Non-profit

Transit for Livable Communities (Move Minnesota)

Website:

www.tlcminnesota.org

Location:

SAINT PAUL, MN

Tax ID:

41-1833066

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $599,018
Expenses: $774,424
Assets: $1,307,219

Formerly:

Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips

Formation:

1996

Executive Director:

Jessica Treat

Move Minnesota (the product of a 2017 merger of Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips [1]) is a Minneapolis-St. Paul-based environmentalist organization that lobbies local, state, and federal governments throughout the country to improve ease of access for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Move Minnesota has lobbied the Minnesota state legislature for a policy package called “Transportation Choices 2020,” a proposal to increase state support of public transportation and non-motorized personal transportation.[2]

History

Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) was founded in 1996 by Barb Thoman and John DeWitt to advocate for non-motorized transportation.[3]

St. Paul Smart Trips, the other group which merged into Move Minnesota, worked closely with local government on public transportation issues.[4] In 2014, St. Paul Smart Trips accepted a $5,000 event sponsorship donation from Minnesota-based left-wing grantmaking organization the Bush Foundation.[5]

Advocacy and Initiatives

Transit for Livable Communities became a beneficiary of the 2008 federal highway reauthorization bill. The law provided $215 million to four communities around the country to evaluate how investments in planning, infrastructure, and public education can increase rates of bicycling and walking and reduce driving. The four pilot areas were Minneapolis and its adjoining communities; Sheboygan County, Wisconsin; Marin County, California; and Columbia, Missouri.[6]

Since 2004, Transit for Livable Communities has headed a coalition of ten organizations, including Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, the public transit workers union Amalgamated Transit Union, Fresh Energy, the Gamaliel Foundation-affiliated community organizing group ISAIAH, the League of Women Voters, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Public Transit Association, the Senior Federation, and the Sierra Club, known collectively as the “Transit Partners.” The Transit Partners’ are lobbying the Minnesota State Legislature to pass the Transportation Choices 2020 initiative. The plan would double bus service by 2020, construct eight bus and railway transit systems and provide additional revenue to local governments for transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects.[7]

Financials

In FY 2016, Transit for Livable Communities had total revenues of $599,345, all of which came from Contributions, gifts and grants. Expenses in that year totaled $774,751, $517,636 of which was spent in program services, $192,164 was spent on administration, and $64,591 was spent on fundraising.[8] Identified contributors to Transit for Livable Communities include the Knight Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.[9]

Merger

Effective January 1 2017, Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips merged to form Move Minnesota. Commenting on the merger, Move Minnesota’s Executive Director Jessica Treat stated, “This decision to merge comes at a pivotal moment…[w]e see that our region has critical work to do to create widespread access to bus, rail, car sharing, bicycling, and walking options to build stronger, more equitable communities.”[10]

Leadership

Executive Director Jessica Treat currently heads Move Minnesota, the post-merger entity resulting from the combination of Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips. Before becoming the executive director of Move Minnesota, Treat founded and served for eight years as the executive director of St. Paul Smart Trips.[11]

References

  1. St. Paul Smart Trips. “Big News: Transit for Livable Communities, St. Paul Smart Trips to merge effective January 1,” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.smart-trips.org/big-news-transit-for-livable-communities-st-paul-smart-trips-to-merge-effective-january-1/
  2. Revolvy. “Transit for Livable Communities” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Transit%20for%20Livable%20Communities
  3. Transit for Livable Communities. “About” Archived May 9, 2008
  4. St. Paul Smart Trips. “About Us” Accessed January 1, 2019
  5. Bush Foundation. “St. Pail Smart Trips,” Accessed January 2, 2019, SAFETEA-LU =
  6. Revolvy. “Transit for Livable Communities” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Transit%20for%20Livable%20Communities
  7. Revolvy. “Transit for Livable Communities” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Transit%20for%20Livable%20Communities
  8. GuideStar. “Transit for Livable Communities – Financials,” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.guidestar.org/profile/41-1833066
  9. Data compiled from FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the IRS. Queries conducted January 7, 2019.
  10. St. Paul Smart Trips. “Big News: Transit for Livable Communities, St. Paul Smart Trips to merge effective January 1,” Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.smart-trips.org/big-news-transit-for-livable-communities-st-paul-smart-trips-to-merge-effective-january-1/
  11. Transit for Livable Communities. “Jessica Treat, Executive Director,”  Accessed January 2, 2019, https://www.tlcminnesota.org/profile/jessica-treat/
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: February - January
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 1997

  • 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 $599,018 $774,424 $1,307,219 $119,483 N $351,897 $222,195 $1,393 $153,407
    2015 Dec Form 990 $923,719 $1,072,108 $1,386,771 $23,629 N $806,822 $110,726 $1,568 $55,781 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $900,165 $861,864 $1,605,635 $94,104 N $724,802 $172,834 $1,823 $136,188 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,151,212 $1,010,704 $1,512,205 $38,975 N $419,252 $730,688 $1,960 $178,394 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,673,687 $1,669,339 $1,410,622 $77,900 N $343,300 $1,328,397 $1,974 $174,217 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,977,345 $1,704,108 $1,463,283 $134,909 N $573,243 $1,396,155 $3,364 $163,578 PDF

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    Transit for Livable Communities (Move Minnesota)

    2356 UNIVERSITY AVE W STE 403
    SAINT PAUL, MN 55114-1877