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Future Caucus

Activating young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics.

aka Millennial Action Project DBA Future Caucus   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  www.futurecaucus.org

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Future Caucus

EIN: 47-2802851


Mission

The Future Caucus has an audacious mission: activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics.

Ruling year info

2015

President & CEO

Layla Zaidane

Main address

1701 Rhode Island Avenue NW

WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA

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Formerly known as

Millennial Action Project

EIN

47-2802851

Subject area info

Public affairs

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Future Caucus believes in the power of "generational transformation" the notion that young new leaders are positioned to change the paradigms, norms, and behaviors that are holding us back. Over the next five years, we will engage both legislators and constituents to seed a better civic infrastructure and create a more virtuous feedback loop: engaged, collaborative legislators, who inspire engaged, cooperative citizens, which begets more productive policymaking. We are building a framework designed to enable a thriving pluralism and a stronger, more functional democracy. Through our strategic and operational planning for the next five years, we have developed a theory of change that will drive our activities and impact: Future Caucus creates systemic change to disrupt toxic polarization through the development of new structures, new relationships, and new narratives with young legislators that produce improved governance, transformative public policy, and post-partisan vision.

Our programs

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

State Future Caucus Network

The mission of each State Future Caucus is to convene young and innovative legislators committed to working on the issues facing Gen Z, Millennials, and future generations. Future Caucus members are committed to pragmatically working towards a culture of political cooperation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Congressional Future Caucus is our nation's first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress.

These members come together across partisan lines to creatively and pragmatically forge common ground on issues facing America's next generation, such as higher education, entrepreneurship, and veteran’s employment.

Future Caucus members are committed to engaging in nonpartisan outreach to other Gen Z and millennials and building key generational relationships across the aisle.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each summer, the Future Caucus hosts the largest bipartisan convening of young state legislators during the Future Summit. Over the past seven years, hundreds of legislators from across the country have set aside party differences and joined together to collaborate, share policy ideas, and gain insight from national policy experts. The Future Summit serves as a central location for policymakers to highlight their efforts and propose solutions to advance legislation in areas disproportionately affecting Gen Z, millennial and future generations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Future Caucus' leadership development programs equip young leaders to overcome toxic polarization so they can transform American politics through collaborative governance. Future Caucus provides a suite of trainings, workshops, fellowships, and leadership development experiences to Gen Z and Millennial legislators. We tailor each session to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by young people in elected office:

-Lunch & Learns hosted “by legislators for legislators” to exemplifies a skill that could be modeled as a best practice for others.
- Leadership development sessions with co-chairs of our State Future Caucus Network to support their ability to organize and lead their caucuses.
- A community of practice to support caucuses who want to learn how to move past differences to effectively collaborate with their peers.
- Opportunities for the greater Future Caucus network to develop their leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Innovation Fellows are members of the State Future Caucus Network and focus on issue areas important to future generations, including:

- Strengthening Democracy - Our young legislators are working together to modernize legislatures, safeguard our elections, ensure that all eligible voters can cast ballots, and bring lawmaking into the 21st century.
- Energy & Environment - Our legislators are leading the fight to introduce cutting-edge technologies that modernize energy production and grid infrastructure, and environmental protections that improve Americans’ quality of life.
- Pursuing Justice - Our legislators are leading the nation with bipartisan coalitions to address sentencing reform, recidivism reduction, and justice reinvestment.
- Future of Work - Our young legislators work across the political aisle to develop policies that will drive innovation while securing workers’ and students’ rights.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Future Caucus leaders are preparing for the 2024 legislative session in their respective states. And scores of newly elected, young legislators will be joining their coalition of problem solvers.

Following our successful “On the Rise” tour in 2023, the Future Rising Tour will add more states, increase training opportunities for newly elected officials, create networking and collaboration opportunities and celebrate the big ideas young people are bringing into their statehouses and connect this new generation of leadership. Each tour stop focuses on preparing our state-based Future Caucuses to transcend toxic polarization and achieve future-oriented policy goals in 2024.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each December, Future Caucus recognizes legislators from the State Future Caucus Network (SFCN) during our annual Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Award highlights young leaders—one Republican and one Democrat—and their contributions to the SFCN over the last year. It aims to recognize SFCN members who embody our vision of transcending political tribalism. The Rising Star Award honors leaders who take initiative in shepherding bipartisan legislation that addresses priority issues in today’s political climate.

The Cherisse Eatmon Collective Impact Award recognizes an outstanding state caucus for their future-focused leadership and political bridge-building.

Nominees are selected based on their active engagement with Future Caucus events and their efforts in promoting political collaboration within their state.

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 states in State Future Caucus Network

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

State Future Caucus Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, MAP made the critical decision to slow the growth of the SFCN in order to focus on a deeper engagement strategy with each state in order to maintain and enhance the quality of the program.

Number of donations made by board members

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Represented as a percentage

Number of state legislators engaged

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Totals By Year
Related Program

State Future Caucus Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes legislators in states outside of the Future Caucus Network.

Number of cross-state campaigns

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

State Future Caucus Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Congressional Future Caucus members

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

Congressional Future Caucus

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of conference attendees

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

State Future Caucus Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Future Summit has become the largest bipartisan Gen Z and millennial lawmaker conference in the U.S.

Number of conferences held

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

State Future Caucus Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

In 2013, Future Caucus organized Americas first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Shaping the next generation of leadership, our Future Caucus model has expanded into nearly 33 state legislatures, and the organization has grown into the largest nonpartisan network of millennial elected officials in the U.S. Future Caucus and its state network are working to restore trust in government by bridging the divide between young elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

In ten years of work, Future Caucus has built a network of more than 1,800 young elected leaders across the country. In our next chapter of organizational growth and impact, achieving the following objectives will enable us to scale the infrastructure weve built, harness the energy of the next generation, and protect our democracy:

CONNECT - Future Caucus establishes, builds, and maintains the body of elected officials in Congress and in states in the Future Caucus Network.

TRAIN - Future Caucus provides legislators with the skills and leadership development they need have an impactful career.

CATALYZE - Future Caucus activates our network to advance key and emerging policy issues and promotes post-partisan policymaking.

AMPLIFY - Future Caucus continues to boost the visibility of legislators and caucuses in their communities through effective storytelling and media campaigns.

CONNECT
-- Support legislators to find like minded leaders, build relationships, and enact effective legislation.
-- Strengthen the Future Caucus network by growing pipeline of young elected leaders joining Future Caucuses.
-- Build the identity of Future Caucuses.


TRAIN
-- Build capacity of Future Caucus legislators
-- Create professional development content, interactive trainings, and tools that respond to identified needs: leadership skills, digital communications capacity, legislative negotiations, and others.
-- Establish partnerships to build, deliver, and practice the suite of tools.

CATALYZE
-- Equip Future Caucus leaders to solve select critical national problems.
-- Make Future Caucus the pre-eminent thought leader in new approaches to leadership and policymaking.

AMPLIFY
-- Continue to boost the visibility of legislators and caucuses in their communities through effective storytelling and media campaigns.
-- Create media (earned, paid, shared, print) opportunities to showcase bipartisan policy achievements of Future Caucus members, and frame the collective work of young lawmakers.

Future Caucus is in a period of growth, both internally and externally. While Future Caucus' staff has grown to support the scaling of its programs and services, so too has its Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and circle of supporters and funders. Our organizational culture is rooted in empowerment, embracing shared leadership and the collective wisdom of our diverse team. We also understand the importance of self-renewal and creating space for rest and rejuvenation to prevent burnout and maintain long-term sustainability. Finally, we remain deeply connected through personal relationships, institutional links, and community networks, which provide the support and resources necessary to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing landscape. In essence, our adaptability and resilience are built on purpose, agility, openness, empowerment, and a strong network of connections, ensuring our continued effectiveness in advancing pluralist policy outcomes and strengthening democracy in the face of evolving challenges.

In the years before Future Caucus' founding, the U.S. was rapidly descending into one of the most dysfunctional periods of our history. In 2011, this dysfunction snowballed, nearly forcing a national default and causing the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. In 2013, a group of Truman Scholars, who were deeply concerned about the direction of the country but inspired by the potential for a new generation of leadership, came together to launch the Congressional Future Caucus and renew American democracy under the name Millennial Action Project. Soon after, state policymakers began reaching out to MAP to ask for Future Caucuses in their states, and MAP quickly began helping young lawmakers start chapters in state legislatures across the country. In 2021 Layla Zaidane, MAPs then COO, replaced MAPs founder, Steven Olikara, as President and CEO and worked with legislators, partners, and staff to create a five-year strategic plan for growing MAPs membership and programming. Under her leadership, our Future Caucus Network has grown to include more than 1,800 young elected officials in 33 states and in Congress, and our programming now offers legislators year-round access to relationship-building opportunities, skills-based training, and policy resources.

To fully realize our vision, we know we must make space in our organization for the rising Gen Zers who are winning elected office. Last year saw a 170% increase in Gen Z representation at the state level, and this year MAP welcomed 75 Gen Z legislators into our network. To align our branding with our increasingly younger membership, we renamed our organization from Millennial Action Project to Future Caucus in 2023. Our new name will allow our organization to grow in ways unimaginable to us today, as the name focuses on the aspirational idea of people united for a better future.

Future Caucus' programming helps these leaders build generational relationships across the aisle; cross-pollinate best practices and future-looking policy ideas; and promote inclusive political discourse to state and national constituencies. This model has not only enhanced the governing capacity of Gen Z and millennials but also produced significant bipartisan successes on: voting and gerrymandering reforms, clean energy, gun violence prevention, technical education, and more.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

Future Caucus
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

101.61

Average of 63.44 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.7

Average of 8.8 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 14% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Future Caucus

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Future Caucus

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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Future Caucus

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Future Caucus’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 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$75,504 $266,188 $2,306,728 $67,620 -$198,993
As % of expenses -12.0% 22.6% 167.9% 3.9% -11.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$75,504 $265,968 $2,305,640 $65,520 -$201,457
As % of expenses -12.0% 22.6% 167.7% 3.8% -12.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $708,982 $1,383,167 $3,870,567 $1,616,542 $1,848,389
Total revenue, % change over prior year -26.7% 0.0% 179.8% -58.2% 14.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 2.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.8% 99.9% 90.8% 97.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 9.2% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $630,486 $1,178,149 $1,373,725 $1,739,036 $1,683,250
Total expenses, % change over prior year 59.3% 0.0% 16.6% 26.6% -3.2%
Personnel 66.6% 60.2% 75.0% 73.2% 68.6%
Professional fees 3.4% 5.8% 8.9% 14.0% 15.8%
Occupancy 8.3% 9.9% 8.3% 5.3% 2.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 21.8% 24.1% 7.6% 7.5% 12.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $630,486 $1,178,369 $1,374,813 $1,741,136 $1,685,714
One month of savings $52,541 $98,179 $114,477 $144,920 $140,271
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $147,579 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,200 $6,482 $3,636 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $683,027 $1,278,748 $1,495,772 $2,037,271 $1,825,985

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.1 6.0 4.9 5.5 6.7
Months of cash and investments 14.1 10.7 32.2 23.7 25.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.7 10.8 29.3 23.6 23.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $742,449 $593,331 $561,324 $798,924 $942,449
Investments $0 $455,049 $3,129,007 $2,629,314 $2,655,633
Receivables $154,000 $29,411 $13 $21,500 $25,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $2,200 $8,682 $12,318 $12,318
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 10.0% 15.1% 27.7% 47.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.9% 1.9% 4.2% 0.8% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $718,666 $1,060,131 $3,365,771 $3,431,291 $3,229,834
Temporarily restricted net assets $154,000 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 $154,000 $0 $190,114 $0 $364,132
Total net assets $872,666 $1,060,131 $3,555,885 $3,431,291 $3,593,966

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 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

President & CEO

Layla Zaidane

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Future Caucus

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
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Board chair

Nick Maschari

Mission North

Laurie Schultz Heim

Consultant

Nick Maschari

Mission North

Maryfrances Metrick

M Metrick Advisory

Nancy Roman

Partnerships for Healthier America

Erica Williams

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)

Layla Zaidane

Millennial Action Project

David Rokeach

Scale AI

Ellen Kim

Rotunda Capital Partners

Rachel Pearson

Pearson & Associates

David Burd

Heidrick & Struggles

Jose Felix Diaz

Ballard Partners

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

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
Arab American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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