Non-profit

Stand for Children Inc.

Website:

stand.org

Location:

Portland, OR

Tax ID:

52-2146673

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $5,882,556
Expenses: $5,330,818
Assets: $7,103,849

Formation:

1999

Type:

Education Advocacy Organization

Executive Director:

Jonah Edelman

Stand for Children, Inc. is the advocacy arm of the left-of-center Stand For Children Leadership Center education advocacy nonprofit, which operates the critical race theory-inspired Center for Antiracist Education (CARE). [1]

Stand for Children advocates for left-of-center education policies, is active in nine states, and is a controlling entity of numerous political action committees and other 527 political organizations to advance its policy objectives. [2] Stand for Children’s policy priorities include advancing critical race theory-inspired curricula, removing police from schools, and replacing cash bail with alternative left-progressive pretrial administration systems. [3]

The group spent $3,850,000 to gather signatures and polling in the 2020 election cycle, [4] has participated in at least 209 state and local education-related elections, [5] and has received financial support from or partnered with left-of-center organizations and individuals including the Ballmer Philanthropy Group, operated by left-wing billionaire and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie Ballmer, Bloomberg Philanthropies, [6] Alliance for Excellent Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Democrats for Education Reform, Facing History and Ourselves, National Education Association (NEA) Teach for America, The New Teacher Project (TNTP), Reed Hastings, [7] [8] the Sixteen Thirty Fund, [9] and others.

Jonah Edelman is the co-founder and executive director of Stand for Children. [10] Edelman has said police officers and school resource officers (SROs) “have no place in school,” adding that policing “hurts black students and doesn’t make schools safer.” [11]

History and Leadership

Stand for Children, Inc. is the 501(c)(4) lobbying arm of Stand For Children Leadership, which operates the critical race theory-inspired Center for Antiracist Education (CARE). [12]

Stand for Children was launched as a part of Save Our Children Day at the Lincoln Memorial in 1996 [13] and officially founded as a nonprofit in 1999. [14] Stand for Children has 11 offices spread across Arizona, [15] Colorado, [16] Illinois, [17] Indiana, [18] Louisiana, [19] Oregon, [20] Tennessee, [21] Texas, [22] and Washington [23] [24] and has been involved in 209 state and local electoral victories on educational issues. [25]

Jonah Edelman is the co-founder and executive officer of Stand for Children. He is the son of Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the left-of-center Children’s Defense Fund. [26] Edelman has said individuals of European descent must be willing to “examine and actively and continually work to root out your own internalized racism,” [27] believes in the far-left ideology of “antiracism,” [28] thinks the basic human rights of African Americans are “nowhere near adequately protected,” [29] and has said police officers and school resource officers (SROs) “have no place in school,” adding that policing “hurts black students and doesn’t make schools safer.” [30]

Activities and Funding

Stand for Children advocates for left-of-center education policies at the local, state, and national level. Its current policy priorities include increased school funding, operating its Center for High School Success, [31] and advancing critical race theory-inspired curriculums, removing police from schools, increasing educational diversity, and left-progressive replacements for bail through the Center for Antiracist Education, [32] which is a project of its 501(c)(3) partner, Stand for Children Leadership Center. [33]

Stand for Children pledged to fight “educational, racial, and social justice” in 2021, [34] supports the far-left Black Lives Matter movement, [35] [36] and has referred to individuals who participated in violent protests following the death of George Floyd as individuals who “peacefully caused good and necessary trouble” to provoke a “long overdue national racial reckoning.” [37]

Political Activities

Stand for Children engages in political activity at the state level through contributions to affiliated political committees that distribute communications in support of candidates on education issues. In 2020, Stand for Children spent $3,850,000 on program expenses for signature gathering, $219,900 on polling and surveys, and $149,414 on policy and research. [38]

Stand for Children operates political committees in Arizona, [39] Colorado, [40] Illinois, [41] Indiana, [42] Louisiana, [43] Oregon, [44] Tennessee, [45] Texas, [46] and Washington. [47] [48] Seventy-four percent of the group’s 2020 election expenses were in Arizona. [49]

Stand for Children Arizona

In 2020, Stand for Children sent grants totaling $1,369,100 to its partner 527 political organization, Stand for Children Arizona, to support Proposition 208, which raised taxes to increase teacher and support staff salaries. Stand for Children Arizona co-led the “Invest in Education” coalition’s signature gathering and targeted voter contact operations. [50] Stand for Children also sent $706,597 to its Arizona chapter in 2017 to support a ballot question which was ultimately removed from the ballot. [51]

Other State-Level Committees

In 2020, Stand for Children also spent $706,597 of expenses for Stand for Children Colorado to support a ballot measure that expanded pre-kindergarten education by $250 million, [52] $504,671 for Stand for Children Louisiana to lead the school board-level campaign of renaming the Lee Magnet School, and $23,200 for Stand for Children Illinois. [53]

In 2020, Stand for Children Oregon and Colorado [54] successfully persuaded school officials to remove school resource officers (SROs) from Portland and Denver schools, respectively. [55]

In 2017, Stand for Children spent $8,474,331 on election activities in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois [56] and also contributed $439,818 to the Stand for Children Indiana Chapter and $331,988 for its Stand for Children Washington Chapter. [57]

Contributions to Other Organizations

In 2020, Stand for Children distributed funds to its affiliated 527 political organizations to advance its policy priorities on the ground.

In 2020, Stand for Children distributed funds to politically affiliated 527 organizations to advance its priorities on the ground. It sent a $1,314,464 grant to Invest in Education, which is sponsored by AEA and Stand Up for Children, and a $25,000 grant to Coloradans for Prosperity to support ballot measure activities. [58] That same year Stand for Children distributed grants of $442,877 to Better Schools for a Stronger Colorado; $284,946 to Stand for Children Louisiana IEC; $54,636 to Stand for Children Arizona; $44,495 to Stand PAC of Tennessee, and $5,000 to Better Colorado Alliance. [59]

Between September 2018 and August 2019 Stand for Children reported expenditures of $846,754 in Colorado; $747,135 for Stand Indiana on referendums regarding public schools in Indianapolis; and $610,488 on Stand Louisiana. [60]

The group reported $1,224,664 of political campaign activity expenditures including $229,198 in support for Better Schools for a Stronger Colorado; [61] $396,607 for Stand for Children Louisiana IEC; $66,305 for Stand for Children Louisiana PAC; and $23,200 for Stand for Children Illinois PAC. [62]

In 2018, Stand for Change sent grants of $250,000 to Prosperity Denver; $100,000 to Dallas Votes 4 Kids; $35,000 to Coloradans for Fairness; and $6,500 to Oregonians United Against Profiling. [63]

In 2017, Stand for Change sent a $1,000,000 grant to Stand for Children Oregon PAC and $177,200 to Stand for Children Louisiana PAC. [64]

Affiliated Organizations

Stand for Children, Inc. is a controlling entity for several political organizations: Better Schools for a Stronger Colorado, Stand for Children PAC, Stand for Children Arizona, Stand for Children Arizona PAC, Stand for Children Illinois, Stand for Children Illinois PAC, Stand for Children in Denver, Stand for Children Indiana, Stand for Children Louisiana, Stand for Children Louisiana PAC, Stand for Children Massachusetts, Stand for Children Oregon PAC, Stand for Children Small Donor Committee, Stand for Children Washington PAC, Stand for Children, Inc. Independent Expenditure Committee, and Stand PAC of Tennessee. [65]

Funding

In 2020, Stand for Children received donations of greater than $100,000 from several groups including the left-of-center Ballmer Philanthropy Group, operated by left-wing billionaire and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie Ballmer, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Public School Allies. [66]

Stand for Children’s partners in recent years have included left-of-center groups including Alliance for Excellent Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Clean Slate Initiative, Debt Free Justice Campaign, Democrats for Education Reform, Educators for Excellence, Facing History and Ourselves, National Education Association (NEA) National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Board Association, Teach for America, The New Teacher Project (TNTP), Reed Hastings, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and others. [67] [68]

In 2019, Stand for Children, received $7,632,331 of contributions and grants, [69] including $3,153,332 from its 501(c)(3) partner, Stand for Children Leadership Center, to support the Center for High School Success in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, and Washington. [70]

In 2017, Stand for Children received over $1 million from The Ballmer Group and $500,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies. [71] The left-of-center Sixteen Thirty Fund contributed $80,000 to Stand for Children Louisiana in 2015. [72]

References

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  2. “Stand for Children, Inc.” Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax. (Form 990). 2019. Accessed October 9, 2021. ^
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  41. “Illinois.” Stand for Children. Accessed October 9, 2021. http://stand.org/illinois. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: August - July
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 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
    2019 Aug Form 990 $5,882,556 $5,330,818 $7,103,849 $354,542 N $5,799,072 $0 $82,419 $254,687 PDF
    2018 Aug Form 990 $5,283,202 $3,848,306 $6,490,979 $293,410 N $5,258,020 $0 $25,182 $220,469 PDF
    2017 Aug Form 990 $9,571,417 $12,885,009 $5,095,824 $333,151 N $9,569,699 $0 $1,742 $205,463
    2016 Aug Form 990 $10,374,929 $8,020,609 $8,640,133 $563,868 N $10,366,602 $0 $955 $172,277
    2015 Aug Form 990 $3,040,051 $2,382,082 $5,943,713 $221,768 N $3,040,046 $0 $5 $92,211 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $4,981,688 $4,310,662 $5,211,906 $147,930 N $4,966,688 $0 $0 $100,877 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $5,125,666 $3,546,259 $4,492,956 $100,006 N $5,117,837 $0 $0 $47,519 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $5,477,034 $4,531,376 $2,857,213 $43,670 N $5,476,990 $0 $0 $12,869 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $5,105,325 $3,890,703 $1,987,904 $120,019 N $5,105,325 $0 $0 $10,936 PDF

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    Stand for Children Inc.

    2121 SW Broadway No 111
    Portland, OR