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ACLU Foundation of Texas
Houston, TX | southwest
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the state’s preeminent civil rights organization, at the forefront in Texas since 1938. The 11th largest ACLU affiliated in the United States, the ACLU of Texas works in the courts, the legislature and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. The ACLU of Texas advocates personal privacy fr…
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Action Now Institute
Chicago, IL | midwest
Established in 2009, Action Now Institute (ANI) seeks to educate, inspire and engage community residents of Illinois’ low- and moderate-income communities to take a public stance on the issues that affect their neighborhoods, city and state. ANI believes that the people most affected by the issues of injustice have the right to make the decisions that affect their families and communities. It also…
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Advancement Project : People of Color Donor Organizing Project
Washington, DC | national
Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras. From Advancement Project’s inception, we have w…
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Alabama Organizing Project (Fiscal Sponsor: Alabama Council on Human Relations)
Montgomery, AL | south
For fifteen years, the Alabama Organizing Project (AOP) has been training the future leaders of Alabama to speak out and educate others for social justice. AOP assists organizations in the state to work collaboratively in empowering their constituents – many of whom are low income people – to find policy, program and developmental solutions to problems of poverty in a state where democratic empo…
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Alliance for Justice
Washington, DC | national
Alliance for Justice believes that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives. Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.
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American Friends Service Committee-U.S. Mexico Border Program
San Diego, CA | west
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that has been working for nearly 100 years to promote peace and social justice in the U.S. and abroad. Domestically, it works through 12 regional offices and the American Friends Service Committee U.S.-Mexico Border Program (AFSC) in San Diego, which was established 37 years ago. Since 1977, AFSC has advanced human rights for immigrants…
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American Indian Association of Tucson dba Tucson Indian Center
Tucson, AZ | southwest
The Tucson Indian Center serves the urban American Indian Community and others by providing culturally appropriate social, economic, education, housing, wellness and advocacy services. The Tucson area has long been the traditional site for Indian settlements. From the Archaic and Hohokam Indians, to the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui, the waters of the Santa Cruz River and the surrounding fer…
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Americans for Indian Opportunity
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
Americans for Indian Opportunity advances, from an Indigenous worldview, the cultural, political and economic lives of Indigenous peoples in the United States and around the world. Founded by LaDonna Harris (Comanche) and a cohort of her fellow Native American activists in 1970, AIO draws upon traditional Indigenous philosophies to foster value-based leadership, inspire stakeholder-driven solutions,…
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Arizona Community Action Association
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) is a network of community action organizations, united to bring communities together in ending poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions. Created in 1967 to address poverty across the state, ACAA unites communities to end poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions. Through its network of 44 community action member orga…
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Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Little Rock, AR | south
Founded in 1963, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (APPP) is a statewide organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice by organizing citizen groups, educating and supporting them to be more effective and powerful, and linking them with one another in coalitions and networks. Its hallmark convening is the Arkansas Citizens First Congress (CFC) which brings together 58 organizations, repr…
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Arkansas United Community Coalition
Fayetteville, AR | south
As Arkansas immigrants and partners move to seek positive change in their communities, AUCC utilizes guided practice, an approach that emphasizes learning-by-doing, enabling immigrants to develop and put newly acquired ideas, tools and techniques into practice on specific initiatives of their choosing. As a result, the experiences and learning stay within the immigrant communities. AUCC also offers …
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA | west
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles (Advancing Justice) was founded in 1983 and is the region’s leading organization dedicated to providing the growing Asian-American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities with multilingual and culturally sensitive legal services, education and civil rights support. Advancing Justice employs the strategies of direct services, polic…
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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
San Francisco, CA | national
Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) was formed to address the lack of strategic investments in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Although the AAPI population doubled between 1990 and 2004, foundation funding to AAPI communities remained virtually unchanged – at 0.3 percent as of 2012. Lack of support for AAPI communities is an enduring cha…
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Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Oakland, CA | west
APEN seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN believes that the environment includes everything around us: where we live, work and play. And we strive to build grassroots organizations that will improve the health, well-being and political strength of our communities. In 1991, there was a historic convening of the n…
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Aspen Institute: Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
Washington, DC | national
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. The Aspen Institute mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an inter…
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Bend the Arc — A Jewish Partnership for Justice: National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color
New York, NY | national
The National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color (NYABMOC) is an alliance of five national networks that work with young men of color ages 13 to 25 organizing for social, racial, and economic justice. Collectively, the networks represent tens of thousands of organized young men of color, and over 200 organizations. NYABMOC’s mission is to create a society where all young men of color thrive an…
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Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Brooklyn, NY | national
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), founded in Oakland, CA in 2006, is a racial justice and immigrant rights organization that engages in issue education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance building in order to end racism, criminalization and economic disenfranchisement of African-American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI recently moved its headquarters to Brooklyn, NY and has additi…
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Black Organizing Project
Oakland, CA | west
Black Organizing Project (BOP) was founded in 2009 as a project of National grantee Center for Third World Organizing to address a lack of resources in Black movement advocacy and the absence of capacity and infrastructure for Black-led organizing. In 2012, BOP was established as a separate organization to build a local, intergenerational base of leadership by providing political education and leade…
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Brownsville Community Health Center
Brownsville, TX | southwest
Founded in 1978, Brownsville Community Health Center (BCHC) serves low-income families in southern Cameron County, which includes the cities of Brownsville, Los Fresnos, Olmito, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island. BCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive health care services with excellence and dignity to the community. In 1993, BCHC developed Mano a Mano (MAM), a community organizing program i…
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California Child Care Resource and Referral Network Project: Parent Voices
San Francisco, CA | west
Parent Voices (PV) builds the leadership capabilities of low-income families to fight for policies beneficial to themselves and their communities in San Francisco. Since the mid-1990s, PV advocates have worked to expand child care services that get children off wait lists and into child care, make the child care system more family friendly, maintain child care subsidies for families at risk of losin…
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Californians for Justice Education Fund
Oakland, CA | west
Founded in 1995, Californians for Justice Education Fund (CFJ) is a statewide grassroots organization that combines a youth-centered approach with educational campaigning and policy reform, leading to equitable school funding and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. CFJ focuses on racial justice and building power with low-income youth and families of color in four regions of California: Fresno, Lo…
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Campesinos Sin Fronteras
Somerton, AZ | southwest
Campesinos Sin Fronteras (CSF) is a grassroots community organization founded in 1999 to build capacity, educate, advocate for and support families including farmworkers, new immigrants, and people with low to moderate incomes to improve their quality of life. CSF’s efforts are primarily focused on the U.S./Mexico border towns in South Yuma County (Somerton and San Luis), where Latinos make up 95 …
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CANGRESS dba Los Angeles Community Action Network
Los Angeles, CA | west
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) helps people dealing with poverty create and discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure they have voice, power and opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting them. The mission of LA CAN is to help people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure they have voice, power…
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Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Oakland, CA | west
Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. CJJC engages in local grassroots organizing for the rights of low-income people of color most directly impacted by current inequities. CJJC actively promotes the political consciousness of our members, encouraging them…
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Center for Civic Policy
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
The Center for Civic Policy provides policy research and technical assistance to community-based organizations in New Mexico. The Center for Civic Policy is founded on the fundamental belief that the people of New Mexico have a right to expect public policy-making processes that are fair, transparent and accountable. Accordingly, the Center strives to provide the public with accurate a…
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Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
Jurupa Valley, CA | west
Founded in 1993, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) engages in leadership development and base-building. As a progressive, multi-issue organization, its emphasis is to unite people using environmental justice to create social change. CCAEJ develops community-based leadership and builds long-term community capacity in neighborhoods overburdened by the negative effects o…
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Center for Community Change
Washington, DC | national
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. T…
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Center for Popular Democracy
Brooklyn, NY | national
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) was strengthened in 2012 as a result of a successful merger with the Leadership Center for the Common Good (a grantee since 2010). CPD works to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. With 41 partners in 30 states, CPD works to win a pro-worker, pro-immigr…
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Center for Third World Organizing
Oakland, CA | national
The Center for Third World Organization (also known as CTWO, pronounced “C-2”) works with community organizations and grassroots leaders to analyze how structural racism affects our lives and communities, to shape a bold vision based on race, gender, sexuality and economic justice, and to spread organizing skills and strategies necessary to achieve meaningful social change. CTWO was esta…
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Center on Policy Initiatives
San Diego, CA | west
The Center on Policy Initiatives is a nonprofit research and advocacy center dedicated to the interests of working people in the San Diego region. Through research, community organizing and public education, we seek policy changes that promote economic justice and strengthen the middle class. CPI works to end working poverty by building a fair economy in which good jobs with healthcare covera…
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Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) began in 2008 as an affiliate of the Partnership for Working Families (PWF) to build a base of constituents in the Phoenix metropolitan area. CASE obtained its 501(c)(3) status in 2011 and works with young people and families to achieve economic and social rights for low-income families and immigrants in Arizona. CASE engages more than 200 families …
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Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño
Fresno, CA | west
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) was created in 1993 to serve indigenous migrant communities from Mexico residing in California. CBDIO encourages families to develop their leadership skills and advocate for improved economic and social well-being. Because CBDIO provides space for families to come together and receive support, it is at the forefront of issues…
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Centro Del Obrero Fronterizo dba La Mujer Obrera
El Paso, TX | southwest
La Mujer Obrera is an advocacy and development grassroots organization that focuses on issues related to the impact of globalization in the economic and social human rights of Mexican immigrant women and their families at the U.S. Mexico border. Since 1981, La Mujer Obrera has been dedicated to upholding the most basic human rights: Employment with dignity and justice Co…
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: Grassroots Collaborative
Chicago, IL | midwest
Grassroots Collaborative, made of 12 membership-based organizations in Illinois, represents low-income people in efforts to create progressive policy change at the local and statewide level that further economic and social justice. Founded in 1999, the Collaborative represents diverse constituencies of low to moderate income families working to build a long-term movement for economic and raci…
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Children’s Action Alliance
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) was founded in 1988 with a mission to work for the well-being of Arizona’s children and families through nonpartisan research and advocacy on relevant public policies. CAA’s advocacy and research provides information and education to families on issues such as child care, health care, education, juvenile justice, state budgets and tax policy. CAA’s constituen…
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Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA | west
A multi-ethnic coalition of community organizations and individuals, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) advances the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in the City of Los Angeles by fostering greater understanding of immigrants and issues that affect them and providing a neutral space for discussion and for immigrants to come together and become better a…
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Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
San Francisco, CA | west
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth is a member-led, multiracial community organization that builds the leadership and policy advocacy capacity of low-income families in the Southeast section of San Francisco. Over the last 30 years, Coleman has become the leading voice for low to moderate income youth and families in San Francisco. Through grassroots leadership development, youth…
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Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Los Angeles, CA | west
Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy. Community Coalition was started by community leaders, including U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, as a non-profit organization in 1990 in respo…
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Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)
San Bernardino, CA | west
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE) is a faith- and community-based organization that develops the capacity of religious and lay leaders and families in San Bernardino and Riverside counties to protect and revitalize the communities where they live, work, and worship. Founded in 2008 by a small group of passionate, progressive, and proactive clergy, lay, and community lead…
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Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norte América (COFEM)
Los Angeles, CA | west
COFEM is a community-based umbrella organization comprised of groups of people who share ideas and participate in efforts to create opportunities for Latino immigrants in North America, specifically in California. The overarching purpose of the organization is to ensure equality of opportunity for members of the Latino community. COFEM represents 15 organizations (or “federations”), which…
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East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
Oakland, CA | west
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) has been building successful cross-sector coalitions and alliances since 1999, winning policies and reforms that secure better economic and health outcomes for the East Bay’s low-income workers, their families and communities. EBASE develops healthy neighborhoods, lifts up low-wage workers, advances immigrants’ workplace rights, promotes civic …
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East Bay Community Foundation
Oakland, CA | west
The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), founded in 1928, is the oldest community foundation in the Bay Area of California and serves the residents and communities of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Its mission is to attract philanthropy in the East Bay by leveraging its assets to support low-income, underserved, and under-represented people and communities. EBCF is a leading resource for mobili…
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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Oakland, CA | west
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC), named for a heroine of the civil rights movement, was founded in 1996 to advance racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income and people of color. By engaging low-income families and current and formerly incarcerated youth and adults, EBC is building a movement for justice reinvestment: the reallocation of resources away f…
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Enlace Chicago
Chicago, IL | midwest
Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.  Through four program areas — Community Education, Violence Prevention, Community Enrichment, and Economic Develo…
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Environmental Health Coalition
National City, CA | west
Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) is one of the oldest and most effective grassroots organizations in the United States, using social change strategies to achieve environmental justice. EHC is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice. It believes that justice is accomplished by empowered communities acting together to make social change. It organizes and advocates to protect…
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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children(FFLIC)
New Orleans, LA | south
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. The organization was started by David Utter, Shannon Wight and Gabriella Celeste. When the three opened the doors to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in 1997, little did they know that the…
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Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami
Miami, FL | south
Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami-Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) is an advocacy and social service agency that works to empower Haitian women and their families socially and politically while helping to facilitate their adjustments to South Florida. Founded in 2001, and located in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, the organization serves the needs of low-income women and their families through counseling, e…
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Farmworker Association of Florida
Apopka, FL | south
Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) is a grassroots organization led by and for farmworkers. Founded in 1983, FWAF empowers farmworkers and rural low-income communities to gain control over the public policies that affect their lives. FWAF’s primary activities include farmworker political action and the Environmental Health and Pesticide Safety project. FWAF encourages environmental agencies …
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Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL)
Montgomery, AL | south
Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) develops the skills and capacity of low-income families and child care providers through its programs and partnerships. Founded in 1972, FOCAL has confronted inequality, oppression and discrimination through training, leadership development, organizing and advocacy. FOCAL advocates for a child care system in Alabama that is affordable, accessible, …
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Florida Immigrant Coalition
Miami, FL | south
Florida Immigrant Coalition was formed by a group of legal advocates in Miami to mitigate the impact of the 1996 welfare/immigration reform legislation. With the assistance of Center for Community Change, FLIC was formally incorporated in 2004 and has become a statewide, membership-based, immigrant-led coalition fostering a social movement that empowers individuals and families to defend the human, …
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Fresno Center for New Americans
Fresno, CA | west
Fresno Center for New Americans (FCNA) was established in 1991 to provide health, employment and naturalization services to refugees and new American citizens. FCNA has been recognized by local, county, and state governments, as well as other organizations, for its positive contribution to the new American community and for reaching populations that are often inaccessible. FCNA employs a culturally …
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Gamaliel Foundation
Chicago, IL | national
Gamaliel Foundation was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races. Its mission is to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to th…
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Greater Birmingham Ministries: Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Montgomery, AL | south
ACIJ has grown into a fierce statewide grassroots movement. ACIJ have built an organized base of immigrant leadership in Alabama where previously communities had been isolated and completely shut out of civic engagement. Immigrants have joined together with African-American civil rights leaders, progressive and conservative white faith communities, southern LGBTQ communities, Democrats, Republi…
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Highlander Research and Education Center
New Market, TN | south
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help to create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. Highlander is a place where leaders, networks, an…
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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Birmingham, AL | south
Founded in 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) serves low-income Spanish-speaking immigrants, primarily from Mexico and Central America. The ¡HICA! constituency is composed of 4,000 people living in urban, suburban and rural Alabama, 99 percent of whom are Latino. It works to engage both newcomers and U.S.-born Latinos through advocacy, organizing, leadersh…
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Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Chicago, IL | midwest
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of America’s diverse society. In partnership with member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship a…
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Inner-City Muslim Action Network
Chicago, IL | midwest
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) developed in the mid-1990s in an effort to bring the historic legacy of African-American Muslim activism and grassroots engagement in urban neighborhoods together with a diverse group of first and second generation Muslim immigrants raised or invested in similar neighborhoods. IMAN was incorporated in 1997 and propelled forward by the need to creatively respon…
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Inner-City Muslim Action Network: United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations
Chicago, IL | midwest
The United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) is a grassroots-led, multi-ethnic human rights alliance mobilizing people, policy and ideas for the equitable advancement of marginalized communities. UCCRO comprises seven organizations with a cumulative base of over 4,000 leaders from more than 30 communities in Chicago and its suburbs, which are comprised, for the most part, of …
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InnerCity Struggle
Los Angeles, CA | west
Founded in 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside, InnerCity Struggle organizes youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together for social and educational justice. The organization seeks to improve the quality of public education, advocate for economic development that is accountable to the commun…
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Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
Los Angeles, CA | west
Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California’s (IDEPSCA) mission is to create a more humane and democratic society through leadership development and educational programs for immigrant families and workers using popular education methods. In 1984, a group of students and parents met in Pasadena’s Central Park to confront racism, educational inequalities and the lack of affordable housin…
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Isaiah Institute of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA | south
The Isaiah Institute builds networks of congregations on the Gulf Coast, introducing the organizing model to participating pastors and their congregations, and mobilizing communities to advocate for public policy change that will support positive redevelopment of hurricane-debilitated low-income communities. The Institute was formally incorporated in 2008 with a mission to assist member and a…
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Jobs with Justice Education Fund
Washington, DC | national
Jobs with Justice Education Fund (JWJEF) was founded in 1987 and has the long-term mission to lead the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits working families. It is grounded in the belief that all workers should have collective bargaining rights, labor and employment protections, employment security, and a decent standard of living. JWJEF has two core organizational strategies: to…
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Joint Center For Political And Economic Studies
Washington, DC | national
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) is a nonprofit public policy organization producing innovative, high-impact research, analysis and policy solutions that have a positive impact on communities of color. Established five years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to support a growing pool of Black elected officials, the Joint Center works with key local elected officia…
Kentucky Coalition
London, KY | south
Kentucky Coalition is committed to policy change on issues such as economic justice and voting rights, economic transition and environmental protection, new energy and green jobs, to benefit low-income families. A little bit of Kentucky Coalition’s history: in the late 1970s, when citizens in six Appalachian states conducted a land study, researching the ownership of land and minerals …
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Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Chicago, IL | midwest
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been an instrument for grassroots democracy in the North Kenwood and Oakland communities for nearly forty years.  Founded by religious and community leaders in the 1960’s, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents.  Today, KOCO continues its work as a vehicle and voice of l…
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Khmer Girls in Action
Long Beach, CA | west
Khmer Girls in Action began in 1997 as HOPE for Girls, a Cambodian young women’s reproductive health and empowerment project. Throughout their involvement, members began to recognize their needs extended beyond reproductive health education and empowerment.  Through conversation and strategic planning by members and adult allies, Khmer Girls in Action was created with a mission to contribute to t…
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La Unión del Pueblo Entero
San Juan, TX | southwest
César Chávez founded LUPE, a community union, rooted in the belief that members of the low-income community have the responsibility and the obligation to organize themselves. Through their association they begin to advocate and articulate for the issues and factors that impact their lives. Further, César Chávez believed that for people to have ownership of this endeavor, they have to invest of t…
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Labor/Community Strategy Center
Los Angeles, CA | west
The Labor Community Strategy Center is a think tank for regional, national and international movement building, founded in 1989 and based in the 10 million-person world city of Los Angeles. Its campaigns, projects, and publications are rooted in working class communities of color, and address the totality of urban life with a particular focus on civil rights, environmental justice, public health, gl…
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Latino Center for Prevention and Action in Health and Welfare dba Latino Health Access
Santa Ana, CA | west
Latino Health Access (LHA) provides tools and trainings that civically engage low-income families, and delivers culturally appropriate health-related services and programming that creates positive, concrete change for low-income families living in Orange County, California. In 1993, LHA was the first organization in Orange County to embark on a place-based strategy involving families in civic engage…
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Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law: Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (“PREP”)
Washington, DC | south
The Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) seeks to improve K-12 student performance, retention, and access to equal educational opportunities. We serve low-income and minority children in targeted communities by increasing parental engagement in education and ensuring that parents become successful advocates for their children. Our goal is for every child to have meaningful access to a q…
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Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Chicago, IL | midwest
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), established in 1962, recently revised its mission statement to better reflect its priorities: “LSNA is a community-based organization advancing diversity, leader development, and models of engagement as the catalyst for social justice.” LSNA achieves its mission through building networks, organizational capacity and leadership, and engaging its base …
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Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
Los Angeles, CA | west
Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond. For the past 15 years, LAANE has been in the for…
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McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development
Darien, GA | south
McIntosh SEED (Sustainable Environment and Economic Development) is a grass-roots, community-based organization working in McIntosh County, Georgia. Their work is guided by the social, economic, environmental, and cultural interest of the community. McIntosh SEED provide quality education, better housing, recreational facilities, business opportunities, and environmental protection and restoration.…
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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Baltimore, MD | national
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 in response to the growing number of lynchings of Black citizens across the country at the time, coupled with the 1908 Springfield race riot. The founders were dedicated to using every legal means at their disposal to advance racial justice and fairness for the Black community. As the oldest civil rights organ…
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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Washington, DC | national
Founded in 1976, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) promotes philanthropy that serves the public good and is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity. NCRP conducts research, policy analysis, advocacy, and communication strategies to promote funding support for efforts to achieve equity and justice for low-income families and other disenfranch…
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National Council of La Raza
Washington, DC | national
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  To achieve its mission, NCLR con…
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National Domestic Workers Alliance
New York, NY | national
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), created in 2007, is the voice and vehicle for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. NDWA anchors national campaigns led by low-income domestic workers, immigrants, and their families. Its strategies include providing capacity building and technical assistance to its 55 local affili…
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National People’s Action
Chicago, IL | national
National People’s Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organiz…
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Native American Voter Alliance Education Project
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
Founded in 2010, Native American Voters Alliance Education Project (NAVA) works to organize a Native American electorate that is informed, active and empowered to participate in the development and implementation of a community and legislative agenda that will improve the quality of life for Indian families living in New Mexico. NAVA’s constituency is made up of low-income Native Americans living …
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Native American Youth and Family Center: National Urban Indian Family Coalition
Portland, OR | national
National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) was created in 2003 in Seattle, WA with funding provided the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA, convened a forum to discuss issues facing Urban Indian families nationwide. The group consisted of communities including, philanthropy, national organizations, the federal government and the Executive Director…
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Native Americans in Philanthropy
Minneapolis, MN | national
Native Americans in Philanthropy is a growing circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples. Engage We work together to develop meaningful philanthropic opportunities. Educate…
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Native Movement dba Black Mesa Water Coalition
Flagstaff, AZ | southwest
Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) is a program of the Native Movement, whose mission is to protect the land, people and culture of indigenous families by preventing the exploitation of their natural resources and advocating for sustainable economic development. BMWC is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision …
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New Florida Majority Education Fund
Miami, FL | south
The New Florida Majority Education Fund (NFM-EF) was co-founded in 2011 by key leaders from several leading grassroots social justice organizations in Florida, including foundation grantees Miami Workers Center (MWC) and Florida Immigrant Coalition. NFM-EF became an independent organization in 2013; it works to organize voter participation and political influence of marginalized residents in the sta…
New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice
New Orleans, LA | south
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, African American workers were locked out of the reconstruction, while immigrant workers were locked in. Poor and working class African Americans faced racial exclusion, while immigrant workers experienced brutal exploitation. Three years later, in the context of a global economic crisis, jobs and immigration continue to be sharply divisive wedge issues. The pol…
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New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice: National Guestworker Alliance
New Orleans, LA | national
National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) is a national membership organization of low-wage contingent workers. NGA is dedicated to building a social movement to give low-wage workers and their families a voice in the future of the economy and in our democracy. Its constituents are workers in industries likely to pay poverty wages: food supply chain workers, manufacturing workers, warehouse workers and ot…
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New Venture Fund: National Collaborative for Health Equity
Washington, DC | national
National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) seeks to advance a health equity movement by building and enhancing partnerships among grassroots and community-based organizations, racial equity advocates, researchers, public health professionals, and other allies. It connects research, policy analysis, communications, and activism to facilitate policy change that promotes equitable health outcomes …
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Nollie Jenkins Family Center
Lexington, MS | south
Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC) visualizes an energized and involved community where all people, young and old, are valued, nurtured and supported as we work together to build and sustain communities that are purposeful in ensuring that the environmental, political, cultural, recreational, educational, economic, spiritual needs of its citizens are actualized and preserved. NJFC’s mi…
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North Florida Educational Development Corporation
Gretna, FL | south
North Florida Educational Development Corporation (NFEDC) is a grassroots, community-based organization that works to empower individuals and families in Gadsden County and the North Florida Panhandle to become more self-sufficient and improve the quality of their lives. Launched in 1987 by poor women in rural Gadsden County – the only predominantly African-American county in Florida – the organ…
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OLÉ Education Fund
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
OLÉ is a grassroots community organization of working families in New Mexico. OLÉ members and staff work together to strengthen our communities through social advocacy and economic reform, using issue-based campaigns and electoral engagement to ensure that working families are playing a critical role in shaping New Mexico’s future with a united voice. The breadth of our work is as wide as t…
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One Voice
Jackson, MS | south
Founded in 2007, Community Policy, Research and Training Institute promotes civic engagement in public policymaking through leadership development, research support, training and technical assistance for advocacy group associations and community-based organizations, with the goal of improving the quality of life for African-Americans and other disenfranchised communities. Its leadership, board and s…
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OneAmerica: English Innovations
Seattle, WA | national
OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies. OneAmerica envisions a peaceful world where every person’s human rights and dignity are respected, where communities appreciate differences and stand together for justice and equality, and where each …
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Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside
Chicago, IL | midwest
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a community organization resulting from the 2013 merger of Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) and Organization of the Northeast, which have a combined history of nearly 60 years of powerful and effective community organizing. ONE Northside organizes seven Northside Chicago neighborhoods in which current Marguerite Casey Foundation gran…
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Parent Institute for Quality Education
National City, CA | west
The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) seeks to enhance the academic performance of children in order to improve the social and economic well-being of low-income families in California. PIQE began in 1987 as a result of discussions with parents of a predominantly Latino elementary school in the San Diego area. The school community was interested in addressing the conditions that pr…
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Parents for Public Schools
Jackson, MS | south
Parent for Public Schools (PPS) was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in 1991 by a committed group of parents who wanted to see their students and public schools thrive. The actions of these parents inspired similar groups in other parts of the country and resonated in both rural and urban communities. PPS has since grown into a national organization with 17 chapters in 12 states with a mission of str…
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Partnership for Community Action
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
Partnership for Community Action (PCA) was founded in 2003 with a mission to build strong, healthy communities throughout New Mexico by investing in children and families, leadership development, and by providing the training and tools for New Mexicans to become economically self-sufficient. Its target population is low-income and underrepresented residents in Bernalillo County, though PCA’s advoc…
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People’s Action Institute: Uniting to Build an America that Works for All of Us: Introducing People’s Action
Chicago, IL | national
People’s Action and People’s Action Institute were founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society. Formed from the merger of powerful national organizations, we also come from a storied history of innovation and success.
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People’s Lobby Education Institute
Chicago, IL | midwest
The People’s Lobby is a fast-growing, membership-driven organization devoted to organizing widespread support for public policies and candidates – including people from our communities – that put the needs of people and the planet before the interests of big corporations and the very rich. We train leaders to build bases in our communities, organize support for the progressive legislation, end…
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PICO National Network
Oakland, CA | national
The PICO National Network (PICO) was founded in 1972 and has as its mission to create racial and economic justice in the United States by organizing people of faith and those who are most oppressed by unjust systems and policies. In collaboration with a wide range of faith allies and social justice partners, PICO empowers clergy and grassroots leaders to promote civic engagement and to advocate for …
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Primavera Foundation
Tucson, AZ | southwest
The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera is dedicated to addressing poverty and homelessness by acknowledging the intrinsic worth of every individual. Primavera promotes economic and social justice while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human right…
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Progressive Technology Project
Minneapolis, MN | national
The Progressive Technology Project (PTP) was founded in 1997 by grassroots organizers to support social change community-led organizing in low-income communities and communities of color. Its mission is to help community organizations achieve their goals more effectively and efficiently. Its programs help community organizers build their skills and understanding to integrate technology into the work…
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Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide
Atlanta, GA | south
Since 1986, Project South has constructed social movement practices that advance social change in U.S. society and attempted to demonstrate that unless there is an independent social movement led by the people most negatively affected by public policy, it does not matter who is in office or what short-term policy changes are achieved – communities of color and poor communities will be lost in the …
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Proyecto Azteca
San Juan, TX | southwest
In  1991, the United Farm Workers of America, Texas Rural Legal Aid, and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service came together and organized Proyecto Azteca to respond to the housing crisis in South Texas colonias located in Hidalgo County.  In the first year, Proyecto Azteca organized construction with just four families.  Over the years, Proyecto Azteca has gradually increased its prod…
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Proyecto Juan Diego
Brownsville, TX | southwest
Proyecto Juan Diego (PJD) was founded in 2003 with a mission to educate and empower low-income families to make healthy choices and become socially responsible members of society. PJD works to advance its mission through education, health care and social and civic activities that strengthen families to become successful and independent members of society. Its target population is more than 98 percen…
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Radio Bilingüe, Inc.
Fresno, CA | west
Radio Bilingüe (RB), founded in 1976, broadcasts trusted sources of information and programming by and for the growing national Latino community. For years, RB served as the only Latino-controlled community radio station in Fresno, California, and it is currently the only national Latino public broadcasting network. RB leads public broadcasting’s production of national Latino‐oriented news and …
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Right to the City Alliance
New York, NY | national
Right to the City (RTTC) was born out of desire and need by organizers and allies around the country to have a stronger movement for urban justice. But it was also born out of the power of an idea of a new kind of urban politics that asserts that everyone, particularly the disenfranchised, not only has a right to the city, but as inhabitants, have a right to shape it, design it, and operationalize a…
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San Diego LGBT Community Center
San Diego, CA | west
The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.…
San Diego LGBT Community Center Project: Engage San Diego
San Diego, CA | west
A new vision of collaboration has come to fruition in the San Diego region! Beginning in 2010, local area leaders in civil rights, social justice, health and environmental organizations have worked together to bring to life a nonprofit network focused on nonpartisan civic engagement. This new network is called Engage San Diego. Drawing on examples …
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Santa Fe Indian School: Leadership Institute
Sante Fe, NM | southwest
The Leadership Institute, based at the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was established in 1997 to create a space for discourse on a wide range of public policy and tribal community issues challenging the vitality and spirit of the 22 Tribal Nations in New Mexico. This work led to public and Tribal policy impact, beginning with “Community Institutes,” bringing together members fro…
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Silicon Valley De-Bug
San Jose, CA | west
Silicon Valley De-Bug (De-Bug) is led and run by communities of color to build the leadership of youth, people of color, low-income families, immigrants, and incarcerated individuals and their loved ones through media production, community organizing, and policy work. It advocates for justice for all families and its overarching mission is to ensure families are front and center in initiating and be…
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Solidago Foundation : The Workers Lab
Northampton, ME | national
The Foundation often funds work less likely to receive support from traditional funding sources in the following three program areas: Economic Justice: for the creation of new systems that more equitably share the benefits of economic prosperity with all. Environmental Justice: to remedy and prevent the harmful health impacts of environmental degradation and toxic pollution of disadvant…
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Somos Un Pueblo Unido
Santa Fe, NM | southwest
Somos Un Pueblo Unido (Somos), founded in 1995, is a community-based and immigrant-led organization in New Mexico that promotes worker and racial justice. Somos works in urban and rural areas across the state and offers community education about rights; forges leadership opportunities for immigrants and low-wage workers; engages Latinos in the political and electoral process; and organizes grassroot…
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Southern Echo
Jackson, MS | south
Southern Echo was founded in 1989 to build the capacity of African American communities to form a network of new, accountable grassroots community organizations, on an inter-generational model. Southern Echo provided training, technical and legal assistance. The primary goal was to empower the community to impact the formation and implementation of public policy. Southern Echo is a leadership…
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Southern Echo: Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization
Indianola, MS | south
Since 1995, Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization, formerly known as Indianola Parent Student Group, has been using an intergenerational model of community organizing to advocate for quality public education opportunities for all students in the city of Indianola and throughout Sunflower County. SCPSO trains grassroots leaders and organizers who are taking on many of the leadersh…
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Southern Echo: Tunica Teens in Action
Tunica, MS | south
Formed in 1993, Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County works to build the leadership capacity of low-income families by involving students and parents in intergenerational organizing and advocacy. The organization serves the entire population of Tunica County (located in the northwest corner of Mississippi) but works more directly with African-American and low-wealth families, with plans to e…
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Southern Mutual Help Association
New Iberia, LA | south
Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.’s mission is to build healthy prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. Its special focus is with distressed rural communities whose livelihoods are interdependent with our land and waters. It works primarily with agricultural and pervasively poor communities, women and people of color. It helps build rural communities through people’s growth in th…
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Southerners on New Ground
Atlanta, GA | south
SONG long term goals are to build, drive, amplify, and support Southern inter-sectional movement work thru regional capacity building, leadership development, and organizing. All of SONG work centers  shared interest of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and immigrants, SONG starts at the place of lifting barriers and breaking the isolation that prevents people from participating fully in econom…
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SouthWest Organizing Project
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. SWOP is a multi-racial, membership organization with a Board of Directors that is elected directly from its membership. SWOP is intentional about ensuring that the composition of our staff, membership, a…
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State Voices
Detroit, MI | national
Founded in 2005 by local and state organizations that wanted to improve their effectiveness by working together, State Voices is a national network that helps grassroots organizations conduct civic engagement, win shared policy victories and build long-term power. State Voices coordinates and provides infrastructure for state “tables” of nonprofit organizations in 17 states. The tables are netwo…
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Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment
Knoxville, TN | south
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is committed to for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee. SOCM’s original name, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, grew out of SOCM’s origins as a grassroots community organization based in poor isolated coalfield communities in five northern counties in the Cumberland Mountains.  SOCM kept this name for the first thir…
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Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Los Angeles, CA | west
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) envisions a society where economic benefits and opportunities are equitably distributed and where workers and tenants have rights and decision making power. This requires a change in public and corporate policies so that they provide a concrete economic benefit for families. Since its founding in 1996, SAJE has worked to create models of a replicable and s…
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Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Los Angeles, CA | west
SCOPE combines community organizing, leadership development, strategic alliance building, research, training and capacity building, and policy advocacy to build a powerful movement for social and economic justice at the local, state and national levels. Local and Regional Organizing: Members, member-leaders, and strategic allies are consistently engaged in shaping and driving our local and re…
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Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Nashville, TN | south
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state. Since its founding in 2001, TIRRC has worked to develop immigrant lead…
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Tewa Women United
Santa Cruz, NM | southwest
Tewa Women United (TWU) is a collective intertribal women’s voice in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico. The name Tewa Women United comes from the Tewa words “wi don gi mu” which translates to “we are one.” Tewa Women United was started in 1989 as a support group for women concerned with various issues including alcoholism, suicide, and domestic and sexual violence. I…
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Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
Houston, TX | southwest
The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) improves the lives of low and moderate income Texas families by building power through community organizing and civic engagement. TOP is a membership-based organization that conducts issue advocacy, lobbying efforts and electoral organizing on behalf of working families in Texas. TOP focuses on creating effective ways to ensure that voices of low income and …
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United South Broadway Corporation
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
United South Broadway is a non-profit Community Development Corporation that works within older historic neighborhoods of Albuquerque to address affordable housing opportunities, commercial revitalization, crime prevention and youth development. Neighborhood Revitalization depends on all of these in order to improve and/or maintain the communities” quality of life. The  South Broadway …
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University of Houston – Arte Público Press: Democracy and the New American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice
Houston, TX | midwest
From its beginnings on the artistic fringe during the Hispanic Civil Rights Movement to its current status as the oldest and most accomplished publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors, Arte Público Press and its imprint, Piñata Books, have become a showcase for Hispanic literary creativity, arts and culture. Building on the literary magazine’s success,…
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Shriver Center, Choice Program
Baltimore, MD | national
The Choice Program is a community-based, family-centered case management approach to delinquency prevention and youth development. Focusing on providing support in at-risk environments, The Choice Program empowers youth and engages families through a multitude of services adapted to individual needs. The program seeks to foster resiliency in young people by promoting protective factors to mitigate r…
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University of Texas Foundation Project: Center for Civic Engagement
El Paso, TX | southwest
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) was established at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1998 to strengthen student and faculty connections with community organizations in the Paso del Norte region and to deepen a sense of civic pride and responsibility among UTEP graduates. CCE’s mission is to share social, cultural and intellectual resources with community organizations and their co…
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Urban Habitat
Oakland, CA | west
Founded in 1989, Urban Habitat builds bridges among and between environmentalists, social justice advocates, government leaders and the business community to promote regional smart growth and equitable development. UH advances its mission by 1) producing research and analysis that explores and reframes emerging issues; 2) convening forums that foster dialogue among diverse constituencies; 3) creatin…
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W. Haywood Burns Institute
San Francisco, CA | west
The W. Haywood Burns Institute addresses the needs of poor youth and young people of color, their families, and communities by specifically targeting over-representation in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. As a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, its mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth of color, poor youth and the well-being of their communities by re…
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Workers Defense Project
Austin, TX | southwest
As a workers’ rights organization, WDP believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a necessary step in protecting all workers’ rights and ending abusive treatment of undocumented immigrants. Texas and the nation need immigration reform that keeps families together, honors the hard work and contributions of immigrants, rewards honest businesses, and creates a system that works for businesse…
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Working Partnerships USA
San Jose, CA | west
Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA) is an independently funded social change organization founded by labor and community groups that equips everyday people to participate and win in developing a fair and free society. Since its founding in 1995, WPUSA has tackled issues directly affecting working people and their families by building their capacity and ability to effectively represent their own …
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YouthBuild USA: Opportunity Youth United
Somerville, MA | national
The National Council of Young Leaders (Council), founded in 2012, launched Opportunity Youth United in 2015 to create a grassroots movement of low-income “opportunity youth” between 16 and 24 years of age who are disconnected from education and the labor force. Its goal is to empower this constituency to participate in the civic process and advocate for policies that create pathways out of pover…