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Marijuana Policy Project Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/16/2014: Marijuana Policy Project Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT FOUNDATION

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AKA  MPP Foundation
Washington, DC
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Marijuana Policy Project Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/16/2014: Marijuana Policy Project Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: MPP Foundation
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20013 
EIN: 52-1975211
Web URL: www.mpp.org 
Blog URL: blog.mpp.org 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
I Crime, Legal Related
I01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Ruling Year: 1997 


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Mission Statement

MPP Foundation envisions a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. We work to achieve this vision through four primary missions:  1. Increase public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 2. Identify and activate supporters of non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 3. Change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical and non-medical use of marijuana. 4. Gain influence in Congress.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $3,533,657
Total Expenses $1,523,058

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Mr. Robert Kampia

Term:

Since Mar 1995

Profile:

Rob Kampia is co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest nonprofit organization that is dedicated solely to ending marijuana prohibition in the U.S. Rob grew up in Harleysville, Penn., a suburban town north of Philadelphia. He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class, served three months in prison for growing his own marijuana for personal use at Penn State University, and was elected student body president two years later at that same school. Upon graduating with honors from Penn State in 1993 with a degree in Engineering Science, he moved to Washington, D.C., for the purpose of ending the government's war on marijuana users. He co-founded MPP in 1995; within several years, MPP established itself as the leading organization on Capitol Hill to call for the repeal of marijuana prohibition. Rob has testified before legislative committees in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Vermont, Washington state, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He has debated the marijuana issue on national TV dozens of times against then-White House Deputy Drug Czar Andrea Barthwell, then-Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.), then-DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson, former California Attorney General Dan Lungren, and other prohibitionists. Rob helped author most of the medical marijuana laws that are now on the books in 13 states.

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Programs

Program: Public Education and Media Outreach (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$477,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Respond to inquiries from reporters and pitch stories to the media. Research, update, and publish brochures, briefing papers, and informational reports for public consumption. Maintain a database of members and allies. Produce a series of educational videos for mpp.org and an online blog. Produced a 19-minute DVD educating the public on the effects of prohibition.

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Budget:
$825,000
Category:
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Grants are awarded to organizations and projects that articulate effective tactics and strategies to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol and to make marijuana available for medical use. Grants are not awarded to hemp-related projects, state ballot initiatives, or political campaigns.

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Budget:
$3,000
Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Program Description:

Pay registration fees to Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Vermont governments to obtain medical marijuana ID cards for patients with demonstrated financial need in order to protect patients from state arrest.

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Budget:
$208,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Attend and speak at conferences; build relationships with allies; build a coalition of actors, directors, producers, musicians, and other VIPs to speak out and perform benefits in support of marijuana policy reform; host annual fundraising party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

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Budget:
$225,000
Category:
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Population Served:
Adults

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Donate money to ballot initiatives and promote initiatives to the news media.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Our 2013 strategic plan is an ambitious and bold one for MPa strong supporter of decriminalizing marijuana, partially campaigned on the issue and easily won reelection on November 6 with 58% of the vote. The Vermont legislature is poised to pass the bill he wants, so this legislation could become law by this summer.LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NEW HAMPSHIREIncoming Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is a strong supporter of medical marijuana, so we expect her to sign a medical marijuana bill similar to those vetoed by former Gov. John Lynch (D) in 2009 and 2012.BUILD SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION IN THE RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATUREWe successfully legalized medical marijuana and decriminalized marijuana possession in Rhode Island in 2009 and 2012, respectively. There is now considerable momentum to tax and regulate (T&R) marijuana like alcohol, so we need to ensure that Rhode Island’s state legislature becomes the first to do so.BUILD SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION IN CALIFORNIA, MAINE, AND OREGONThere will be a sincere effort to pass T&R bills through the legislatures in these three states.  Should they fall short, MPP and its allies will pursue statewide ballot initiatives in November 2016, at which time all three will be expected to pass.  CONTINUE THE STEADY DRUMBEAT IN THE MEDIANational and local media outlets are covering the marijuana issue more than ever before. Communicating to voters through news coverage is the most cost-efficient way to increase public support for ending marijuana prohibition, so we need to keep the issue in the spotlight.BUILD SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONGRESSThere are already approximately 185 members of the U.S. House who want to stop the U.S. Justice Department from spending taxpayer money on raiding medical marijuana businesses in the 18 states (and D.C.) where medical marijuana is legal. We want to reach 218 votes on this amendment, thereby ensuring the amendment's transfer to the U.S. Senate for an up-or-down vote.BUILD SUPPORT FOR ENDING MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IN CONGRESSLast year, the first-ever bill to end the federal government's prohibition of marijuana attracted 21 sponsors. Our goal is to expand the number of sponsors to more than two-dozen during the 2013-2014 election season.
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