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Stand Together, formerly known as the Seminar Network and officially the Stand Together Foundation, is a Charles Koch founded "venture philanthropy" 501(c)(3) organization.[1] Although Freedom Partners invited reporter Fredreka Schouten to the 2016 winter donor summit to write an exclusive story on the establishment of Stand Together, no press release was posted on any of the Koch network sites announcing its start.[2]

On May 20, 2019, the Koch network announced that is was rebranding "the constellation of groups funded by the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and around 700 like-minded conservatives and libertarians who contribute at least $100,000 annually" as Stand Together.[3]

Stand Together is led by the Seminar Network's Brian Hooks who will serve as Chairman and CEO.[3] Before taking on this role, Hooks served for eight years as executive director of the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University was president of the Charles Koch Foundation in 2014.

Stand Together has a sister organization: Stand Together Chamber of Commerce.

Koch Wiki

Charles Koch is the right-wing billionaire owner of Koch Industries. As one of the richest people in the world, he is a key funder of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on Charles Koch and his late brother David include: Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Stand Together Chamber of Commerce, Stand Together, Koch Family Foundations, Koch Universities, and I360.

Funding

Stand Together is not required to disclose its funders. Its major foundation funders, however, can be found through a search of the IRS filings. Here are some of the known funders:

Grants

2018

Grantees:[4]

  • Alliance for Choice in Education: $3,929,040
  • Urban Specialist: $2,695,000
  • Phoenix Multisport: $2,278,642
  • Dfree Global Foundation: $1,200,000
  • Friends of the Child: $751,960
  • Chrysalis Enterprise: $750,000
  • Headstrong Project: $500,770
  • Acts Community Development Corporation: $392,400
  • Rising Tide Capital: $350,000
  • The Cara Program: $300,260
  • Coalfield Development Corporation: $250,200
  • Youth Entrepreneurs: $250,000
  • Project Lift: $130,900
  • Back on My Feet: $119,378
  • Roots & Rebound: $115,000
  • Hudson Link for Education in Prison: $100,900
  • Sanders Claus: $100,000
  • Women in Need of Generous Support: $91,226
  • The Workfaith Connection: $89,430
  • Women's Bean Project: $85,200
  • Inner City Computer Stars Foundation: $52,830
  • Millionair Club: $50,000
  • Cafe Momentum: $42,210
  • Bridge House: $41,390
  • Per Scholas: $41,110
  • The Path Project: $31,300
  • The Other Side Academy: $31,220
  • Face It Together: $31,050
  • Jobstrain: $31,000
  • Teen Success: $31,000
  • Old Skool Cafe: $31,000
  • Leap to Success: $31,000
  • Hope for Prisoners: $31,000
  • Gateway to College National Network: $31,000
  • Birch Community Services: $31,000
  • Family Independence Initiative: $30,520
  • Our House: $30,000
  • The Master's Apprentice: $30,000
  • Starting Right Now: $30,000
  • Georgia Works: $30,000
  • City of Refuge: $30,000
  • Rise Up for Youth: $30,000
  • UTEC: $30,000
  • The Arthur Project: $30,000
  • Positive Tomorrows: $30,000
  • Peppers Ranch: $30,000
  • Project Return: $30,000
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth: $30,000
  • Prounitas: $30,000
  • Families Empowered: $30,000
  • Youth with Faces: $30,000
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes: $30,000
  • Homestretch: $30,000
  • The Last Mile: $25,520
  • Dallas Foundation: $26,000
  • New Pathways for Youth: $25,200
  • Akola Project: $25,200
  • Behind Every Door Ministries: $25,040
  • Thistle Farms: $25,020
  • Reality Changers: $25,000
  • Inner City Visions: $25,000
  • Nevada Empowerment Project: $25,000
  • NPower: $25,000
  • Triangle Residential Options for Substance: $25,000
  • Lawn Life: $25,000
  • Towards Employment: $25,000
  • Oasis Center: $25,000
  • Mercy Street: $25,000
  • Dallas Life: $25,000
  • The Concillio: $25,000
  • Miles of Freedom: $25,000
  • Interfaith Family Services: $25,000
  • Advocates for Community Transformation: $25,000
  • Education Opens Doors: $25,000
  • Shelters to Shutter: $25,000
  • Cares of Washington: $25,000
  • Attack Poverty: $22,700
  • Hope House of Colorado: $10,250

2017

Grantees:[5]

  • Acts Community Development: $285,000
  • Alliance for Choice: $2,142,000
  • Woodson Center: $310,000
  • Chrysalis Enterprise: $275,000
  • Defy Ventures: $316,000
  • Dfree Global Foundation: $950,000
  • Harvest of Hope: $1,002,000
  • Phoenix Multisport: $1,000,000
  • Roots & Rebound: $120,000
  • Strive Foundation: $10,000
  • Urban Specialist: $890,000
  • Urban Ventures: $25,000
  • Women's Bean Project: $25,000
  • Youth Entrepreneurs: $50,000
  • Youth Guidance: $25,000
  • Elevate USA: $25,000
  • Friends of the Children: $25,000
  • Getting Out and Staying Out: $25,000
  • Headstrong Project: $25,000
  • Hope House of Colorado: $25,000
  • Hudson Link for Education in Prison: $25,000
  • Idignity: $25,000
  • Jeremiah Program: $25,000
  • Jubilee Foods: $25,000
  • Millionair Club: $25,000
  • Money Think: $25,000
  • New City Kids: $25,000
  • Orion Industries: $25,000
  • Pearls for Teen Girls: $25,000
  • Rising Tide Capital: $25,000
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: $15,000
  • Roots & Wings Foundation: $25,000
  • Row New York: $25,000
  • Sanders Claus: $102,000
  • Solutions for Change: $25,000
  • Springboard to Opportunities: $25,000
  • The Joseph Project: $25,000
  • The Workfaith Connection: $25,000
  • Thread: $25,000
  • Twin Cities Rise: $25,000
  • Attack Poverty: $25,000
  • Cafe Momentum: $25,000
  • City Rescue Mission: $25,000
  • Coalfield Development Corp: $25,000
  • Crosspurpose: $25,000

2016

Grantees:[6]

  • Acts Community Development: $25,000
  • Alliance for Choice: $437,500
  • Woodson Center: $2,595,000
  • Chrysalis Enterprise: $25,000
  • Compass Partners: $10,000
  • Defy Ventures: $25,000
  • Dfree Global Foundation: $600,000
  • Harvest of Hope: $300,000
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $25,000
  • Operation Dream: $25,000
  • Phoenix Multisport: $25,000
  • Roots & Rebound: $25,000
  • Strive Foundation: $25,000
  • Cara Program: $25,000
  • United Against Poverty: $25,000

Core Financials

2018[4]

  • Total Revenue: $37,243,786
  • Total Expenses: $28,513,042
  • Net Assets: $19,982,436

2017[5]

  • Total Revenue: $21,229,459
  • Total Expenses: $15,507,543
  • Net Assets: $10,621,370

2016[6]

  • Total Revenue: $11,722,224
  • Total Expenses: $7,203,539
  • Net Assets: $4,935,544

Personnel

Staff as of of June 2019:[7]

  • Brian Hooks, Chairman and CEO
  • Evan Feinberg, Executive Director
  • Lauren McCann, Executive Vice President
  • Noel Augustine, Catalyst Marketing Manager, Marketing and Communications
  • Laura Defrancesco Ross, Managing Director, Programs
  • Mollie Dougherty, Engagement Manager, Organization Development
  • Tommy Fijacko, Engagement Manager, Organization Development
  • Erica Haines, Program Manager, Catalyst Program
  • Abby Helms, Coordinator, Stakeholder Relations
  • Stacey Jones, Engagement Manager, Organization Development
  • Andrew Kristofik, Project Manager
  • Erika Loomer, Events Manager
  • Jocelyn Lybrand, Stakeholder Relations
  • Kelly McDonough, Engagement Specialist, Organization Development
  • Arif Nassery, Office Assistant
  • Wilson Paine, Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Parita Patel, Social Investment Officer
  • Rachel Reese, Research Analyst
  • Anna Rivers, Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Alexa Satterlee, Program Assistant, Catalyst Program
  • Irene Smith, Program Manager, Catalyst Program Content
  • Kyle Smith, Senior Project Manager, Organization Development
  • Alexandra Graham, Manager, Stakeholder Relations
  • Rebecca Stewart, Program Assistant, Marketing & Communications
  • Lisa Vogt, Executive Assistant

Former Staff

  • Anna Mills, Project Manager
  • Laura Whitefield, Project Manager

Board of Directors

As of December 2018:[4]

Former Directors

Contact Information

Stand Together Foundation
1320 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 875-1010
Email: nick.brown@standtogetherfoundation.org
Website: https://standtogetherfoundation.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StandTogetherFoundation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_STFoundation

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990 Filings

2018

2017

2016

References

  1. Fredreka Schouten,Koch brothers' new group will take on poverty, educational quality, USA Today, January 29, 2016.
  2. Lauren Windsor, I Tried to Cover the Secret Koch Retreat and Here's What They Did to Me, Huffington Post, January 31, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Hohmann, The Koch network is reorganizing under a new name and with new priorities, Washington Post, May 20, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Stand Together, 2018 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stand Together, 2017 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stand Together, 2016 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2017.
  7. Stand Together, Leadership and Staff, Stand Together, June 2019.