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Georgia Center for Opportunity

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The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) is a member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing state "think tanks.".[1] It describes itself as "an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to increasing opportunity and improving the quality of life for all Georgians."[2] It was founded in 1990 as the Georgia Family Education and Research Council,[3] but changed its name in March 2013.[4]

Ties to the Bradley Foundation

Through 2016 the Georgia Center for Opportunity received $1,525,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Bradley detailed the most recent grants in internal documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Below is a description of the grant prepared by CMD. The quoted text was written by Bradley staff.

2015-2016 (Barder Fund): $1.5 million over 3 years to create a multi pronged Health Families Initiative “to measurably increase the number of healthy relationships, strong marriages, and stable families in metro Atlanta.”

Bradley Files

In 2017, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of SourceWatch, launched a series of articles on the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, exposing the inner-workings of one of America's largest right-wing foundations. 56,000 previously undisclosed documents laid bare the Bradley Foundation's highly politicized agenda. CMD detailed Bradley's efforts to map and measure right wing infrastructure nationwide, including by dismantling and defunding unions to impact state elections; bankrolling discredited spin doctor Richard Berman and his many front groups; and more.

Find the series here at ExposedbyCMD.org.

Ties to the Kochs

In addition to receiving funding from the State Policy Network and the Donors Capital Fund, both with ties to the Kochs, the Georgia Center for Opportunity is a partner organization in the Charles Koch Institute's Liberty@Work program.[5]

Funding

The Georgia Center for Opportunity does not disclose its donors, but some of its funding sources are known through other tax filings. GCO's funders include:

Core Financials

2014[6]

  • Total Revenue: $1,340,025
  • Total Expenses: $1,523,044
  • Net Assets: $100,208

2013[7]

  • Total Revenue: $1,309,821
  • Total Expenses: $1,467,105
  • Net Assets: $283,227

2012[8]

  • Total Revenue: $1,595,988
  • Total Expenses: $1,616,070
  • Net Assets: $440,511

2011[3]

  • Total Revenue: $1,446,049
  • Total Expenses: $1,070,559
  • Net Assets: $460,593

2010[9]

  • Total Revenue: $1,327,114
  • Total Expenses: $1,426,494
  • Net Assets: $85,103

2009[9]

  • Total Revenue: $1,427,766
  • Total Expenses: $1,520,988
  • Net Assets: $184,483

Personnel

Staff

As of September 2017:[10]

  • Randy Hicks, President and CEO
  • Eric Cochling, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • Katherine Greene, Healthy Families Initiative Program Specialist
  • Katelyn King, Operations Manager
  • Jamie Lord, Director of Government Affairs
  • Kelly McGonigal, Development Manager
  • Kimberly Sawatka, Communications Manager, Contractor
  • Dawn Steele, Director of Breakthrough Programs
  • Joseph Vega, Development Associate
  • Joyce Whitted, HFI Program Manager
  • Jason Leming, Digital Strategy
  • Brad Wilcox, Senior Advisor, Healthy Families Initiative
  • Erik Randolph, Contributing Scholar
  • Jonathan Butcher, Contributing Scholar
  • Eric Wearne, Contributing Scholar
  • Joseph Knippenberg, Contributing Scholar

Former Staff

  • Terry T. Tucker, COO and General Counsel
  • Danielle LeSure, Director, Education Policy

Board of Directors

As of September 2017:[11]

  • Giulio Gianturco, Chairman
  • Randy Hickys, GCO CEO & President
  • Karin Douglas
  • Allen Sells
  • Gerald Thames
  • Keith Schneider

Former Board Members

  • Bill Rodgers, Chairman
  • Kevin Loechl, Secretary
  • Bryan Crute
  • Jeff Feldhahn
  • Shaunti Feldhahn
  • John Fetz
  • Anthony Flynn
  • Rose Greene
  • Chris Gabriel
  • Jason Jones
  • Evelyn Rodgers
  • Dani Swope
  • Rick Swope
  • Becky Loechl
  • Marilyn Hicks
  • Richard Thomas
  • Rhonda Thomas
  • Cami Fetz
  • Kevin Broyles
  • Vernadette Broyles
  • Mike McBrayer
  • Charleen McBrayer

Contact Information

Georgia Center for Opportunity
333 Research Court, Suite 210
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 242-0001
Fax: (770) 242-0501
Email: contact@georgiaopportunity.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GAOpportunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaopportunity

Resources and Articles

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External Resources

References

  1. State Policy Network, Georgia Center for Opportunity, organizational website, accessed August 2016.
  2. Georgia Center for Opportunity, About, organizational website, accessed October 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Georgia Family Education and Research Council, 2011 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, May 15, 2013.
  4. Georgia Center for Opportunity, Georgia Family Council has a new name!, Facebook organizational page, March 13, 2013, accessed October 2013.
  5. Charles Koch Institute, Partner Organizations, Charles Koch Institute, 2016.
  6. Georgia Center for Opportunity, 2014 990 Form, Georgia Center for Opportunity, May 13, 2016.
  7. Georgia Center for Opportunity, 2013 990 Form, Georgia Center for Opportunity, May 15, 2015.
  8. Georgia Center for Opportunity, 2012 990 Form, Georgia Center for Opportunity, May 14, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Georgia Family Education and Research Council Inc., 2010 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, August 10, 2012.
  10. Georgia Center for Opportunity, Team, organizational website, accessed September 2017.
  11. Georgia Center for Opportunity, Board of Directors, Georgia Center for Opportunity, 2017.