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Free Speech for People Inc

Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote.

Amherst, MA   |  www.freespeechforpeople.org
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Free Speech for People Inc

EIN: 45-0709993


Mission

Free Speech For People (FSFP) is a national nonpartisan public education and legal advocacy organization working to ensure all people have an equal voice and an equal vote in our democracy. Since 2010, FSFP has served as a catalyzing and bold leader in the movement to defend and to protect our democracy and our United States Constitution for we, the people. We effect change through our core initiatives to fight for free and fair elections, to challenge big money in politics, to fight corruption, to advance political equality for all, and to develop new and innovative legal actions to uphold our fundamental democratic principles.

Ruling year info

2013

Principal Officer

John Bonifaz

Main address

48 N Pleasant St Ste 304

Amherst, MA 01002 USA

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EIN

45-0709993

Subject area info

Democracy

Voter rights

Human services

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Election Protection

Free Speech For People works to challenge voter suppression and voter intimidation, the use of unreliable and insecure voting systems, and unequal voting conditions. With this work, we seek to amplify the voices and collective power of communities that have been historically disenfranchised and underrepresented in our democracy.

Population(s) Served

Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People has played a leading role in the movement to get big money out of politics for over a decade. To advance this core initiative, we challenge foreign-influenced corporate spending in elections, defend state campaign finance reform laws, and advance a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and reclaim our democracy.

Population(s) Served

Free Speech For People works to defend public interest laws, including environmental reforms, workers’ rights, and healthcare advocacy, threatened by corporate claims of constitutional rights and to ensure corporations are held accountable under the law.

Population(s) Served

Free Speech For People challenges corruption at the highest levels of government and acts to ensure no one is above the law. We advance this initiative by holding elected officials accountable to the Constitution in the courts and in Congress.

Population(s) Served

Free Speech For People has been at the forefront of the movement to amend the Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision since 2010 and supports a broad set of amendments to ensure that all Americans have an equal vote and equal opportunity to participate in our elections. Free Speech For People supports a series of Democracy Amendments to reclaim our democracy. These include: the Free and Fair Elections Amendment (drafted by Free Speech For People), People’s Rights Amendment, Right to Vote Amendment, Amendment to Abolish the Electoral College, and Equal Rights Amendment.

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Our results

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Free Speech For People works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people. Founded on the day of the Supreme Courts Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote.

We advance our mission with the following innovative, effective, and complementary strategies:

We fight for the right to vote; for free and fair elections, for reliable and secure voting systems, and for the bedrock promise of political equality for all;
We draft and promote key constitutional amendments to restore our democracy by establishing a constitutional right to vote, majority rule (one person-one vote) in the election of the president and vice president, and a constitutionally-mandated public campaign finance system and strict limits on private political contributions and spending; eliminating the judicially fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights; and implementing the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment;
We engage in legal advocacy in the courts to advance a new jurisprudence on money in politics and to confront the misuse of the U.S. Constitution to claim corporate exemptions from our laws;
We develop and advocate for model laws and other tools to challenge big money in politics and to make corporations responsible to the public; and
We challenge corruption at the highest levels of our government and lead bold campaigns for accountability under the law.

Financials

Free Speech for People Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

40.05

Average of 24.20 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19.6

Average of 12.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

32%

Average of 29% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Free Speech for People Inc

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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$32,945 $426,135 $125,686 $609,777 $963,002
As % of expenses -3.1% 42.5% 6.3% 40.0% 45.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$34,308 $424,725 $123,326 $606,879 $959,298
As % of expenses -3.3% 42.3% 6.2% 39.8% 45.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,153,541 $1,357,401 $3,103,734 $1,545,292 $3,785,512
Total revenue, % change over prior year -17.9% 17.7% 128.7% -50.2% 145.0%
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% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.6% 98.8% 100.0% 99.8% 99.2%
Other revenue 3.4% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,050,822 $1,002,907 $1,981,106 $1,523,021 $2,100,526
Total expenses, % change over prior year -19.9% -4.6% 97.5% -23.1% 37.9%
Personnel 62.9% 58.6% 36.8% 71.4% 55.1%
Professional fees 17.4% 16.8% 54.1% 18.1% 32.7%
Occupancy 5.8% 5.3% 3.1% 4.1% 3.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 2.1% 0.0% 0.0% 2.4%
All other expenses 13.9% 17.2% 6.0% 6.4% 6.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,052,185 $1,004,317 $1,983,466 $1,525,919 $2,104,230
One month of savings $87,569 $83,576 $165,092 $126,918 $175,044
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,968 $3,392 $0 $5,077 $4,356
Total full costs (estimated) $1,141,722 $1,091,285 $2,148,558 $1,657,914 $2,283,630

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.2 11.7 14.4 17.5 19.6
Months of cash and investments 8.2 11.7 14.4 17.5 19.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.6 13.0 7.4 14.3 15.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $720,193 $980,159 $2,380,662 $2,218,094 $3,436,944
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $249,296 $356,811 $75,253 $277,902 $743,892
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,847 $11,238 $13,305 $18,382 $21,274
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.8% 68.3% 75.4% 70.3% 71.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.2% 3.5% 2.0% 2.6% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $669,000 $1,093,725 $1,217,051 $1,823,930 $2,783,228
Temporarily restricted net assets $293,621 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 $293,621 $221,980 $1,218,922 $631,416 $1,353,402
Total net assets $962,621 $1,315,705 $2,435,973 $2,455,346 $4,136,630

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Operations

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Documents
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Principal Officer

John Bonifaz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Free Speech for People Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/04/2024
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Board chair

Ben Clements

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/6/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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