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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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
Chicago, IL | midwest
Grounded in the belief that housing is a human right in a just society, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless organizes and advocates to end homelessness. Founded in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. The organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives th…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Institute For Policy Studies : Black Worker Initiative
Washington, DC | south
As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Some of the greatest progressive minds of the 20th and 21st centuries hav…
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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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Interfaith Worker Justice
Chicago, IL | national
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) advances the rights of workers by engaging diverse faith communities into action, from grassroots organizing to shaping policy at the local, state and national levels. We envision a nation where all workers enjoy the rights to: Wages, health care, and pensions that allow workers to raise families and retire with dignity Safe working conditions…
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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…
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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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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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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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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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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Puente Human Rights Movement
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Formed in 2007 in response to the first agreement between police and federal immigration (287g) in Arizona. This agreement led to cruel attacks on our community at the hands of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Our membership and leadership has always been comprised of those most impacted by anti-immigrant policies and laws: currently and formerly undocumented people, those in mixed-status famili…
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Puente Human Rights Movement : Mijente
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Formed in 2007 in response to the first agreement between police and federal immigration (287g) in Arizona. This agreement led to cruel attacks on our community at the hands of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Our membership and leadership has always been comprised of those most impacted by anti-immigrant policies and laws: currently and formerly undocumented people, those in mixed-status famili…
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Restaurant Opportunities Center United
New York, NY | national
ROC United was launched in January 2008 based on calls for support from around the country. Saru Jayaraman and Fekkak Mamdouh, the co-founders of ROC-NY, organized the country’s first national restaurant workers’ convening in Chicago in August 2007, where ROC United was born. Since its founding after 9/11, ROC-NY has successfully conducted restaurant workplace justice campaigns, provided…
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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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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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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: 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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…