Non-profit

United for a Fair Economy (UFE)

United for a Fair Economy logo (link)
Website:

www.faireconomy.org

Location:

BOSTON, MA

Tax ID:

04-3286118

DUNS Number:

96-151-4239

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $1,103,796
Expenses: $947,787
Assets: $307,584

Formation:

1994

Founders:

Chuck Collins

Felice Yeskel

Mike Miller

Executive Director:

Jeannette Huezo

Previous Organization Names:

The Growing Divide

Share the Wealth

United for a Fair Economy (UFE) is a left-of-center advocacy group based in Boston, Massachusetts which attempts to reduce economic inequality by lobbying for tax increases and increasing labor union privileges. UFE was cofounded by Chuck Collins, Felice Yeskel, and Mike Miller in 1995.

History

Early in his life, Chuck Collins, grandson of the founder of Oscar Mayer and heir to the family fortune, gave the totality of his inheritance away to foundations and organizations focused on the environment, peace, racial equality, and gay rights. In the following years, Collins became a strong proponent of the death tax.[1]

In 1994, Collins and Felice Yeskel – who would go on to be the director of the Stonewall Center for gay and lesbian students at the University of Massachusetts until her passing in 2011 – created The Growing Divide, a liberal workshop aimed at teaching people about inequality. The workshop targeted labor unions, students, political groups, religious congregations, community organizers, and classrooms and attempted to create a space where people could learn about the income and wealth shift in America, its causes, its effects on the country, and strategies to have income be distributed more equally through a series of curriculum guides, charts, and games.[2]

After reaching several thousand people with The Growing Divide workshop, the pair would partner up with Mike Miller, a sociology professor at Boston College, to found Share the Wealth, the organization that would later be rebranded as United for a Fair Economy, an organization focused on putting the issue of economic inequality back on the public’s radar by creating a series of programs on the topic. Over the years as UFE and The Growing Divide expanded, more workshops began to be added including conferences on acknowledging white privilege and a school curriculum made for teachers with lesson plans and games to propagandize students.[3] [4]

In 2001, Collins transitioned from Executive Director to Program Director, handing over the reins to Meizhu Lui who would only hold the position until 2007. After leaving UFE, the organization would go two years without filling the position, transitioning between several interim Executive Directors during that time.[5]

Brian Miller was announced in 2009 as the much-delayed replacement for Lui. The former Executive Director of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation for 12 years would hold the position for less than five years before transitioning to Nonprofit VOTE to serve as Executive Director in 2013. [6]

After Miller’s departure, Mike Lapham, the Director of the Responsible Wealth Program at UFE, and Jeanette Huezo, Popular Educator and former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), were named as interim co-Executive Directors.

In 2014, it was announced that Huezo would take over the reins of UFE permanently as the executive director. [7]

Political Activism

“State of the Dream”

State of the Dream, an annual report published by United for a Fair Economy, was first launched in 2004. Released yearly on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the reports attempt to draw attention to economic disparities between black and white Americans. The inaugural report argued that the necessary means to fix the income gap in America was a cut in military expenditures and an increase in taxes.[8]

Editions over the years have included reports backing a government-controlled, single-payer healthcare system, a reversal of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United free-speech ruling, and the establishment of federally funded trust funds for each newborn in America. UFE has also called for taxing capital gains and investments at the same rates as wage income.[9]

Recent News

In the Spring of 2017, United for a Fair Economy joined more than 70 liberal groups on April 15th in protesting Donald Trump, demanding that he release his tax returns. The protests which were organized by a website called TaxMarch.org took place in 44 states across the country.  [10]

Among the other groups present for the protest were Demos, a group which is chaired by the daughter of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Media Matters for America, an organization run by a David Brock.  [11]

People

Jeannette Huezo, a former union organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and current member of the Advisory Board for the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO), serves as the Executive Director for United for a Fair Economy. [12]

Melonie Griffiths, a board treasurer for Boston Jobs Coalition (BJC) and serves on the advisory council for Black Economic Justice Institute, currently serves as the board chair for United for a Fair Economy. [13] Steven Schnapps, a former Senior Education Coordinator for United for a Fair Economy, is on the board as the Treasurer.[14]

Other board members include Andrei Joseph, a current board member at the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) and Edwin Argueta, a board member for both the Chelsea Collaborative and La Comunidad Inc. [15] [16]

Funding

United for a Fair Economy does not disclose the entirety of its list of donors; however, it has admitted to receiving funding from several nonprofits including the Tides Foundation, a San Francisco-based fund that funnels hundreds of millions of dollars into progressive groups every year. [17]

Other donors have included the Seattle Foundation; North Star Fund Inc.; Network for Good Inc.; Maine Initiative Inc.; Funding Exchange Inc.; East Bay Community Foundation; and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston Inc. [18]

References

  1. French, Kimberly. “From Riches to Responsibility: Chuck Collins Defends the Estate Tax.” UU World Magazine. November 07, 2016. Accessed September 18, 2017. http://www.uuworld.org/articles/riches-responsibility. ^
  2. “The Growing Divide Workshop.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 18, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/resources/workshops/the_growing_divide_workshop. ^
  3. “Changes We’ve Made.” United for a Fair Economy. 2014. Accessed September 15, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/history. ^
  4. “The Growing Divide Workshop.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 18, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/resources/workshops/the_growing_divide_workshop. ^
  5. “Changes We’ve Made.” United for a Fair Economy. 2014. Accessed September 15, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/history. ^
  6. “Nonprofit VOTE Names Brian Miller as New Executive Director – Nonprofit Vote.” Nonprofit VOTE. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.nonprofitvote.org/non-profit-vote-names-brian-miller-new-executive-director/. ^
  7. “Board of Directors Appoints Jeanette Huezo Executive Director.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/board_of_directors_appoints_jeannette_huezo_executive_director. ^
  8. “State of the Dream: Economic Disparities in Black and White.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 25, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/deam4. ^
  9. “Reports.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 26, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/reports. ^
  10. “Join the Tax March.” Tax March. Accessed September 19, 2017. https://taxmarch.org/. ^
  11. “More Than 70 Liberal Groups Partnered for Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests.” Washington Free Beacon. April 17, 2017. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://freebeacon.com/politics/70-liberal-groups-partnered-anti-trump-tax-day-protests/. ^
  12. “Jeanette Huezo.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19.2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/jeanette_huezo. ^
  13. “Melonie Griffiths.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/board_melonie_griffiths. ^
  14. “Steve Schnapp.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/board_steve_schnapp ^
  15. “Andrei Joseph.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/board_andrei_joseph. ^
  16. “Edwin Argueta.” United for a Fair Economy. Accessed September 19, 2017. http://www.faireconomy.org/board_edwin_argueta. ^
  17. ‘Tides Foundation.” CitizenAudit.org. Accessed September 25, 2017. https://www.citizenaudit.org/organization/510198509/. ^
  18. “United for a Fair Economy.” CitizenAudit.org. Accessed September 25, 2017. https://www.citizenaudit.org/organization/043286118/united-for-a-fair-economy-inc/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Chuck Collins
    Co-Founder and Former Executive Director (1995-2001)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1998

  • 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 Jun Form 990 $1,103,796 $947,787 $307,584 $63,841 N $1,083,417 $19,491 $266 $108,026 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $890,256 $887,555 $161,116 $73,382 N $863,562 $24,060 $33 $104,923 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $925,691 $1,204,575 $350,885 $265,852 N $888,436 $35,415 $19 $115,285 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,446,959 $1,343,417 $579,117 $215,200 N $1,410,685 $30,712 $51 $104,744 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $1,279,520 $1,309,110 $509,662 $249,287 N $1,259,456 $14,030 $302 $103,427 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $1,172,976 $1,282,304 $410,906 $120,941 N $1,127,536 $34,812 $491 $98,378 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    United for a Fair Economy (UFE)

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