We are pleased to announce that we have published a list of organizations and individuals that provided $50,000 or more in funding to Demand Progress/ Demand Progress Action in 2017. In prior years we published our IRS tax forms (2014, 2015), but we wanted to add an additional measure of transparency.
We believe that an important aspect of evaluating a political message is knowing who is paying for it. Money can have both direct and indirect effects on the positions organizations take — or do not take — and knowing where the money comes from can help make it possible to evaluate the message. We believe that all non-profits should have to disclose their donors above a certain threshold.
In the aggregate, Demand Progress and Demand Progress Action received $2 million in donations in 2017. At this time, we are disclosing donations that contribute approximately 2.5% or more of our budget, or $50,000.
It is notable that our biggest donation comes from our members. More than one-third of Demand Progress and Demand Progress Action’s funds come from small donors, usually in small amounts. This gives us an unusual degree of flexibility and independence as compared to organizations relied on one or two big donors.
We also note that Demand Progress is a project of the New Venture Fund, and Demand Progress Action is the project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which are our fiscal sponsors and help us manage our comparatively tiny organization.