Public, Society Benefit

PUBLIC AGENDA

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • http://www.publicagenda.org

Mission Statement

Public Agenda helps build a democracy that works for everyone. By elevating a diversity of voices, forging common ground, and improving dialogue and collaboration among leaders and communities, Public Agenda fuels progress on critical issues, including education, health care and community engagement. Founded in 1975, Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City.

Service Areas

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International

States and communities within the US and Canada

ruling year

1987

President

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Will Friedman

Keywords

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education, public opinion, polling, public engagement

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EIN

13-2847587

 Number

5651613085

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Public Agenda is an objective explorer of public opinion and a scrupulously fair minded producer of citizen education materials. Public Agenda's unique research explains and clarifies public attitudes about complex policy issues. Public Agenda's work shows that when presented with accurate information and meaningful choices, Americans can and do make thoughtful decisions. Public Agenda is frequently consulted by members of Congress and by both Democratic and Republican Administrations. Public Agenda researchers and staff regularly partner with top business and policy organizations. Public Agenda also works with communities, corporations, school districts and other organizations to conduct substantive public engagement discussions that produce civil, productive dialogue on tough issues. Every day, thousands log on to Public Agenda Online for up-to-date information on critical issues. Journalists, policy makers, students, teachers and citizens use Public Agenda's web-based Issue Guides to find facts and figures, different perspectives and frequently-updated syntheses of public attitudes.

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PUBLIC AGENDA INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President

Will Friedman

BIO

Dr. Friedman has overseen Public Agenda's steady and expanding stream of work aimed at helping communities and states build capacity to tackle tough issues in more inclusive, deliberative and collaborative ways. In 2007, he established Public Agenda's Center for Advances in Public Engagement (now the Yankelovich Center for Public Engagement), which conducts action research to assess impacts and improve practice.

Dr. Friedman is the author or co-author of numerous publications including "Reframing Framing," "Transforming Public Life: A Decade of Public Engagement in Bridgeport, CT," "Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Scope," "Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Power" and "From Employee Engagement to Civic Engagement: Exploring Connections between Workplace and Community Democracy." He is also the co-editor, with Public Agenda chairman and co-founder Daniel Yankelovich, of the book, Toward Wiser Public Judgment, published in February 2011 by Vanderbilt University Press. He serves on the executive committee of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and has led sessions at the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Conference, Independent Sector Annual Conference, and Social Equity Leadership Conference, and many other conferences.

Previously, Dr. Friedman was senior vice president for policy studies at the Work in America Institute, where he directed research and special projects on workplace issues. He was also an adjunct lecturer in political science at Lehman College, a research fellow at the Samuels Center for State and Local Politics, and a practitioner in the field of counseling psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in political science with specializations in political psychology and American politics.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"We are experiencing some of the highest levels of public anxiety in recent years. Many Americans are worried about the current state of the country and are less optimistic about their personal stability and the future for them, their family and their community. We are living in a society where growing lack of trust in institutions, media outlets and politicians has created a void that an organization like Public Agenda can fill.

For over 40 years, Public Agenda has been committed to adding public opinion research and engagement training to shape dialogue on what is foremost on people's minds and voicing what is most important to them. We are helping individuals, families, and communities build better lives by increasing their socio-economic mobility and security, and their opportunities for meaningful civic and political participation by "Reinventing Opportunity and Renewing Democracy."

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Daniel Yankelovich

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