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50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now
FoundedJuly 9, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-07-09)[1]
FounderMarc Porter Magee
Legal statusNonprofit organization
FocusEducation advocacy
Michael Phillips[3]
Marc Porter Magee[4]
Derrell Bradford[4]
Subsidiaries50CAN Action Fund (501(c)(4))[5]
Revenue (2020)
Expenses (2020)$10,484,670[5]
Employees (2022)
Volunteers (2020)

50CAN (The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now) is a nonprofit education advocacy group founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Washington, D.C.ref>"History | 50CAN". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.</ref> According to its website, 50CAN's mission is to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address.[6] The organization aims to find, connect and support local leaders in states across the country to help them improve educational policies in their communities.


50CAN grew out of ConnCAN (founded in 2005)[7] and was incubated inside the Connecticut nonprofit in 2010[8] before being formally spun off as an independent organization in 2011.[9] Marc Porter Magee left his role as ConnCAN chief operating officer[10] to establish 50CAN. He become 50CAN's first president, later becoming the organization's chief executive officer.[11][12] 50CAN employs 34 people,[4] and it runs education campaigns in nine states.[8]

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50CAN currently operates policy campaigns in nine states. In 2016, it announced it would grow to additional states by merging with StudentsFirst, and that former StudentsFirst chapters would retain their branding within their states.[13]


50CAN offers several programs to engage local leaders in the education advocacy movement, including the Education Advocacy Fellowship,[14] YouCAN[15] and National Voices Fellowship.[16] The organization provides trainings to other education and advocacy groups, including Advocacy 101 and Political Advocacy 101.[17]

In the fall of 2015, 50CAN published The 50CAN Guide to Building Advocacy Campaigns: 2nd Edition on iBooks and Kindle.[18] In 2019, the organization published a companion book, The 50CAN Guide to Political Advocacy.[19]

CEO Marc Porter Magee, in collaboration with FutureEd at Georgetown University, launched AdvocacyLabs,[20] an initiative that gathers both data and the perspectives of social scientists to inform advocates about best practices in the field.


  1. ^ "50CAN, Inc. Archived April 11, 2021, at the Wayback Machine" Business Inquiry. Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "50can Inc". Tax Exempt Organization Search. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Board". 50CAN. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Staff". 50CAN. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". 50CAN. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  6. ^ "Mission & Vision | 50CAN". Archived from the original on August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Ravitch, Diane (2020). Slaying Goliath.
  8. ^ a b "New Education Advocacy Organizations in the U.S. States: National Snapshot and a Case Study of Advance Illinois" (PDF).
  9. ^ "History | 50CAN". 50can.org. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  10. ^ mdalessio (January 13, 2016). "Marc Porter Magee". U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "Marc Porter Magee". Education Reimagined. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Marc Porter Magee - FutureEd". February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Resmovitz, Joy (March 29, 2016). "Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst will merge with education advocacy group 50Can". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "About the Fellowship | 50CAN". 50can.org. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "YouCAN Advocates | 50CAN". 50can.org. Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  16. ^ "National Voices Fellowship". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  17. ^ "Resources". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  18. ^ "50CAN Guidebook | 50CAN". 50can.org. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "The 50CAN Guide to Political Advocacy". Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  20. ^ "What is AdvocacyLabs? - FutureEd". Retrieved April 25, 2022.

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