We are proud to be grassroots-funded. More than 85% of Move to Amend’s budget comes from people like you who give anywhere from $5 to $20,000.
Our supporters are ordinary folks—and they’re all over the country, across political spectra. We're 400,000 supporters strong working for an amendment supported by 80% of Americans. Our average donation is $40… we’re proud to say this is what a mass movement looks like!
Here’s the break down of 2016 income:
We are a lean, efficient organization. Much of our $388,500 budget goes toward the nine staff who help our grassroots organizers across the country to educate and influence their communities and policymakers. Our internship program trains 6-8 young leaders in the skills needed to run an organization and build a movement.
Only a small percentage of our budget is devoted to raising resources. Much of our fundraising is done by volunteer labor by members of our board of directors.
We have invested in cutting edge resources such as our massively informational website which is our main educational tool, both for the general public and our volunteers. We maintain a sophisticated database that helps our volunteers organize and mobilize Move to Amend supporters in our community. This spending is a critical part of Move to Amend’s responsibility to be organized, efficient, and effective.
We do not ever contribute donations to politicians' campaigns. We don't pay anyone more than $50,000/year. We don't rent fancy expensive office space (in fact our office is currently donated) and we don't hire overpriced consultants. We'd like to offer our tireless employees healthcare, but at this point we don't have the budget for it.
A good percentage of our budget goes towards travel, because we make a point to spread the word in person through our ongoing educational Barnstorming speaking tours. But our speakers almost always stay in host housing provided by our generous supporters to keep expenses down.
Move to Amend formed in 2009, when a group of people who were deeply concerned about the impending Citizens United ruling met in a living room in northern California to explore what could be done about so-called "corporate personhood".
Five years later, you and our other supporters can point to extraordinary headway in building our movement for a real democracy. Together, we:
- mustered more than 395,000 individual supporters, nearly 500 institutional endorsements, and pledges from 60+ federal and state lawmakers across 15 states to support the “We the People” constitutional amendment;
- built more than 100 Move To Amend grassroots affiliates across the country;
- passed more than 600 resolutions calling for an amendment through local government bodies, and helped 16 states endorse the call for a constitutional amendment;
- placed the issue on the ballot in more than 300 communities—conservative and liberal alike—and won every single time -- usually by landslides;
- got the We the People amendment introduced in Congress twice, most recently in April 2015 as House Joint Resolution 48;
- and reaffirmed our mandate to keep going since a 2011 nationwide voter poll verified that 80% of Americans support amending the Constitution to end "corporate personhood".
Frankly, we don't think there are many national organizations who can compete with Move to Amend in terms of "bang for your buck." We provide this information in the interest of transparency for our supporters, but also because people are almost always flabbergasted when they see how far we stretch a dollar.
Our website is pretty slick, and our communications are as polished as those of organizations with multi-million dollar budgets, so sometimes it can be hard to tell -- but the truth is Move to Amend is ordinary people, right up to the top decision makers. We're in it to win it and our tenacity will pay off.