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9to5, National Association of Working Women: 9to5, Atlanta Working Women
Atlanta, GA | south
9to5 Atlanta Working Women combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve the safety net for women and families and improve employment policies, while building for long-term goals, especially creation and retention of family-supporting and family-flexible jobs for all. 9to5 Atlanta has two ongoing campaigns:…
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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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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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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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Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Oakland, CA | west
Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. CJJC engages in local grassroots organizing for the rights of low-income people of color most directly impacted by current inequities. CJJC actively promotes the political consciousness of our members, encouraging them…
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Center for Community Change
Washington, DC | national
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. T…
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Center for Popular Democracy
Brooklyn, NY | national
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) was strengthened in 2012 as a result of a successful merger with the Leadership Center for the Common Good (a grantee since 2010). CPD works to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. With 41 partners in 30 states, CPD works to win a pro-worker, pro-immigr…
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Center 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Chicago, IL | midwest
Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), established in 1962, recently revised its mission statement to better reflect its priorities: “LSNA is a community-based organization advancing diversity, leader development, and models of engagement as the catalyst for social justice.” LSNA achieves its mission through building networks, organizational capacity and leadership, and engaging its base …
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Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
Los Angeles, CA | west
Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond. For the past 15 years, LAANE has been in the for…
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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 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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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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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…
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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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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People’s Action Institute: Uniting to Build an America that Works for All of Us: Introducing People’s Action
Chicago, IL | national
People’s Action and People’s Action Institute were founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society. Formed from the merger of powerful national organizations, we also come from a storied history of innovation and success.
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People’s Lobby Education Institute
Chicago, IL | midwest
The People’s Lobby is a fast-growing, membership-driven organization devoted to organizing widespread support for public policies and candidates – including people from our communities – that put the needs of people and the planet before the interests of big corporations and the very rich. We train leaders to build bases in our communities, organize support for the progressive legislation, end…
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PICO National Network
Oakland, CA | national
The PICO National Network (PICO) was founded in 1972 and has as its mission to create racial and economic justice in the United States by organizing people of faith and those who are most oppressed by unjust systems and policies. In collaboration with a wide range of faith allies and social justice partners, PICO empowers clergy and grassroots leaders to promote civic engagement and to advocate for …
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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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Silicon Valley De-Bug
San Jose, CA | west
Silicon Valley De-Bug (De-Bug) is led and run by communities of color to build the leadership of youth, people of color, low-income families, immigrants, and incarcerated individuals and their loved ones through media production, community organizing, and policy work. It advocates for justice for all families and its overarching mission is to ensure families are front and center in initiating and be…
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Solidago Foundation : The Workers Lab
Northampton, ME | national
The Foundation often funds work less likely to receive support from traditional funding sources in the following three program areas: Economic Justice: for the creation of new systems that more equitably share the benefits of economic prosperity with all. Environmental Justice: to remedy and prevent the harmful health impacts of environmental degradation and toxic pollution of disadvant…
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Somos Un Pueblo Unido
Santa Fe, NM | southwest
Somos Un Pueblo Unido (Somos), founded in 1995, is a community-based and immigrant-led organization in New Mexico that promotes worker and racial justice. Somos works in urban and rural areas across the state and offers community education about rights; forges leadership opportunities for immigrants and low-wage workers; engages Latinos in the political and electoral process; and organizes grassroot…
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Southern Echo: 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
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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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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Tides Center: Dream Defenders
Miami, FL | south
Dream Defenders is an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing. Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Dream Defenders’ mission is to build a movement from a moment of action and to translate the anger of a generation into transformative action for young people and communities of color. Dream D…
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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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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…