Non-profit

The College Fix

Location:

HILLSDALE, MI

Tax ID:

27-2277658

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $830,926
Expenses: $671,797
Assets: $1,018,028

Website:

thecollegefix.com

Location:

Hillsdale, MI

Formation:

2011

Type:

Non-Profit

Executive Director:

John Miller

Executive Director's Salary:

$58,089 [28]

The College Fix is a right-of-center campus news website run by the Student Free Press Association (SFPA). The College Fix supports young conservative journalists on college campuses and publishes stories that support the principles of a free society. [1] The College Fix maintains the online “Cancel Culture Database.” [2]

The College Fix is an associate member of the State Policy Network, a coalition of free-market state-level policy organizations. [3]

Activity

The College Fix was founded in 2010 as a project of the Student Free Press Association to reform higher education. [4] SFPA’s veteran journalists recruit and support young, conservative journalists with the intention of improving campus journalism and guiding recruits into media careers. [5] The College Fix reports on issues prevalent to college campuses, including abortion, bias, free speech, political correctness, religion, and cancel culture. [6]

Much of The College Fix’s reporting concerns the trend of “cancel culture,” referring to actions by organized left-progressive interests to silence speakers and prevent activities not aligned with left-progressive ideology. In an October 2, 2021, article, The Fix praised University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis’ statement that the “university values freedom of speech” even when that speech is “deeply offensive or hateful” to some. An activist group on campus, Students Acting for Gender Equity, claimed that what they deem to be hateful speech should somehow be illegal, and called out the university and local law enforcement for not protecting students they claimed were being harassed in response to members of the Key of David Christian Center holding signs and shouting religious views at passersby. [7]

In a September 29, 2021, article, The College Fix reported that the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) had barred professors from speaking directly to reporters by requiring them to route all media requests through its press office. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) claims that UTSA’s policy is unconstitutional and that it also prevents the public from getting information from professors and faculty who have expertise on particular issues. FIRE has put pressure on some high-ranking schools to amend their media policies and claims that other institutions have “informal policies” that result in similar communication freezes. [8]

The College Fix maintains the online “Cancel Culture Database,” a searchable record intended to monitor the effect of cancel culture in higher education in the U.S., with some examples from the U.K., Canada, and Australia. The College Fix defines cancel culture as efforts by individuals or groups to censor or punish anything they deem offensive or unacceptable. As of September 2021, the Cancel Culture Database includes more than 1,400 entries starting from 2013, and includes items that have been protested and items that have been completely cancelled. [9]

Funding

The College Fix is supported by the Student Free Press Association, which is funded by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. While SFPA does not disclose its donors, tax filings confirm donations from the Searle Freedom Trust ($150,000 in 2019), [10] Donors Trust ($110,150 in 2019), [11] and the Charles Koch Foundation ($87,900 in 2018). [12]

People

Staff

John J. Miller is the founder and executive director of both The College Fix and the Student Free Press Association, director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, and a national correspondent for National Review. [13]

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix and a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum. [14]

Matt Lamb is an associate editor for The College Fix and formerly worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action, and Turning Point USA.  [15]

Christian Schneider is a senior reporter for The College Fix and former senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. [16]

Board of Directors

Justin Wilson is the president of the board of the Student Free Press Association and senior director of communications for the Institute for Justice. [17]

Chris Bachelder is the former vice president for advancement at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. [18]

John Hood is the president of the John William Pope Foundation and serves on the board of the John Locke Foundation. [19]

Nick Schulz is a senior policy advisor at ExxonMobil and former fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. [20]

Advisory Board

Timothy Carney is the senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. [21]

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is editor-in-chief of The Federalist. [22]  

Heather MacDonald is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. [23]

Victorino Matus is the deputy editor of the Washington Free Beacon. [24]

Deroy Murdock is a contributing editor at National Review’s online portal and a senior fellow with both the London Center for Policy Research and the Atlas Network. [25]

Kimberley Strassel is a columnist at the Wall Street Journal and sits on its editorial board. [26]

Salena Zito is a national political reporter for the Washington Examiner. [27]

References

  1. “About the Fix.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/. ^
  2.  “The College Fix Campus Cancel Culture Database FAQs.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/the-college-fix-campus-cancel-culture-database-faqs/. ^
  3. “The Network: Michigan.” State Policy Network, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://spn.org/directory/#MI. ^
  4. “The College Fix Prospectus.” The College Fix, September 2015. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SFPA-Prospectus-FINAL-061517.pdf. ^
  5. “About the Fix.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/. ^
  6. “Home.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/. ^
  7. Huber, Dave. “University of Delaware ‘feminist’ group can’t handle the First Amendment.” The College Fix, October 2, 2021. Accessed October 4, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/university-of-delaware-feminist-group-cant-handle-the-first-amendment/. ^
  8. Connor, Ethan. “Texas university orders professors to stay silent when contacted by media.” The College Fix,

    September 29, 2021. Accessed October 4, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/texas-university-orders-professors-to-stay-silent-when-contacted-by-media/. ^

  9. “The College Fix Campus Cancel Culture Database FAQs.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/the-college-fix-campus-cancel-culture-database-faqs/. ^
  10. Searle Freedom Trust, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2019, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  11. Donors Trust, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2019, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  12. Charles Koch Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2018, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  13. “Who We Are.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/who-we-are/. ^
  14. “Who We Are.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/who-we-are/. ^
  15. “Who We Are.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/who-we-are/. ^
  16. “Christian Schneider.” LinkedIn, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/schneiderchristian/. ^
  17. “J. Justin Wilson.” Institute for Justice, December 22, 2021. https://ij.org/staff/j-justin-wilson/. ^
  18. “Christopher F. Bachelder.” Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.mackinac.org/bio.aspx?id=414. ^
  19. “John Hood.” John William Pope Foundation, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://jwpf.org/team/john-hood/. ^
  20. “Nick Schultz.” LinkedIn, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-schulz-7ab3649/. ^
  21. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  22. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  23. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  24. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  25. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  26.  “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  27. “Advisory Board.” The College Fix, 2021. Accessed October 1, 2021. https://www.thecollegefix.com/about/advisory-board/. ^
  28. Student Free Press Association, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2019, Part VII, Section A, Line 1a. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2011

  • 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
    2020 Jun Form 990 $830,926 $671,797 $1,018,028 $2,246 N $816,106 $0 $0 $58,089 PDF
    2019 Jun Form 990 $716,671 $639,546 $859,788 $3,135 N $697,845 $0 $0 $53,625 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $391,722 $239,837 $781,070 $1,542 N $371,245 $0 $0 $23,625
    2017 Dec Form 990 $793,125 $473,742 $635,063 $7,420 N $749,509 $0 $0 $49,800 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $440,203 $362,994 $312,980 $4,720 N $419,939 $0 $0 $44,000
    2015 Dec Form 990 $251,979 $331,776 $235,618 $4,567 N $240,765 $0 $0 $44,000 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $482,729 $471,402 $314,898 $4,050 N $475,850 $0 $0 $44,000 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $430,892 $419,507 $308,439 $8,918 N $430,892 $0 $0 $40,000 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $411,000 $333,965 $288,311 $175 N $411,000 $0 $0 $40,000 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $492,503 $281,402 $211,101 $0 N $492,503 $0 $0 $44,167 PDF

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