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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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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 Indians in Texas – Spanish Colonial Missions
San Antonio, TX | southwest
The American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM) is a nonprofit organization established by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, descendants of the aboriginal people who populated South Texas and Northeast Mexico. The organization works for the preservation and protection of the culture and traditions of the Native American tribes and other indigenous people who resided in the …
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ARISE Support Center
Alamo, TX | southwest
ARISE Support Center (ARISE) was founded in 1987 as a neighborhood-based organization with a mission to work with low-income immigrant families, helping them create the future they wish for and become contributing members of society. Today, ARISE works through four centers in colonia neighborhoods in Hidalgo County, Texas, neighborhoods that do not receive equitable support for public services such …
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Arizona Community Action Association
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) is a network of community action organizations, united to bring communities together in ending poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions. Created in 1967 to address poverty across the state, ACAA unites communities to end poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions. Through its network of 44 community action member orga…
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Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Little Rock, AR | south
Founded in 1963, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (APPP) is a statewide organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice by organizing citizen groups, educating and supporting them to be more effective and powerful, and linking them with one another in coalitions and networks. Its hallmark convening is the Arkansas Citizens First Congress (CFC) which brings together 58 organizations, repr…
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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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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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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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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 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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Centro por La Justicia
San Antonio, TX | southwest
Centro por La Justicia empowers its members through education, leadership development, training, and direct action to have a voice in the decision-making process at the local, state and federal levels and to build multi-generational grassroots power to create sustainable systemic change. Centro por La Justicia was launched in May of 1988 in Hondo, Texas. The organization formed on the princ…
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: Grassroots Collaborative
Chicago, IL | midwest
Grassroots Collaborative, made of 12 membership-based organizations in Illinois, represents low-income people in efforts to create progressive policy change at the local and statewide level that further economic and social justice. Founded in 1999, the Collaborative represents diverse constituencies of low to moderate income families working to build a long-term movement for economic and raci…
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Children’s Defense Fund: Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative
Jackson, MS | south
The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women. SRBWI aims to: To nourish the internal capacity of women to take responsibility for their own lives, per…
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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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Communities United
Chicago, IL | midwest
Communities United (formerly known as The Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC)) is a grassroots community organization that unites youth and adults from Albany Park and surrounding communities to address issues of social, economic and racial justice. Since its founding in 2000 Communities United has engaged over 10,000 community residents in its organizing efforts to improve the quality of publi…
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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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Community Partners: National Foster Youth Institute
Los Angeles, CA | national
National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI), launched in 2013, aims to transform the child welfare system and improve outcomes for foster youth by empowering families, building grassroots power, and partnering with committed policymakers. Its target population comprises those directly touched by the child welfare system, including foster youth, their foster and birth families, friends, service providers …
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Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action
New York, NY | national
Dēmos: A Network for Ideas & Action (Dēmos) is a research, public policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have an equal voice and an equal chance in life. Dēmos works to reduce political and economic inequality, guarantee the right to vote, create accessible paths to expand a diverse and sustainable middle class, and transform the public narrative around rac…
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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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Economic Policy Institute
Washington, DC | national
The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) mission is to inform and empower individuals to seek solutions that ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity. Founded in 1986, EPI is a nonpartisan think tank created to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions through creation and dissemination of research and analysis on the economic status of working America…
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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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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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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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Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies (STAND-UP)
Atlanta, GA | south
Georgia STAND-UP, a Think & Act Tank for Working Communities, is an alliance of leaders representing community, faith, academic, and labor organizations which organizes and educates communities about issues related to economic development. Its mission is to provide information and resources to help create healthy, livable neighborhoods while respecting the right of existing residents to benefit …
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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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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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Hope CommUnity Center
Apopka, FL | south
Hope CommUnity Center (Hope) was founded in 1971 as the Office for Farmworker Ministry (OFFM) in Apopka, Florida, a city 20 miles west of Orlando. It was launched by the Catholic Diocese of Orlando and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to serve Central Florida’s agricultural workers. It developed into an organizing and mobilizing entity for Latino, African-American and Caribbean-born farmworkers …
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Human Services Coalition of Dade County dba Catalyst Miami
Miami, FL | south
Founded in 1996 by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Catalyst Miami (Catalyst) serves as an intermediary organization that facilitates advocacy programs and implements community building strategies. Catalyst’s mission is to develop and support individual leaders and strong organizations that work together to improve health, education and economic opportunities throughout Miami…
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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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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 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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Jobs with Justice Education Fund
Washington, DC | national
Jobs with Justice Education Fund (JWJEF) was founded in 1987 and has the long-term mission to lead the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits working families. It is grounded in the belief that all workers should have collective bargaining rights, labor and employment protections, employment security, and a decent standard of living. JWJEF has two core organizational strategies: to…
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Joint Center For Political And Economic Studies
Washington, DC | national
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) is a nonprofit public policy organization producing innovative, high-impact research, analysis and policy solutions that have a positive impact on communities of color. Established five years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to support a growing pool of Black elected officials, the Joint Center works with key local elected officia…
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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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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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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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Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
New Orleans, LA | south
The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a nonprofit law office that defends the right of every Louisiana child to fairness, dignity, and opportunity. Our Children’s Defense Team is the juvenile public defender in New Orleans, where our holistic, team-based, cross-disciplinary advocacy helps young people achieve their legal and life goals in more than 1,200 cases each year.
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McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development
Darien, GA | south
McIntosh SEED (Sustainable Environment and Economic Development) is a grass-roots, community-based organization working in McIntosh County, Georgia. Their work is guided by the social, economic, environmental, and cultural interest of the community. McIntosh SEED provide quality education, better housing, recreational facilities, business opportunities, and environmental protection and restoration.…
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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Baltimore, MD | national
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 in response to the growing number of lynchings of Black citizens across the country at the time, coupled with the 1908 Springfield race riot. The founders were dedicated to using every legal means at their disposal to advance racial justice and fairness for the Black community. As the oldest civil rights organ…
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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Washington, DC | national
Founded in 1976, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) promotes philanthropy that serves the public good and is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity. NCRP conducts research, policy analysis, advocacy, and communication strategies to promote funding support for efforts to achieve equity and justice for low-income families and other disenfranch…
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National 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 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 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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Neighborhood Funders Group
Oakland, CA | national
Founded in 1980, Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is a member-driven national network of grantmaking institutions. Its mission is to build the capacity of philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. NFG organizes social justice philanthropy, develops leaders within its national base of members, and encourages the philanthropic field to support policies and practices that advance eco…
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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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Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido dba Texas Civil Rights Project
Austin, TX | southwest
Founded in 1978, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) promotes racial, social, and economic justice through community education, organizing, and litigation. TCRP is a statewide organization with offices in El Paso, Austin, Odessa (West Texas) and Alamo (Rio Grande Valley). It provides legal services and know-your-rights training programs on issues such as domestic violence, criminal justice, wage t…
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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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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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Partnership for Community Action
Albuquerque, NM | southwest
Partnership for Community Action (PCA) was founded in 2003 with a mission to build strong, healthy communities throughout New Mexico by investing in children and families, leadership development, and by providing the training and tools for New Mexicans to become economically self-sufficient. Its target population is low-income and underrepresented residents in Bernalillo County, though PCA’s advoc…
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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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Proyecto Azteca
San Juan, TX | southwest
In  1991, the United Farm Workers of America, Texas Rural Legal Aid, and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service came together and organized Proyecto Azteca to respond to the housing crisis in South Texas colonias located in Hidalgo County.  In the first year, Proyecto Azteca organized construction with just four families.  Over the years, Proyecto Azteca has gradually increased its prod…
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Proyecto Juan Diego
Brownsville, TX | southwest
Proyecto Juan Diego (PJD) was founded in 2003 with a mission to educate and empower low-income families to make healthy choices and become socially responsible members of society. PJD works to advance its mission through education, health care and social and civic activities that strengthen families to become successful and independent members of society. Its target population is more than 98 percen…
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Radio Bilingüe, Inc.
Fresno, CA | west
Radio Bilingüe (RB), founded in 1976, broadcasts trusted sources of information and programming by and for the growing national Latino community. For years, RB served as the only Latino-controlled community radio station in Fresno, California, and it is currently the only national Latino public broadcasting network. RB leads public broadcasting’s production of national Latino‐oriented news and …
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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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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.…
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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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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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Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment
Knoxville, TN | south
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is committed to for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee. SOCM’s original name, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, grew out of SOCM’s origins as a grassroots community organization based in poor isolated coalfield communities in five northern counties in the Cumberland Mountains.  SOCM kept this name for the first thir…
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Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Los Angeles, CA | west
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) envisions a society where economic benefits and opportunities are equitably distributed and where workers and tenants have rights and decision making power. This requires a change in public and corporate policies so that they provide a concrete economic benefit for families. Since its founding in 1996, SAJE has worked to create models of a replicable and s…
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Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Los Angeles, CA | west
SCOPE combines community organizing, leadership development, strategic alliance building, research, training and capacity building, and policy advocacy to build a powerful movement for social and economic justice at the local, state and national levels. Local and Regional Organizing: Members, member-leaders, and strategic allies are consistently engaged in shaping and driving our local and re…
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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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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Weslaco, TX | southwest
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income Texans. TRLA is the largest provider of legal aid in Texas and the third largest provider in the nation. Every year TRLA helps more than 20,000 low-income Texans with their civil legal needs. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety, and stability of low…
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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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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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Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA | south
Vietnamese American Youth Leaders of New Orleans (VAYLA) is a multi-racial, community-based organization working to empower low-income youth and families through support services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change. VAYLA is deeply rooted in Village de L’Est, (also referred to as “Versailles”), a predominantly Vietnamese, Latino, and African-American neighborhood …
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Voices for Alabama’s Children
Montgomery, AL | south
VOICES for Alabama’s Children (VOICES) was established in 1992 and is the longest standing statewide child advocacy organization in Alabama, with a mission to ensure the well-being of Alabama’s children through research, public awareness, and advocacy. According to 2012 Alabama KIDS COUNT data, 26 percent of the state’s children (approximately 260,000) live in poverty. VOICES moves …
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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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Working Partnerships USA
San Jose, CA | west
Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA) is an independently funded social change organization founded by labor and community groups that equips everyday people to participate and win in developing a fair and free society. Since its founding in 1995, WPUSA has tackled issues directly affecting working people and their families by building their capacity and ability to effectively represent their own …
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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…