EIN 46-4950751

Obama Foundation

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Obama Foundation's mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world.
Also known as...
The Barack Obama Foundation
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Program areas at Obama Foundation

Obama Foundation programming:in service of The Foundation's mission to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world, The Foundation continued to work with young leaders in a variety of local, national, and global programs. Fellows: The Obama Foundation fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators -- leaders who are working with their communities to create transformational change, addressing some of The world's most pressing problems. In 2019, The program welcomed 20 new community-minded rising stars from around The world for a two-year, non-residential program, designed to amplify The impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation. Scholars: our scholars program supports rising leaders around The world via a one-year residential program that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning. For The 2019-2020 school year, The scholars program included 19 scholars at The university of chicago and 11 scholars at columbia university. Leaders: leaders: africa, asia-pacific and europe are each year-long leadership programs aimed at building and empowering regional networks of changemakers. The leaders: africa and asia-pacific regional cohorts provide values-based training to 200 young leaders. The leaders: africa program began in 2018 in johannesburg and The leaders: asia-pacific program launched in kuala lumpur in december 2019. The leaders: europe program launched in september 2020, with a completely virtual cohort of 35 emerging leaders. Girls opportunity alliance: The girls opportunity alliance seeks to empower adolescent girls around The world through education, allowing them to achieve their full potential and transform their families, communities, and countries. The program engages people around The world to take action to help adolescent girls and The grassroots leaders working to educate them. My brother's keeper alliance: mbk alliance leads a national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.obama youth jobs corps: in partnership with urban alliance, The Obama youth jobs corps increases access to economic opportunity for high school students in some of The most underserved communities in chicago. Through workforce readiness training and early, meaningful work experience at businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout The city, oyjc gives students The skills, experience, and exposure needed to succeed. Oyjc served more than 150 chicago public schools sophomores and juniors in The last three academic years.
Obama presidential center startup:in 2020 The Obama Foundation continued to move forward with planning and development of The Obama presidential center and museum. Activities included finalizing The design of The opc and accelerating The museum by laying The infrastructure for, and initiating, our collection process and art plan. In addition, significant regulatory milestones were reached to enable The start of opc construction in 2021.

Grants made by Obama Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
The National Archives AssemblyDigitization and Transfer of Obama Presidential Records$1,984,000
Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF)Support of Economic Development of the South Side of Chicago$150,000
Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program ManagementCommunity Coordinator for Youth Violence Prevention and Mentorship$100,000
...and 11 more grants made

Who funds Obama Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Aphorism FoundationGeneral Support$8,334,000
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable FoundationPlan, Design, and Construction on Obama Presidential Center$7,000,000
Benificus FoundationGeneral Purpose$6,999,201
...and 84 more grants received totalling $84,281,226

Personnel at Obama Foundation

Ralph LeslieChief Financial Officer$336,984
Ethridge DarlenePresident
Robert WolfDirector and Vice President and Treasurer$0
J. Kevin PoormanBoard Member$0
Martin NesbittDirector and Chairperson$0
...and 6 more key personnel

Financials for Obama Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$171,102,620
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$393,895
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-135,245
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$13,393
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$171,374,663

Form 990s for Obama Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-08-02990View PDF
2019-122020-09-15990View PDF
2018-122019-08-09990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122017-09-07990View PDF
...and 2 more Form 990s

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Data update history
December 2, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
December 1, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990N for fiscal year 2021
December 1, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 15 new grant, including a grant for $3,334,000 from The Chicago Community Trust
July 15, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
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General information
5235 South Harper CT No 1140
Chicago, IL 60615
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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
Q01: International, Foreign Affairs and National Security Alliances and Advocacy
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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