A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Supporting progressive, grassroots activism.

aka A.J.M.M.I.   |   New York, NY   |
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A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

EIN: 23-7379088


We support grassroots nonviolent radical activism for the liberation of all.

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Executive Director

Heidi Boghosian

Main address

55 Exchange Pl Suite 405

New York, NY 10005 USA

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Subject area info

Civic participation

Human rights

International peace and security

Population served info

Children and youth


Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

Incarcerated people

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NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Our programs

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

Social Justice Fund

Reviewed twice annually, organizing grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to activist organizations with small budgets and little access to mainstream funding sources. Examples of issues we fund include:

- stop war and militarism
- abolish the death penalty
- support labor organizing
- defend immigrant rights
- oppose the carceral state
- expose dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

Created in 1994, this fund makes grants of up to $4,000 for trainings which help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice. Projects must be located outside the United States, or within Native nations in the US.

Population(s) Served

The Institute's pamphlet series consists of historical and contemporary essays on issues of social change. Topics include nonviolent resistance and national defense, liberation struggles, racism, sexism, and labor organizing.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people

The Muste Institute has historically provided affordable office and meeting space in New York City to help foster collaborative grassroots community initiatives. The Institute is working virtually from July 2021 for up to a year as we explore how the Covid pandemic may impact collaborative work. We fully expect to continue supporting on-the-ground activism in many different forms.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people

The Harrop A. and Ruth S. Freeman Peace Internship Endowment was created in 1996 by a bequest from life-long peace activists Ruth and Harrop Freeman to provide stipends to interns in the War Resisters League’s national office.

Population(s) Served

The Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment was created in 2011 by a gift from Sophie and John Bilezikian in honor of their daughter's legacy of social justice action. The Endowment provides stipends to interns working in the War Resisters League’s national office.

Population(s) Served

Through fiscal sponsorship, the Institute helps organizations receive tax-deductible contributions for educational work related to peace and social justice.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 AJMMI FY2022 Audited Financial Statements 2021 AJMMI FY2021 Form 990 2019 AJ Muste Memorial Institute
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 52.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of A.J. Muste Memorial Institute’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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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2022. Please refer to its 2022 990s for more information.

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 *
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$559,795 -$2,597,989 -$1,260,937 $2,372,056 -$2,545,226
As % of expenses -38.6% -129.7% -58.2% 178.4% -235.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$617,070 -$2,655,566 -$1,318,640 $2,319,259 -$2,547,401
As % of expenses -40.9% -128.9% -59.3% 167.8% -235.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $773,817 $771,430 $792,983 $874,105 $1,647,503
Total revenue, % change over prior year -32.0% -0.3% 2.8% 10.2% 88.5%
Program services revenue 19.5% 18.0% 13.2% 2.3% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 61.6% 63.2% 59.9% 40.3% 19.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 19.4% 11.2% 13.2% 8.8% 37.2%
Other revenue -0.4% 7.6% 13.7% 48.6% 43.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,451,064 $2,002,924 $2,165,024 $1,329,552 $1,080,614
Total expenses, % change over prior year -18.6% 38.0% 8.1% -38.6% -18.7%
Personnel 15.2% 13.3% 8.0% 18.3% 24.2%
Professional fees 22.1% 30.4% 31.3% 20.7% 29.6%
Occupancy 33.9% 23.3% 22.9% 36.1% 0.0%
Interest 7.2% 16.5% 13.0% 4.5% 2.4%
Pass-through 13.9% 10.5% 4.4% 11.2% 39.3%
All other expenses 7.6% 5.9% 20.4% 9.2% 4.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,508,339 $2,060,501 $2,222,727 $1,382,349 $1,082,789
One month of savings $120,922 $166,910 $180,419 $110,796 $90,051
Debt principal payment $0 $237,109 $0 $6,137,629 $74,558
Fixed asset additions $7,884,100 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $9,513,361 $2,464,520 $2,403,146 $7,630,774 $1,247,398

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.8 2.7 1.9 21.8 4.9
Months of cash and investments 156.0 107.8 98.1 171.1 183.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 151.3 98.8 84.1 157.9 165.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $459,708 $450,846 $339,443 $2,411,912 $439,941
Investments $18,408,079 $17,543,296 $17,356,355 $16,546,503 $16,038,411
Receivables $39,356 $7,037 $5,208,315 $3,500 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,170,475 $6,095,387 $6,095,519 $6,097,318 $6,098,617
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 1.5% 2.9% 99.1% 99.9% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 27.8% 29.8% 32.5% 6.1% 6.6%
Unrestricted net assets $19,144,974 $16,489,408 $15,170,768 $17,490,027 $14,942,626
Temporarily restricted net assets $498,486 $481,753 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $498,486 $481,753 $470,668 $468,747 $475,118
Total net assets $19,643,460 $16,971,161 $15,641,436 $17,958,774 $15,417,744

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Heidi Boghosian

Heidi Boghosian is an attorney with over 30 years in nonprofit management experience. She's worked in the fields of alternatives to incarceration; radical lawyering; youth services; and HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/15/2024
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Board of directors data
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Board chair

Johanna Fernandez

Yuko Tonohira

Robert Taylor

Nina Streich

Matt Meyer

Johanna Fernandez

Baruch College

Diane Tosh

Ynestra King

Carol Kalafatic

King Downing

Ivan Morales

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/28/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.