Democracy NC

Group

 

Democracy NC began as Democracy South in 1991 as a project of the radical liberal political group – Institute For Southern Studies, where Bob Hall, the group’s only leader, worked for 25 years and was founding editor of their magazine, Southern Exposure.

In a series of articles, the Civitas Institute has pointed out that “Democracy NC is a radical left wing partisan group and its director, Bob Hall, is the State Board of Election’s right-hand man …. Democracy NC is portrayed in the press as ‘a campaign finance watchdog group’ or ‘a non-partisan watchdog group,’ never as a ‘liberal leaning group’ or as a ‘liberal advocacy group.’ This despite constant lobbying against issues like voter ID, and for taxpayer-financed campaigns and other liberal pet projects.”

Democracy NC is a founding member of Blueprint NC, the group that gained infamy with their strategy memo that directed their members to “eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate” the state’s leadership in 2013, and Bob Hall and Democracy NC lead the charge. Democracy NC has received grants from North Carolina’s biggest funder of anything liberal, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The grants totaled $4.2 million in a 10-year period for things such as lobbying for progressive ideas, public financing of campaigns and other liberal favorites.

In December of 2015 Democracy NC joined with the ACLU to sue the State Board of Elections, accusing them of violating the National Voter Registration Act – known as “motor voter law.” The State Board of Elections immediately provided data and charts to demonstrate that the lawsuit was most likely frivolous.

Financials:  Source IRS 990s
Year Revenue Expenditures Net Assets
2012 $1,280,086 $1,152,494 $666,891
2013 $1,126,679 $1,144,923 $648,647
2014 $1,847,709 $1,811,542 $684,814
2015 $1,558,118 $1,534,986 $706,832
2016 $3,327,055 $2,789,570 $1,256,825

 

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People Connections:

Person Position Time
Adam Beyah Board Vice President Current
Becky Carver Development Director Current
Bob Hall Executive Director Current
Cheryl Ellis Organizing Director Current
Darlene Azarmi Western NC Organizer Current
Diane Robertson Board Secretary Current
Isela Gutierrez-Gunter Associate Research Director Current
Jake Gellar-Goad Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator Current
Jen Jones Communications Manager Current
Jennifer Frye Associate Director Current
Julie Mooney Board Member Current
Kevin Foy Board Treasurer Current
Kim McGuire Board Member Current
Leigh Bradley Office Manager Current
Linda Sutton Field Organizer Current
Louisa Warren Board Member Current
Marcus Bass Campaign Manager Current
Nancy Clark-Shakir Field Organizer, Southeast NC Current
Quinton Harper Field Director Current
Sonya Bennetone Board Member Current
Terry Taylor-Allen Board Member Current
Wib Gulley Board President Current
Zeb Smathers Board Member Current
Adam Sotak Organizing Director Former
Adam Sotak Organizing Director Former
Adam Sotak Statewide Campaign Organizer Former
Adam Sotak Western NC Field Organizer Former
Anthony E. (Tony) Foriest Board Member Former
Ashley Foxx Field Organizer Former
Beth Messersmith Co-Executive Director Former
Betty Chafin Rash Board Member Former
Brad Thompson Board Member Former
Diane Roberts Board Member Former
Gabe Casalett Communications Specialist Former
Iris Green Member Former
Jane Whilden Board of Directors Former
Jennifer Lyday Board Member Former
Jeremy Collins Field Organizer Former
Julie Mooney Board President Former
Kathy Knight Board Vice President Former
Molly Beacham Director of Development Former
Monique Jackson Part-time Assistant Organizer Former
Natalie Watson Emeritus Board Chair Former
Omisade Burney-Scott Training Director Former
Peg Chapin Board Chair Former
Peter Walz Community Organizer Former
Reginald Watson Emeritus Board Chair Former
Ruben Campillo Board Treasurer Former
Shoneca Kent Field Organizer, Northeastern NC Former
Tom Coulson Board Member Former

This group funded by:

Funder Year Amount Description
Amador Foundation Inc. 2016 $1,000.00 Organizational support
Bydale Foundation 2016 $10,000.00
Calvert Social Investment Foundation 2016 $10,000.00 General operating support
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro 2016 $5,000.00 General support
Ingredion Charitable Foundation 2016 $2,100.00
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Inc 2016 $50,000.00 For general operating support
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Inc 2016 $50,000.00 For general operating support
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2016 $27,000.00
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2016 $10,000.00
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2016 $2,000.00
The Double E Foundation 2016 $1,000.00 General support
The Hummel Family Fund, Inc. 2016 $2,000.00
The Mary Norris Preyer Fund 2016 $5,000.00
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2016 $410,000.00 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2016 $200,000.00 For support of the Millennial Engagement Partnership Project
Foundation For The Carolinas 2015 $109,810.00
Ingredion Charitable Foundation 2015 $3,000.00
Julian Price Family Foundation 2015 $2,500.00 General purpose of charity
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Inc 2015 $100,000.00 For general operating support
NEO Philanthropy 2015 $200,000.00 Grant made through State Infrastructure Fund (SIF)
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2015 $25,000.00
The Double E Foundation 2015 $1,000.00 General support
The Mary Norris Preyer Fund 2015 $5,000.00
The Warner Foundation 2015 $40,000.00 Program development
Triangle Community Foundation 2015 $45,250.00 Voter education and registration
Wallace Global Fund II 2015 $50,000.00 General Support to protect and expand democratic systems
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2015 $1,150,000.00 For general operating support
Bydale Foundation 2014 $10,000.00
Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation 2014 $1,000.00 Increase voter participation
Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation 2014 $22,200.00
Herb Block Foundation 2014 $15,000.00 Grassroots Voter Protection Project
Julian Price Family Foundation 2014 $4,000.00 General purpose of charity
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Inc 2014 $50,000.00
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Inc 2014 $5,000.00 Organizational Development
NEO Philanthropy 2014 $125,000.00 Policy, advocacy and systems reform; Litigation
New Venture Fund 2014 $10,000.00 Education programs
Park Foundation Inc 2014 $10,000.00
Proteus Fund Inc 2014 $13,500.00 General support. Grant made through Piper Fund
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2014 $25,000.00
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2014 $1,000.00
The Double E Foundation 2014 $1,000.00
The Hummel Family Fund, Inc. 2014 $2,000.00
The Warner Foundation 2014 $40,000.00 Program development
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $10,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $9,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $3,000.00 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $2,500.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $2,500.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $2,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $2,000.00 For general operating expenses
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $1,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $1,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 $1,000.00
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2014 $700,000.00 For support of the Millennial Engagement Partnership Project
Amador Foundation Inc. 2013 $1,000.00 Organizational support
Foundation For The Carolinas 2013 $150,000.00
Julian Price Family Foundation 2013 $6,500.00 General purpose of charity
Park Foundation Inc 2013 $10,000.00 For Youth Leadership Training Project, offering training and summer workshops for college-age students in North Carolina to develop citizenship responsibilities and community organizing skills
Proteus Fund Inc 2013 $17,000.00 General/operating support For general support
Public Welfare Foundation Inc 2013 $1,000.00 General/operating support For General support
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 $5,000.00
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 $500.00
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 $300.00
The Dolphin Foundation, Inc. 2013 $1,000.00 Support
The Double E Foundation 2013 $1,000.00 For general operating budget
The Hummel Family Fund, Inc. 2013 $2,000.00
The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust 2013 $25,000.00
The Warner Foundation 2013 $40,000.00 To provide support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $25,000.00 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $5,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $3,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $3,000.00 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $1,500.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $1,500.00 For the general fund to help with Z Smith Reynolds grant
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 $1,000.00
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program 2013 $10,000.00 For General Operating Expenses
Wallace Global Fund II 2013 $40,000.00 For program support
William B. Wiener, Jr. Foundation 2013 $30,000.00 Charitable purpose of recipient
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2013 $600,000.00 For general operating support
Bydale Foundation 2012 $10,000.00 Unrestricted
Educational Foundation of America 2012 $80,000.00
Julian Price Family Foundation 2012 $4,000.00 General purpose of charity
NEO Philanthropy 2012 $50,000.00 For Grant made through SIF - State Infrastructure Fund
Park Foundation Inc 2012 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Proteus Fund Inc 2012 $13,500.00 General/operating support For general support
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2012 $2,000.00
Tides Foundation 2012 $10,000.00 General/operating support For general support
Tides Foundation 2012 $10,000.00 Program development For voter registration efforts for youth of color
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $20,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $15,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $15,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $3,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $1,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 $1,000.00 For the general fund
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2012 $400,000.00 For general operating support
Bydale Foundation 2011 $7,500.00
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2011 $50,000.00 Program development; Research To develop and document national model for expanding civic engagement among youth through voter pre-registration policies
Educational Foundation of America 2011 $25,000.00 Program development For Voter-Owned Elections for North Carolina
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2011 $100,000.00 General/operating support; Continuing support For general support
Park Foundation Inc 2011 $10,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project offering training and summer workshops for college-age students in North Carolina to develop citizenship responsibilities and community organizing skills
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2011 $2,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $17,500.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $15,000.00 General/operating support For general operations
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $10,000.00 Program development To help defend voting rights
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $2,500.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 $1,000.00 General/operating support For general support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2011 $30,000.00 For general operating support
Bydale Foundation 2010 $7,500.00
Educational Foundation of America 2010 $50,000.00 General/operating support For general support
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2010 $100,000.00 General/operating support; Continuing support For general operating support
Julian Price Family Foundation 2010 $2,500.00
Park Foundation Inc 2010 $15,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2010 $2,000.00
The Winston-Salem Foundation 2010 $2,200.00 Conferences/seminars For advocacy workshops and youth civic engagement trainings
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 $15,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 $10,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 $1,000.00 For Summer 2009 intern
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2010 $700,000.00 For general operating support
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2009 $50,000.00 Program development; Research Toward research and public education around youth voter pre-registration policies
Educational Foundation of America 2009 $100,000.00 Program development For Voter-Owned Elections for North Carolina
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2009 $100,000.00 General/operating support For general support The period covered here includes a number of grants given to assist organizations that have been the recipients of support from the JEHT Fund In most such cases these were one-time grants
Park Foundation Inc 2009 $10,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2009 $2,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 $25,000.00 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 $15,000.00 General/operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 $12,500.00 General/operating support; Continuing support For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 $10,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 $3,150.00
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2009 $350,000.00 For general operating support
Park Foundation Inc 2008 $10,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2008 $2,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $20,000.00 General/operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $15,000.00 Program development For Community Grantmaking Program
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $10,000.00 Program development For Community Grantmaking Program
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $5,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $1,000.00 For operational support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $1,000.00 For general operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 $1,000.00 General/operating support
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2007 $150,000.00 Continuing support; Program development; Research For final grant toward research and public education on impact of same-day registration and other voting reforms on turnout in North Carolina
Park Foundation Inc 2007 $25,000.00 Program development For Campaign Donors for Campaign Reform program
Park Foundation Inc 2007 $10,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2007 $1,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2007 $47,900.00 Continuing support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2007 $700,000.00 For general operating support
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2006 $50,000.00 Program development; Research Toward research and public education on impact of same-day registration and voting on turnout in North Carolina
Educational Foundation of America 2006 $100,000.00 Program development For Same Day Registration and Voting Project
Park Foundation Inc 2006 $10,000.00 Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Proteus Fund Inc 2006 $15,000.00 Program development For public education on campaign finance reform
Proteus Fund Inc 2006 $7,500.00 Program development For public education on campaign finance reform
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2006 $1,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2006 $14,250.00 Continuing support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2006 $350,000.00 For general operating support tofight influence of money in politics and advocate for good government reforms
Bydale Foundation 2005 $5,000.00
Park Foundation Inc 2005 $10,000.00 Continuing support; Program development For Leadership Development Training Project
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 $4,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 $3,000.00
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 $2,000.00
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2005 $350,000.00 For general operating support
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2004 $25,000.00 Program development; Research Toward research public education and advocacy on judicial campaign financing reform in North Carolina
Park Foundation Inc 2004 $15,000.00 Program development For Leadership Development Project
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2004 $400,000.00 For general support to educate the public about comprehensive campaign finance and voting rights reforms
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2003 $400,000.00 For general support to continue building public support for comprehensive campaign finance and voting rights reforms

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