Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Abbreviation CBPP
Formation 1981
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 820 First Street, NE, Suite 510
Robert Greenstein
Revenue (2013)
Expenses (2013) $27,383,933[1]

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an American think tank that analyzes the impact of federal and state government budget policies from a progressive viewpoint.[2][3] The Center's stated mission is to "conduct research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates."[4] The Center generally argues for more spending for social programs and against cutting taxes.[5]

CBPP was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein, a former political appointee in the Jimmy Carter administration. Greenstein founded the organization, which is based in Washington, D.C., to provide an alternative perspective on the social policy initiatives of the Ronald Reagan administration.[6] CBPP is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Though the organization describes itself as non-partisan,[7] journalists have characterized it as liberal or left of center.[8][9][10]


Based in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein, who continues to serve as the organization's president.[11] In 2013, the Center reported revenue of $37.5 million, expenses of $27.3 million, and total year-end assets of $67.7 million.[1]

In 1993, the Center was involved in the founding of the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), a network of nonprofit, state-level policy organizations that examine state budget and tax policies and their effect on low- and moderate-income households.[12]

In 1997, the Center established the International Budget Partnership (IBP). The IBP publishes an annual Open Budget Index which measures governmental budget transparency and accountability around the world.[13]

In 2005, representatives of CBPP attended a May 2006 meeting of the Democracy Alliance along with the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute to "talk about the agendas they were busy crafting that would catapult Democratic politics into the economic future."[14]

Board of directors[edit]

Name[15] Other Affiliations
Henry J. Aaron Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kenneth S. Apfel former Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; Professor of the Practice, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Jano Cabrera former Communications Director for RIAA during Napster lawsuit; former Communication Director, Democratic Party; Worldwide EVP, Burson-Marsteller[16]
Henry A. Coleman Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
James O. Gibson Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Antonia Hernández President, California Community Foundation
Wayne Jordan CEO, Jordan Real Estate Investments, LLC
Frank Mankiewicz former Press Secretary to Robert F. Kennedy; former President of NPR; Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton
Lynn McNair Senior Director of Business Development and Resource Mobilization, Internet Society
Marion Pines Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies
Robert D. Reischauer former Director of the Congressional Budget Office; President Emeritus, Urban Institute
Paul R. Rudd Adaptive Analytics, LLC
Susan Sechler Managing Director, TransFarm Africa
Melanne Verveer Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Kim Wallace Managing Director, Head of Washington Policy, Renaissance Macro Research
William Julius Wilson Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, Harvard University


The Center is supported by a number of foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, as well as individual donors.[17] The Atlantic Philanthropies is a major donor to CBPP,[18] as is George Soros.[19] CBPP has received funding through the Democracy Alliance.[20][21] In fiscal year 2012, it accepted $1,533,236 in government grants.[22]

Year Revenues Expenses
2013[1] $37,586,760 $27,383,933
2012[22] $22,247,145 $31,902,277
2011[23] $24,356,998 $28,854,661
2010[23] $29,425,074 $26,380,857

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "IRS 2013 Form 990" (PDF). Guidestar. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Terkel, Amanda (21 May 2014). "Paul LePage's Welfare Reform Adviser Plagiarized Report From Progressive Think Tank". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ LaMarche, Gara (13 August 2014). "How the Left Is Revitalizing Itself". The Nation. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "What Is the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities?". Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Center on Budget and Policy Priorities". Annenberg Classroom. Annenberg Public Policy Center. 
  6. ^ Radin, Beryl (2000). Beyond Machiavelli: Policy Analysis Comes of Age. Georgetown University Press. p. 65. ISBN 9781589012752. 
  7. ^ "Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Press Room". Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ Calmes, Jackie (26 February 2009). ".75 Trillion Deficit Seen as Obama Unveils Budget Plan". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Klein, Joe (23 April 2012). "These Savings Are Unreal!". Time. 
  10. ^ Stacy Kaper, Liberal Think Tank: Debt Ceiling Is Biggest Threat National Journal 6 December 2012
  11. ^ Pianin, Eric (April 6, 2015). "How a Top Budget Expert Sees the Year Playing Out". Fiscal Times. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Radin, Beryl (2013). Beyond Machiavelli, Second Edition (2 ed.). Georgetown University Press. ISBN 9781589019591. 
  13. ^ Goncharov, Dmitry; Condrey, Stephen; Liebert, Saltanat (2013). Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries: Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. CRC Press. p. 87. ISBN 9781439861370. 
  14. ^ Bai, Matt (2008). The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. Penguin. ISBN 9781440635748. 
  15. ^ "CBPP: Board of Directors". Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jano Cabrera, Worldwide Executive Vice President". 
  17. ^ "A Powerhouse for the Poor", The Washington Post, 4 May 2007.
  18. ^ Callahan, David (July 30, 2014). "Will Atlantic's Big Bet on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Pay Off?". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  19. ^ Lingeman, Richard (2008). The Nation Guide to the Nation. Vintage Books. p. 83. ISBN 9780307387288. 
  20. ^ Prokop, Andrew (November 24, 2014). "The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda". Vox. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Kaplan, Larry (December 1, 2014). "Left-Wing Echo of the Trilateral Commission?". Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Charity Navigator Rating, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 
  23. ^ a b "2011 Form 990" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 

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