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The Stand Together Foundation, formerly known as the Seminar Network, 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:

  • Barrette Family Fund: $50,000 (2020)
  • Benjamin Benedict Green-Field Foundation: $1,000 (2019)
  • California Community Foundation: $300,000 (2017)
  • Charles Koch Foundation: $25,116 (2019-2020)
  • Communities Foundation of Texas: $375,000 (2016-2019)
  • Deason Foundation: $1,300,000 (2019-2020)
  • DonorsTrust: $300,000 (2017-2019)
  • Einhorn Family Foundation: $25,000 (2016)
  • Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund: $4,461,900
  • Georgy Family Foundation: $1,000 (2019)
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation: $9,500 (2019)
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation: $54,250 (2019)
  • Haynes Charitable Foundation: $100,000 (2019)
  • Haynes Family Foundation: $2,000 (2019)
  • John J Pohanka Family Foundation: $25,000 (2019)
  • McCullough Family Foundation: $500 (2019)
  • National Philanthropic Trust: $37,860,000 (2019)
  • National Christian Charitable Foundation: $481,101 (2019)
  • Sarah Ketterer Family Foundation: $1,350,000 (2019-2020)
  • Schwab Charitable Fund: $110,000 (2017)
  • Seminar Network: $3,455,500 (2019)
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation: $200,000 (2017-2018)
  • Society for Human Resource Management: $100,000 (2018)
  • Stand Together Trust: $6,008,153 (2017-2020)
  • Sue Hostetler & Beau Wrigley Family Foundation: $50,000 (2020)
  • Take His Hand Foundation: $10,000 (2019)
  • Teach a Man to Fish Foundation: $250,000 (2019)
  • Troesh Family Foundation: $100,000 (2019)
  • Walter C & Stefanie A Zable Family Foundation: $100,000 (2019)
  • Wilson Sheehan Foundation: $100,000 (2019)
  • Villa West I: $5,207,643 (2017)

Grants

2020

Grantees:[4]

  • ACTS Community Development Corporation: $99,250
  • Alliance for Choice in Education: $1,200,000
  • Arouet Foundation: $30,000
  • At the Crossroads: $30,000
  • Attack Poverty: $11,087
  • Back on My Feet: $1,495,305
  • Bearings Bike Shop: $22,000
  • Behind Every Door Ministries: $33,100
  • Birch Community Services: $65,813
  • Blue Monarch: $30,000
  • Bonton Enterprises: $284,794
  • Bridge House: $72,012
  • Bright Futures Atlanta: $44,475
  • Brigid's Path: $14,675
  • Brilliant Detroit: $130,000
  • Cafe Momentum: $1,261,004
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth IN: $332,513
  • Crysalis Enterprises: $900,600
  • Cincinnati Works: $26,010
  • City of Refuge: $7,815
  • Climb Hire: $30,000
  • College Bound Dorchester: $80,228
  • Crosspurpose: $173,841
  • Defy Ventures: $43,945
  • Dfree Global Foundation: $1,186,707
  • Elevate USA: $428,552
  • Embarc: $78,450
  • Epec: $7,560
  • Family Independence Initiative: $13,500,000
  • Farestart: $42,500
  • Fathers Uplift: $30,000
  • First Step Staffing: $8,500
  • Fostering Hope Foundation: $30,000
  • Friends of the Children: $147,310
  • Fugees Family: $30,000
  • Generation: You Employed: $34,000
  • Georgia Justice Project: $51,425
  • Georgia Works: $7,000
  • Guadalupe Center: $12,095
  • Homestretch: $32,995
  • Hope House of Colorado: $55,625
  • Hope, Inc: $38,536
  • Hot Bread Kitchen: $46,900
  • Hudson Link for Education in Prison: $563,486
  • Humanim: $28,220
  • Idignity: $10,585
  • Inner City Computer Stars Foundation: $60,000
  • Institute for American Values: $30,000
  • Kidz2Leaders: $17,675
  • Leap to Success: $19,242
  • Lone Star Justice Alliance: $30,000
  • Mercy Street: $26,005
  • Mile High Workshop: $22,475
  • Millionair Club: $103,254
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $55,295
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes: $196,425
  • Momentum Advisory Collective: $600,000
  • My Possibilities: $76,656
  • Narrative 4: $30,000
  • New City Kids: $313,342
  • Npower: $26,000
  • Old Skool Cafe: $83,035
  • On the Road Lending: $36,595
  • One Million Degrees: $30,000
  • Our House: $72,035
  • Outdoor Outreach: $12,699
  • Peacelove Foundation: $114,860
  • Peppers Ranch: $97,994
  • Per Scholas: $34,000
  • Positive Tommorrows: $120,000
  • PowerMyLearning: $26,550
  • Prison Entrepreneurship Program: $100,000
  • Prison Fellowship Ministries: $330,110
  • Project Lift: $199,093
  • Rising Tide Capital: $523,708
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: $15,00
  • Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute: $33,700
  • Safe Families for Children Alliance: $2,372,603
  • Shelters to Shutter: $78,180
  • Skills for Chicagoland's Future: $43,630
  • Still She Rises: $30,000
  • Streetwise Partners: $36,960
  • Strive Foundation: $5,725
  • Teen Success: $56,930
  • The Anti-Recidivism Coalition: $16,425
  • The Arthur Project: $10,000
  • The Cara Program: $200,000
  • The First 72+: $5,361
  • The Last Mile: $548,852
  • The One America Movement: $25,000
  • The Other Side Academy: $187,861
  • The Path Project: $122,083
  • The Phoenix: $6,068,035
  • The Redemption Project: $31,085
  • The Workfaith Connection: $269,962
  • Thistle Farms: $85,166
  • To the Village Square: $30,000
  • Towards Employment: $27,940
  • Trade Institute of Pittsburgh: $30,000
  • Triangle Residential Options for Substance: $25,710
  • Uncommon Construction: $52,230
  • Urban Specialist: $2,164,000
  • Urban Youth Alliance International: $30,000
  • Wellspring Living: $45,901
  • Youth and Family Alliance: $30,000
  • Youth Guidance: $33,838

2019

Grantees:[5]

  • A Second U Foundation: $30,000
  • Acts Community Development Corporation: $36,007
  • Alliance for Choice in Education: $1,250,000
  • Attack Poverty: $24,271
  • Back on My Feet: $781,285
  • Bearings Bike Shop: $30,000
  • Birch Community Services: $130,861
  • Bridge House: $88,140
  • Bridge Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation: $31,000
  • Bright Futures Atlanta: $30,000
  • Brigid's Path: $30,000
  • Business United in Investing Lending and De: $43,420
  • Cafe Momentum: $502,605
  • Catholic Charities Diocese' of Fort Worth IN: $600,139
  • Chrysalis Enterprises: $1,225,055
  • Cincinnati Works: $30,000
  • Coalfield Development Corporation: $100,800
  • College Bound Dorchester: $91,456
  • Crosspurpose: $228,860
  • DC Central Kitchen: $195,000
  • Defy Ventures: $30,000
  • Dfree Global Foundation: $1,175,005
  • Dream Corps: $50,000
  • DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation: $30,000
  • Education Opens Doors: $317,410
  • Elevate USA: $1,222,601
  • Embarc: $30,000
  • Emerge Fellowship: $30,000
  • Envision Foundation: $30,000
  • Epec: $30,000
  • Every Woman Works: $30,000
  • Exalt Youth: $30,000
  • Face It Together: $500,055
  • Families Empowered: $17,050
  • Family Independence Initiative: $1,500,005
  • First Step Staffing: $30,000
  • Four Bands Community Fund: $30,000
  • Fresh Lifelines for Youth: $31,000
  • Friends of the Children: $875,100
  • Genesys Works: $30,000
  • Georgia Justice Project: $30,000
  • Getting Out and Staying Out: $16,830
  • Give an Hour: $30,050
  • Guadalupe Center: $30,000
  • Headstrong Project: $134,356
  • Hope Inc.: $30,000
  • Humanim: $30,000
  • Hustle PHX: $31,000
  • Ifoster: $31,000
  • Illumination Foundation: $31,000
  • Inner City Computer Stars Foundation: $50,000
  • Jeremiah Program: $830,534
  • Juma Ventures: $31,000
  • Kidz2leaders: $30,000
  • Leap to Success: $107,112
  • Lift Inc.: $30,000
  • Mile High Workshop: $31,000
  • Millionair Club: $168,572
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes: $621,425
  • Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers: $30,000
  • My Possibilities: $30,000
  • New City Kids: $325,781
  • Npower: $628,760
  • Old Skool Cafe: $100,968
  • Orion Industries: $30,000
  • Our House: $185,535
  • Outdoor Outreach: $219,609
  • Peacelove Foundation: $30,000
  • Peppers Ranch: $470,572
  • Per Scholas: $931,287
  • Phoenix Multisport: $3,604,545
  • Poetic: $30,000
  • Powermylearning: $30,000
  • Prison Entrepreneurship Program: $30,000
  • Prison Fellowship Ministries: $30,000
  • Prison University Project: $31,000
  • Project Lift: $268,244
  • Recovery Cafe: $31,000
  • Reimagine ATL: $51,774
  • Rise Up for Youth: $136,984
  • Rising Tide Capital: $750,085
  • Roots & Rebound: $150,000
  • Safe Families for Children Alliance: $949,047
  • Shelters to Shutter: $93,297
  • Streetwise Partners: $30,000
  • Strive Foundation: $70,577
  • Teen Success: $78,136
  • The Anti-Recidivism Coalition: $31,000
  • The Arthur Project: $9,500
  • The Artist Outreach: $30,000
  • The Cara Program: $710,025
  • The First 72+: $30,000
  • The Last Mile: $516,605
  • The Life of a Single Mom: $30,000
  • The Master's Apprentice: $24,145
  • The Other Side Academy: $912,628
  • The Path Project: $210,232
  • The Senior Source: $30,000
  • The Workfaith Connection: $506,432
  • Thistle Farms: $121,635
  • Thread: $500,000
  • Towards Employment: $81,146
  • Treehouse: $31,000
  • Triangle Residential Options for Substance: $5,445
  • Urban Specialist: $1,800,119
  • Vehicles for Change: $30,000
  • Wellspring Living: $30,000
  • Wings: $22,720
  • Women's Bean Project: $100,205
  • Youth Guidance: $1,022,717
  • Inner City Computer Stars Foundation: $8,750

2018

Grantees:[6]

  • 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:[7]

  • 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:[8]

  • 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

2020[4]

  • Total Revenue: $260,533,997
  • Total Expenses: $48,081,511
  • Net Assets: $242,371,408

2019[5]

  • Total Revenue: $54,934,725
  • Total Expenses: $45,265,938
  • Net Assets: $29,902,213

2018[6]

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

2017[7]

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

2016[8]

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

Personnel

Staff as of of June 2022:[4]

  • Brian Hooks, Chairman and CEO
  • Evan Feinberg, Executive Director
  • Susan Motiff, Treasurer (Outgoing)
  • Richard Anderson, Vice President
  • Laura Defrancesco Ross, VP of Programs and Operations
  • Logan Moore, Investment Manager
  • Tomislav "Tommy" Fijacko, Investment Manager
  • Hugh Cherry, Director of Education
  • Dale Gibbens, Director
  • Buster Soaries, Director
  • Dean Jargo, Director
  • Brian Menkes, Secretary


Former Staff

  • Anna Mills, Project Manager
  • Laura Whitefield, Project Manager
  • Tommy Fijacko, Engagement Manager, Organization Development
  • Lauren McCann, Executive Vice President
  • Noel Augustine, Catalyst Marketing Manager, Marketing and Communications
  • Mollie Dougherty, 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

Board of Directors

As of December 2020:[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
Instagram: @standtogetherfoundation
Facebook: Stand Together Foundation
Twitter: @_STFoundation
YouTube: Stand Together Foundation

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990 Filings

2020

2019

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 4.3 Stand Together Foundation, 2020 IRS 990, "Stand Together Foundation", November 15, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stand Together, 2019 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stand Together, 2018 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stand Together, 2017 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Stand Together, 2016 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2017.