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RepresentUs Education Fund

Florence, MA   |  http://representuseducationfund.org/
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RepresentUs Education Fund

EIN: 26-3088283


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

Subject area info

Civic participation

Election regulation

Campaign finance

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Total number of organization members

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Campaign Connector

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Active email subscribers

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Number of new donors at all giving levels

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

RepresentUs Education Fund
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.49

Average of 2.25 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.6

Average of 3.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

25%

Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

RepresentUs Education Fund

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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RepresentUs Education Fund

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of RepresentUs Education Fund’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $155,425 $1,568,008 $972,953 -$2,239,630 -$2,034,205
As % of expenses 5.4% 32.5% 17.2% -23.7% -22.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $151,303 $1,557,537 $955,602 -$2,272,934 -$2,064,343
As % of expenses 5.2% 32.3% 16.8% -24.0% -22.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,022,599 $6,386,537 $6,645,494 $9,149,766 $9,911,725
Total revenue, % change over prior year 31.4% 111.3% 4.1% 37.7% 8.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 1.1% 0.9% 10.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.3%
All other grants and contributions 95.5% 96.3% 89.7% 83.4% 93.6%
Other revenue 3.4% 2.8% 0.2% 16.6% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,896,760 $4,818,529 $5,672,541 $9,433,530 $8,968,296
Total expenses, % change over prior year 34.1% 66.3% 17.7% 66.3% -4.9%
Personnel 32.0% 32.8% 41.9% 59.7% 62.3%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 16.4% 17.9%
Occupancy 2.3% 2.3% 1.9% 2.6% 2.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 47.1% 28.4% 14.9% 7.6% 6.7%
All other expenses 17.9% 35.8% 40.5% 13.7% 10.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,900,882 $4,829,000 $5,689,892 $9,466,834 $8,998,434
One month of savings $241,397 $401,544 $472,712 $786,128 $747,358
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $522,383
Fixed asset additions $0 $148,924 $70,124 $53,130 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,142,279 $5,379,468 $6,232,728 $10,306,092 $10,268,175

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.8 5.7 8.2 3.3 2.6
Months of cash and investments 2.8 5.7 8.2 3.3 2.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.3 4.9 6.1 0.7 -1.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $671,400 $2,275,408 $3,888,838 $2,583,064 $1,919,881
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $119,417 $112,728 $51,514 $742,977 $3,749,442
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $109,826 $258,750 $328,874 $340,070 $283,204
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 90.5% 42.4% 38.7% 34.9% 34.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 29.6% 19.8% 27.0% 45.8% 51.4%
Unrestricted net assets $565,924 $2,123,461 $3,079,063 $806,129 -$1,258,214
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $1,955,866 $4,933,500
Total net assets $565,924 $2,123,461 $3,079,063 $2,761,995 $3,675,286

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Josh Silver

Joshua Silver, CEO ia a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative campaign and is the cofounder and former CEO of Free Press, the nation's leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He was the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution.

Managing Director

Josh Lynn

Josh Graham Lynn is a seasoned marketer and communications specialist. As a creative director, his work was honored by the Rebrand 100 Awards, the Webby Awards, the American Package Design Awards, and the ADDYs. Josh has launched and managed numerous international brands and has developed membership and consumer outreach campaigns for organizations ranging from credit unions to progressive communities.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
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Board co-chair

Mr. Jon DeVaan


Board co-chair

YuChiang Cheng

YuChiang Cheng

Elisa Jagerson

Kulpreet Rana

Todd Dipaola

Adam McKay

Desmond Meade

Jennifer Lawrence

Ramsey Homsany

Caroline Moon

Josh Jones

Ed Helms

Tara Smith Swibel

Raj De Datta

Alicia Cannon Mullen

Jon DeVaan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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