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Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action
220 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Year, State Incorporated:
2000, New York
Building Movement Project, CivWorld, Cultural Strategies Initiative, New Economy Network, The Declaration Initiative
Stated Purpose:
" A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and to catalyze change. Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of three overarching goals: A more equitable economy with opportunity for all; A robust democracy in which all Americans are empowered to participate; A strong public sector that can provide for our common interests and shared needs. Through our core programs and additional special projects, Demos combines insightful research with support for on-the-ground action to make equality and democracy more than just ideals. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Demos’ DEMOCRACY PROGRAM works to strengthen democracy in the United States by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. Demos supports expanded democratic participation by supporting pro-voter litigation; providing original research and resources to advocates and policymakers and advancing a broad agenda for election reform. The ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM addresses the severe economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today. The program offers fresh analysis and bold policy ideas to provide new opportunities for young adults and financially-strapped families to achieve economic security. Our SUSTAINABLE PROGRESS INITIATIVE facilitates creative new research, policy development, and strategic planning for advancing a new economy where the priority is to sustain human and natural communities. This is done by researching and rethinking how Americans consume and live, how the United States structures economic activity and measures progress, and how we engage in the global economy. The Demos FELLOWS PROGRAM supports scholars and writers whose innovative work influences our public debate about crucial national and global issues. The program offers an intellectual home and platform for more than 25 fellows from diverse backgrounds: emerging public intellectuals, journalists, distinguished public figures, and academics whose research can be used to inform the policy world.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Heather McGhee, President
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Amelia Warren Tyagi
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Business Talent Group
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals and the internet.
Fund raising costs were 5.1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,178,907, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Demos: A Network for Ideas & Actions' Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  



Special Event


Rental Revenue


Other Income


Honorarium and Book Sales


Management Fees


Investment Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Democracy Program


Affiliated Programs


Economic Opportunity Program


Public Works Program


Research and Fellows Program


Special initiative


International Programs

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative 9% 
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Beginning net assets $2,643,203
Ending net assets 2,726,846
Total liabilities 499,857

Total assets



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