Color Of Change Education Fund

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.

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OAKLAND, CA – EIN 455569879  colorofchange.org

As a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Our campaigns and initiatives win changes that matter. By designing strategies powerful enough to fight racism and injustice—in politics and culture, in the workplace and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist—we are changing both the written and unwritten rules of society. We mobilize our members to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.

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Color of Change

Color of Change
Color of Change logo 2020.png
Motto"Changing the color of democracy"
Founded2005[1]
FounderJames Rucker, Van Jones
Type 501(c)(4)
FocusCivil rights, politics, mass media
Location
MethodOnline advocacy, lobbying, petitions
Key people
Rashad Robinson
Revenue
$548,389 (2013)[2]
Websitecolorofchange.org

Color of Change is a progressive[3][4] nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization in the United States.[5][6][7] It was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to use online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans.[8] Color of Change is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organizing with an affiliated political action committee.[9]

History and overview

Color of Change was co-founded in 2005 by James Rucker and Van Jones to replicate the MoveOn.org email list model among African American Internet users.[10][11] Rucker had previously worked for the MoveOn.org Political Action and MoveOn.org Civic Action while Jones was the founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.[12] Rashad Robinson is the organization's president, having joined the organization in May 2011.[13]

Color of Change utilizes the Internet, and specifically e-mail, as its main conduit for communicating with its members. Web 2.0 developments such as social networking sites also contribute to the organization's strategy.[14][15]

In 2015, Color of Change was ranked 6th on Fast Company's list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.[16]

Rashad Robinson serves as the organization's president. Board members include dream hampton.[17]

Activities

Criminal justice advocacy

The organization gained prominence with its national campaign to assist the Jena Six, in which Color of Change raised $212,000 for the Jena Six legal defense, largely through online donations.[12][18] The Chicago Tribune's Howard Witt noted that Color of Change was the only national civil rights group to be fully transparent with their use of the funds related to the Jena 6.[19] The Jena campaign was such a galvanizing force that it tripled Color of Change's membership.[18]

In September 2008, Color of Change began a campaign in support of Troy Davis. Over 666,000 petitions urging clemency for Mr. Davis were delivered to the Georgia pardons board.[20] The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Troy Davis.[21] Color of Change released a formal statement after Troy Davis' death.[22]

Color of Change began a campaign in support of Trayvon Martin on March 19, 2012. The organization also advocated the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws nationwide.[23][24]

In 2013, Color of Change launched a campaign targeting private prisons, demanding that investors in private prisons divest their investments. Various corporations have since divested nearly $60 million from the private prison industry.[25]

Criticism of media

Glenn Beck

In 2009, Color of Change launched a campaign urging advertisers on Glenn Beck's Fox News show to pull their ads, in response to comments by Beck in which he called President Obama "a racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."[26] Affected advertisers switched their ads to different Fox programs.[27]

Nas and Fox News

A campaign against Fox News was developed in protest of recurring remarks[by whom?] that Color of Change believed to be racist,[28] including negative comments directed at President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.[29][30][31] This campaign was led by hip hop artist Nas, Color of Change, Moveon.org, and Brave New Films. The campaign collected 620,000 petition signatures, which were delivered to Fox News headquarters in July 2008.[32]

Pat Buchanan

In 2011, Color of Change launched a campaign urging MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan for his alleged remarks about white supremacy and his affiliation with a white supremacist radio program.[33][34] MSNBC suspended Buchanan's show for four months before cancelling it in February 2012.[35]

News Accuracy Report Card

In March 2015, Color of Change and Media Matters for America released Not To Be Trusted: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC,[36] a report detailing how the organization believes that local news coverage in New York City distorts the picture of criminal justice, and the negative impacts this inaccurate imagery has on black communities. [37]

All My Babies' Mamas

In January 2013, Color of Change launched a campaign demanding that Oxygen and its parent company, NBCUniversal, cease production on the reality TV show All My Babies’ Mamas, starring rapper Shawty Lo and the ten mothers of his eleven children. Color of Change argued that the show perpetrated harmful stereotypes about African American families.[38] A Change.org petition garnered over 40,000 signatures and Oxygen announced the cancellation of the show.[39]

Saturday Night Live

In October 2013, an open letter penned by Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson and published in The Hollywood Reporter criticized Saturday Night Live (SNL) Executive Producer Lorne Michaels for the lack of diversity on SNL, pointing out that only three black women had joined the show’s repertory cast in its then-39-year history.[40]

Amy Pascal

In December 2014, Color of Change launched a petition for Sony to fire Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, after her e-mails were leaked.[41] Pascal had suggested President Barack Obama would enjoy Django Unchained and The Butler, two films which deal with slavery in the United States and the pre-civil rights era.[42][43]

Policy positions

In 2012, representatives from the Color of Change attended a meeting of the Democracy Initiative, a progressive coalition whose goals include restricting political contributions permitted by the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and combating voter ID laws.[44]

In July 2014, Color of Change launched a campaign calling out ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus for opposing efforts to protect net neutrality.[45]

Color of Change advocated for the investigation of Wall Street banks in wake of a national housing and foreclosure crisis.[46]

Political advocacy

American Legislative Exchange Council

Color of Change began a boycott campaign against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on December 8, 2011, objecting to ALEC's support of Voter ID laws.[47][48] After the campaign was expanded to a protest of stand-your-ground laws following the Trayvon Martin shooting, a number of major companies pulled their funding from ALEC. Color of Change also urged its members to take online and offline action to convince corporations to quit ALEC.[49]

Congressional Black Caucus

The organization lobbied the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in 2007 to not host a Democratic presidential debate with the Fox network.[50] Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama eventually decided to shun the Congressional Black Caucus/Fox debate. James Rucker, one of the founders of Color of Change, argued that Fox was using its partnership with the CBC as part of an image building campaign to make itself appear more "Black-friendly."[51]

In 2008, Color of Change began an e-mail campaign to urge members of the CBC (those who are superdelegates) to endorse candidates according to how their districts voted.[52] In February 2008, Representative John Lewis, a senior member in Congress and the CBC, declared that he would switch his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama because his district overwhelmingly supported Obama in its primary.[53]

Support for net neutrality

In 2019, Color of Change joined several other organizations calling for support for net neutrality by asking for pressure to be put on Senator Mitch McConnell to stop blocking the Save the Internet Act in the U.S. Senate.[54][55]

Opposition to use of plantations as romantic settings for weddings

In late 2019, after contact initiated by Color of Change, "five major websites often used for wedding planning have pledged to cut back on promoting and romanticizing weddings at former slave plantations."[56]

See also

References

  1. ^ Gold, Matea (August 24, 2009). "Glenn Beck goes after Color of Change co-founder Van Jones". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ "IRS Form 990 2013" (PDF). GuideStar. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Carroll, Lauren; Contorno, Steven (October 30, 2014). "Republicans are trying to impeach Barack Obama, civil rights group says". PolitiFact.com. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Chockshi, Niraj (September 24, 2014). "Yahoo, Yelp, Facebook, Google and Microsoft reconsider their relationship with free-market group ALEC". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ Thompson, Krissah (December 28, 2010). "Activist groups take full advantage of new media outlets to spread their message". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  6. ^ "What Is ColorOfChange.org?". Color of Change. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ Lewis, Renee (October 22, 2014). "Activists demand comprehensive federal data on Americans killed by police". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ Shaw, Randy (2013). Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century. University of California Press. p. 170. ISBN 9780520956995.
  9. ^ Kaplan, Larry (September 22, 2014). "DOJ Initiative on Community-Police Relations Draws Support". Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  10. ^ Weigel, David (March 28, 2011). "Shut Up Everybody". Slate. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  11. ^ Bai, Matt (August 6, 2008). "Is Obama the End of Black Politics?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b Moulitsas Zuniga, Markos (2008). Taking on the System: Rules for Change in a Digital Era. Penguin. ISBN 9781440635526.
  13. ^ Seligson, Hannah (October 8, 2012). "The Advocates Jerime Black, Rashad Robinson". Ad Week. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  14. ^ Witt, Howard (2007-09-18). "Blogs help drive Jena protest". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  15. ^ "ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES". CNN. September 20, 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  16. ^ McCorvey, J.J. "Color of Change". Fast Company. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  17. ^ Rao, Sonia (8 June 2020). "TV shows shape how law enforcement is viewed. Where will they go from here?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  18. ^ a b Garofoli, Joe (September 22, 2007). "Louisiana's Jena Six beating case galvanizes S.F.'s 'black MoveOn'". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  19. ^ Witt, Howard (2007-11-11). "Controversy over the Jena 6 funds". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  20. ^ Sullivan, Lena. "Groups deliver petitions for Troy Davis". Georgia Daily News. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  21. ^ Barr, Bob. "Ruling to execute Troy Davis violates core principles". CNN. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  22. ^ Robinson, Rashad (2011-09-22). "Troy Davis Is Dead; the Movement Continues". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  23. ^ Nichols, John (July 16, 2013). "Outrage Is Rising Against Stand Your Ground". The Nation. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  24. ^ Muskal, Michael (November 15, 2013). "Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin shootings: How they compare". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  25. ^ Quandt, Katie Rose (April 28, 2014). "Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison Industry". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  26. ^ New York Daily News, 18 August 2009, President Obama insult by Glenn Beck has advertisers boycotting show
  27. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek October 13, 2010 "Why Businesses Don't Trust the Tea Party" Archived October 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "An overview: Fox News and its problem with African-Americans". Color of Change. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  29. ^ Slate: The "Terrorist Fist Jab" and Me. July 14, 2008.
  30. ^ Malcolm, Andrew (2008-06-12). "Fox News in trouble again over Obama smear: 'baby mama'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  31. ^ Tuned In, Time: In Which I Admit That Bill O'Reilly Is Right. March 31, 2008.
  32. ^ Reid, Shaheem (July 23, 2008). "Nas Takes Fox News To Task For What He Calls 'Racist Attacks,' At NYC Rally". MTV. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  33. ^ Huffington Post: Pat Buchanan's MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book. November 8, 2011.
  34. ^ Shapiro, Rebecca (October 25, 2011). "Color Of Change Urges MSNBC To Fire Pat Buchanan". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  35. ^ Bauder, David (2012-02-16). "Pat Buchanan, MSNBC Part Ways: Network Drops Conservative Commentator 4 Months After Suspending Him". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  36. ^ "Not To Be Trusted: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC". Color of Change.,
  37. ^ ColorOfChange partnered with Media Matters for America to study the representation of Black people in local news reporting on crime.
  38. ^ Couch, Aaron (January 13, 2013). "Civil Rights Group Accuses Oxygen Reality Show of Racism". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  39. ^ Porter, Alfonzo (January 16, 2013). "All My Babies' Mamas: Change.org scores a victory against negative images". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  40. ^ "Civil Rights Group to Lorne Michaels: Why Doesn't 'SNL' Cast Black Women? (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  41. ^ Aaron Couch, Civil Rights Group Asks Sony to Fire Amy Pascal Over Leaked Emails, The Hollywood Reporter, December 18, 2014
  42. ^ Matthew Zeitlin (2014-12-10). "Scott Rudin On Obama's Favorite Movies: "I Bet He Likes Kevin Hart"". BuzzFeed.
  43. ^ Hayley Tsukayama (2014-12-11). "A Sony exec cracks jokes about Obama's race, and eight more bruising revelations from the Sony leak". The Washington Post.
  44. ^ Kroll, Andy (January 19, 2013). "Revealed: The Massive New Liberal Plan to Remake American Politics". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  45. ^ "Fight over net neutrality gets racial". Seattle pi. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  46. ^ "MoveOn, Color Of Change Demand Obama To Investigate Wall Street Banks, Housing Crisis". Huffington Post. January 19, 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  47. ^ Hsu, Tiffany (April 6, 2012). "Coca-Cola, Kraft leave conservative ALEC after boycott launched". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  48. ^ Condon, Stephanie (April 23, 2012). "Liberals keep up the pressure on ALEC". CBS News. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  49. ^ Hoffman, John. "ColorofChange.org and Advocacy: The ALEC Campaign". Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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  51. ^ Hernandez, Raymond, and Jacques Steinberg (2007-05-27). "For Democrats, Debate on Fox Reveals Divide". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  52. ^ "Tell CBC superdelegates to uphold the will of the voters". Color of Change. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  53. ^ Zeleny, Jeff, and Patrick Healy (2008-02-15). "Black Leader, a Clinton Ally, Tilts to Obama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  54. ^ https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/tell_congress_cra
  55. ^ https://www.freepress.net/news/press-releases/civil-rights-and-media-equity-groups-call-senate-pass-save-internet-act
  56. ^ Murphy, Heather (December 5, 2019). "Pinterest and The Knot Pledge to Stop Promoting Plantation Weddings". The New York Times.

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COLOROFCHANGEORG EDUCATION FUND INC

OAKLAND, CA 94612-3409 | Tax-exempt since Jan. 2014
  • EIN: 45-5569879
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

PDF

990

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

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Dec. 2017

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2017

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990

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Total Revenue

$9,270,740

Total Functional Expenses $6,475,222
Net income $2,795,518
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $9,207,532 99.3%
Program services $50,847 0.5%
Investment income $12,361 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,836,309 28.4%
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Total Liabilities $1,625,016
Net Assets $6,830,003
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Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

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$5,812,389

Total Functional Expenses $3,291,407
Net income $2,520,982
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $1,289 0.0%
Investment income $3,830 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $790,603 24.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $704,172 21.4%
Other
Total Assets $4,361,712
Total Liabilities $327,227
Net Assets $4,034,485
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2015

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Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$26,708
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $193,765 7.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $881,573 35.8%
Other
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Total Liabilities $333,532
Net Assets $1,513,503
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Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

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990

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$2,877,242

Total Functional Expenses $2,074,312
Net income $802,930
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $5,000 0.2%
Investment income $317 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $119,168 5.7%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $710,951 34.3%
Other
Total Assets $1,405,631
Total Liabilities $117,929
Net Assets $1,287,702
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Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

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990

Total Revenue

$1,742,837

Total Functional Expenses $1,633,351
Net income $109,486
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,736,800 99.7%
Program services $6,000 0.3%
Investment income $37 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $116,543 7.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $547,989 33.5%
Other
Total Assets $612,959
Total Liabilities $128,187
Net Assets $484,772
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Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$751,113

Total Functional Expenses $375,826
Net income $375,287
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $50 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $42,234 11.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $126,395 33.6%
Other
Total Assets $541,224
Total Liabilities $165,938
Net Assets $375,286

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