EIN 81-5455559

Helena Group Foundation

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The Helena Group Foundation seeks to address urgent global issues like environmental degradation, infrastructure security, and the decline of liberal democracy by conceiving and operating non-profit projects alongside a small group of world leaders in their membership program. They recruit, convene, and communicate with experts to choose and operate their projects. One of their historic gatherings is A1r: America in One Room, where a diverse group of American voters engaged in civil and nuanced deliberation on critical issues. Their location is in Los Angeles, CA.
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A1r: america in one room is a historic gathering that brought together the most representative sample of the american voting electorate in u.s. history. Over the course of three full days, this Group engaged in a civil and nuanced deliberation on the critical issues facing the united states. The entire sample took the same in-depth questionnaire before and after the event. This process yielded important data concerning how americans think about values, candidates, and policy issues when given the chance to think deeply, engage with different opinions, and deliberate in a fact-rich and respectful environment. It was covered extensively in the media, and hailed by former us presidents barack obama and bill clinton. In 2022, Helena launched america in one room: democratic reform. America in one room (a1r): democratic reform brought together nearly 1000 americans in an unprecedented forum for citizens to discuss in-depth demcratic reform topics with a cross-section of the us voting electorate.
Projects in development: program is focused on developing future projects for the organization. In particular, 2022 focused on developing the biosecurity and biosafety project, which has become a major project in 2023.
Membership: Helena's membership program recruits, convenes, and communicates with a small Group of world-leading experts in different fields to help Helena choose and operate our projects to address major global issues. In practice, this means: i) researching and networking to find potential Helena members (people who represent the pinnacle of achievement in their and share a willingness to use that influence to achieve positive good); ii) recruiting them to join Helena (and agree to assets and talents to solve world problems); and iii) meeting with members to discuss important global problems, and the ways they can work with each other and with Helena to address those problems (e.g. Through our other program services). This program also involves helping our members with their own projects to address societal issues in Helena's program areas, including efforts like project proteus, an underwater monitoring and research station to study the health of the oceans.
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Grants made by Helena Group Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
The Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaGeneral Support for Civic Ed Project$272,791
Stanford University / The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior UniversityGeneral Support for Climate Research$155,893
The Foundation of Mountain Foothills RotaryGeneral Support for Charitable Programs$17,500

Who funds Helena Group Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
California Community FoundationCivic Engagement$1,550,000
Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding TrustUnrestricted General Support$500,000
...and 2 more grants received

Personnel at Helena Group Foundation

Erika YorioMembership Director$180,000
Samuel FeinburgPast Treasurer$110,000
Sam FeinburgTreasurer
Henry ElkusChair$110,000
Amuel FelnburgExecutive Director

Financials for Helena Group Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,662,400
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$15,985
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$2,678,385

Form 990s for Helena Group Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-23990View PDF
2021-122022-10-25990View PDF
2020-122021-10-20990View PDF
2019-122020-09-04990View PDF
2018-122020-01-23990View PDF
...and 3 more Form 990s

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Data update history
December 24, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $561,133 from Quadrivium
December 1, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
July 14, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 27, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $1,550,000 from California Community Foundation
May 10, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from California Forward
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsBusiness and community development organizationsCharities
Community improvement
Political advocacyLobbyingPartially liquidatedNational levelTax deductible donations
General information
515 S Flower St 5100
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Metro area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
Website URL
(424) 274-2045
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
S20: Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
NAICS code, primary
813211: Grantmaking Foundations
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