Non-profit

Voter Registration Project Education Fund

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

81-2169516

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $2,940,000
Expenses: $2,067,508
Assets: $850,175

Formation:

2016

Type:

Grantmaking Fund

President:

John Yang

The Voter Registration Project Education Fund is the education wing of the Voter Registration Project, a left-of-center voter mobilization group which targets African-American, Hispanic, low-income, and other individuals considered likely to support left-progressive politics and the Democratic Party.

The Education Fund gives grants to other left-of-center nonprofit voter mobilization and advocacy groups across the country.

Leadership

The Voter Registration Project Education Fund is led by individuals with histories of working for left-of-center nonprofit advocacy groups. [1]

Evan Bacalao

Treasurer Evan Bacalao has worked for the Democratic Party and associated nonprofits since 2004. He is a program officer for the Open Society Foundations, the George Soros-backed network of more than 20 nonprofits dedicated to supporting left-of-center causes. For nine years, Bacalao worked for the NALEO Education Fund, a Hispanic-interest advocacy group, in a variety of roles, including as senior director of civic engagement. From 2004-2006, Bacalao worked for the California Democratic Party as a finance deputy. [2]

Bacalao also sits on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees[3] and on the advisory board of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. [4]

Ilona Prucha

Secretary Ilona Prucha has worked for over ten years at the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, [5] a secretive left-of-center grantmaking foundation created by three hedge fund billionaires: Andrew Shechtel, David Gelbaum and C. Frederick Taylor. [6] Presently, she is a senior program officer of Wellspring’s Civil Society Program. [7]

Prucha is also a partner at the left-leaning Truman National Security Project,[8] and sits on the advisory board of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. [9]

Dave Montez

Member Dave Montez is the Vice President of Democracy Alliance,[10] a coalition of left-of-center political advocacy groups organized by Democratic political consultant Rob Stein. Montez is also the director of the Latino Engagement Fund and the Latino Action Engagement Fund,[11] two affiliated Hispanic voter mobilization groups which both operate under Democracy Alliance.

Before joining Democracy Alliance, Montez worked for numerous LGBT-interest groups. He worked as the executive director of One Colorado, as the acting president of Gays and Lesbians Against Defamation (GLAAD), as a senior program officer of the Gill Foundation, and he founded the Latino Initiative. [12]

Grant Recipients

The Education Fund gives grants to left-of-center organizations seeking to mobilize voters to support Democratic candidates. In 2018:[13]

Voter Participation Center, a voter mobilization group with ties to MoveOn.org, received $2,451,827. [14] Inspire U.S., a student-based voter mobilization group,[15] received $170,000. [16]

League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the educational arm of the League of Conservation Voters, an environmentalist advocacy group with 34 local chapters, received $932,220. [17]

One Arizona, a voter mobilization group that targets ethnic and racial minorities,[18] received $537,293. [19] Ohio Organizing Collaborative, an advocacy group supporting increased government welfare provision,[20] received $500,975. [21] ProGeorgia State Table, a member of the State Voices Network, a left-of-center community activism organization for progressive causes, received $200,414. [22] Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, a statewide association of left-of-center nonprofit advocacy groups, received $169,951. [23] Pennsylvania Voice, a statewide network of 35 voter mobilization organizations,[24] received $50,000. [25]

References

  1. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  2. “Evan B.” Linkedin. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bacalao/. ^
  3. “Evan Bacalao.” GCIR. Accessed February 13, 2020. https://www.gcir.org/board#evan-bacalao. ^
  4. “Evan Bacalao.” FCCP. Accessed February 13, 2020. https://funderscommittee.org/staff-board/evan-bacalao/. ^
  5. “Ilona Prucha.” Linkedin. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilona-prucha-09468527/. ^
  6. Ghermezian, Shiryn. “Dozens of Jewish Charities Supported by Newly Revealed ‘$13 Billion Mystery Angels.’” The Algemeiner. May 27, 2014. Accessed July 18, 2019. https://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/27/jewish-charities-heavily-favored-by-newly-revealed-13-billion-mystery-angels/ ^
  7. “Ilona Prucha.” Linkedin. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilona-prucha-09468527/. ^
  8. “Ilona Prucha.” Truman National Security Project. Accessed February 13, 2020. http://trumanproject.org/home/team-view/ilona-prucha/. ^
  9. “Ilona Prucha.” FCCP. Accessed February 13, 2020. https://funderscommittee.org/staff-board/ilona-prucha/. ^
  10. “Dave Montez.” Democracy Alliance. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://democracyalliance.org/people/dave-montez/. ^
  11. “Democracy Alliance 2020 Investment Portfolio.” Democracy Alliance. Published Fall 2016. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/04/Democracy-Alliance-2020-Investment-Portfolio-Report.pdf. ^
  12. “Dave Montez.” Democracy Alliance. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://democracyalliance.org/people/dave-montez/. ^
  13. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  14. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  15. “Inspire U.S.” Linkedin. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/company/inspire2vote/. ^
  16. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  17. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  18. “Our Mission.” One Arizona. Accessed February 6, 2020. https://onearizona.org/. ^
  19. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  20. “Our Vision.” Ohio Organization Collaborative. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.ohorganizing.org/our-vision. ^
  21. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  22. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  23. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^
  24. “About Pennsylvania Voice.” Pennsylvania Voice. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://www.pennsylvaniavoice.org/about. ^
  25. “Return of Organization Exempt from Taxes 2017 (Form 990).” ProPublica. Accessed February 7, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/812169516/201912959349301316/full. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Evan Bacalao
    Treasurer
  2. Ilona Prucha
    Secretary
  3. Kim Rogers
    Campaign Director
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 2017

  • 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
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,940,000 $2,067,508 $850,175 $79,119 N $2,940,000 $0 $0 $27,407 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,724,000 $3,825,436 $14,531 $115,967 N $3,724,000 $0 $0 $12,896 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Voter Registration Project Education Fund

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