security and Rights Collaborative, and the Colombe Foundation.

Proteus has also developed strategies for persuading voters to tip the scale of public opinion in specific states and localities. They use research (such as polling and message testing and advertising) to persuade swing voters to gain majorities for left-of-center policies in referendums and elections. Proteus Fund documented both strategies in Hearts and Minds: The Untold Story of How Philanthropy and the Civil Marriage Collaborative Helped America Embrace Marriage Equality. 1

Background and “Pass-Through” Model

The Proteus Fund was formed in May 1994 in Washington, D.C., but is physically headquartered in Amherst, Massachusetts. 2

The Fund was created by Meg Gage, a career left-of-center nonprofit executive who helped develop the “pass-through” funding model. Gage reportedly created the model during her tenure as founding executive director of the Peace Development Fund, a position she held from 1981 to 1992. The Peace Development Fund was reportedly created to move donations from major foundations to smaller left-wing activist groups opposed to President Ronald Reagan’s nuclear weapons policies. Gara LaMarche, president of the left-wing Democracy Alliance and former president of Atlantic Philanthropies, has credited Gage’s funding model with “increasing philanthropic attention and support for social justice issues like money in politics, civil liberties and national security, and the death penalty.” 3

The Proteus Fund has described itself as an “extension of [the Peace Development Fund’s] model: a way to pool funding and align strategy among multiple funders in service of significant social change objectives and a broad vision for change in the philanthropic sector.” 4 Under the “pass-through” funding model developed by Gage, the Proteus Fund collects donations from large grantmaking foundations, wealthy individuals, and smaller donors and funnels cash to local and state organizations, which the Fund has vetted for their effectiveness. 5

The Proteus Fund also develops coalitions of local and state organizations to work on specific issues, which it calls “collaboratives.” These issues include campaign finance policy (via the Piper Fund), gay marriage (via the Civil Marriage Collaborative), and abortion practices (via the Rights, Faith and Democracy Collaborative), among others.

Donor Collaboratives

Piper Fund

Also see Piper Fund (Nonprofit Project)

The first issue the Proteus Fund addressed in a significant way was campaign finance reform. Gage started the Piper Fund in 1997, with the intention of increasing government control over election-related speech. 6 The Piper Fund allocated “about $1.8 million in grants to 53 organizations in 38 states working on campaign finance reform,” starting in 1998. 7

The Proteus Fund has also funded efforts for disclosure of funders of political advertisements, including those made by independent organizations. 8 Ironically, the Piper Fund, while it discloses some of its donors, “acknowledges it receives money from anonymous givers and ‘numerous other individual donors.’” 9

According to the Proteus Fund’s 2017 IRS filing, it expended $4,465,277 on the Piper Fund program. 10

The Piper Action Fund is the advocacy arm of the Piper Fund, and is hosted by the 501(c)(4) Proteus Action League. Both groups’ efforts have been heavily funded by the Voqal Fund, a center-left communications funder. 11

Civil Marriage Collaborative

Also see Civil Marriage Collaborative (Nonprofit Project)

In 2004, the Proteus Fund established the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) to conduct advocacy and research in support of efforts to obtain government recognition of same-sex marriages. 12

As documented in Hearts and Minds: The Untold Story of how Philanthropy and the Civil Marriage Collaborative Helped America Embrace Marriage Equality, the CMC began by gathering leaders of LGBT interest groups and getting them to agree on a long-term strategy for securing government recognition of same-sex marriage. The strategy would include litigation, grassroots organizing, lobbying, and electing pro-LGBT politicians. 13

Another part of the strategy was to change how Americans thought about same-sex marriage. As then-CMC director Paul Di Donato (now Proteus Fund president) said, “the only way to achieve and defend a marriage equality victory nationwide was … changing the hearts and minds of Americans about the rightful place of LGBT people in our society and …why marriage matters for us.” This change would be accomplished through research and public education. 14

With that plan in place, the CMC was then able to tap into its philanthropy network to fund the strategy. Over the next 11 years, the CMC directed $153 million (from left-of-center donor organizations including the Gill Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Columbia Foundation, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and others, including anonymous donors) to LGBT groups. The CMC vetted the groups, making sure that they were effective. 15

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that prohibiting government recognition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, granting CMC its preferred policy outcome. Polling also indicated CMC met its goal of securing majority support for same-sex marriage. 16 17 18 The Civil Marriage Collaborative closed in 2015 after the Obergefell decision. 19

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the CMC closed in 2016.

Rights, Faith, and Democracy Collaborative

Also see Rights, Faith and Democracy Collaborative (Nonprofit Project)

In March 2017, the Proteus Fund announced the creation of the Rights, Faith and Democracy Collaborative (RFDC). The RFDC supports state-level opposition to religious exemptions to laws requiring businesses to serve same-sex marriage ceremonies and protecting conscientious objectors from performing or recommending abortions. 20 Jason Franklin, Chairman of the Board of the Proteus Fund, stated that the RFDC exists “to push back against the use of religion as a means of words for discrimination,” targeting measures that grant conscience protections against participation in same-sex marriages and abortions. 21

RFDC has donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which recently sued Catholic hospital systems for not providing abortion or sterilization procedures. 22 RFDC has also funded Lambda Legal, a group involved in litigation to limit religious exemptions to laws requiring wedding vendors to serve same-sex ceremonies. The group filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case requesting the court rule in favor of the Commission, defining Jack Phillip’s refusal to decorate a cake for a same sex wedding — because of his religious convictions — as discrimination against gay people. 23

The RFDC also seeks to influence faith groups from within by supporting members of dissident factions who hold the RFDC’s positions on abortion and LGBT issues. 24 One of its grantees, the pro-abortion group of self-proclaimed Roman Catholics called “Catholics for Choice,” seeks to change the Catholic Church by promoting opposition to Catholic teachings opposing abortion. 25

Themis Fund

Also see Themis Fund (Nonprofit Project)

The Proteus Fund started the Themis Fund in 2007 with the goal of abolishing the death penalty in America. The Themis Fund provides small grants to support litigation to outlaw capital punishment by judicial decision. Themis has funded litigation demanding better state funding and standards for public defenders, highlighting alleged discrepancies in race and sex on capital prosecutions, showing community opposition to the death penalty to juries, and alleging defendants’ mental illness as a factor in death-penalty cases. 26

In 2014, the Themis Fund established the 8th Amendment Project, headed by Henderson Hill, specifically to establish a foundation for a Supreme Court decision that would declare capital punishment to be unconstitutional based on the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. The Project supports research on death penalty abolition and aids the defense in capital trials. 27 In January 2018, the 8th Amendment Project was transferred from the Proteus Fund to the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. 28

RISE Together Fund (Security and Rights Collaborative)

Also see RISE Together Fund (Nonprofit Project)

Proteus started the RISE (Rights, Inclusion, Solidarity, Equity) Together Fund as the Security and Rights Collaborative in 2009 in partnership with ReThink Media. The group was renamed RISE in January 2019. 29 The Fund opposes national security policies pursued by both Republican and Democratic administrations and the activities of U.S. foreign intelligence services. It also seeks to close the terrorist detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay military base, regulate drone warfare, restrain foreign intelligence collection, and stop profiling of certain ethnic groups in America. 30

The overwhelming majority of the RISE Together Fund’s grants go to organizations representing Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities seen as likely to be targeted by national security activities. RISE funds organizations involved in political organizing and activism, combating public perception of these communities as sources of terrorism, and limiting scrutiny from law enforcement and national security entities. Grantees include the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Muslim Students Association-West, Sikh Coalition, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles, and Council of American-Islamic Relations-San Francisco Bay Area. 31

According to the Proteus Fund’s 2017 IRS filing, it expended $2,649,649 on the RISE program. 32

The RISE Together Action Fund is the lobbying arm of the RISE Together Fund and a project of the 501(c)(4) Proteus Action League.

Colombe Foundation

Also see Colombe Peace Foundation (Nonprofit)

The Colombe Peace Foundation was founded in Delaware in 1996 and is managed and staffed by Proteus. Unlike most of Proteus’s other projects, the Colombe Peace Foundation is standalone grantmaking foundation.

Colombe funds organizations that seek to eliminate nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, advance foreign policy that depends more on diplomacy and development than war and threats of war, and promotes a reduction in military spending. 33

Colombe’s grantees for 2016 included, among others, the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, Win Without War, Fund for Constitutional Government, Georgia WAND Fund, Non-violent PeaceForce, Peace Action Education Committee, and the Ploughshares Fund. 34

Fiscal Sponsorship Services

In addition to funding, the Proteus Fund provides fiscal sponsorship services (what it describes as “organizational infrastructure and management services”) to left-wing organizations. Proteus reports it hosts 12 such groups, as of July 2019. 35

These organizations include the American and European Society Research Project, EmbraceRace, Human Rights Funders Network, JustFund, More Equitable Democracy, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Reframe Mentorship, Prevention Collaborative, TAP (Transparency, Accountability & Participation) Network, Third Wave Fund, and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, among others. These organizations focus on concerns from training future leadership of left-wing causes, ensuring diversity in philanthropic leadership, advancing government accountability and transparency, and having discussions about race and racism. 36

Fiscally Sponsored Groups and Collaboratives

Our Story Hub is a Proteus Fund project that develops communications and messaging strategies for left-wing advocacy groups. The group is headed by Richard Kirsch, a prominent left-wing political activist. Members of Our Story Hub’s advisory committee include the Center for American Progress, People’s Action, and the AFL-CIO. 37

The Solidaire Network is a Proteus Fund project created in 2013 to direct funds to radical activist groups, including Queer the Land, Assata’s Daughters, and Seeding Sovereignty. 38

The American and European Society Research Project (also called Vox Populism) is a two-part research group that produces studies criticizing “the rise of political extremism in Europe and the United States.” 39

EmbraceRace is an ethnic minority interest group that criticizes what it claims are rising “racial divisions and inequities” in the United States. 40 While it’s fiscally sponsored by Proteus, EmbraceRace receives funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Haas Institute.

The Human Rights Funders Network is a left-of-center donors collaborative consisting of roughly “95 dues-paying institutions.” The Network’s steering committee consists of representatives from the Oak Foundation, Ford Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, American Jewish World Service, Open Society Foundations, Wikimedia Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Fund for Global Human Rights, and CASA Socio-Environmental Fund. 41

JustFund is a Proteus project that caters to small left-leaning foundations. The group primarily funnels donations to a handful of funds, including the Emergent Fund, Threshold Foundation, Defending the Dream Fund, and the Solidaire Network (another Proteus project). 42

Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR) is a Proteus project that funnels grants to left-wing women’s advocacy groups. Grantmaking members of PAWHR include NoVo Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Foundation for a Just Society, Channel Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Oak Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Gates Foundation, Dietel Partners, and Wallace Global Fund. 43

The Prevention Collaborative moves money to women’s activist groups in the name of preventing “violence against women and children.” 44

The Third Wave Fund funnels grants to gay, lesbian, “intersex,” and transsexual advocacy groups in the name of “gender justice.” Third Wave Fund’s grantmaking foundations include Groundswell Fund, Arcus Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Overbrook Foundation, Craigslist, Joshua Mailman Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and a number of individual small-dollar donors. 45 Third Wave Fund makes grants (via the Proteus Fund) through two channels: the Mobilize Power Fund, which primary funds LGBT activism, and the Grow Power Fund, which supports the creation of new activist groups. 46

The Transparency & Accountability Initiative (TAI) is a Proteus-sponsored donor collaborative that funds efforts to pass left-wing tax policies in Europe and the United States, such as the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and privacy issues. 47 48 TAI’s members include the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Luminate, Hewlett Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Past Sponsorships

The Media Democracy Fund is a left-wing advocacy group that supports the creation of net neutrality Internet regulations. The Media Democracy Fund was created in 2006 by the Proteus Fund but was transferred to the New Venture Fund (a similar funding and fiscal sponsorship nonprofit) at an unknown date. 49 Initial funding for the Fund came from the Ford Foundation, Park Foundation, Arca Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. 50

Connections to the Left

Voter Registration and Mobilization Efforts

For more information, see Voter Engagement Evaluation Project (Nonprofit)

The Proteus Fund is a member of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), a major donors collaborative for prominent funders on the Left that make grants to voter registration and mobilization groups (FCCP is also a project of NEO Philanthropy). 51

According to an interview co-authored by the Alliance for Justice and Council on Foundations conducted in 2004 (and published in 2008) with then-Proteus Fund president Meg Gage, the Proteus Fund ran a Voter Engagement Donor Network in 2006 composed of “some 140 funders . . . who shared information and advanced voter mobilization initiatives in a nonpartisan setting.”  (All 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits are required to remain nonpartisan, though not non-ideological, to maintain their tax-exempt status with the IRS.) Gage noted that “there was a much higher level of foundation support for nonpartisan voter engagement activity” in the 2004 presidential election than in previous elections. Gage praised the left-wing Center for Community Change (CCC) for ” partnering effectively when they brought their resources to local groups already on the ground and greatly strengthened voter engagement efforts there.” 52

Following the 2004 election, Proteus Fund and FCCP created the Voter Engagement Evaluation Project (VEEP), a project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of left-wing foundations’ support for voter mobilization and registration efforts in the election. 53

In June 2005, VEEP published a report entitled “Top Ten Lessons for Funders Regarding 501(c)(3) Voter Engagement Work Conducted During the 2004 Election Cycle” (archived here). 54 The report, authored by political activists Heather Booth and Stephanie Firestone, offered ten lessons to left-wing foundations on supporting voter registration efforts:

1. Effective voter contact is up close and personal
2. Build it (strategically) and they will come
3. Voter engagement is part of a permanent campaign
4. Ready, set, plan
5. Voter files are the fuel that drives voter contact
6. Voter protection must be front loaded
7. Repeat the message, then repeat the message
8. Collaboration demands more than good will
9. “Tech”ing it to the streets
10. A ruler is an important but limited measuring stick

A follow-up report published in January 2006 was funded with grants from the Bauman Family Foundation, Beldon Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, Open Society Foundations, and JEHT Foundation. 55

VEEP’s advisory committee was composed of Patricia Bauman of the Bauman Family Foundation; Heather Booth of the Proteus Fund; Elizabeth Collaton of the Stern Family Fund; Kristen Engberg of the JEHT Foundation; Allison Fine of the E-Volve Foundation; Irma Gonzalez of the Proteus Fund; and Bill Roberts of the Beldon Fund. 56



According to Proteus Fund’s latest IRS filing from 2017, the group reported $31.9 million in total revenues, $25.9 million in total expenditures, and $19.4 million in net assets. In 2017, the group reported total program service expenses of $24,372,935. 57 58

Proteus Fund: Finances
YearRevenuesExpendituresNet Assets
2018 $32,715,202 $29,945,970 $28,542,359
2017 $31,883,493 $25,873,886 $19,395,697
2016 $21,335,481 $22,391,888 $13,168,283
2015 $15,788,563 $15,738,768 $14,263,504
2014 $17,242,536 $15,649,332 $14,232,841
2013 $15,845,373 $13,824,522 $12,601,852
2012 $14,520,627 $13,612,671 $10,581,001
2011 $12,027,268 $10,240,087 $9,101,628
2010 $10,394,826 $8,733,069 $7,633,616
Grand Total: $171,753,369 $156,010,193

Between 2003 and 2017, the Proteus Fund reported paying $3.4 million in independent contractor fees. 59

Proteus Network: Contracting Fees (2003-2017)AmountDescriptionYear
The Raben Group LLC$217,000Consulting2017
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research Inc$134,244Consulting2017
Suddes Group$204,883Strategic consultant2016
BerlinRosen$165,000Program consultant2015
Civitas Public Affairs Group $130,007Program consultant2014
Alexandra B. Russell$102,338Program consultant2014
Art Resources International$175,000Program consultant2013
Yancey Consulting$219,000Program consultant2012
Art Resources International$175,000Program consultant2012
Freedman Consulting$105,800Program consultant2012
Art Resources International$150,000Program consultant2011
Art Resources International$150,000Program consultant2010
Art Resources International$125,000Program consultant2009
Art Resources International$105,000Program consultant2008
American Environics$449,200Program consultant2008
Art Resources International$102,762Program consultant2007
Larry Marx$78,787Program consultant2007
Lawrence Marx$95,024Program consulting2006
Art Resources International$80,000Program consulting2006
Heather Booth$78,200Program consulting2006
Teresa Vilmain$55,183Program consulting2006
Heather Booth$99,000Program consulting2005
Polimetrix$80,000Program consulting2005
Marc Caplan$71,838Program consulting2004
Marc Caplan$62,400Program consulting2003
Grand Total:$3,410,666

Funding Sources

Since 1995, the Proteus Fund has received over $116 million from left-of-center grantmaking foundations and other nonprofits: 60

Proteus Fund: Grantors (1995-2017)AmountYear(s)
Access Strategies Fund$70,000 2001, 2002, 2004
Akonadi Foundation$50,000 2012
Alcibie Alliance Inc$30,000 2016
Angelina Fund Inc$75,000 2001, 2005
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation Inc$10,000 2015
Arcus Foundation$889,341 2015, 2017
Argosy Foundation$55,100 2005-2006
Arkay Foundation$496,000 2003, 2005-2006, 2011-2016
Barbara A Stiefel Foundation Inc$25,000 2016
Barr Foundation$426,770 2011-2014
Bauman Family Foundation$155,000 2003-2005
Benton Foundation$25,000 2008
Bernard And Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust$10,000 2016
Bohemian Foundation$100,000 2017
Boston Foundation Inc$113,450 2011
Bydale Foundation$25,000 2005
California Community Foundation$35,000 2016
Cardinal Brook Trust$65,000 1999, 2015-2016
Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation$30,000 2012
Carnegie Corporation Of New York$1,190,000 2000-2005
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation$50,000 2011
Chicago Community Trust$62,250 2016
Cloud Mountain Foundation$50,000 2017
Colombe Foundation$259,000 2008, 2012, 2014-2016
Common Counsel Foundation$80,992 2015-2016
Compton Foundation Inc$590,000 2003, 2005-2013, 2015-2016
Copen Family Foundation Inc$30,000 2013, 2016
Craigslist Charitable Fund$20,000 2015
David Bohnett Foundation$900,000 2004-2010
Day Is Done Foundation$7,200 2000
Democracy Fund Inc$300,000 2015
Dentaquest Foundation$65,000 2012-2014
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation$25,000 2015
Doris Duke Foundation For Islamic Art$75,000 2015-2016
Ettinger Foundation Inc$29,000 2008-2009
Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr Fund$5,214,500 2005-2016
F Felix Foundation$244,450 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016
Farese Family Foundation$120,000 2015, 2016
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$10,477,351 2003-2003, 2009, 2012-2016
Fine Fund$10,000 2015
Firedoll Foundation$25,000 2017
Foundation For A Just Society$50,000 2014
Foundation For The Carolinas$21,000 2013, 2015
Foundation To Promote Open Society$10,700,750 2010-2014, 2016
Frances Lear Foundation$25,000 2015, 2017
Fund For New Jersey$20,000 2007-2008
Fund For Nonviolence$30,000 2013
Gaia Fund$100,000 2016
General Service Foundation$19,000 2015-2016
Gill Foundation$3,080,000 2004-2013, 2015
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Inc$5,000 2006
Hartford Foundation For Public Giving$100,000 2012
Horizons Foundation$528,450 2007-2015
Hull Family Foundation$55,000 2013-2016
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation$10,000 2006
Jeht Foundation$710,000 2006
Jennifer And Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation$1,644,000 2011-2013, 2015
Jewish Community Federation Of San Francisco The Peninsula, Marin And Sonoma$25,000 2013, 2017
Jk Irwin Foundation$15,000 2016
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation$575,000 2011-2016
John S. And James L. Knight Foundation$15,000 2007
Johnson Family Foundation$325,000 2013-2015, 2017
Joyce Foundation$260,000 2002, 2004, 2013, 2016
Katz Family Foundation$15,000 2008
Kohlberg Foundation Inc$2,000,000 2003-2007
Levi Strauss Foundation$50,000 2011, 2013, 2015
Lipton Fam Foundation Trust 01102011$10,710 2017
Lisa And Douglas Goldman Fund$75,000 2013
Lynne And Richard Kaiser Family Foundation$10,000 1995
Martin, Vincent & Janet Foundation$10,000 2006
Matan B'Seter Foundation Inc$5,850,000 2016-2017
Max & Anna Levinson Foundation$10,000 2016
Mckenzie River Gathering Foundation$20,000 2017
Mertz Gilmore Foundation$2,271,500 2011-2017
Ms Foundation For Women Inc$90,622 2004-2005, 2008, 2016-2017
Nathan Cummings Foundation$1,095,000 1999-2004, 2008-2013
Needmor Fund$7,000 2001, 2003, 2005
Nellie Mae Education Foundation Inc$364,000 2011-2015
New Community Fund Inc$112,000 2010, 2012-2013, 2015-2016
New World Foundation$30,000 2016
Novo Foundation$375,000 2014-2016
Omidyar Network Fund Inc$310,000 2016
One World Fund$35,000 2014
Open Society Institute$10,860,000 1999, 2001-2009
Overbrook Foundation$950,000 2005-2015
Park Foundation Inc$500,000 2005, 2007-2012
Peace Development Fund Inc$7,500 2003
Penney Family Fund$25,000 2003, 2009
Ploughshares Fund Inc$22,000 2007, 2009
Quixote Foundation Inc$1,078,500 2005-2006, 2008-2013
Ray And Dagmar Dolby Family Fund$25,000 2016
Robert W Deutsch Foundation$150,000 2011, 2012
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc$1,355,361 2004-2013, 2015-2016
Rockefeller Family Fund Inc$190,000 2002, 2004-2005, 2013
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc$400,000 2004-2005
Rose Foundation$25,000 2007
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$20,000 2016-2017
Rosenberg Foundation$15,000 2016
Rotonda Foundation$6,000 2013
Rudolf Steiner Foundation Inc$113,000 2005, 2016
San Francisco Foundation$555,000 2014-2016
Sandler Foundation$50,000 2008
Schumann Media Center Inc$4,050,000 1998, 2002-2005
Schwab Charitable Fund$104,500 2016-2017
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$110,550 2015, 2017
Social Justice Fund Northwest$10,000 2015-2016
The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts Inc$300,518 2008-2011
The Arca Foundation$425,500 2000, 2005-2009, 2013, 2015-2016
The Brainerd Foundation$50,000 2003-2004
The Carl Marks Foundation Inc$10,000 2015
The Community Foundation For The National Capital Region$107,500 2007, 2009-2010, 2012, 2016-2017
The Engelberg Foundation$25,000 2001
The Ford Foundation$17,245,800 2000, 2002-2016
The Frances Fund Inc$470,000 2007-2015
The Homestead Foundation Inc$20,000 2016-2017
The Hyams Foundation Inc$25,000 2013
The Jacob And Hilda Blaustein Foundation Inc$360,000 2012-2017
The James Irvine Foundation$5,000 2005
The Jerry Greenfield & Elizabeth Skarie Foundation$5,000 2002
The John Merck Fund$878,000 2004-2006
The Leonard And Sophie Davis Fund$1,200,000 2015-2016
The Mac Aids Fund$100,000 2016
The New York Community Trust$68,000 2010-2012, 2014
The Oregon Community Foundation$26,000 2017
The Organic Schoolhouse$10,000 2016
The Ottinger Foundation Inc$113,500 1999-2000, 2002, 2014
The Righteous Persons Foundation$15,000 1999
The Sagner Family Foundation$27,500 2015
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation$287,411 2015-2016
The Threshold Foundation$250,500 2017
The Vermont Community Foundation$5,000 2004
The Wellmark Foundation$29,400 2002
The Whitman Institute$75,000 2015-2017
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation$508,334 2013, 2016
The William H Donner Foundation$35,000 2014-2016
Thornburg Foundation$245,000 2013-2017
Tides Foundation$2,272,109 1999-2005, 2007-2014, 2017
Us Charitable Gift Trust$10,003 2004
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program$9,747,000 2005-2014
Vital Projects Fund Inc$2,356,000 2013-2016
W K Kellogg Foundation$2,110,550 2008, 2014, 2016-2017
Wallace Global Fund Ii$885,000 2010-2013, 2015-2017
Women Donors Network$179,550 2016-2017
Woodbury Fund Inc$1,330,000 2000-2001, 2003-2007, 2009-2011, 2013-2015
Wyncote Foundation$100,000 2010-2011
Grand Total:$116,100,022

The Voqal Fund, a center-left communications nonprofit, is a major contributor to the Proteus Fund’s campaign finance reform projects (via the Piper Fund and Piper Action Fund). The following grants list is taken from a 2017 report by Voqal detailing its grants to Proteus for campaign finance reform work (archived here): 61

Voqal Fund: Grants to Proteus Fund/Proteus Action LeagueYear Amount Description
Proteus Action League2015$175,000Public Financing in Seattle and Beyond: Building Inclusive Democracy in WA State.
Proteus Action League2015$50,000Piper Fund Core Funding FY2015. Part of the funding went to North Carolina where one of the goals is to: "4)
propose a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United."
Proteus Action League2015$50,000Demos Public Mobilization Project
Proteus Action League2015$75,000Winning State Campaigns
Proteus Action League2014$50,000Piper Fund Core Support FY2014
Proteus Action League2014$250,000Fair Elections New York Campaign
Proteus Action League2014$25,000Research by M+R Strategic Services
Proteus Action League2013$350,000Creating a System of Public Financing in New York State. One of the outcomes was: "Generated 441 news stories, 120 favorable op-eds and editorials and 100 favorable letters to the editor".
Proteus Action League2013$50,000Piper Fund Core Support FY2013
Proteus Action League2017$35,000Piper Funding
Proteus Fund2017$30,500Emergent Fund
Proteus Action League2016$25,000Core Support
Proteus Action League2016$36,000Security and Rights
Grand Total:$1,201,500

Proteus Fund Grant Recipients

Between 2006 and 2017, the Proteus Fund gave out nearly $107 million in grants. Its list of grant recipients are available below: 62

Proteus Fund: Grant Recipients (2006-2017)AmountYear(s)
Rethink Media$7,523,079 2009-2017
Voter Registration Project$5,000,000 2016-2017
Proteus Action League$3,204,900 2006, 2008-2011, 2013-2017
Basic Rights Education Fund Oregon$2,486,000 2006, 2008-2015
Public Policy And Education Fund - New York$2,038,550 2006, 2008, 2011-2015, 2017
Center For Rights In Action$1,733,700 2011-2013
Center For Working Families$1,582,500 2011-2015
Wellstone Action Fund$1,268,475 2008, 2013-2017
Equality Maine Foundation$1,255,000 2006-2012
Equality California$1,230,000 2006-2010
Common Cause Education Fund$1,181,940 2006-2008, 2012-2017
Sierra Club$1,127,000 2013-2015
Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation$1,125,000 2006-2011
Garden State Equality Educational Fund$1,018,017 2006-2010
Glbtq Legal Advocates And Defenders$1,015,000 2006, 2009-2013
Brennan Center For Justice Ny School Of Law$952,000 2012-2015
Triskeles Foundation$932,608 2017
Voter Participation Center$800,000 2006, 2016-2017
One Iowa Education Fund$797,000 2008-2010, 2012-2014
Florida International University - Florida Center For Capital Representation$780,000 2013-2015
Rockwood Leadership Institute$712,000 2009-2010, 2012, 2016
Project Vote$700,000 2017
South Asian Americans Leading Together$695,000 2009-2017
Equality Maryland Foundation$650,000 2006-2011
Sikh Coalition$631,800 2009-2017
American Civil Liberties Union Of Nebraska$625,000 2015
Womens Action For New Directions (Wand)$600,000 2009-2011
Center For Death Penalty Litigation$568,500 2013-2016
Center For Media Justice$562,500 2009-2012, 2017
National Center For Lesbian Rights$550,000 2014
Drum$545,000 2009-2015
Freedom To Marry$530,000 2012-2013, 2015
Democracy Initiative Education Fund$526,898 2015-2016
Progressive America Fund - Center For Working Families$518,000 2006, 2011-2013
New America Foundation$516,000 2007-2013
Every Voice$505,000 2013-2015
Demos A Network For Ideas And Action - U.S. In The World Initiative$500,670 2009, 2016
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Arab Community Center For Economic And Social Services Access$480,000 2009-2015
Center For Rural Strategies$472,000 2006-2012
Acce Institute$470,000 2012-2017
New Venture Fund$467,500 2016-2017
Alliance For A Just Society$465,000 2012-2014, 2016
National Priorities Project$458,500 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2012
Arab-American Institute Foundation$445,000 2010-2017
Movement Strategy Center$435,000 2007-2008, 2015-2017
Citizen Action Of New York$431,450 2011-2015
Center For Investigative Reporting$430,000 2016
Progressive States Network$430,000 2006, 2008-2012
Phillips Black Project A Public Interest Nonprofit Law Office$415,000 2014-2015, 2017
Murder Victims Families For Reconciliation$413,100 2013-2016
Public Knowledge$413,000 2008-2013
Promise Of Justice Initiative$405,000 2015-2017
William J Brennan Jr Center For Justice$403,157 2016-2017
Center For Arms Control And Non-Proliferation$390,000 2009-2012
Texas Defender Service$380,000 2013-2015, 2017
Washington Community Action Network Education And Research Fund$377,500 2006, 2015, 2017
University Of California$376,800 2013-2015
Massequality Education Fund$375,000 2007-2011
American Civil Liberties Union Of New Mexico Foundation$370,000 2013-2015, 2017
Death Penalty Information Center$370,000 2013-2015, 2017
Chinese Progressive Association$365,000 2011-2012, 2014-2016
Pride Foundation$365,000 2012
Mainers For Accountable Elections$350,000 2015
Harvard University - Charles Hamilton Houston Institute For Race And Justice, School Of Law$345,900 2015
Outfront Minnesota$337,500 2012-2013
Kansas Values Institute$333,000 2014-2017
Institute For Local Self-Reliance$325,000 2006-2013, 2015
Youth Passageways$321,000 2015-2016
Lambda Legal Defence And Education Fund$320,000 2006-2009, 2015
Demos A Network For Ideas & Action$319,975 2008, 2015, 2017
Sustain Dane$317,000 2014-2016
Asian Law Caucus$315,000 2009-2012
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Florida International University Fo$300,500 2016
Rethink Media Advocacy$300,036 2013-2015
Dc Vote$300,000 2006, 2013-2015
National Federation Of Community Broadcast$300,000 2007-2008
Pentagon Budget Campaign$300,000 2013-2015
Solidago Foundation$295,107 2013-2015, 2017
Free Press Action Fund$293,000 2007-2008, 2010-2012
Maine Citizens For Clean Elections$291,250 2011-2017
Equality New Mexico Foundation$290,000 2006-2007, 2013-2014
North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections$288,000 2011, 2013-2017
Vermont Freedom To Marry Task Force$285,000 2006, 2008-2009
Main Street Project$276,000 2006-2012
Peace Action Education Fund$275,000 2009, 2010, 2012
Future Of Music Coalition$272,500 2006-2012
Mcce Action$270,500 2012, 2014-2015
National Security Initiative$265,580 2009-2012
Democracy Initiative$264,365 2015
Allied Media Projects$263,000 2009-2012, 2016, 2017
Prometheus Radio Project$262,000 2008-2012
Institute For Social Policy And Understanding$256,667 2011-2015, 2017
American Bar Association Fund For Justice And Education$255,000 2013-2015
Free Press$255,000 2006, 2011-2012
Love Makes A Family$255,000 2006, 2008
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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation$250,000 2015-2016
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Pennsylvania Capital Representation Project$250,000 2013-2014
Ploughshares Fund$250,000 2014
Witness To Innocence$250,000 2014
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Tides Foundation$238,100 2016-2017
Equality Minnesota - Project 515 Education Campaign$237,500 2012-2013
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Constitution Project$235,000 2010, 2013, 2015-2016
Institute For Policy Studies$232,500 2009-2012
Justice Not Politics$229,800 2012, 2014-2017
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Texas For Marriage$225,000 2015
Why Marriage Matters Ohio$225,000 2015
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Alliance For Nuclear Accountability$222,000 2009-2011
Women Donors Network$221,390 2013-2017
Arizona Advocacy Foundation$215,000 2014-2017
Media Access Project$210,000 2007-2011
National Hispanic Media Coalition$210,000 2007-2012
New Mexico Media Literary$206,000 2009-2012
New Hampshire Death Penalty Repeal Campaign$205,000 2013, 2015
University Of Southern California - Center For Religion And Civic Culture$205,000 2009-2012
Global Partners And Associates$200,000 2012-2013
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Pew Charitable Trusts$200,000 2016
Project On Government Oversight$200,000 2009, 2011
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Life Of The Law$191,450 2014
South Asian Network$190,000 2009-2012
Tennessee Immigrant And Refugee Rights Coalition$190,000 2011-2017
Tri-Valley Cares - Communities Against A Radioactive Environment$190,000 2009-2010, 2012
Arab American Association Of New York$188,700 2012-2017
Connecticut Citizen Research Group$185,000 2007, 2012-2017
Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement$185,000 2007, 2012-2016
Win Win Action$172,500 2014-2015
Dane County Timebank$170,000 2015-2016
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Love Makes A Family Foundation$170,000 2007
Public Campaign$170,000 2008, 2011-2012
Springs Industries Foundation$164,440 2006
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New Florida Majority Education Fund$157,500 2016-2017
Greater Birmingham Ministries$155,000 2011-2012, 2017
Justice At Stake Campaign$155,000 2012-2015
Center For American Progress$150,000 2016
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Ocean State Action Fund$150,000 2006, 2008
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Southern Vision Alliance$148,500 2015-2017
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Equality Florida$145,000 2015
New Hampshire Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty$145,000 2013-2014, 2016
Spirit In Action$142,257 2014-2016
American Civil Liberties Foundation Of Delaware$141,000 2013-2015
Mountain Area Information Network$141,000 2008-2012
Regents Of The University Of California$140,000 2016
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Of Washington$138,250 2014
Arizona Advocacy Network$135,000 2012-2015
Georgia Wand Education Fund$135,000 2009-2011
Media Matters For America$135,000 2006, 2008, 2014
Citizen Action Of Wisconsin Education Fund$133,500 2008, 2015-2016
Common Cause$130,000 2006, 2012, 2015
National Day Laborer Organizing Network$130,000 2014, 2016-2017
Phillips Black Project A Public$130,000 2016
Physicians For Social Responsibility$130,000 2009-2011
Inner-City Muslim Action Network$127,500 2009-2010
See Forward Fund$126,557 2016-2017
Atlanta Jobs With Justice$125,000 2017
Equality Foundation Of Georgia$125,000 2017
Political Research Associates - Pra$125,000 2016-2017
Public Education Center$125,000 2009-2012
Sister Song$125,000 2017
Equal Justice Usa$122,000 2015-2017
Center For Civic Policy$120,000 2017
Center For Neighborhood Leadership$120,000 2016-2017
Demand Progress$120,000 2013
Drum - Desis Rising Up And Moving$120,000 2016-2017
Institute For Energy And Environmental Research$120,000 2009-2011
Muslim Advocates$120,000 2009, 2011, 2017
Freedom Nevada$119,642 2014
Neo Philanthropy$117,620 2006, 2016-2017
Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation$117,000 2011-2013
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Public Citizen Foundation$117,000 2009-2012, 2015
Nebraskans Against The Death Penalty Foundation$116,000 2013-2015
Pico National Network$115,000 2012
Progress Florida$115,000 2014-2015
Schumacher Center For A New Economics$115,000 2014-2016
Center For Social Inclusion$112,500 2009-2011, 2016
Peoples Action Institute$112,000 2016-2017
Iraq Veterans Against The War$110,063 2009-2011, 2017
Equality Alliance Of San Diego County$110,000 2011-2012
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Working America Education Fund$110,000 2008
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8Th Amendment Project Proteus Fund$105,000 2014-2015
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Center For International Policy$105,000 2011, 2016
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Miami Workers Center$105,000 2011, 2017
Center For Strategic And Budgetary Assessments$101,000 2006-2007
Citizen Action Of Wisconsin Ed Fund$101,000 2007
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Atlantic Center For Capital Representation$100,000 2013
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Rights Working Group$100,000 2011-2013
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Ayni Institute$97,100 2015-2017
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Center For Popular Democracy$95,333 2015, 2017
Fair Wisconsin Education Fund$95,000 2006, 2016
Peace Education Fund$95,000 2010-2013
Puente Human Rights Movement$95,000 2016-2017
Stand Down Texas$95,000 2013, 2015
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Justice Not Politics Alaska$90,000 2015-2017
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New School - World Policy Institute$88,000 2006
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Media Justice League$86,000 2009-2011
Access Now$85,000 2010-2011, 2013
Americans For Campaign Reform$85,000 2006, 2008
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Media Consortium$85,000 2010-2011
World Security Institute$85,000 2006
Open Media And Information Companies Initiative$84,000 2009-2010, 2012
Center For Media And Democracy$82,500 2008, 2015-2016
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New World Foundation$81,600 2011, 2017
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American Indian Institute$80,000 2015
Appalshop$80,000 2009-2012
Bill Of Rights Defense Committee$80,000 2012-2015
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Illinois Campaign For Political Reform$80,000 2006, 2008, 2012
New Organizing Institute Education Fund$80,000 2010
United We Dream Network$80,000 2011, 2017
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9 To 5 National Association Of Working Woman$77,000 2006-2007
Economists For Peace And Security$77,000 2006-2007
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Of Colorado$75,000 2013
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Of Texas$75,000 2015
American Civil Liberties Union Of North Carolina Legal Foundation$75,000 2015
Center For Public Interest Research$75,000 2006
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Equality North Carolina Foundation$75,000 2015
Foundation For National Progress$75,000 2009, 2012
Interfaith Youth Core$75,000 2010
National Alliance For Media Arts And Culture$75,000 2010-2012
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New York University$75,000 2016
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Sustainable Markets Foundation$75,000 2014-2016
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Two Futures Project$75,000 2009-2011
Utility Reform Network$75,000 2011-2012
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Adc Research Institute$70,000 2009
Alliance For Peacebuilding$70,000 2011-2012
Arts Of Peace - Mainstream Media Project$70,000 2010
Association Of State Correctional Administrators$70,000 2015, 2017
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Media And Democracy Coalition$70,000 2009-2010, 2012
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League Of Women Voters Of Maine Education Fund$67,500 2006, 2008
Alliance For Global Justice$67,000 2016-2017
Eastern Mennonite University - Center For Justice And Peacebuilding$66,000 2009-2010
Institute For Public Affairs$65,000 2015-2016
Ohio River Valley Environmental Coalition$65,000 2016-2017
Pennsylvanians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty$65,000 2014-2015
Queen City Community Development - Seattle Lgbt Community Center$65,000 2006
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Vermonters For Criminal Justice Reform$65,000 2014-2016
University Of Wisconsin Foundation$64,000 2015
Peoples Production House$62,000 2008
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Missouri Bar Foundation$60,000 2012
Praxis Project$60,000 2016-2017
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Union Of Concerned Scientists$60,000 2009-2011
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Mas Boston Society$55,783 2014-2015, 2017
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Executive Council Of The General Syn$55,000 2008
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American Forum$50,000 2006, 2011
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Cause Communications$50,000 2011
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Center For International Policy - Arms And Security Initiative$50,000 2012
Coalition For D C Representation Ed$50,000 2016
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Common Cause Connecticut$50,000 2014
Equality Federation Institute$50,000 2015
Equality Ohio Education Fund$50,000 2014
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Ole Education Fund$50,000 2017
One Community Foundation$50,000 2015
Progressive Voices Institute$50,000 2013-2014
Public Policy And Education Fund Of$50,000 2016
Reprieve$50,000 2013-2014
Sustainable Economies Law Center$50,000 2015-2016
Threshold Foundation$50,000 2015-2016
Unlocking Futures$50,000 2016-2017
Urban Dreams$50,000 2006
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Watershed Center$49,550 2016-2017
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Justice Now$43,000 2016-2017
Institute For Southern Studies$42,750 2016
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American Prospect$40,000 2011, 2013
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Common Cause Maryland$40,000 2014-2015
Community Shares Of Wisconsin$40,000 2015
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Family Values At Work A Multi-State$40,000 2016
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Fjc$40,000 2017
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Hispanic Interest Coalition Of Alabama$40,000 2012
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Institute For Agriculture And Trade Policy$40,000 2014
La Union Del Pueblo Entero$40,000 2011
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Project South Institution For The Elimination Of Poverty And Genocide$40,000 2017
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University Of Southern California$40,000 2017
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Everyblackgirl$35,000 2017
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Re Gender$35,000 2013
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Tenants Together$35,000 2014-2017
Transgender Law Center$35,000 2017
Wcij$35,000 2016-2017
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To Nizhoni Ani$25,000 2017
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True Story$20,000 2015
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Walden School$18,000 2013-2014
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Justice Together$17,500 2015
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Pomegranate Center$16,000 2014-2015
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Alliance For Global Justice For Chiapas Media Project$15,000 2016
American Players Theatre$15,000 2014-2015
Arkansas Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty$15,000 2014
Campaign For Southern Equality$15,000 2016-2017
Center For Convivial Research And A$15,000 2016
Center For Courage And Renewal$15,000 2014-2016
Center For Digital Democracy$15,000 2010
Center For New Community$15,000 2015
Consulting For Organizational Reflection And Effectiveness$15,000 2015
Consulting For Organizational Reflection And Effectiveness$15,000 2014
Dream Defenders$15,000 2014
Each One Reach One$15,000 2016
Each One Reach One$15,000 2016
Earthworks$15,000 2017
Florida International University Foundation$15,000 2017
Harvard Law School - Harvard University, Berkman Center For Internet And Society$15,000 2012
Idle No More$15,000 2014
Institute For Public Accuracy$15,000 2009
Justice 360$15,000 2016
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Maryland Public Interest Research Foundation$15,000 2017
Missourians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty$15,000 2014
Montanans For Free And Fair Elections$15,000 2014
National Institute On Money In State Politics$15,000 2017
Native Americans In Philanthropy$15,000 2017
New Alpha Community Development Corporation$15,000 2016
Ohio Student Association$15,000 2014
On Your Mark Productions$15,000 2015
Online Progressive Engagement Networks Fund$15,000 2014
Pequenas Ligas Hispanas De New Haven$15,000 2011
Providence Youth Student Movement$15,000 2017
Public Accountability Initiative In$15,000 2016
Rise Up International$15,000 2015
San Diego Organization Project$15,000 2017
Sc Progressive Network Education Fund$15,000 2017
School Of Lost Borders$15,000 2014-2016
Success A New Beginning$15,000 2008
Texas Lethal Injection Project$15,000 2015
Voces De La Frontera$15,000 2006, 2016
Warehouse Workers For Justice$15,000 2014
Welcome Project$15,000 2017
Wildfire Project$15,000 2014
Wisconsin Voices$15,000 2017
Women Make Movies$15,000 2013
Yes Laboratory$15,000 2014
Youth Justice Fund$15,000 2017
Council On American Islamic Relations$14,750 2017
Domestic Worker Legacy Fund$14,000 2017
Muslim Wellness Foundation$14,000 2017
American Civil Liberties Union Of Kentucky Foundation$13,500 2014
Common Cause North Carolina$13,500 2014
Black Youth Project$13,083 2015
Islamic Society Of North America$13,000 2016-2017
Ocean Classroom Foundation$13,000 2006, 2008
Animals As Natural Therapy$12,721 2006
Honor The Earth$12,500 2017
American Family Voices$12,000 2008
American Family Voices$12,000 2007
United Church Of Christ - Office Of Communications$12,000 2012
Youth Sentencing And Reentry Project$12,000 2016
Gay City Health Project$11,500 2016
National Domestic Workers Alliance$11,000 2017
Third Sector New England$11,000 2016
Getequal Education Fund$10,049 2015
A World Institute For A Sustainable Humanity$10,000 2006
Aclu Nebraska Foundation$10,000 2016
Action Now Institute$10,000 2016
American Association Of University Women Aauw$10,000 2016
American Constitution Society For Law And Policy$10,000 2014
American Independent News Network$10,000 2009
Bay Area Justice Funders Network$10,000 2012
Be Present$10,000 2015
Black Women'S Blueprint$10,000 2017
Boston Women'S Fund$10,000 2013-2014
Broadband Census$10,000 2009
Building Opportunities For Self-Sufficiency$10,000 2017
Bus Federation Civic Fund$10,000 2017
Center For International Human Rights$10,000 2013
Centro De Los Derechos Del Migrante$10,000 2017
Coloradans For Fairness And Equality$10,000 2014
Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund$10,000 2008
Community Labor United$10,000 2016
Community Voices Heard$10,000 2016
Debt Collective$10,000 2015
Edgewood College$10,000 2015-2016
Faith In Texas$10,000 2017
Hawaii Clean Elections$10,000 2014
Hollaback$10,000 2017
Incite Productions$10,000 2015
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network$10,000 2017
International Development Exchange$10,000 2016
Jakara Movement$10,000 2017
Just Think Foundation$10,000 2008
Kentucky Coalition$10,000 2008
Know Your City$10,000 2015
Maximum Pictures, Llc$10,000 2014
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute$10,000 2015
Michigan State University - College Of Law$10,000 2015
Movement For Justice In El Barrio$10,000 2017
National Immigration Law Center$10,000 2017
National Iranian American Council$10,000 2017
National People'S Action$10,000 2012
National People'S Action Campaign$10,000 2015
Neighbors United For A Better East Boston$10,000 2015
New School$10,000 2006
New York Foundation For The Arts$10,000 2016
Peace Development Fund$10,000 2017
Physicians For Human Rights$10,000 2009
Post Carbon Institute$10,000 2014
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project$10,000 2015-2016
Restaurant Opportunities Centers Ro$10,000 2016
River Alliance Of Wisconsin$10,000 2016
Root Capital$10,000 2014-2015
Slow Money Wisconsin$10,000 2015
Social Good Fund$10,000 2016
Solid Ground$10,000 2014-2015
Soulforce$10,000 2017
Trans United$10,000 2017
United States Student Assosciation Foundation$10,000 2008
Wisconsin Campus Compact$10,000 2014
University Of Virginia - University Of Virginia, School Of Law$9,100 2014
Pennsylvania State University$9,000 2011
Synthesis Center$9,000 2006
University Of Delaware$9,000 2012
Chicago Votes$8,200 2016
Covert Productions$8,000 2014
Make The Road New York$8,000 2016
New York State Defenders Association$8,000 2014
Northwestern University - Office Of Sponsored Research$8,000 2014
Not An Alternative$8,000 2015
This Changes Everything$8,000 2015
Wormfarm Institute$8,000 2015
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance$7,700 2017
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund$7,500 2017
Center For Constitutional Rights$7,500 2015
Center For Labor Education And Research$7,500 2017
Centro Presente$7,500 2013
Color Of Change Education Fund$7,500 2017
Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants And Refugees$7,500 2017
Institute For Americas Future$7,500 2006
Louisiana Rise$7,500 2017
Midwestern Innocence Project$7,500 2015
New Voices Pittsburgh$7,500 2017
Muslim Community Network$7,100 2017
American Muslim Advisory Council$7,000 2017
Cair-Chicago$7,000 2017
Chhaya Community Development Corporation$7,000 2017
La Voice$7,000 2017
University Of Hawaii System - William S. Richardson School Of Law$7,000 2014
Vote Yes Connecticut$7,000 2014
Hands Up United$6,667 2015
Arab American Civic Council$6,000 2017
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles$6,000 2017
Bold Education Fund$6,000 2017
Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo$6,000 2016
Grassroots International$6,000 2016
Heartwood$6,000 2017
Oneamerica$6,000 2017
Whiting Library$6,000 2013
Agitarte$5,750 2017
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization$5,500 2017
Uprose$5,500 2017
Planned Parenthood Federation Of America$5,049 2016
Advancement Project$5,000 2016
Alaska Public Interest Research Group$5,000 2007
American Civil Liberties Union Of W$5,000 2016
American Friends Service Committee Afsc$5,000 2016
American Independent Business Allia$5,000 2016
Anti-Defamation League$5,000 2016
Boulder Institute For Nature And The Human Spirit$5,000 2014-2015
Breaking The Silence Philly Task Force$5,000 2015
Center For Labor Education And Rese$5,000 2016
Center For Sustainable Economy$5,000 2016
Community Justice Project$5,000 2016
Connecticut Network To Abolish The Death Penalty$5,000 2014
East Boston Social Center$5,000 2016
Giddens School$5,000 2016
Haymarket People S Fund$5,000 2014
If Not Now$5,000 2016
Massachusetts Womens Political Caucus Education And Research Development Fund$5,000 2014
Nonviolence International$5,000 2016
Peri Support Fund$5,000 2009
Queer Poc Collective$5,000 2015
Race Forward$5,000 2016
Social And Environmental Entreprene$5,000 2016
Southern Partners Fund$5,000 2016
Southern Poverty Law Center$5,000 2016
Survivors Organizing For Liberation$5,000 2015
University Of Colorado - Institute Of Behavioral Science$5,000 2014
University Of Michigan$5,000 2015
Veterans For Peace$5,000 2016
Washington State University Foundation$5,000 2016
Wisconsin Public Radio Association$5,000 2014
Women Encouraging Empowerment$5,000 2016
Workers Center For Racial Justice N$5,000 2016
Zing Foundation - Bolder Giving$5,000 2015
Angelic Organics Learning Center$4,800 2015
University Of Hawaii System - College Of Social Sciences$4,545 2014
Center For Social Justice$4,000 2007
Colorado Outward Sound School$4,000 2014
Helping Link Foundation$4,000 2006
Grand Total:$106,996,777

Financial Documents

The Proteus Fund’s IRS Form 990 filings for 2016, 2017, and 2019 are available here:


President and CEO

Paul Di Donato was named the president and CEO of the Proteus Fund in January 2017 after working one year as the group’s interim president. Prior to that, he was the director of the Proteus Fund’s Civil Marriage Collaborative from 2007 to 2015. 63 From 1997 to 2005, Di Donato was executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS, a philanthropic group. From 2007 to 2015, he ran a private consulting firm that catered to a number of center-left clients, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Arcus Foundation. 64

In 2017, Di Donato received total compensation of $225,659. 65

Meg Gage was founding president and CEO of the Proteus Fund, a position she held from 1994 to her retirement in 2016. In 1981, Gage founded the Peace Development Fund, a center-left grantmaking group she ran until 1992. From 1992 to 1999, Gage was executive director of the Ottinger Foundation, a center-left funder. Gage is an advisory board member for ReThink Media, a nonprofit public relations group. 66

Key Staff

Jill Price Marshall is the Proteus Fund’s chief operating officer, a position she’s held since March 2016. Prior to that, she worked as chief of staff and executive assistant for the Proteus Fund beginning in 2009. 67 68 In 2017, Marshall received total compensation of $178,070. 69

Board of Directors

Current and former members of the Proteus Fund’s board of directors include the following individuals: 70 71

Jason Franklin is chair of the Proteus Fund’s board of directors. He also holds the chair of W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy of Grand Valley State University and serves as adjunct faculty in philanthropy at New York University. Franklin is a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy. 72 Franklin previously worked as executive director of Bolder Giving, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Network, and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. 73

Helena Huang is a program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund, a project administered by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Huang previously worked at the Open Society Foundations, JEHT Foundation, and State Voices, and co-founded Oregon Voice. 74

Odell Mays is founder of Mays2 Consulting, LLC. 75

Richard Burns is interim CEO of the LGBT litigation group Lambda Legal. He previously worked as chief operating officer of the left-wing Arcus Foundation and executive director of the New York-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. 76

Patricia Eng is vice president of programs for the New York Women’s Foundation. She previously worked as chief service officer for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and director of programs for Bolder Giving. 77 78

Sara Gould is a philanthropy consultant and program design strategist. She previously worked as director of the Economic Development Project for the Ms. Foundation for Women in New York, associate director of Caring Across Generations, and senior fellow for Atlantic Philanthropies. 79

Jennifer Berman is a program director for the center-left Garfield Foundation and a philanthropy consultant. From 2014 to 2015, she was a staffer for the left-wing Solidago Foundation. 80

Mai-Anh Tran is chief financial officer for the Ford Foundation. She previously worked as a staffer for the Rockefeller Foundation and a number of other nonprofits. 81

Eric Ward is executive director of the Western States Center, a left-wing policy advocacy group. He previously worked as a program officer for the Ford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and Center for New Community. 82

Ryan Alexander is president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a center-left tax policy advocacy nonprofit, a position she has held since 2006. 83

Nima Shirazi is a director of Spitfire Strategies, a Democratic consultancy. He previously worked as a communications strategist for Atlantic Philanthropies and as a senior fellow and founding member of the Narrative Initiative. 84

C. LaRoy Brantley is an investment adviser. 85

ReThink Media

Also see ReThink Media (nonprofit)

The Proteus Fund partnered with ReThink Media to form the RISE Together Fund. ReThink Media coordinates the public relations strategies of activist groups so that they will stay on effective messaging which will change public opinion and not duplicate effort. 86

Proteus Action League

Also see Proteus Action League (nonprofit)

The Proteus Action League (PAL) is the 501(c)(4) arm of the Proteus Fund. PAL supports and opposes specific legislation and referenda regarding the death penalty, campaign financing, the LGBT interests, and other issues in which the Proteus Fund is actively involved. 87


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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Tracy Sturdivant
    Former Board Vice-Chair
  2. Ryan Alexander
    Officer/Board Member
  3. Paul Di Donato
    President (2017-Present)
  4. Seth Borgos
    Former Board Member
  5. Michael Caudell-Feagan
    Former Senior Program Director
  6. Larry Marx
    Former Program Officer
  7. Amber French
    Former Director of Partnerships
  8. Mike Lux
    Former Board Member
  9. Helena Huang
    Officer/Board Member
  10. Richard Burns
    Officer/Board Member
  11. Patricia Eng
    Officer/Board Member
  12. Sara Gould
    Officer/Board Member
  13. Jennifer Berman
    Officer/Board Member
  14. Mai-Anh Tran
    Officer/Board Member
  15. Eric Ward
    Officer/Board Member
  16. Nima Shirazi
    Officer/Board Member
  17. Irma Gonzalez
    Director of Development and Communications
  18. Marc Caplan
    Senior Program Officer
  19. Lynn Fahselt
    Former Communications Consultant
  20. Deena Fidas
    Former Survey Coordinator
  21. Stephanie Firestone
    Former Program Officer
  22. Meg Gage
    Founder and Former President (1992-2016)
  23. Heather Booth
    Former Staffer (Vote Engagement Evaluation Project)

Donor Organizations

  1. AG Foundation (Non-profit)
  2. Anne Cox Chambers Foundation (Non-profit)
  3. Bafrayung Fund (Non-profit)
  4. Barbara Stiefel Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust (Non-profit)
  6. Calamus Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. Cloud Mountain Foundation (Non-profit)
  8. Columbia Foundation (Non-profit)
  9. Compton Foundation (Non-profit)
  10. David Bohnett Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Democracy Fund (Non-profit)
  12. Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (Non-profit)
  13. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. Fund 25 (Non-profit)
  15. Fund for Nonviolence (Non-profit)
  16. Good Ventures Foundation (Non-profit)
  17. Groundswell Fund (Non-profit)
  18. Horizons Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. Hull Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  20. Hyams Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. JK Irwin Foundation (Non-profit)
  22. Johnson Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. Kevin J. Mossier Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Kohlberg Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. Kresge Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund (Non-profit)
  27. Liberty Hill Foundation (Non-profit)
  28. Max and Anna Levinson Foundation (Non-profit)
  29. Ms. Foundation for Women (Non-profit)
  30. Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (Non-profit)
  31. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  32. NoVo Foundation (Non-profit)
  33. Open Society Foundations (Open Society Institute) (Non-profit)
  34. Ottinger Foundation (Non-profit)
  35. Overbrook Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. Philanthropy Northwest (Non-profit)
  37. Ploughshares Fund (Non-profit)
  38. Proteus Action League (PAL) (Non-profit)
  39. Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Non-profit)
  40. Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment (Non-profit)
  41. Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF Social Finance) (Non-profit)
  42. Sagner Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  43. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  44. Thornburg Foundation (Non-profit)
  45. Threshold Foundation (Non-profit)
  46. Tikkun Olam Foundation (Non-profit)
  47. Town Creek Foundation (Non-profit)
  48. Unbound Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  49. Vital Projects Fund (Non-profit)
  50. Voqal Fund (Instructional Telecommunications Foundation) (Non-profit)
  51. W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Non-profit)
  52. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (Non-profit)
  53. Whitman Institute (Non-profit)

Donation Recipients

  1. 8th Amendment Project (Non-profit)
  2. 9to5, National Association of Working Women (Non-profit)
  3. ACCE Institute (Non-profit)
  4. Action Center on Race & the Economy Institute (Non-profit)
  5. ADC Research Institute (ADCRI) (Non-profit)
  6. Advancement Project (Non-profit)
  7. ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York (Non-profit)
  8. Alliance for a Just Society (Non-profit)
  9. Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) (Non-profit)
  10. Alliance for Justice (AFJ) (Non-profit)
  11. Allied Media Projects (Non-profit)
  12. American Association of University Women (AAUW) (Non-profit)
  13. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Non-profit)
  15. American Family Voices (Non-profit)
  16. American Friends Service Committee (Non-profit)
  17. American Prospect (Non-profit)
  18. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) (Non-profit)
  19. Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund (Non-profit)
  20. Anti-Defamation League Foundation (ADLF) (Non-profit)
  21. Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) (Non-profit)
  22. Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) (Non-profit)
  23. Arizona Advocacy Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Arizona Advocacy Network (Non-profit)
  25. Arizona Wins (Non-profit)
  26. Arms Control Association (Non-profit)
  27. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) (Non-profit)
  28. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  29. Ayni Institute (Non-profit)
  30. Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) (Non-profit)
  31. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. Black Women’s Blueprint (Non-profit)
  33. Black Youth Project (Non-profit)
  34. Breakthrough (Non-profit)
  35. Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (Non-profit)
  36. Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) (Non-profit)
  37. Campaign Legal Center (Non-profit)
  38. Causa Justa Just Cause (Non-profit)
  39. Center for American Progress (CAP) (Non-profit)
  40. Center for Civic Policy (Non-profit)
  41. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  42. Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) (Non-profit)
  43. Center for Death Penalty Litigation (Non-profit)
  44. Center for Digital Democracy (Non-profit)
  45. Center for Effective Government (Non-profit)
  46. Center for International Policy (CIP) (Non-profit)
  47. Center for Investigative Reporting (Non-profit)
  48. Center for Labor Education and Research (Non-profit)
  49. Center for Labor Research and Education (Non-profit)
  50. Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) (Non-profit)
  51. Center for Media Justice (Non-profit)
  52. Center for New Community (Non-profit)
  53. Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) (Non-profit)
  54. Center for Public Interest Research (Non-profit)
  55. Center for Rights in Action (Other Group)
  56. Center for Rural Strategies (Non-profit)
  57. Center for Social Inclusion (Non-profit)
  58. Center for Sustainable Economy (Non-profit)
  59. Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) (Non-profit)
  60. Center for Working Families (Non-profit)
  61. Centro Presente (Non-profit)
  62. Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) (Non-profit)
  63. Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) (Non-profit)
  64. Citizen Action of New York (Non-profit)
  65. Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund (Non-profit)
  66. Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL) (Non-profit)
  67. Clean Wisconsin (Non-profit)
  68. Color of Change (Non-profit)
  69. Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) (Non-profit)
  70. Colorado People’s Alliance (Non-profit)
  71. Education Fund (Non-profit)
  72. Common Cause (Non-profit)
  73. Common Cause Education Fund (Non-profit)
  74. Common Counsel Foundation (Non-profit)
  75. Commonwealth Foundation (Non-profit)
  76. Community Catalyst (Non-profit)
  77. Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (Non-profit)
  78. Community Labor United (Non-profit)
  79. Community Voices Heard (Non-profit)
  80. Congregation of St. Joseph (Non-profit)
  81. Connecticut Citizen Research Group (Non-profit)
  82. Constitution Project (TCP) (Non-profit)
  83. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Non-profit)
  84. Critical Resistance (CR) (Non-profit)
  85. Demand Progress Action (DPA) (Non-profit)
  86. Democracy Initiative (Non-profit)
  87. Democracy Initiative Education Fund (Non-profit)
  88. Democracy North Carolina (Non-profit)
  89. Demos (Non-profit)
  90. Desis Rising Up and Moving (Non-profit)
  91. Care in Action (Non-profit)
  92. Dream Defenders (Non-profit)
  93. Drug Policy Alliance (Non-profit)
  94. Earthworks (Non-profit)
  95. Equality Alliance of San Diego County (Non-profit)
  96. Equality California (Non-profit)
  97. Equality Federation Institute (Non-profit)
  98. Equality State Policy Center (Non-profit)
  99. Every Voice (Non-profit)
  100. Every Voice Center (Non-profit)
  101. Fair Wisconsin (Non-profit)
  102. Faith in Public Life (Non-profit)
  103. Faith in Texas (Non-profit)
  104. Family Values @ Work (Non-profit)
  105. Florida International University (Government Agency)
  106. Foundation for National Progress (Non-profit)
  107. Fractured Atlas Productions (Non-profit)
  108. Free Press (Non-profit)
  109. Freedom Archives (Non-profit)
  110. Freedom to Marry (Non-profit)
  111. Fund for Constitutional Government (Non-profit)
  112. Fund for the City of New York (Non-profit)
  113. Georgia WAND Education Fund (Non-profit)
  114. Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) (Non-profit)
  115. Grassroots International (Non-profit)
  116. Hands Up United (Non-profit)
  117. Haymarket People’s Fund (Non-profit)
  118. Health Access Foundation (Non-profit)
  119. Highlander Research and Education Center (Non-profit)
  120. Hollaback! (Non-profit)
  121. Honor the Earth (Non-profit)
  122. Hopewell Fund (Non-profit)
  123. Human Rights First (Non-profit)
  124. Human Rights Watch (Non-profit)
  125. IfNotNow Movement (Non-profit)
  126. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (Non-profit)
  127. Institute for America’s Future (Non-profit)
  128. Institute for America’s Future (Non-profit)
  129. Institute for Local Self-Reliance (Non-profit)
  130. Institute for Nonprofit News (Non-profit)
  131. Institute for Policy Studies (Non-profit)
  132. Institute for Public Affairs (Other Group)
  133. Institute for Southern Studies (Non-profit)
  134. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa (Non-profit)
  135. Interfaith Youth Core (Non-profit)
  136. Iowa Citizen Action Network Education Foundation (Non-profit)
  137. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Non-profit)
  138. Justice at Stake Campaign (Non-profit)
  139. Justice Not Politics (Non-profit)
  140. Kentucky Coalition (Non-profit)
  141. Lambda Legal (Non-profit)
  142. Leadership Conference Education Fund (Non-profit)
  143. Life of the Law (Other Group)
  144. Maine Center for Economic Policy (Non-profit)
  145. Maine People’s Resource Center (Non-profit)
  146. Make the Road New York (MRNY) (Non-profit)
  147. Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG) Foundation (Non-profit)
  148. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Non-profit)
  149. Massachusetts Voter Education Network (MassVOTE) (Non-profit)
  150. Media Matters for America (Non-profit)
  151. Movement Alliance Project (Non-profit)
  152. Miami Workers Center (Non-profit)
  153. Movement NetLab (Non-profit)
  154. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  155. MPower Change (Non-profit)
  156. Ms. Foundation for Women (Non-profit)
  157. Muslim Advocates (Non-profit)
  158. Muslim Community Network (MCNNY) (Non-profit)
  159. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Non-profit)
  160. NAACP National Voter Fund (Non-profit)
  161. National Center for Lesbian Rights (Non-profit)
  162. National Congress of American Indians (Non-profit)
  163. National Day Laborer Organizing Network (Non-profit)
  164. National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) (Non-profit)
  165. National Immigration Law Center (Non-profit)
  166. National Institute for Latino Policy (Non-profit)
  167. National Institute on Money in Politics (Non-profit)
  168. National Institute on Money in State Politics (Non-profit)
  169. National Iranian American Council (NIAC) (Non-profit)
  170. National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) (Non-profit)
  171. National Lawyers Guild Foundation (Non-profit)
  172. National People’s Action (Non-profit)
  173. National Priorities Project (NPP) (Other Group)
  174. National Security Initiative (Non-profit)
  175. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Non-profit)
  176. Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (Non-profit)
  177. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  178. New Economy Coalition (Non-profit)
  179. New Florida Majority Education Fund (Non-profit)
  180. New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (Non-profit)
  181. New Organizing Institute Education Fund (NOI Education Fund) (Non-profit)
  182. New School (Non-profit)
  183. New Security Action (Non-profit)
  184. New Venture Fund (NVF) (Non-profit)
  185. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  186. New York Communities Organizing Fund (Non-profit)
  187. Nuclear Watch of New Mexico (Non-profit)
  188. Oakland Rising (Non-profit)
  189. Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (Non-profit)
  190. One Colorado Education Fund (Non-profit)
  191. One Iowa Education Fund (Non-profit)
  192. One Wisconsin Now Institute (Non-profit)
  193. Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) Foundation (Non-profit)
  194. Partnership for Public Service (Non-profit)
  195. Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) (Non-profit)
  196. Peace Action Education Fund (Non-profit)
  197. People for the American Way (PFAW) Foundation (Non-profit)
  198. People’s Action Institute (Non-profit)
  199. Pew Charitable Trusts (Non-profit)
  200. Physicians for Human Rights (Non-profit)
  201. Physicians for Social Responsibility (Non-profit)
  202. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (Non-profit)
  203. Ploughshares Fund (Non-profit)
  204. Poder in Action (Non-profit)
  205. Political Research Associates (PRA) (Non-profit)
  206. Post Carbon Institute (aka Metafoundation) (Non-profit)
  207. Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER) (Non-profit)
  208. Progressive America Fund (Other Group)
  209. Progressive Congress (Non-profit)
  210. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (Non-profit)
  211. Progressive Maryland (Non-profit)
  212. Progressive Maryland Education Fund (Non-profit)
  213. Progressive States Network (PSN) (Non-profit)
  214. Project On Government Oversight (POGO) (Non-profit)
  215. Project South (Non-profit)
  216. Project Vote (Non-profit)
  217. Promise of Justice Initiative (Non-profit)
  218. Proteus Action League (PAL) (Non-profit)
  219. Public Accountability Initiative (Non-profit)
  220. Public Action Foundation (Non-profit)
  221. Public Knowledge (Non-profit)
  222. Public Policy and Education Fund (Non-profit)
  223. Puente Human Rights Movement (Non-profit)
  224. Race Forward (Applied Research Center) (Non-profit)
  225. Reason Foundation (Non-profit)
  226. Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) (Non-profit)
  227. Repairers of the Breach (Non-profit)
  228. Responsible Endowments Coalition (Non-profit)
  229. ReThink Media (Non-profit)
  230. Right Question Institute (RQI) (Non-profit)
  231. Rising Tide North America (Non-profit)
  232. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) (Non-profit)
  233. Rock the Vote (Non-profit)
  234. Roger Baldwin Foundation (Non-profit)
  235. Roosevelt Institute (Non-profit)
  236. See Forward Fund (Non-profit)
  237. Sikh Coalition (Non-profit)
  238. SisterSong (Non-profit)
  239. Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (Non-profit)
  240. Social Good Fund (Non-profit)
  241. Social Justice Fund Northwest (Non-profit)
  242. Solidago Foundation (Non-profit)
  243. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) (Non-profit)
  244. Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) (Non-profit)
  245. Southern Partners Fund (Non-profit)
  246. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (Non-profit)
  247. Southern Vision Alliance (Non-profit)
  248. Southerners on New Ground (Non-profit)
  249. State Voices (Non-profit)
  250. Sustain Dane (Non-profit)
  251. Sustainable Economies Law Center (Non-profit)
  252. Sustainable Markets Foundation (Non-profit)
  253. TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  254. Taxpayers for Common Sense (Non-profit)
  255. Tenants Together (Non-profit)
  256. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (Non-profit)
  257. Texas Fair Defense Project (Non-profit)
  258. Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (Non-profit)
  259. Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (Non-profit)
  260. Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) (Non-profit)
  261. The Praxis Project (Non-profit)
  262. The Utility Reform Network (TURN) (Non-profit)
  263. The Working World (Non-profit)
  264. TSNE MissionWorks (Non-profit)
  265. Thousand Currents (Non-profit)
  266. Threshold Foundation (Non-profit)
  267. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  268. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  269. Trans United (Non-profit)
  270. Trans United Fund (Non-profit)
  271. Transgender Law Center (Non-profit)
  272. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) (Non-profit)
  273. United Church of Christ (Other Group)
  274. United States Student Association Foundation (Non-profit)
  275. University of California, Berkeley (Non-profit)
  276. UPROSE (Non-profit)
  277. Veterans for Peace (Non-profit)
  278. Virginia Organizing (Non-profit)
  279. Voces de la Frontera (Non-profit)
  280. Voter Participation Center (VPC) (Non-profit)
  281. Voter Registration Project (Non-profit)
  282. Voter Registration Project Education Fund (Non-profit)
  283. Washington Community Action Network (Non-profit)
  284. Washington Community Action Network Education and Research Fund (Non-profit)
  285. RePower Fund (Wellstone Action Fund) (Non-profit)
  286. Wildfire Project (Non-profit)
  287. William J. Brennan Center for Justice (Non-profit)
  288. Win Win Network (Non-profit)
  289. Win Without War (Other Group)
  290. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) (Non-profit)
  291. Wisconsin Voices (Non-profit)
  292. Women Donors Network (WDN) (Non-profit)
  293. Women Make Movies (Non-profit)
  294. Workers Center for Racial Justice (Non-profit)
  295. Working America Education Fund (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 1994

  • 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 $21,335,481 $22,391,888 $15,059,114 $1,890,831 N $20,879,911 $375,734 $79,836 $1,026,865
    2015 Dec Form 990 $15,788,563 $15,738,768 $15,690,301 $1,426,797 N $15,288,866 $455,554 $44,143 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $17,242,536 $15,649,332 $17,301,147 $3,068,306 N $16,974,080 $240,116 $28,340 $896,102
    2013 Dec Form 990 $15,845,373 $13,824,522 $14,478,930 $1,877,078 N $15,530,271 $313,275 $1,827 $827,369 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $14,520,627 $13,612,671 $11,254,375 $673,374 N $13,363,908 $283,043 $769,035 $148,336 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $12,027,268 $10,240,087 $9,301,024 $199,396 N $11,829,253 $190,835 $7,180 $152,952 PDF

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