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Addressing economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx
Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) works to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx - and throughout New York City - through a combination of green job training, community greening programs, and social enterprise. Founded in 2001, SSBx began out of a desire to advocate for parks and green development in the South Bronx and to promote environmental justice in a neighborhood that has borne, and continues to bear, a heavy environmental burden for the rest of the city.
Embrace, educate, empower
Beverly Bootstraps was first established in 1992 as a food pantry in the basement of the First Baptist Church. With the generous support of our donors, volunteers and the community at large, we have grown to be a leading social service agency on the North Shore. We are unique in our approach to the issues of hunger. While recognizing that people need food in hand to stem immediate hunger, our clients also need the opportunity to be embraced by the community, educated about the resources available and empowered to improve their own lives. As we continue to grow, our commitment to the community remains the same: to provide critical resources to families and individuals so that they may achieve self-sufficiency. We accomplish this while maintaining our commitment to fiscal responsibility and serving as trusted stewards of the organization.
Helping thousands of low-income students
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. We achieve this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college. Since 1997, Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth. Our organization was founded on the belief that students need a mentor and a guide during the college application process and throughout college to succeed. By providing consistent one-on-one support, Bottom Line has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students stay in college and complete their degrees
Helping social entrepreneurs build world-class organizations
New Profit is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Our mission is to break down the barriers that stand between people and opportunity in America. We work with visionary entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other partners to upend the status quo and transform the way America educates its children, propels people towards social and financial stability, and creates healthy communities.
The first steps out of poverty
Founded in 1979, Trickle Up empowers people living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build sustainable livelihoods for a better quality of life. In partnership with local agencies, we provide training and seed capital grants to launch or expand a microenterprise and savings support to build assets. We work in 5 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Central America. We also focus our support on women and people with disabilities. Trickle Up believes in people and their capacity to make a difference in their own lives. We empower the world's poorest people to develop their potential and strengthen their communities. We pursue this goal in a way that encourages innovation and leadership, maximizes resources and promotes communication and cooperation among all Trickle Up constituencies.
Providing resources, opportunity, and hope to one person and one family at a time
The Center for People in Need, founded in 2003, provides comprehensive services and opportunities to support low-income, high needs families and individuals as they strive to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Center for People in Need assists other human service agencies that are providing for the social and economic needs of low-income, high needs families and individuals. They also provide for the emergency, basic needs of families through the delivery of direct services. They actively advocate for systemic changes through federal, state and local policy makers, and lastly develop and support educational programs, increase job training, and improve computer skills for low-income workers.
Lending. Supporting. Inspiring.
Accion East (formerly ACCION USA) is a non-profit microfinance organization that empowers low- to moderate-income small business owners through access to capital and education. With economic opportunity, Accion East's clients-predominantly minorities, immigrants and women-go on to build assets, support their families, create jobs and revitalize their local communities. Since opening its doors in 1991, Accion East has put over 22,000 microloans totaling over $140 million into the hands of hardworking entrepreneurs and families across the country. Accion East is a certified Community Development Financial Institution by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a sanctioned SBA Intermediary Microlender, and a member of the Accion U.S. Network, the largest microfinance network in the United States.
Building sustainable communities.
Rising Tide Capital assists struggling entrepreneurs and communities to build strong businesses that transform lives, strengthen families and create vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods. Rising Tide Capital provides business development services designed to transform lives by helping individuals start and grow successful businesses; build communities through collaborations with other non-profits, higher education institutions, corporations, and public agencies; and create a scalable program model with measurable impact which can be replicated in communities of need across the U.S.
Improving the quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region
Founded in 1922, Regional Plan Association (RPA) is an independent regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and advocacy. For more than 80 years, RPA has been shaping transportation systems, protecting open spaces, and promoting better community design for the region's continued growth. We anticipate the challenges the region will face in the years to come, and we mobilize the region's civic, business, and government sectors to take action. RPA's current work is focused in five project areas: community design, open space, transportation, workforce and the economy, and housing.
A faith in the future. A belief in action.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For over a century, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Over the years, NCJW's collective voice has changed the world for the better - improving the lives of women, children, and families in the US and Israel.
Hadassah, The Power of Women Who DO
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit organization exempt under 501 (C) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs. In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.
Helping neighbors build communities
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping nonprofit community development organizations transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity -- good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with: loans, grants, and equity investments; local, statewide, and national policy support; and technical and management assistance. Since 1980, we have invested $9 billion which has leveraged $28.2 billion in total development. Our accomplishments include 244,755 affordable homes and apartments and 36 million square feet of retail and community space.
Food for survival
The Food Bank For New York City was founded in 1983 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in New York City. Food Bank For New York City recognizes 25 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization. Working to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank's initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, nutrition and health education, financial empowerment, disaster relief and policy and research. The Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of approximately 1,000 food assistance programs citywide.
The Strength of a People The Power of a Community
The Jewish Federation of Rockland County is one place in the community that every Jew can call home, no matter their affiliation. It is the heart and soul of the Jewish community, raising money to support local programs, services and organizations. Locally we support our JCC, where programs serve everyone from infants to seniors. Our Jewish Family Service provides counseling and special needs support, while the Holocaust Museum and Study Center reminds us why we are to never forget - and why teaching tolerance to a new generation is so important. Funds to Rockland Jewish Academy provide scholarship, while FedConnect, which we publish online every month and 4 times a year in print, helps connect us all through engaging local stories.
Taking Hispanic causes to heart
Established in 1990, the Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with over 90 Latino health and human services agencies to promote the social, political and economic well-being of the Latino community. The Federation's member agencies work in the areas of education, health, elderly services, child care, HIV/AIDS, housing, immigrant services, arts and culture, and economic development. Each year, these agencies serve millions of the northeast region's most underprivileged and vulnerable Latinos. The Hispanic Federation's mission is to serve the community by building and supporting Latino institutions.
Leading in Action
Since 1993, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) has served as the lead advocates for economic development of Staten Island. SIEDC's mission is to enhance Staten Island's economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging responsible and sustainable development, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities in the borough.
Promoting partnerships between the City and the private sector
Established in 1994, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City serves as an important vehicle for foundations, corporations and individuals to contribute to public programs and enhance the City's ability to serve its residents. Since government can't do it all, the Mayor's Fund is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of New Yorkers with the help of private sector partners. The Fund invests private donations in programs to support innovation and emerging needs, while evaluating their effectiveness and feasibility of future public funding. The Mayor's Fund brings people together to fill vital needs, support innovative new initiatives, and help make New York an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live and work.
Creates pathways to prosperity
NPower creates pathways to prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. In today's economy, over 50% of all jobs require some degree of technology and digital skill, and this is expected to grow to 77% by 2020 in the U.S. Yet the job marketing is not keeping pace. Of the nearly 6 million jobs expected to require tech skills in the future, labor statistics project a candidate pool of only 3.2 million. NPower envisions a future where our domestic technology workforce is diverse, and clear pathways exist for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic NPower currently operates in New York City, North Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore, Toronto, New Jersey, and St. Louis.
Critical care at your most critical hour
Incorporated in 1992, Mercy Flight Central (MFC) is an independent organization of air medical professionals, devoted to integrity and compassion, providing critical care to the sick and injured. We provide air medical services to New York State and beyond. We will respond to all requests to provide treatment and transport to adult, pediatric and neonatal patient populations, in both the pre-hospital and interfacility settings, unless a specific condition exists that is expressly defined by other company policies where it has been determined that other methods of treatment and/or transport would be more appropriate for that specific type of patient.
Holistic community development
Metanoia is a Community Development Corporation (CDC) located in the heart of the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood in North Charleston, South Carolina. Although we began primarily serving in our Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood, recently we have expanded our efforts to include all of southern North Charleston. At Metanoia we focus on finding strengths, or assets, in neighborhoods and using them as building blocks for the eventual success of some of our region's most distressed communities. These could be in the form of people (human assets) or places/organizations/things (physical assets).
Creating local infrastructure to transform the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas
The GreenLight Fund “greenlights” powerful programs that can help solve critical local needs, speeding their entry into the new location and giving them a strong start in the local community. With the help of a Selection Advisory Council, the GreenLight Fund identifies urgent needs in the local community and vets potential organizations based on their ability to meet these needs and build on the landscape of organizations already working in the community. Once an organization is “greenlighted” for the local community, the GreenLight Fund partners with the organization to build a strong local organizational foundation and launch the program as quickly as possible. The GreenLight Fund provides critical support during the first four-six years of a program's life in the new community. GreenLight is an on-the-ground partner invested in the early and long-term success of the organization.
To transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) focuses on raising student performances in the critical areas of math and science across all 33 Santa Clara County school districts. Our goal is to be the leading advocate for public education in the region. SVEF was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed- one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Where hope begins
Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982, Eva's Kitchen began by serving 30 meals a day to feed the hungry in Paterson, NJ. In response to the related issues of poverty, addiction, mental illness and homelessness, programs and services grew out of the original soup kitchen to address the root causes as well as the effects of homelessness and poverty. Today, Eva's Village is a non-profit, comprehensive, social service organization, whose 20 programs address needs in the community. Eva's programs and services offer food and shelter, recovery support and medical services, and education and job training, with the goal to help those in need move toward stability and independence.
Shoepeople Helping Shoepeople
Funded solely by the footwear industry, Two Ten Footwear Foundation is committed to strengthening the footwear community with financial relief, scholarships, counseling support and information and referral services to shoepeople in need. For more than 70 years, Two Ten still provides a safety net for individuals and families throughout our industry who are facing difficult times.
Expanding quality mentoring for youth across Massachusetts.
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. Founded in 1992, MMP currently serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance, networking and professional development, mentor recruitment campaigns, advocacy, resource development & recognition, and mentor-mentee match activities.
Leadership, Education and Development
We strive to address education access and excellence by establishing a cross-sector collaborative of corporate, government agency, higher education, and non-profit partnerships, that focus on developing high potential youth of diverse backgrounds into high achievers and responsible leaders. LEAD accomplishes this mission by fostering a vibrant community for students to gain the skills, experience and encouragement they need to fulfill their educational and professional aspirations in the fields of business, engineering and computer science.
Combating community deterioration through economic development
Hispanic Association of Contractors & Enterprises (HACE) was founded in 1982 to save a crucial neighborhood mall in the heart of Philadelphia's Latino community. HACE's mission is to combat community deterioration through economic development initiatives that address commercial revitalization, employment opportunities, the creation of safe affordable housing, and the provision of support services to meet the needs of the community residents toward re-building the neighborhood's economic base. We focus on the possible and work to restore our primary neighborhood so that residents will benefit from sound investments while improving their quality of life. Since 1990, HACE has developed over 300 units of housing.
Changing Places, Changing Lives.
Established in 1997, University City District (UCD) is a neighborhood-based special services district dedicated to improving the quality of life in the two point four square mile area of West Philadelphia, known as University City. An independent organization, UCD builds effective partnerships to maintain a clean and safe environment and to promote, plan, and advocate for University City's diverse, urban community. The full-time administrative staff manages programs and services that enhance the public space, increase public safety, assist commercial and rental property owners, and promote University City attractions and amenities.
One year can change everything
Mission Year is a national Christian ministry dedicated to making lifelong disciples, developing leaders, and mobilizing Christians to love God and love their neighbor. We are an entry point into a lifestyle of faith, community, service, and justice that provides Christian young people with the opportunity to become part of the life of an urban neighborhood in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston during a yearlong program. We are Christ-centered, neighborhood focused, and justice oriented. We provide on-going support and training throughout the year for personal transformation and growth.
Supporting people in Stowe and McKee Rocks
The Focus On Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corporation, or FOR for short, was founded in 1969. FOR founders led a group of mobilized citizens and community activists against corrupt local politicians to create an umbrella organization for much needed social services now ranging from food security, nutrition, early-childhood education, support groups and mental health to arts programs for ages and small business incubation. FOR has now grown to house 30+ staff at 6 locations throughout McKees Rocks and Stowe Township. FOR aims to support the people in our community through programs for all ages aimed towards the development of healthy mind, body and spirit. We work with a wide range of partners to ensure high quality programming is accessible to all 13,000 residents of the Sto-Rox Community.
Providing direct services to children and adults in Greater Austin
Assistance League of Austin (ALA) is an organization of dedicated volunteers providing direct services that address specific, basic needs of children and adults in schools, hospitals and senior facilities in Greater Austin, significantly improving the quality of their lives. Founded in 1973, more than 59,000 service hours were volunteered by members during the fiscal year June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012. Our programs include: Assault Survivor Kits; Bus With Us, which brings senior citizens on scenic outings; Operation School Bell, providing school essentials to kids; Assistance League scholarships for Austin Community College; Toy Cart, gives toys and books to children at Dell Children's Medical Center; Operation Wish List, provides teachers with instructional materials, Fresh Start, provides foster youth with household items as they age out of the foster care system. Waste Not, which re-distributes unusable items from other non-profits; and outreach programs providing one-time services
Building Community, Strengthening Economies
Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self Reliance has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. The Institute's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
Developing servant leaders and uphold the dignity of vulnerable homeowners
The Pittsburgh Project is a community development organization with a 23-year track record of developing leaders and serving the city's most vulnerable residents. We operate a progressive series of after school programs for urban young people, deploy over 2,500 people annually to perform free home repairs for Pittsburgh's in-need elderly homeowners, outfit college students for urban service and leadership, and spearhead economic development and anti-violence efforts in our Pittsburgh neighborhood.
Every worker. Every industry. A strong economy.
National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals - policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members. National Skills Coalition organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America's workers across a range of industries. We advocate for public policies that invest in what works, as informed by our members' real-world expertise. And we communicate these goals to an American public seeking a vision for a strong U.S. economy that allows everyone to be part of its success.
Striving to make Appalachian communities better places to live
The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) partners with local people to build upon the strengths of Kentucky and Central Appalachia. We create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live. Since 1976, MACED's commitment to the communities of Central Appalachia has shown us that high expectations, vision and hard work are essential to accomplish results. Three core strategies help us work toward our goal of transforming the lives of people and places in need in Central Appalachia through sustainable development.
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Founded by Rich Harwood in 1988, the Institute partners with some of the world's largest nonprofits and our tools and frameworks have spread to all 50 states in the U.S., across Australia and Canada, and have been used by individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide. The people we teach and coach, called public innovators, are the leaders that move our communities forward. They are an essential ingredient to solving our most vexing challenges. We develop these individuals in a practice we call Turning Outward - using the community, not your conference room, as the reference point for your choices and judgments.
Every child deserves a childhood
The Christmas Box International's mission is inspired by the book The Christmas Box, the spirit and message of which symbolize the beauty and importance of love for children. The Christmas Box International partners with local and international communities and groups to prevent child abuse and to improve the quality of life for children who have been abused or neglected. Each Christmas Box House serves as a one-stop assessment center for abused and neglected children, from infants through children at the age of 18. Children in our care receive mental, emotional, and physical care in a home-like, loving environment.
Working capital for working people
Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability. Our strategy combines microloans for small businesses, microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing. Now California's leading microfinance provider, Opportunity Fund began based on the idea that small amounts of money and financial advice could help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Since making our first loan in 1995, our team has deployed $280 million into our communities.
Building strong, stable, and secure military families.
Operation Homefront builds strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they work so hard to protect. By connecting the American donor community (individuals, foundations and corporations) to our military families through robust array of valued and life-changing programs that address the specific short-term, critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring family support needs they experience, Operation Homefront is able to help military families overcome many of the challenges inherent in military life. The result: stronger, more stable and more secure military families.
Creating smiles, inspiring hope, rediscovering childhood.
Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation annually assists more than 16,000 children, and their families, who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis. Its mission is to deliver simple acts of care and kindness to children and their families experiencing cancer. It focuses on improving the mental, social and emotional well-being of children with cancer by minimizing the devastation that cancer can cause. Its programs deliver toys to children in hospitals, provide financial assistance to families, send children to recreational camps, and promote toxic free lifestyles to reduce childhood cancer incidence and mortality.
Lending. Supporting. Inspiring.
The mission of ACCION San Diego is to create increased income and access to jobs for low-to-moderate income, self-employed men and women by providing small loans and business support services. Building upon the experience of ACCION International, ACCION San Diego developed a successful lending methodology in 1994 tailored to local micro-entrepreneurs in Southern California's neighborhoods. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs can build assets and better provide for their families and communities. ACCION San Diego currently assists small business owners in San Diego County.
A community of neighborhoods
Slavic Village Development (SVD) will promote, empower, and build Broadway Slavic Village as a thriving diverse community. Broadway Slavic Village is a vibrant, connected and diverse community where all can live sustainably and well and whose neighborhoods are organized around active living where residents and visitors can walk and bike to work, shopping, arts, and worship. The goal of the organization is to revitalize the Broadway neighborhood through rehabilitation of existing housing, storefronts and buildings; construction of new homes; retention of existing buildings and recruitment of new ones; and provision of housing services and community organizing programs to improve the quality of life.
Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) is the community development corporation responsible for preserving, promoting and developing the Ohio City neighborhood. OCI serves the community by providing assistance to both neighborhood residents as well as businesses and institutions through the vehicles of advocacy and outreach, community building, marketing, special events, neighborhood planning and housing assistance.
Working to make Midtown the best business location and highest quality urban district in Northeast Ohio
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is an economic development corporation that serves a two-square mile area between Downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Supported by area businesses, institutions, and individual stakeholders, MidTown Cleveland, Inc., assures the ongoing viability of this leading urban district in Northeast Ohio. Since 1982, we have leveraged our pooled resources to promote security and growth, advocate for stakeholder interests, and guide urban development.
Building a dynamic downtown
Downtown Cleveland Alliance is dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. It is committed to making downtown Cleveland the most compelling place to live, work, play and visit in the region. Downtown Cleveland Alliance, working hand in hand with downtown property owners, creates forums for communication and involvement by a diverse group of downtown stakeholders, including local development corporations, city and county governments, civic and arts organizations, residents, young professionals and business stakeholders. By facilitating the collaboration of these groups, DCA strives to enhance the quality of life in the urban core by implementing initiatives like the Clean & Safe Program, economic development assistance, marketing & special events, advocacy and strategic projects.
Helping create competitive, equitable, and sustainable communities
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by connecting the dots between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region.
Combating poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities.
JCUA's mission is to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities. JCUA pursues social and economic justice through issue-based campaigns, community investment, and building bridges between the Jewish community and communities challenged by poverty and racism. Focused on mobilizing a progressive Jewish voice to address root causes of social injustice, JCUA works as an allied partner together with diverse communities across Chicago to achieve a more just city and better quality of life for all Chicagoans.
Demonstrating the power of community change locally and on a national level
The Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) is a community agency that convenes and empowers the organizations and stakeholders of Logan Square, Avondale, and Lathrop Homes to create and maintain diverse, safe, and affordable neighborhoods. By innovating exemplary models of community engagement and transformation, LSNA is a catalyst for more just communities, demonstrating the power of community change locally and on a national level.
Unlocking the power of central Minnesota communities
Created in 1986, the Initiative Foundation exists for one purpose, to improve the quality of life in central Minnesota. At the core of our work is the belief that local people possess the talent, passion and ability to achieve a brighter future. Our programs and investments strive to give every person an opportunity to contribute to a shared vision and plan of action that strengthens community character and relationships. Our mission is to unlock the power of central Minnesota people to build and sustain healthy communities. The Initiative Foundation exclusively serves the 14 counties and 160 hometowns that comprise central Minnesota. Since 1986, we have invested more than $53.5 million in the region through targeted grants and business financing investments.
Investments that break new ground
Since 1986, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has been a catalyst for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. We work to build a prosperous region with vibrant communities, innovative businesses and a skilled and valued workforce. To accomplish this, we invest in emerging businesses and the emerging workforce. We help businesses, local governments and nonprofit organizations find common ground, pool resources and achieve more. Since establishment, the Foundation has advanced economic development in the 20-county region with total investments of more than $38 million. In 2007, donors contributed to regional endowment funds valued at close to $27 million.
Making a positive difference in the lives of Little Village residents
Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes, and builds the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and barriers to economic and social access. Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Little Village residents by fostering a safe and healthy environment and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development. Through Enlace's four interconnected program areas – Community and Economic Development, Education, Organizing and Advocacy, and Violence Prevention – staff work directly with more than 8,000 youth and adults in Little Village and surrounding communities.
Fueling the future of the collision industry by enriching opportunities for students in collision education.
Founded in 1990, the Collision Repair Education Foundation secures donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. The ultimate goal of the Collision Repair Education Foundation is to create a future in which every entry-level technician hired will have graduated with the necessary skills and understanding of new technology to be well-trained, productive, and efficient employees from day one on the job.
Empowering our community and building its capacity
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) is a community-based, grassroots organization on Chicago's southwest side, a predominantly latinx and immigrant community. We work to empower our community and build its capacity by providing school and community-based services and programs. BPNC also engages leaders in social justice organizing campaigns. We work to win change at the local, state, and federal levels. BPNC believes in addressing the holistic needs of the community and the root causes of poverty and inequity through a racial justice lens.
Find the center of tomorrow: Chicago
World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. WBC is responsible for the implementation of Chicago's Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago's economy. The Plan provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and as set of strategies which are currently being implemented to foster regional growth.
No kiddie without a Christmas
The Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is a 102-year-old charity founded in 1914 by James J. Brady. The organization includes 300 members whose sole mission is to ensure that there is "No Kiddie without a Christmas." Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Harper Woods and Hamtramck. Each child receives warm clothing, toys, books, games and candy.
Moving from survive to thrive
Founded in 1897, The Neighborhood House mission is to help people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Over 110 years later, Neighborhood House is a vibrant, thriving organization serving immigrants, refugees and low-income populations in need of a helping hand. Multi- lingual and multi-cultural, the organization serves people from around the world, who relocate to Minnesota seeking a better life for themselves and their families. In a comprehensive effort to break the cycle of poverty, Neighborhood House operates diverse programs that work together to stabilize lives.
Charity is good. Change is better.
Community Shares of Minnesota (formerly Community Solutions Fund) is a community-based fund for social justice. We bring people and resources together to create strong, healthy communities and a more equitable Minnesota. Community Shares of Minnesota is a workplace giving organization that turns up the heat. On discrimination. On situations that reinforce poverty. On attitudes that look the other way at inequality. And by turning up the heat with smart and effective solutions - led by the very communities that are often held down - we're creating a world where a single working parent has access to both good and affordable childcare. Where entire neighborhoods can have a voice in policy decisions that affect their daily lives. A place where charities become less necessary.
Rebuilding Neighborhoods. Reconnecting People. Reclaiming Hope.
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for low-income families, a strategic network of good neighbors and the redemptive development of real estate. Since 1995, Urban Homeworks has been responding to the voices of our neighbors by providing dignified housing opportunities, creating space for construction training, intentionally weaving together a network of engaged neighbors, and mobilizing volunteers. Our focus on stability and connecting resources so that individual and communal assets emerge, thrive, and invigorate our neighborhoods has resulted in more than 200 redeveloped properties and a network of 17,000 volunteers, 1,200 construction trainees, and over 400 Urban Neighbors.
Better energy. Better world.
The Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.
We talk. We act. We get it done.
Founded in 1975, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) is an organization with thousands of members across the state from all walks of life who talk, act and get things done on critical issues affecting all Iowans. Iowa CCI members recognize the power of uniting and standing up for what's right. The mission of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is to empower and unite grassroots people of all ethnic backgrounds to take control of their communities; involve them in identifying problems and needs and in taking action to address them; and be a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental justice.
For entrepreneurs & those who believe in them
The Idea Village was founded in 2000 with the belief that entrepreneurship would be a catalyst - and a continued driver - for positive social and economic change in New Orleans. Over the last 13 years, The Idea Village has delivered on its mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent by providing direct support to over 3,000 entrepreneurs by engaging 2,400 professionals to allocate 72,295 consulting hours and $3.45 million in seed capital. Collectively, this portfolio generates over $100 million in revenue and has created over 2,000 jobs for the New Orleans Community.The Idea Village has solidified its position as a leading driver of entrepreneurship, receiving a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council for the annual Entrepreneur Season model. The organization has also been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., CNN, TIME and Japan's Nikkei Times.
The place to grow
Four Bands Community Fund was founded in 2000 and has grown to be the leading organization on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in the areas of small business training and lending, entrepreneurship education, and financial literacy. Four Bands also provides services for youth-sowing the seeds to encourage private business ownership and financial literacy at an early age.
Enriching the community through great theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse works to enrich its community through great theatre. The Omaha Community Playhouse provides services to a variety of the public through three primary components: Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and Howard Drew Theatre productions; education and outreach; and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The Playhouse offers opportunities in performing, technical work, and support categories to more than 2,000 community volunteers.
To See Urban Youth, Families, and Neighborhoods Transformed from the Inside Out
City Impact began with a weekly Bible club and has grown into a fruitful epicenter for change, with programs and people who help transform youth and their families from the inside out. It is our wish, through God's love and grace, with help from those who believe in our mission, that we may continue for many years to provide opportunities for hope and empower youth and their families to embrace their own goals and dreams for tomorrow!
Enhancing patient care services in neighborhood pharmacies and the healthcare system
The NACDS Foundation is guided by a mission to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately. Through its support of numerous research initiatives, the Foundation strives to enhance patient care services in neighborhood pharmacies and the healthcare system at large. The Foundation also provides scholarships for pharmacy students and supports continuing education programs that focus on patient- centered care in the community pharmacy setting. Additionally, the NACDS Foundation focuses on supporting charitable organizations where pharmacy can have a positive impact on the health of patients through medication adherence strategies.
Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Citizens Committee can help! Because New York City is *our* neighborhood!
Our mission is simple: to help New Yorkers -especially those in low-income areas- come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Residents are uniquely situated to define and act on the issues affecting their communities. When provided with modest support, neighborhood and school groups can effectively mobilize community resources to improve quality of life.Citizens Committee for New York City supports these grassroots efforts by offering grants, skills-building workshops and further technical support in the form of project planning assistance and an equipment share library.In 2014, we provided 366 projects with $1.6 million in grants and services, and our staff facilitated 30 workshops to over 500 social entrepreneurs. Since 1975, we have promoted the spirit of volunteerism, local engagement and social justice that drives our work.
Examine. Engage. Expand public discourse.
The Public Concern Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the study of current political and social issues, the dissemination of those findings, and the expansion of the public discourse on political and social values and ideals. The foundation's principal activity is the publication of The Washington Spectator, a monthly newsletter on public affairs. The Public Concern Foundation also sponsors The Public Trust Project, which promotes the findings of independent scientists. In addition, the foundation hosts journalism fellowships, conducts investigative reporting, sponsors and produces social documentary films, publishes books, and provides fiscal sponsorship for kindred activities.
Building the power of many
Founded in 1968, the Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. We believe that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed go-it-alone politics of the past and building a better America for everyone based on community values. The Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. We amplify community voices, combine grassroots power to win, and build the social movements of tomorrow.
Building and strengthening vibrant urban communities in north central Baltimore.
Established in 1969, Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build and strengthen vibrant urban communities in north central Baltimore City. Our work centers on the pillars of vibrant urban living: safe streets, good and diverse quality housing stock, quality schools, and livability. Much like the neighborhoods we serve, our programs are interconnected and bolster our holistic approach to fulfilling our mission.
Helping residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities
The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) was founded by Robert L. Woodson, Sr., in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. Originally known as the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, the name was streamlined in February, 2006, to Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. CNE has headquarters in Washington, DC, but operates throughout the nation to help community and faith-based organizations with training, technical assistance, and linkages to sources of support. The Center chronicles and interprets their experiences to make recommendations for public policy and works to remove barriers that hamper their efforts to solve societal problems.
Creating opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.
Making Well-Designed Homes AffordableAs a proven and powerful nonprofit, Enterprise improves communities and people's lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development.Our mission: To create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 380,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives.
Communications strategies for policy change
The Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC) is a public interest media center dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations use media and new technologies for policy change. Our mission is to use communications strategies for policy change. Founded in 1988, CCMC seeks to influence public policy in ways that respect and support individual rights, healthy families, cultural diversity and a sustainable environment. We believe collaboration among nonprofit groups sharing policy goals is an effective and efficient way to gain credibility and to influence public policy. CCMC works to empower diverse and underrepresented communities to participate more fully in decisions about their lives.
Teaching About Law. Advancing Justice for All.
Street Law, Inc. advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others. Street Law, Inc. creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy, and human rights worldwide. Street Law program participants benefit from “real-life” lessons and insights, which they can use to effect positive change for the rest of their lives. Our accessible, engaging, and interactive programs empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society.
Promoting a culture of responsibility online and encouraging a sense of digital citizenship for all
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.
Ending homelessness in Arlington
Founded in 1991, Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) provides life-sustaining services for Arlington's street homeless. Their mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington's most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. A-SPAN provides emergency services, supportive services as well as housing and shelter services.
Enriching North Carolina's Communities
Our mission is to enrich North Carolina's communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. The Center serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. We help nonprofits to save money and time so their funds can go further; lead and manage their organizations effectively; spread innovations; support each other; prevent burnout; collaborate as appropriate; and unite to serve North Carolina better.
Medical care for the underserved isn't a dream, it's reality.
The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care. However, it is our larger vision of being a national voice promoting quality health care for all that motivates donors, volunteers, and communities around the country to join our cause, as we work together to build a healthy America, one patient at a time. Within our Association, we value volunteerism, generosity, collaboration and human dignity.
Leading People Out of Poverty
Action Ministries mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education. Action Ministries, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides an extensive network of community partners and volunteers with the tools and expertise to lead fellow Georgians out of poverty. By meeting basic needs of hunger relief, housing and education, Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their potential. Last year, nearly 65,000 people were served and many more lives changed by Action Ministries.Our mission is to mobilize communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education.
Where Youth Grow, Thrive, and Create Positive Change
Oasis Center was founded to provide community-based care for youth experiencing alcohol and drug problems. Oasis Center has evolved over the past four decades into one of the nation's leading youth-serving organizations, offering safety and support to Nashville's most vulnerable and disconnected youth, while seeking to also teach young people how to transform the conditions that create problems for them in the first place. We believe that Nashville should be and can be a model community where all young people enter adulthood connected with positive social support systems and prepared for productive and fulfilling lives. We embrace our responsibility to change the odds in our community that will allow more young people to thrive and move into a healthy adulthood.
Be the change. Volunteer.
Hands On Nashville's mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. We connect volunteers to critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community - like hunger, homelessness, and environmental issues - and we've been at it for more than 20 years. It all started with one Nashvillian's desire to find meaningful ways for people to volunteer back in 1991. Today, we're one of the largest volunteer resource centers in the world. In 2012, HON connected or referred 117,500 volunteers to more than 4,000 service opportunities.
Strengthening Communities, Building Assets, Improving Lives
HOPE is a private, nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI), that provides commercial financing, mortgage loans and technical assistance to support businesses, entrepreneurs, home buyers and community development projects. HOPE's mission is to strengthen communities, build assets and improve lives of people in economically distressed areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee. HOPE also sponsors Hope Credit Union, which provides a range of financial products and services that meet the needs of low- and moderate-income residents in its four-state service area. Since 1994, HOPE has generated over $1 billion in financing for entrepreneurs, homebuyers and community development projects, and assisted more than 40,000 individuals in low-income communities throughout the Mid South.
Three states, one community, one vision
Created in 1990, the Foundation for the Mid South (FMS) is a regional development foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. We seek to strengthen the capacities and resources of institutions and communities to improve the quality of life for all Mid Southerners. The FMS invests in people and strategies that build philanthropy and promote racial, social, and economic equity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. FMS is in the business of creating long-term sustainable change in the Mid South. To ensure success in all aspects of our work, FMS emphasizes the importance of: community engagement, inclusion, community philanthropy, partnerships, leadership and public policy improvement.
Breaking the homeless cycle one family at a time
Providence House is a residential development center for homeless families with children, providing comprehensive support services for improving the family structure and moving the family into independent living to break the homeless cycle. The singular aim of the program is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping families gain the resources necessary to move permanently into independent living. The Providence House program has a beginning and an ending. It is structured, yet flexible. In our holistic approach we evaluate all areas of each family's life and develop a plan with the family that will move them to their highest level of self sufficiency.
The Strength of Women. The Power of Community.
Founded in 1934, The Junior League of Austin is a diverse group of dedicated women working to make Austin a better place. The Junior League of Austin is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Each year, The Junior League of Austin invests thousands of volunteer hours to community agencies and programs. In addition to the volunteer service that League members contribute to our community, The Junior League of Austin has provided millions of dollars over the years to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall well-being of our community.
Providing assistance to families in need since 1985
Founded in 1986, The Caring Place is a local, faith-based organization that addresses the basic human needs of people within its service area, and collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life of every client. Honoring its faith-based roots, The Caring Place serves its clients and communities by responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and Northern Williamson County, providing access to resources that help clients to improve their quality of life, and engaging and empowering clients, volunteers, donors and staff to create a welcoming environment and a place with purpose.
Dream it. Fund it.
The Mission of LiftFund is to provide credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to provide leadership and innovation to the microlending industry. LiftFund is a designated community development financial institution, or CDFI. CDFIs are working in neighborhoods across the United States to provide affordable, responsible credit, create and sustain jobs, and to stabilize communities. CDFIs finance community businesses, including small businesses, microenterprises, nonprofit organizations, commercial real estate, and affordable housing.
Furthering the region as a top global community in which to work and live.
Center for Houston's Future (CHF) works to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region, by engaging diverse leaders, providing impactful research, and defining actionable strategies. We bring business and community together to innovate for the future of the greater Houston region. CHF is an organization devoted exclusively to thinking and acting strategically for the long-term future of the Houston nine-county region. Center for Houston's Future furthers the region as a top global community in which to work and live.
Invoking social, economic, and environmental justice
CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California's Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. CAUSE defines the Central Coast Region as the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito. CAUSE's vision is that together we can create a global community where we all contribute to, and benefit from, a sustainable economy that is just, prosperous and environmentally healthy.
Training faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues.
Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing. Comprised of 60+ congregations, schools and youth committees from Pueblo to Fort Collins and a growing statewide clergy network, we are building a moral and democratic voice in Colorado through a racial and economic lens. Grounded in our faith and democratic traditions and in the everyday concerns of the people in our congregations, schools and communities, we train and equip faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues on their own behalf at local, state and national levels.
A meal with heart gives hope
Founded in 1991, Project Angel Heart addresses the critical need for nutrition by providing home-delivered meals specifically designed to meet the heightened nutritional requirements of people battling life-threatening illnesses. We rely on crews of volunteers, working six days per week under the supervision of a professional chef, to prepare, cook, and package our meals in our own kitchen. We prepare our meals using only the freshest ingredients and we modify up to 60% of our meals each day to meet individual clients' dietary restrictions. Clients can receive up to the equivalent of three meals per day, depending on need as measured by the stage of disease, resources and the ability to access other sources of nutrition, like food banks.
Lending. Supporting. Inspiring.
ACCION New Mexico increases access to business credit, makes loans, and provides training which enable entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and be catalysts for positive economic and social change. Our unique approach - called microlending - can trace its roots back more than 40 years with efforts to reduce extreme poverty in Latin America. Now, the organization supports small business owners in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas generate income and enhance economic security for themselves, their families, and their communities. Since making our first loan in 1994, we have helped small business owners in more than 445 communities, working in some of these states' most underserved urban neighborhoods and most isolated rural communities.
Improving Phoenix's competitiveness
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is one of the region's premier economic development groups. GPEC has been working on behalf of businesses looking to relocate and expand -- at absolutely no cost to the company -- for nearly 25 years. We are a public-private partnership representing Maricopa County, 22 communities throughout the region and more than 160 private investors. Our mission is to attract quality businesses to the Greater Phoenix region from around the world, and to advocate and champion foundational efforts to improve the region's competitiveness.
We care for the Pike Place Market community
The Pike Place Market Foundation was established in 1982 to support the Pike Place Market's services for low-income people, including its Clinic, Senior Center, Food Bank and Child Care and Preschool. The Pike Place Market Foundation also supports the Market's heritage programs, public improvements and repairs to the Market's historic buildings, development of new low-income housing in the Market, and programs that assist the Market's farmers. The Pike Place Market Foundation serves the Market and downtown Seattle communities in many ways such as providing Market Fresh Coupons to low-income Market residents so they have access to fresh produce year-round, and connecting Seattle food banks and meal programs through FoodLink, a volunteer program that distributes the Market's unsold produce.
Taking Action, Making Change.
The Alliance for a Just Society's mission is to execute regional and national campaigns and build strong state affiliate organizations and partnerships that address economic, racial, and social inequities. This is the core idea of the Alliance: to give grassroots organizations, research groups, media organizations and educators the ability to work together, each doing what we have the experience and expertise to do best. Our vision for the Alliance is a multifaceted national organization that includes grassroots and progressive organizations with particular expertise working together to address economic, racial, and social inequality.
The seafood industry's answer to hunger
SeaShare's mission is to engage the seafood industry in a collective effort to improve nutrition for the people served by food banks and feeding centers around the country. It is the only organization that focuses on seafood, and the seafood industry, as a source of nutrition for hunger-relief. SeaShare brings the resources of the fishing industry and related service organizations together to help fight hunger not only in Western Washington, but around the country through the strategic partnership with Feeding America and their national network of food banks.
Equipping Students For Success
TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade STEM-focused partner school formed in partnership with public school districts that prepare students for college and careers. One of our primary goals is to enlist students as active participants in their own education. When TAF Academy students graduate, they receive a diploma that meets all Washington State and district requirements, and are academically and culturally ready for college.
Nourishing. Connecting. Empowering.
FamilyWorks, a food bank and family center, nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources, and community. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, we are helping individuals and families who might not otherwise have access to healthy, fresh food and parenting or life-skills resources, to improve their well-being and increase their resiliency through the support of a caring community.
Sacramento's oldest, continuously-serving food bank
Created by the community for the community in 1968, River City Food Bank began as River City Community Services. River City Food Bank helps people avoid a downward spiral and work toward self-reliance by providing a short-term food supply when they are unable to meet basic living expenses. Clients who meet income guidelines receive a three-day emergency food supply up to once a month. In addition to food supplies, River City Food Bank is also a unique Sacramento food outreach program that provides nutritional counseling. Nutrition education programs help clients shop better by demonstrating the number of healthy meals they can create from the same few healthy food staples.
We are activists helping activists with the business of activism.
Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) builds the effectiveness of conservation leaders, organizations, and collaboratives by providing premier, integrated capacity-building services, delivered in-depth and over time. We believe in conservation leaders, organizations, and collaboratives working effectively to conserve, protect, and restore the wild lands, wild waters, native wildlife, and environment of Western North America.
Achieving economic, ecological, and community vitality and resilience
Established in 1994, Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. We envision a Northwest where rural communities thrive in harmony with the landscape, resilient local economies provide quality natural resource management jobs that benefit human and natural communities, and the next generation of leaders views land stewardship as an integral component of community health. At the local level, we help build strong rural communities that conserve and restore forests and rangelands. Across communities, we build networks that advance and create a strong collective voice. At the Federal and State policy level, we present solutions that strengthen investment in sustainable natural resource management.
Increasing the impact of nonprofit community-based organizations
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. With offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we work with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology. The mission of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is to increase the impact of nonprofit community-based organizations and the people who work and volunteer in them.
Unlocking the power of people
PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy. PICO helps engage ordinary people in public life, building a strong legacy of leadership in thousands of local communities across America.
The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development. Race Forward envisions a vibrant world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity. We strive to be a leading values-driven social justice enterprise where the culture and commitment created by our multi-racial and diverse staff supports individual and organizational excellence and sustainability.
Where youth choose to lead
Alternatives in Action inspires Bay Area youth to realize their leadership potential and prepares them for college, career, and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building, and real world experiences. Our schools, programs, and partnerships provide innovative opportunities and support that help children and youth succeed and ultimately become contributing adults. We envision generations of young adults inspired and prepared to take meaningful action that positively transforms their lives and their communities.
Expanding philanthropic resources for progressive social movements
Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment.
Lifting up what works
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. By developing and implementing multifaceted strategies, PolicyLink seeks to ensure that everyone- including low-income communities of color- can contribute to and benefit from local and regional growth and development.
In Business to Learn
BUILD (Businesses United in Investing, Lending & Development) is a national nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship education as the motivator to get low income students interested in applying to and attending a four-year college. BUILD's unique program offers students a four year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core, develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As they journey through high school, BUILD provides students with support in navigating the college application process and the opportunity to explore college and career options, while expanding their businesses or opting into community internships. Today, BUILD operates 5 regional programs in: the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; and, starting in September, 2016, New York City
People. Power. Progress.
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. For the past 25 years, Community Coalition has continued with this groundbreaking approach. We elevate the voices of our members, shift power to the community, and tackle the root causes of poverty, crime and violence. Together we are creating a more prosperous, safer and healthier South L.A.