Bob Greenstein, Executive Director

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute that specializes in research and analysis on fiscal policy matters and policies affecting low- and moderate-income families.  The Center promotes policies to reduce poverty and to foster long-term fiscal responsibility, and seeks to ensure that the needs of less-fortunate individuals are considered in policy debates.
The Center depends on the support of individuals like you. By contributing to the Center, you show that you share our commitment to a nation where sound policies, based on careful analysis, are developed and effectively implemented so that:
  • Low-income families have a much better chance of escaping or avoiding poverty and living healthy, productive lives;
  • Government fiscal policies are responsible, and government can do its job without passing massive debt burdens to future generations;
  • Taxes are shared equitably across income groups; and
  • Credible and accurate information is readily available to enable the democratic process to function effectively and citizens to participate in important policy debates.

When you donate to the Center, you can be assured your gift will be used wisely and responsibly.

The Center is highly regarded for producing balanced, authoritative, and accessible information on issues currently before the country. Your support enables us to continue producing analyses that are relied upon by policymakers across the political spectrum, other non-profit organizations, and journalists from a wide array of media outlets.

Most importantly, you will be assisting us in effecting policy change that both helps our society’s most vulnerable members and promotes long-term fiscal responsibility. Over the years, the Center’s work has been instrumental in reducing poverty and improving policy outcomes, such as by:

  • Playing a pivotal role in helping design and secure enactment of the 1993 expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — the largest increase in a low-income program in the past 30 years — and further EITC improvements in 2001, so that the EITC now lifts more children out of poverty than any other program;
  • Designing an array of options for states that removed barriers to food stamp participation for many working-poor families and have led to dramatic increases in participation by such families;
  • Helping to design, and assisting states in implementing, pathbreaking cost-containment systems that sharply reduce the cost of infant formula used in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. These systems are saving $1.5 billion a year, which is being used to serve an additional two million low-income women and children every month in this acclaimed program;
  • Exposing weaknesses in Administration and congressional plans to convert part of Social Security to private accounts, through the issuance of widely cited analyses that helped shape public debate and contributed to the plans’ demise;
  • Developing a network of independent state policy organizations that now operate in about 30 states and are having a growing impact in improving state budget priorities and advancing policies to better the living conditions of low- and moderate-income families; and
  • Producing high-profile analyses and technical assistance that catalyzed efforts by state policy institutes and policymakers to avert costly reductions in state estate and corporate taxes that would otherwise have occurred as a result of recent federal tax cuts (because of linkages between federal and state tax codes). Against the odds, these efforts succeeded in more than 30 states in preserving $24 billion in state revenue over four years for needed public services.

With your support, we expect to achieve further results in the years ahead.

The Center recently received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Click here to learn more about the event

25th Anniversary Video
View the video commemorating the Center's 25th Anniversary.

Among the alphabet soup of think tanks and partisan advocacy groups covering tax and budget issues, the CBPP has carved out a niche as being socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and academically rigorous."

- CQ Today

[F]or more than 20 years [the Center] has established itself as the premier authority on budgetary issues … because its record for scrupulous accuracy is unblemished and because the Center’s work is as carefully consumed by the government officials it watches as by the activists it serves”

- Tom Oliphant of the Boston Globe

[The Center’s] statistical work is absolutely impeccable.  If you care about [fiscal issues], check CBPP’s site regularly for updates.”

- New York Times columnist
  Paul Krugman, 2003

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By supporting the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities at the Contributor Level, you will receive periodic updates from the Center on important budget and tax issues, our annual report and recognition in publications.

At the Friend Level, you will receive those periodic publications and invitations to our exclusive “Inside Policy” briefings (via telephone). These calls are similar to the Center’s weekly press briefings, which offer an insider’s view on a timely policy issue. 

Associate Level donors receive all the benefits listed above as well as breaking news emails on the policy topics of your choice.

For Leader and Founder’s Circle donors you will receive the benefits listed above and invitations to Center events and you will have the opportunity to meet with one of our policy experts (in person or by phone depending on geographic location.)

For more information about any of these benefits for donating to the Center, please contact:

David Simmons at
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This year, you can find the Center listed in the DC CFC guide distributed by Charitable Choices, and on their website, which provides a profile of the Center.

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area ends December 31, 2008.

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