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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 Citizens’ Policy Project
Montgomery, AL | south
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project was founded in 1998 with a mission to promote state policies that improve the lives of low-income people. It carries out this mission through a coalition of 150 congregations and organizations across the state of Alabama to which it provides organizing training, policy analysis and campaign coordination. Arise also organizes families directly, mostly in the city of M…
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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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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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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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Brownsville Community Health Center
Brownsville, TX | southwest
Founded in 1978, Brownsville Community Health Center (BCHC) serves low-income families in southern Cameron County, which includes the cities of Brownsville, Los Fresnos, Olmito, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island. BCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive health care services with excellence and dignity to the community. In 1993, BCHC developed Mano a Mano (MAM), a community organizing program i…
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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 for Community Action and Environmental Justice
Jurupa Valley, CA | west
Founded in 1993, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) engages in leadership development and base-building. As a progressive, multi-issue organization, its emphasis is to unite people using environmental justice to create social change. CCAEJ develops community-based leadership and builds long-term community capacity in neighborhoods overburdened by the negative effects o…
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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 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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Children’s Action Alliance
Phoenix, AZ | southwest
Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) was founded in 1988 with a mission to work for the well-being of Arizona’s children and families through nonpartisan research and advocacy on relevant public policies. CAA’s advocacy and research provides information and education to families on issues such as child care, health care, education, juvenile justice, state budgets and tax policy. CAA’s constituen…
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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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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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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 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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Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)
San Bernardino, CA | west
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE) is a faith- and community-based organization that develops the capacity of religious and lay leaders and families in San Bernardino and Riverside counties to protect and revitalize the communities where they live, work, and worship. Founded in 2008 by a small group of passionate, progressive, and proactive clergy, lay, and community lead…
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Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norte América (COFEM)
Los Angeles, CA | west
COFEM is a community-based umbrella organization comprised of groups of people who share ideas and participate in efforts to create opportunities for Latino immigrants in North America, specifically in California. The overarching purpose of the organization is to ensure equality of opportunity for members of the Latino community. COFEM represents 15 organizations (or “federations”), which…
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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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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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Families U S A Foundation Inc
Washington, DC | national
Families USA, a leading national voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. We advance our mission through public policy analysis, advocacy, and collaboration with partners to promote a patient-and community-centered health system.
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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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Farmworker Association of Florida: Farmworkers Self-Help
Dade City, FL | south
Located in Dade City in west central Florida, Farmworkers Self-Help (FSH) was founded in 1982 by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-American migrant farmworkers. Its mission was to improve the lives of migrant farmers in the region who were often the targets of abusive attacks by the U.S. Border Patrol. This small group quickly expanded its geographic reach to five counties across west central Florida (…
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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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Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger
Atlanta, GA | south
In December 1974, the Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger (Hunger Coalition) was founded as a statewide coalition of concerned citizens. Representatives from civic organizations, labor unions and the church realized that thousands of children and adults were experiencing serious conditions of malnutrition and nutrition related health problems. A statewide conference was held and it was unanimous…
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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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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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Joint Center For Political And Economic Studies
Washington, DC | national
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) is a nonprofit public policy organization producing innovative, high-impact research, analysis and policy solutions that have a positive impact on communities of color. Established five years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to support a growing pool of Black elected officials, the Joint Center works with key local elected officia…
Kentucky Coalition
London, KY | south
Kentucky Coalition is committed to policy change on issues such as economic justice and voting rights, economic transition and environmental protection, new energy and green jobs, to benefit low-income families. A little bit of Kentucky Coalition’s history: in the late 1970s, when citizens in six Appalachian states conducted a land study, researching the ownership of land and minerals …
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Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Chicago, IL | midwest
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been an instrument for grassroots democracy in the North Kenwood and Oakland communities for nearly forty years.  Founded by religious and community leaders in the 1960’s, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents.  Today, KOCO continues its work as a vehicle and voice of l…
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Khmer Girls in Action
Long Beach, CA | west
Khmer Girls in Action began in 1997 as HOPE for Girls, a Cambodian young women’s reproductive health and empowerment project. Throughout their involvement, members began to recognize their needs extended beyond reproductive health education and empowerment.  Through conversation and strategic planning by members and adult allies, Khmer Girls in Action was created with a mission to contribute to t…
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La Unión del Pueblo Entero
San Juan, TX | southwest
César Chávez founded LUPE, a community union, rooted in the belief that members of the low-income community have the responsibility and the obligation to organize themselves. Through their association they begin to advocate and articulate for the issues and factors that impact their lives. Further, César Chávez believed that for people to have ownership of this endeavor, they have to invest of t…
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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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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 LGBTQ Task Force
Washington, DC | national
The mission of the National LGBTQ Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It does this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Its …
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New Venture Fund: National Collaborative for Health Equity
Washington, DC | national
National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) seeks to advance a health equity movement by building and enhancing partnerships among grassroots and community-based organizations, racial equity advocates, researchers, public health professionals, and other allies. It connects research, policy analysis, communications, and activism to facilitate policy change that promotes equitable health outcomes …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…