RepresentUs Education Fund

Florence, MA   |  http://representuseducationfund.org/

Mission

RepresentUs Education Fund (RUEF) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to fix our corrupt political system and involve the public in democracy policymaking. Through education, research, and grantmaking, RepresentUs Education Fund promotes equality, ethics, and transparency in elections and government. RUEF believes that real political power comes from real people, millions of us – conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between – informed, united, and organized.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Josh Silver

Managing Director

Mr. Josh Graham Lynn

Main address

PO Box 60008

Florence, MA 01062 USA

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Formerly known as

Fund for the Republic

United Republic Education Fund

Represent.Us Education Fund

EIN

26-3088283

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

This is the most turbulent political moment in decades. Institutional corruption and government gridlock are destroying public trust in the government. Policy decisions are no longer determined by the best ideas or the will of the people, but by whomever has the biggest checkbook. Lobbyists write laws, then pay for their passage. Super PACs dominate elections. Cronyism is rampant, political bribery is the norm. Broken election laws prevent competition and foster polarization.
These trends fuel the rise of populist tides on the left and right as Americans grow ever more cynical and pessimistic about the future of our democratic experiment, and government fails to address the most pressing challenges: health care, education, climate, foreign policy, and inequality, to name a few.
Fixing corruption isn't just the most pressing political issue of our time. It's the most pressing issue, period. It affects nearly every other issue and will determine the future of our nation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campaign Connector

The Campaign Connector is our movement-building program. The Connector inspires regular Americans to become involved, and provides them a meaningful ladder of engagement. This program leverages our signature creative, digital, and organizing assets to build the movement and connect our members around the country with the most promising campaigns. The Campaign Connector has three stages: inspiration & recruitment, education & training, and mobilization.

The Connector is fed by breakthrough digital media that inspires people to take action. To many, the problems of government corruption can feel abstract and impersonal. Our digital content changes that. Across multiple platforms, our entertaining and informative videos, articles, and graphics break down complex topics and make politics easily understandable and personally meaningful. We make it clear that corruption comes at a human cost, and encourage others to speak up and get excited about finding real solutions.

It’s not enough to reach millions of people. Once we have their attention, we must also provide them with meaningful actions: steps on the ladder of engagement. Supported by the largest online community in our field, volunteers educate each other in a decentralized model and connect with in-house experts to learn innovative organizing skills. We track the most impactful and viable campaigns across the country, to which we connect newly trained activists who become the lifeblood of the movement. Activated members are provided opportunities to engage, both locally and nationally, at the level of involvement they choose. Across the nation, our volunteer-led chapters work with other organizations to pass and protect local laws, execute creative direct action, and establish the lasting infrastructure required to power a politically potent movement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Unrig Summit is a fast-paced, solutions-oriented, annual gathering that brings leaders, philanthropists, journalists, academics, and activists together to build the networks that make the anti-corruption movement greater than the sum of its parts. The next generation of reformers are molded into leaders. Activists learn best practices and hone their skills before the next campaign. Campaigners break bread and plan for the road ahead. The Summit has quickly become the movement’s premier gathering.

Unrig Summit is one of the most powerful ways to showcase the progress being made across the nation. Successful reformers talk about their experiences and inform and inspire future reform leaders. This has a motivating effect for activists and practitioners alike, who connect their work to the larger reform narrative. Unrig Summit is a shared validator for the field, evidence of the strength of the movement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Campaign Connector

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Active email subscribers

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Campaign Connector

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

National and regional press hits

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Campaign Connector

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RepresentUs Education Fund is fighting for an America where the government works for everyone, not just a handful of billionaires and special interests.

To change the system, we must create a social movement smart and strong enough to transform our democratic institutions. That movement must be mobilized in support of viable advocacy strategies. This begins by building political power from the bottom up, educating and mobilizing millions of people online and across America. A Harvard study of 112 years of political movements around the globe shows movements that mobilize at least 3.5% of the population win every time. In America, that’s 11 million people. Building such a movement is a huge undertaking, one that RepresentUs Education Fund is uniquely fit to lead.

A robust grassroots political movement is the foundation of any reform effort. To build that movement, we need to reach people – millions of them. While advances in social media and digital communication have given us powerful tools to do so, we have to contend with the challenges of the day: email fatigue, shortened attention spans, and a deep cynicism about prospects for reform. Breaking through the noise requires a 21st-century, hybrid campaign model: boots-on-the-ground organizing, creative digital media, and an emphasis on local action.

According to polls by Gallup, American confidence in government has been dropping for decades. It’s clear most people believe that the government is broken and corrupt – yet instead of meeting them where they are, for decades, reformers have thrown around obscure political jargon like “campaign finance," “democracy reform," and “instant runoff voting." RepresentUs Education Fund engages and mobilizes new audiences by using relatable and inspirational language.

The Campaign Connector works closely with our local volunteer-led chapters to educate and empower them to address problems of political corruption in their areas. We provide volunteers with press training, collateral, and branded online resources. We unleash the power of our national membership by providing an array of actions our members can take regardless of their location. This program facilitates peer-to-peer learning between our volunteers. Experienced volunteers take on leadership roles and further develop their advocacy skills, while newer volunteers will benefit from their knowledge. This program will allow us to get to scale more quickly.

Today, RepresentUs Education Fund is America’s leading right-left anti-corruption organization. We’re supported by more than 55,000 grassroots donors, philanthropists, and charitable foundations from across the political spectrum. With more than 800,000 members and more than 100 victories behind us, including America's first municipal Anti-Corruption Act in 2014 and first statewide Act in 2016, we are already winning. With each victory, we battle the public perception that change is impossible, and pass laws that effectively fight corruption and usher in a new era of solutions-oriented governance.

RepresentUs Education Fund has over 40 full-time experts and organizers, as well as an august group of business and entertainment leaders who are leading this strategy along with veteran CEO and co-founder Josh Silver. Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Creative Council include some of the brightest minds in the nation. We have over 50 local chapters with active constituencies and influence. We have best-of-breed marketing, social media, and messaging to recruit, mobilize, and amplify the voices of activists working to fix our democracy.

We've seen the power of grassroots action first-hand – both on the ground and virtually. Our dual tactics of educating the public online and speaking with community members in person have allowed us to build both the largest online community fighting corruption today as well as a powerful network of local chapters on the ground in cities and states across the country.

Here's how our efforts have paid off to date:
-Our membership has grown to over 800,000.
-1.6 billion social media reach in 2019.
-Over 750,000 social media followers.
-We have produced 95+ videos that have accrued over 45 million views
-We produced two viral social campaigns.
-We've received press coverage from multiple major national news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR, among others.
-We have 50+ chapters and more than 5,000 politically diverse, active volunteers.

Our goal is to reach 25 million people with content about the democracy reform movement over the next two years.

We recently employed a full-time staff member to spearhead a diversity initiative for the organization. Our goal is to increase the participation of women, people of color, faith communities, and the political right, building truly intersectional grassroots support for the movement.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RepresentUs Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. YuChiang Cheng

TopGolf Media

Term: 2013 - 2021

Joshua Silver

John Johnson

Ethan Beard

YuChiang Cheng

Elisa Jagerson

David Russell

Matt Cutts

Todd Dipaola

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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