Describing EPI

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States.

EPI’s research helps policymakers, opinion leaders, advocates, journalists, and the public understand the bread-and-butter issues affecting ordinary Americans.

By identifying trends and tracking them to their policy causes, we provide a roadmap for returning to an America where hard-working low-wage employees make enough to make a living, the middle class is strong and healthy, and workers who help our economy grow share in its benefits. Scholars, state-level think tanks, foundations, unions, and advocacy organizations have used EPI data to successfully fight for numerous worker- and growth-friendly policies and programs. Our work has led to victories including minimum-wage increases, paid sick day legislation, overtime pay provisions, and Social Security benefit protections.

For more about EPI click here.

Who supports EPI’s work?

EPI is a 501(c)(3) corporation. In 2010 through 2014, a majority of our funding (about 57%) was in the form of foundation grants, while another 27% came from labor unions. EPI also receives support from individuals, corporations, and other organizations.


Sources of EPI funding in 2021

Source Share of funding
Foundations 79%
Labor Unions 14%
Corporations/Organizations 2%
Individuals 3%
Other 2%