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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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Adults and Youth United Development Association Inc
San Elizario, TX | southwest
Founded in 1992, Adults and Youth United Development Association (AYUDA) is a grassroots community organization that advocates for environmental protection measures and access to basic public services for low-income families and residents in El Paso County’s valley region. AYUDA prioritizes colonia communities east of El Paso, Texas, specifically the unincorporated subdivisions – located within …
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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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Alaska Community Foundation : Progressive and Social Justice Fund
Anchorage,, AK | national
The Alaska Community Foundation: Progressive and Social Justice Fund is a non-endowed fund that supports organizations and initiatives that promote strong civic engagement, access to quality health care, and equal rights for all Alaskans and other progressive initiatives.
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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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American Indian Center
Chicago, IL | midwest
The American Indian Center of Chicago addresses the needs of a disenfranchised Native American and low-income population of the Uptown and Ravenswood communities, focusing on four vital areas: Education, Social Services, Technology and Cultural Activities. The Center was organized in 1953 by the Chicago Indian community, with an important assist from the American Friends Service Committee, in…
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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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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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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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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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Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
New York, NY | national
ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, dive…
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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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Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Chicago, IL | midwest
BPNC was founded in 1997 when community members decided they were no longer going to tolerate the deterioration of their community and take action to affect real and substantial change. For the past fifteen years, BPNC has helped to improve neighborhood schools, increase community lending, increase law enforcement resources throughout Brighton Park, develop numerous youth alternatives to gangs and d…
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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 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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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 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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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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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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Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment
Winslow, AZ | southwest
Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment (Diné CARE) formed in 1988 after successfully organizing Navajo community members to prevent a toxic waste dump and incinerator from being built on tribal lands within the coordinates of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo Nation, land on which approximately 250,000 families live. Diné CARE’s mission is to educate and empower activists to defend…
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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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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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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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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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Grassroots Global Justice
Beaumont, CA | national
Founded in 2002, Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. It creates spaces for dialogue and strategic thinking and sharpens members’ understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in communities of low income and people of color. G…
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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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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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Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Oakland, CA | national
Insight Center for Community Economic Development (Insight Center) was founded in Oakland, California in 1969 as the National Economic Development and Law Center. Insight Center is a national research, consulting and legal organization dedicated to building economic security for low-income families across the country with a focus on California, Chicago and the South. Insight Center believes t…
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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 for the Future: Opportunity Works
Boston, MA | national
Jobs for the Future (JFF) works with low-income communities across the United States to reconnect “opportunity youth” (16- to 24-year-olds disconnected from education and the workforce) through Back on Track education and employment pathways that dramatically improve the life trajectories of this underserved population. JFF launched Opportunity Works in 2014 in partnership with the Aspen Forum f…
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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…
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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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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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Louisiana Children’s Museum
New Orleans, LA | south
Since opening its doors in 1986, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) has been one of the city’s premier attractions for children. We welcome 147,000 visitors per year, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun. The Museum’s 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and programs offer children a diverse set o…
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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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Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Chicago, IL | midwest
The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) began from a 1981 Community Congress convened to find workable solutions to the affordable housing crisis at the time. The Congress recognized that Chicago needed a citywide organization to represent tenants. It led to a 5-year campaign to pass Chicago’s landmark Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) and the founding of MTO. Passage of the RLT…
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Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative
Biloxi, MS | south
Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI) was founded in 1998 at a statewide gathering of over 100 low-income parents, child care providers, and community leaders who came together to address low-income working families’ unmet need for quality, affordable child care. Since its founding, MLICCI has worked as a statewide, grassroots organization with the mission of building a movement of…
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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)
Berea, KY | south
Founded in 1976, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) works with rural families in Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy, and support the sustainable use of natural resources. In January 2011, MACED also launched the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), a research and policy program that provides analysis of state fisca…
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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 Urban League
New York, NY | national
The National Urban League (NUL) is a historic civil rights and direct service organization that helps African-Americans and other people of color elevate the standard of living in underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, NUL spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through program development, public policy research, and advocacy. Today, there are 94 l…
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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 Mexico Acequia Association
Santa Fe, NM | southwest
The mission of the New Mexico Acequia Association is to empower communities in defending water as a community resource and to inspire people in keeping acequia water flowing to provide families and children with healthy, locally-grown food. In New Mexico Acequia Association’s vision, acequias flow with clean water, people work together to grow food, and communities celebrate cultural an…
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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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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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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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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…
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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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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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: Citizens for a Better Greenville
Greenville, MS | south
Citizens for a Better Greenville (CBG) was founded in 2001 to focus on parent and student organizing and advocacy for quality education for all local public school students. Located in the Mississippi Delta, the Greenville community suffers from the legacies of structural and institutional racism in the area and present-day inequities that permeate almost all aspects of everyday life. CBG supports G…
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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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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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Southwest Organizing Project
Chicago, IL | midwest
Once known for the race riots that erupted when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched here in 1966 for open housing, Chicago’s Southwest Side communities are now very diverse. No longer predominantly white and Catholic, there has been a dramatic increase in the Latino and African-American populations. These large and rapid demographic shifts have resulted in the breakdown of institutional and n…
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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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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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TARGET Area Development Corporation
Chicago, IL | midwest
TARGET Area Development Corporation is a regional grassroots social justice organization with offices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and South Africa building power in communities to solve stubborn problems using its organizing strategy: Research, Organizing, Mobilization, and Education (ROME). It teaches residents in Auburn-Gresham and Englewood to rebuild the community and address stubborn proble…
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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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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 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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Westside Health Authority
Chicago, IL | midwest
Westside Health Authority (WHA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization whose mission is to use the capacity of community residents to improve the health and well-being of the community. For WHA, “health” is defined broadly to include the social and physical environment which contributes to the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of a person. It also includes rel…
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YMCA of Greater Long Beach Community Development Branch
Long Beach, CA | west
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach was founded in 1884 to unite people of all ages, ethnic groups and affiliations in a common effort to promote youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. Its Downtown Community Development Branch was established to activate the lowest-income communities in Long Beach by providing quality, innovative programs that instill values in young peop…
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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…