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Advancing independent higher education and its leadership
Founded in 1956, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC is not a lobbying organization, but rather focuses on providing services to campus leaders as well as seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.
Stay safe online.
The National Cyber Security Alliance's mission is to educate and empower our global digital society to use the Internet safely and securely. Realizing the full potential of our ever-evolving digital lives can only happen when a culture of cybersecurity and privacy is the foundation of free-flowing content, multiple methods and platforms for communication, trustworthy commerce, and widely available and highly reliable connectivity. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity.
Building political power for young people
Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate. For almost 25 years, Rock the Vote has pioneered ways to make voting easier by simplifying and demystifying voter registration and elections for young adults.
For a world without slavery
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.
Building a better Washington
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. At CREW, we believe politicians must be held accountable for their actions. Day in and day out, we work to ensure government officials - regardless of party affiliation - act with honesty and integrity and merit the public trust. CREW accomplishes this by marrying in-depth research and investigation with hard-charging legal action and an aggressive communications strategy. We augment these efforts by building coalitions to push for policies favoring transparency and accountability. To garner support for our efforts, we use all mediums of the modern media - television, radio, print, and social networking - to maximize coverage of our work.
Challenging present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern
Founded in 1947, the mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. We seek to magnify the impact of individuals and institutions that bring just and humane values to bear on the global challenges facing their societies and the world.
Keeping policymakers and the public informed
Founded in 1980, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-partisan research and education organization that works on government taxation and spending policy issues. ITEP's unique resources and capabilities enable it to provide policymakers, advocates, and the public with accurate, useful, and timely information regarding state and federal tax systems and how they affect taxpayers at different income levels. ITEP's mission is to keep policymakers and the public informed of the effects of current and proposed tax polices on tax fairness, government budgets and sound economic policy.
The Voice for Health Care Consumers
The Families USA Foundation dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we manage a grassroots advocates' network of organizations and individuals working for the consumer perspective. We act as a watchdog over government actions affecting health care, alerting consumers to changes and helping them have a say in the development of policy. We conduct public information campaigns about the concerns of health care consumers and serve as a consumer clearinghouse for information about the health care system.
Together, conserving the places you love
The Land Trust Alliance works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. Founded in 1982, we work with the national land conservation community - comprised of 1.5 million dedicated land conservation professionals, volunteers and supporters - to quickly, effectively and permanently save our most valued natural places across America. The Land Trust Alliance believes that if we focus our combined efforts to increase the pace, quality and permanence of conservation, we can turn the tide and ultimately change the way that land development takes place in America. Today, the result of our work has been the creation of a vibrant, national movement of 1,700 organizations which has now conserved over 37 million acres.
The power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment
EarthRights International (ERI) combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of earth rights. ERI has offices in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, ERI seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work. ERI is a group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability.
Guaranteeing You a Place to Hunt and Fish
In order to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) strengthens laws, policies, and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation by leading partnerships that influence decision makers.
Improving lives through immunization
Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We deliver sustainable, evidence-based solutions that extend the benefits of immunization to everyone, everywhere.
Leading innovation in government
The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Building, energizing and maintaining a high-quality workforce is the key to success for any organization - and the federal government is no exception. We believe that by strengthening the civil service, we help government work better to serve the needs of all 310 million Americans. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, mission-driven organization, we bring unique characteristics to that effort, including third-party credibility, continuity, a strong ability to convene across sectors and a passion for change.
Transforming lives, empowering communities since 1978
United Palestinian Appeal, Inc., works to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly those in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and refugee camps throughout the Middle East, and to contribute to the long-term socioeconomic and cultural development of Palestinian society.
Advancing quality journalism worldwide
The International Center for Journalists advances quality journalism worldwide. Our hands-on programs combine the best professional practices with new technologies. We believe that responsible journalism empowers citizens and holds governments accountable.Over the past 33 years, ICFJ has worked with more than 100,000 professional and citizen journalists and media managers from 180 countries. We work with strong local partners and a network of dedicated alumni.
The Global Think Tank
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Founded in 1910, it is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. Carnegie launched a revolutionary plan in 2006 to build the first global think tank. Since then it has transformed an American institution into one well prepared to take on the challenges of a globalized world. At Carnegie's international centers, local experts produce unrivaled work on critical national, regional, and global issues, collaborating closely with colleagues across the world. The result provides capitals and global institutions with a deeper understanding of the circumstances shaping policy choices worldwide as well as a flow of new approaches to policy problems.
Eliminating racism, empowering women
Founded in 1858, the YWCA USA is a women's membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in more than 220 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has grown to become the nation's oldest and most successful African American higher education assistance organization. Our mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities. UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate by providing operating funds for its 39 member colleges, administering 400 scholarship and internship programs, and serving as a national advocate for the importance of minority higher education by representing the public policy interests of its students and member colleges.
Making children and families a national priority
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), founded in 1920, is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. Our mission is to lead the nation in building public will to ensure safety, permanence, and well-being of children, youth, and their families by advancing public policy, defining and promoting practice excellence and delivering superior membership services. Our focus is children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption, or a range of other factors that jeopardize their safety, permanence, or well-being. CWLA also focuses on the families, caregivers, and the communities that care for and support these children.
Immigrants are America
Established in 1982, the National Immigration Forum is the nation's premier immigrant rights organization. The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country. Our activities include: building alliances and a stronger field; engaging in direct advocacy; and conducting effective media and public outreach.
Promoting the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States
NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.
Forecasting trends and developing solutions
Hudson Institute is a non-partisan, policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. We challenge conventional thinking and help manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law. Since 1961, Hudson's perspective has been uniquely future-oriented and guardedly optimistic. Seeing the complexities within societies, we focus on the often-overlooked interplay among culture, demography, technology, markets, and political leadership. Through publications, conferences and policy recommendations, we seek to guide global leaders in government and business.
Maximizing the quality of life for veterans and all people with spinal cord injury or disease
Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving the needs of veterans with spinal cord injury or spinal cord dysfunction (SCI/D). Paralyzed Veterans has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members - veterans of the armed forces who have experienced SCI/D. Paralyzed Veterans uses that expertise to be the leading advocate for: quality health care for our members; research and education addressing SCI/D; benefits available as a result of our members' military service; and civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of its members.
At the nexus of policy and implementation
SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights. SIECUS educates, advocates, and informs.
Expose Injustice. Teach Change. Right Wrong. Heal Pain. Join Us.
Nearly 50 years ago, Robert F. Kennedy's family and friends dedicated themselves to carrying on his unfinished work of standing with those who stand against oppression. Today, we are students and activists, lawyers and business leaders, teachers and advocates, all working towards one common goal: achieving Robert F. Kennedy's dream of a more just and peaceful world..
Everything for people concerned about smoking and nonsmokers' rights
Founded in 1968 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national legal-action antismoking and nonsmokers' rights organization which helped ban cigarette commercials, started the modern nonsmokers' rights movement, pioneered using legal action against smoking, developed novel legal theories to protect children from tobacco smoke at home and in cars, get lower health insurance rates for nonsmokers, fought tobacco subsidies, and much more.
The American Jewish community's voice for Jews and Jewish concerns in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
The National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ), is the organized American Jewish community's voice for Jews and Jewish concerns in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. NCSEJ, a not-for-profit agency founded in 1971 as the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, comprises nearly 50 national organizations and over 300 local Jewish Federations and communities. NCSEJ works to empower and protect Jews by fostering cooperation between the U.S. government, U.S. Jewish organizations, and the governments and Jewish communities in the Eurasian region.
Strengthening our free society
The Philanthropy Roundtable traces its origins to the 1970s, when it began as a small, informal network of grantmakers committed to fostering a greater respect for donor intent and encouraging private, voluntary solutions to society's most pressing challenges. Today, The Philanthropy Roundtable is America's leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. Our members include individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations.
Deepening understanding of international economic issues
The Group of Thirty, established in 1978, is a private, international body composed of senior representatives of the private and public sectors and academia. The Group aims to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors, and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and policymakers. The Group's members meet with select guests to discuss important economic, financial, and policy development. They reach out to a wider audience in seminars and symposia, and also enter the policy debate on important issues by publishing papers.
Preserving the fundamental values that define the American way
People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.
Creating value for business and society
Founded in 1974, the World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC's mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems; foster leading edge ideas about economic development, environmental protection and social responsibility through roundtables and other forums that engage the leadership of a diverse number of organizations; and recognize performance excellence by companies that advance sustainable development.
Create a world without ALS
Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. Mission Priorities 1. Raise the level of awareness of The ALS Association as the leading voice and most trusted source of information about Lou Gehrig's Disease. 2. Lead, direct and/or collaborate on global research to understand the disease, develop treatments and ultimately find a cure. 3. Provide every person with ALS and their families access to high quality, consistent and compassionate support services. 4. Advance a nationwide advocacy program that increases funding for ALS research, improves patient services and empowers the entire ALS community. 5. Function as one organization with unity of purpose. 6. Operate within a business model designed to ensure stability and promote financial strength.
Advocating for peace, equity, and prosperity. Everywhere.
Founded in 1984, InterAction represents the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations collectively addressing the diverse needs of people living in the world's most neglected, vulnerable and fragile countries. Our nearly 200 member NGOs are focused on: education, healthcare, sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, economic inclusion, post-conflict stability, protection, humanitarian law, water & sanitation, and disability rights. We advocate for those on the front lines of poverty, injustice and inequality as we endeavor to improve their lives and livelihoods, and empower their human potential. We also advocate for increased development and humanitarian budgets with government leaders and global funders. We showcase members' work and impacts - reported under the highest standards of transparency, monitoring and metrics - so that spending decisions for aid and relief by public and private sources are made responsibly and responsively.
Secure the dream
Americans for Peace Now (APN) was founded in 1981 to support the activities of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now in Israel). APN is the leading United States advocate for peace in the Middle East. APN's mission is to help Israel and the Shalom Achshav movement to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict consistent with Israel's long-term security needs and its Jewish and democratic values. APN has a wide array of educational programs that reach out to communities around the country, and is a powerful force for mobilizing grassroots support among U.S. citizens. By demonstrating this support, and by working directly with decision makers and government officials, APN promotes U.S. policies that further the peace process.
Opening doors for homeless youth
Covenant House Washington (CHW) was established in May 1995 to address widespread problems of homelessness and poverty among teenagers and young adults. With an open intake philosophy, CHW readily embraces those youth who take the first step to change their lives. No youth in crisis is ever turned away. Our services are free and we have made conscientious efforts to assure that our services for youth are coordinated and meet high standards of quality. CHW partners with community members to identify and address complex and multi-faceted problems that affect the health and well being of children and youth. Our community focus compels us to stay close to those in greatest need.
Advancing civil and human rights for Asian Americans
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national nonprofit founded in 1991 to protect civil and human rights. As a national advocate for Asian Americans based in Washington, D.C., we serve our country's newest American community by promoting justice for all Americans, empowering our communities, bringing local and national constituencies together, and ensuring Asian Americans are able to fully participate in our democracy. Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Advancing Justice | AAJC advocates for an America in which all Americans are able to equally benefit from, and contribute to, the American dream.
Building the world's largest environmental movement
Earth Day Network (EDN) grew out of the original Earth Day in 1970. EDN works to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue our mission through education, politics, events, and consumer activism. We are a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through EDN, activists connect, interact, and have an impact on their communities, creating positive change in local, national, and global policies. Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in Earth Day each year.
Five Voices with One Mission
Council for a Strong America (CSA) is the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sports all working together to prepare young Americans for success. CSA serves as the corporate nonprofit for its membership organizations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids was launched in 1996 followed by America's Edge (2008), Mission: Readiness (2009), Shepherding the Next Generation (2010) and Champions for America's Future (2013). Members of each CSA organization engage in a variety of activities including releasing research reports at press conferences, writing opinion pieces in the media and meeting with policy makers to educate them on effective investments that help children succeed.
Dedicated to building support for the United Nations World Food Programme
World Food Program USA is a 501(c)(3) charity that proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency addressing hunger worldwide. By mobilizing individuals, lawmakers and businesses in the United States to advance the global movement to end hunger, we bolster an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world.
Bringing innovative ideas into the public debate.
Founded in 2006, the Center for Working Families (CWF) is a non-partisan think-and-do tank that brings innovative ideas into the public debate, providing policymakers with progressive policy solutions and helping build coalitions to win policy change. CWF is engaged with partner organizations and other allies to campaign for progressive tax policy, quality job creation, a green and equitable economy, and government reform. Our initiatives are designed to advance democracy and economic prosperity for middle- and low-income people.
Empowering people. Inspiring leadership.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession. MCCA takes an inclusive approach to the definition of "diversity." Therefore, its research addresses issues of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and generational differences which impact the legal profession's workforce.
Fighting terrorism and promoting freedom
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism. FDD transforms ideas into action and policy by focusing its efforts where opinions are formed and decisions are made. FDD holds events throughout the year, including the Leading Thinkers series, briefings on Capitol Hill, expert roundtables for public officials, diplomats and military officers, book releases, and panel discussions and debates within the policy community.
Dedicated to alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans
Horses brutally butchered for sale abroad. Dogs and cats stolen for experimentation. Wildlife caught in brutal traps. Farm animals confined in coffin-like crates. Majestic whales slaughtered at sea. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works around the world and on Capitol Hill to address these issues and other forms of animal suffering. Founded in 1951, our mission is to eliminate pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. In 2006, we launched our Animal Welfare Approved program which sets high welfare standards for animals raised for food; by labeling products from compliant family farms, this program provides consumers with humanely produced eggs, meat and dairy products.
A loving home for every child
SOS Children's Villages believes that every child deserves a loving home. We build families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 134 countries and territories, including the United States. We are the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.Founded in 1949, we provide children with the love and long-term support they need to shape their own futures - a stable family, quality medical care and the opportunity to learn. Through our family support and care programs, medical centers, schools and emergencyrelief efforts we impact the lives of millions of children and families.
Teaching freedom since 1967
The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) seeks to create a brighter, more prosperous future by preparing young people for leadership, teaching them the ideas of freedom and a free-market economy. Our approach is to recruit young people likely to pursue careers in public policy, journalism, international affairs, business, government and related fields, and to educate them in the ideas most conducive to human achievement - individual liberty and personal responsibility. Founded in 1967, TFAS organizes programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
Inform, Organize, Excel
Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos, and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement. A not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 in Washington, DC, Excelencia in Education has become a trusted information source on the status of Latino educational achievement, a major resource for influencing policy at the institutional, state, and national levels, and a widely recognized advocate for expanding evidence-based practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Excelencia is also building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy's need for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership.
Unify. Fortify. Amplify.
State Voices is a national network of permanent, nonpartisan, state-based coalitions working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy by lifting the voices of the New American Majority (people of color, youth, and single women) and building the strength of their leaders and organizations. We believe an open and just society can only be achieved through a concerted, long-term effort to bring historically marginalized communities to the center of public discourse and make underrepresented populations full participants in civic life.
Advocating for more effective enforcement of environmental laws.
The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws. We have three objectives: 1) To provide objective analysis of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects the public's health; 2) To hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; 3) To help local communities in key states obtain the protection of environmental laws.
Transforming America by recognizing Latinos' innate leadership
Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos' innate leadership. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture, and grassroots voices, we provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate, and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Together, we aim to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy. In 2004, Voto Latino began as a PSA project organized by co-founder Rosario Dawson. Over the years we've evolved into an organization dedicated to providing young Latinos the tools to create a future of their choosing.
Combating the economic and national security threats posed by America's dependence on oil
Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization dedicated to reducing America's dependence on oil by educating policymakers and advocating for comprehensive energy reform. SAFE strives to improve U.S. energy security by advocating for the following: reduction of oil demand through alternative fuel vehicles and improved vehicle efficiency, expanded access to domestic supply of oil and natural gas, management of risks and global issues related to oil, and strengthening the U.S. transportation infrastructure policy.
Healthy Mothers. Healthy World.
Founded in 1999, White Ribbon Alliance works to inspire and convene advocates who campaign to uphold the right of all women to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth. White Ribbon Alliance unites citizens to demand the right to a safe birth for every woman, everywhere. Our focus is on holding governments accountable and campaigning for them to deliver on their commitments. We mobilize citizens to demand decent and respectful health care for all pregnant women. Our activities are decided by the volunteer members of our network.
The Political Home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, we advocate policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Americans, we advocate in Washington and in national politics for American policy that advances diplomatic resolution of Israel's conflicts with its neighbors. Within the American Jewish community, we advocate that our institutions and leaders ground our relationship with Israel in the same values they apply to other issues, including freedom, justice and peace – the very principles set forth in Israel's Declaration of Independence.
Building climate leadership
ecoAmerica builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States. We help national mainstream organizations elevate their climate leadership, providing them strategy, tools and resources to: demonstrate visible climate leadership; empower climate literacy; engage all constituents; and build collective action and advocacy. ecoAmerica expands climate leadership beyond traditional environmental circles. We're building a diverse network of major institutions and thought leaders in five sectors – faith, health, communities, higher education, and business – who have the power to inspire tens of millions of Americans on climate change, in counties and communities nationwide including our heartland.
Making government transparent and accountable
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining "public" information as meaning "online," and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.
Working for fair and impartial courts.
Founded in 2006, Justice at Stake leads a nonpartisan national partnership of more than 50 organizations, protecting our justice system through public education, litigation and reform. We defend what Chief Justice Rehnquist called the "crown jewel" of American democracy. Since 2000, Justice at Stake has won victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and statehouses across the country. Our communications research has changed how judges and opinion makers defend fair courts. Justice at Stake has earned national attention for impartial-justice issues, including reporting by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Economist, Bloomberg News, PBS, CNN and ABC.
Challenging radical Islam, promoting human rights
Clarion Project is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam. Clarion's award-winning films, seen by more than 85-million people, expose how radical Islamists use terrorism, murder, subjugation of women, indoctrination of children, religious persecution, genocide of minorities, widespread human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and cultural jihad — to threaten the West. The ClarionProject.org web site delivers news, expert analysis, videos, and unique perspectives about radical Islam, while giving a platform to moderate Muslims and human rights activists to speak out against extremism.
Engaging corporate leaders in reducing global poverty through strategic, successful business investment.
Founded in 2006, Initiative for Global Development (IGD) works to engage corporate leaders in reducing global poverty through strategic, successful business investment. We bring together an influential network of senior executives from sector-leading companies with the interest and capacity to make strategic investments in high-need, high-potential areas of Africa. Members of our Frontier Leaders network shape global connections and frontier market insights, and promote business-driven development to create economic growth and opportunity.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. A key part of our mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
Shedding light on the decision-making process of the United States government
The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute that collects and publishes declassified documents. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States. Archive staff members systematically track U.S. government agencies and federal records repositories for documents that either have never been released before, or that help to shed light on the decision-making process of the U.S. government and provide the historical context underlying those decisions.
In the nation's capital
Faith and Action is a Christian outreach to top-level government officials located in Washington, DC, throughout the United States and around the world. Our purpose is to challenge the minds and consciences of public policy makers with the mandate given by Christ in the two Great Commandments: Love God With All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength, and Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.
Advocacy, Research, and Leadership Development for the Choral Field
Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. We support and serve choral conductors, administrators, board members, and singers with tools, training, peer networking, and access so that choruses are better able to contribute to their communities. Chorus America was founded in 1977 to gain recognition for professional choruses and today represents hundreds of choruses of every kind throughout North America and beyond. More than 2,000 choruses, individuals, businesses, and organizations are members of Chorus America and have access to a wide array of programs, publications, research, and personal services developed for their benefit. These services strengthen their ability to build strong organizations that foster quality choral performances.
Devoted to abolishing capital punishment
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) was founded in 1976 with the mission to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and support efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide. NCADP serves its network of over 100 state and national affiliates and provides them with technical assistance, training and strategic advice and assistance in devising public policy campaigns to end, limit or repeal the death penalty. For advocates committed to ending the death penalty, NCADP serves as a clearinghouse with contacts and information. NCADP produces reports, fact sheets and other public education materials for use in state campaigns. To support local efforts for policy change, NCADP also mounts national campaigns on specific death penalty cases and issues.
Helping People Build Movements for Liberation in Haiti.
Helping People Build Movements for Liberation in HaitiTo do this Beyond Borders:- Strengthens grassroots organizations- Trains educators and community activists- Develops pedagogical tools and curriculum- Engages the Haitian government and civic leaders- Facilitates cross-cultural collaboration
Preserving Italian American culture and improving lives
The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. The SIF was founded in 1959 as a private, grant-making institution with the purpose of preserving Italian American culture, encouraging educational excellence among Italian Americans and improving lives in other areas. The main focuses of the SIF's charitable giving include: educational programs and scholarships, cultural preservation and advancement, medical research, disaster relief and special projects. The SIF also awards grants to organizations that preserve and advance Italian culture in the United States. To date, the SIF has given more than $93 million to these efforts.
Policy solutions that work for low-income people
Since 1968, CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people. CLASP's mission is to develop and advocate for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. In particular, we seek policies that work to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America. We are nonpartisan and situated at the intersection of local practice, national research, and state and federal policy, and striving to translate each world to each other.
The nation's premier civil & human rights coalition
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society - an America as good as its ideals. The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund's campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.
Help us help kids know more
The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America's children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Since 1998, the NEA Foundation has provided nearly 4,000 grants totaling $8.5 million to help public school educators improve their students' academic achievement. These grants support a wide array of projects that help improve student achievement, develop creative learning opportunities, and enhance teacher professional development. In addition, the Foundation has invested $10 million to support district-level initiatives to close the achievement gaps.
The medical and public health voice
Founded in 1961, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. PSR is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment. PSR's 50,000 members and e-activists, 31 PSR chapters, over 60 Student PSR chapters at medical and public health schools, along with national and chapter board members and staff, form a unique nationwide network committed to a safe and healthy world.
Restoring hope and dignity one person at a time
SOME (So Others Might Eat) was founded by Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons in 1970 to help feed the city's destitute citizens. Today, SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.
Improving lives, building futures
Founded in 1970, Africare, a leader among organizations assisting Africa, has more projects on the continent than any other U.S.-based charity. Africare works to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. Our programs address needs in four principal areas: health and HIV/AIDS, food security and agriculture, water and sanitation, and emergency and humanitarian assistance. Africare places communities at the center of development in the belief that only through strong communities can Africa feed itself, develop and manage its natural resources, provide adequate education and vocational training, address people's needs for health care and disease prevention, achieve economic well-being and live in peace. Since its founding, Africare has delivered well over $800 million in assistance - over 2,500 projects - to 36 countries Africa-wide.
Leading advocates for diet, health, and food safety, since 1971.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being. Since 1971, CSPI has served as an independent and effective food industry watchdog and public health advocate. In addition to leading efforts to win passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which vastly improved school foods, CSPI also helped pass the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which was the first overhaul of the FDA in nearly 70 years. CSPI is also credited with passing laws that require the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, nutrition information on chain restaurant menus, and define the term "organic." CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter, with nearly 1 million subscribers, is the top-rated health newsletter in North America.
Because actions speak louder than words
Founded in 1971, the National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to promoting public policies and business practices that expand opportunities for women and improve the well-being of our nation's families. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and since our founding we have played a critical role in enacting landmark policy from prohibiting pregnancy discrimination to giving families the opportunity to take the family and medical leave they need more than 100 million times. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, access to quality and affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Through education, outreach, and legislative action, the National Partnership is an effective advocate for millions of women and families.
Supporting the mission of the Urban Land Institute
The ULI Foundation supports the mission of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) by providing funding for ULI's core research and education initiatives. ULI was founded in 1936 and currently has nearly 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private sector and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
Educating the public and policymakers on global security challenges at the intersection of science and technology.
The Federation of American Scientists promotes a safer and more secure world by developing and advancing solutions to important science and technology security policy problems by educating the public and policy makers, and promoting transparency, through research and analysis to maximize impact on policy. FAS was founded in 1945 by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. These scientists recognized that science had become central to many key public policy questions. FAS works to provide science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security such as: reducing the spread and number of nuclear weapons, preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism, promoting high standards for nuclear energy's safety and security, and tracking the global illicit trade of conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. FAS also pushes to make our government more transparent and promotes new mechanisms for curbing secrecy.
The premier anti-hunger group in Washington
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. As Congress Daily has written, FRAC is “the premier anti-hunger group in Washington.” Hunger in the United States is a problem that can be cured. FRAC harnesses the nation's resources on behalf of those who need help to stave off hunger – poor children and their families, seniors, the unemployed, low-income workers, the ill, and homeless persons.
Start a sea change
Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans. Ocean Conservancy's four strategic priorities reflect the critical ocean conservation issues that will be the main focus of our efforts, including restoring sustainable American fisheries, protecting wildlife from human impacts, conserving special ocean places, and reforming government for better ocean stewardship.
Protecting and advancing the rights of adults and children with mental disabilities
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center was founded in 1972 and envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.
Supporting the activities of the National Academy of Engineering
The National Academy of Engineering Fund supports the activities of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, the NAE conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology. The NAE is a member of the National Academies - which includes the NAE, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council - which serves as the principal operating arm of the academies. The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world's most accomplished engineers.
Rivers Connect Us
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America's Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers. Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.
Helping People Act Responsibly, Stay Healthy, and Plan for Strong Families
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), founded in 1971, is a membership organization established to ensure access to voluntary, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive family planning and reproductive health care services and to support reproductive freedom for all. NFPRHA advocates on a range of issues related to family planning and sexual health, including: protecting Title X funding, health care reform, contraceptive coverage, sexuality education, STD and HIV prevention, and abortion care.
Leadership for America
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution-a think tank-whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.
Where giving and opportunity meet
Founded in 1973, the mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are committed to ensuring equity, access and opportunity for all residents of the Washington metropolitan area by leveraging philanthropic investment in our region's most effective nonprofit organizations. We and our three regional affiliate foundations -- Alexandria Community Trust, The Montgomery County Community Foundation and The Prince George's Community Foundation -- are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide. We currently manage more than 600 donor funds whose assets total more than $360 million.
Vision for a sustainable world
The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch has catalyzed effective environmental decision making since 1974. The Institute's interdisciplinary research is based on the best available science and focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs in the 21st century. Worldwatch seeks innovative solutions to intractable problems-emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
Faith, politics, culture
Founded in 1971, Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world. In response to this call, we offer a vision for faith in public life by: publishing Sojourners magazine, SojoMail and other resources that address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective; preaching, teaching, organizing, and public witness; nurturing community by bringing together people from the various traditions and streams of the church; and hosting an annual program of voluntary service for education, ministry, and discipleship. In our lives and in our work, we seek to be guided by the biblical principles of justice, mercy, and humility.
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.
Expanding public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States
Founded in 1974 by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs, supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials, and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court's history. These activities and others increase the public's awareness of the Court's contributions to our nation's rich constitutional heritage.
Championing a healthy and just world
Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Friends of the Earth U.S. is also a part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. Our dedicated staff fights to protect the rights of all people to live in a safe and healthy environment, both at home or in countries around the world. Our campaigns demonstrate our belief that the fight for justice and the movement to protect the health of the planet are part of the same struggle.
Individual liberty, free markets, and peace
Founded in 1977, the Cato Institute works to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute uses the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world. The Cato Institute undertakes an extensive publications program dealing with the complete spectrum of public policy issues. Books, monographs, briefing papers and shorter studies are commissioned to examine issues in nearly every corner of the public policy debate. Policy forums and book forums are held regularly, as are major policy conferences, which Cato hosts throughout the year, and from which papers are published thrice yearly in the Cato Journal.
Dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of education coverage
Founded in 1947, the Education Writers Association (EWA) is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of education coverage to create a better-informed society. The Association's purpose is to advance the stature of education writing through the press and other media of communication and to further the state of the art of education writing through educational programs designed for the benefit of all education writers. As the national professional organization of members of the media who specialize in education, EWA has worked for more than 60 years to help journalists get the story right.
Protecting America's Wildlife
The National Wildlife Refuge Association (Refuge Association) occupies a special niche as the only non-profit organization focused exclusively on promoting the world's largest wildlife conservation network, the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1975, the Refuge Association has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect, conserve, and restore the ecological integrity of the Refuge System. To accomplish our mission and raise the stature of the Refuge System, the Refuge Association engages thousands of supports including Refuge Friends groups, private landowners, hunters and anglers, and educators and students from all walks of life. In addition, the Refuge Association leads a coalition of 23 diverse organizations called the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) and our combined 16 million members urge Congress to provide robust funding for the Refuge System. The Refuge Association is ensuring a future for wildlife across America.
Providing critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded - physically or psychologically - after defending our safety and our freedom
Founded in 2007, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded--physically or psychologically--after defending our safety and our freedom. We achieve this mission by offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF. We provide supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources. We provide an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need. We serve as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.
America's Voice for Strategic Realism
The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America's national interest in the complex world of the twenty-first century. The Center for the National Interest's work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges including U.S. ties with major powers such as China, Russia, Japan and America's European allies; regional security in Asia and the Middle East; national security issues including armed conflict, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation; and energy and climate change. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign policy magazine The National Interest, available bi-monthly.
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.
Connecting donors with community-based projects that need support
Founded in 2003, GlobalGiving works to build an efficient, open, thriving marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them. Our vision is to unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen. GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about. You select the projects you want to support, make a contribution, and get regular progress updates - so you can see your impact.
Progressive ideas for a strong, just, and free America
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
Working to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — “Friends,” as we refer to it — is an advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and expanding U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund was created in 2002 to finance programs providing treatment and care for people with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in countries with high disease burden and low resources. Friends was then founded in 2004 to advocate on behalf of the Global Fund in the U.S. As close partners, the Global Fund and Friends work together to ensure the success of global public health programs.
Addressing issues of culture, race and poverty from a Judeo-Christian conservative perspective.
Founded in 1995, Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)'s mission is to address issues of culture, race and poverty from a Judeo-Christian conservative perspective. CURE seeks to achieve this by building awareness that a conservative agenda of traditional values, limited government and free markets is of the greatest marginal benefit to low-income Americans. And by working in the media, on Capitol Hill and in poor communities to promote social policy that protects unborn life; and market-based public policy that transitions poor Americans from government dependency to economic independence.
Bridging youth policy, practice and research
American Youth Policy Forum's (AYPF) mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice, and research. We do this by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth. AYPF's vision is that all young people will be able to meet their full potential in school, career, and civic life as a result of our commitment to educate, inform, and engage policymakers in the development of effective and supportive youth policies.
Public education and research to win reform at all levels of government
Founded in 2000, Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) is the public education and research affiliate of Common Cause, a nonpartisan lobbying organization. Together, Common Cause and CCEF programs serve the organization's overall mission to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government; ensure that government and the political process serve the general interest, rather than special interests; curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.
Building connections, Advancing equity. Promoting success.
Founded in 1995, the mission of the National College Access Network (NCAN) is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams. NCAN provides member organizations with professional development, networking, benchmarking, and news from the field so they can deliver these services more effectively and to more students. Resources include conferences, webinars, and online tools such as guidebooks and manuals as well periodic regrants to implement new initiatives.
Advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) works to ensure that the health and population policies of international institutions promote women's reproductive and sexual health. CHANGE advocates for increased funding of voluntary family planning programs and services, exposes the detrimental effects of funding restrictions through face-to-face meetings between policy makers and women from Africa, Latin America, and Asia and trains and mobilizes U.S. grassroots leaders to be a voice for change in U.S. foreign policy debates that affect sexual and reproductive health and rights.
More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish Experiences
BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 80 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. BBYO offers safe and welcoming opportunities for learning and growth to all Jewish teens regardless of background, denominational affiliation, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. BBYO encourages Jewish teens to find meaning in Judaism and to develop their own Jewish identities.
Championing healthy food and clean water for all.
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control. We envision a world where all people have access to enough affordable, healthy, and wholesome food and clean water to meet their basic needs — a world in which governments are accountable to their citizens and manage essential resources sustainably.
Safeguarding the Christian presence in the Holy Land
Founded in 1994, the Franciscan Foundation For The Holy Land (FFHL) is a worldwide ecumenical organization, based in the USA, operating under the auspices of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The principal purpose of the FFHL is to help stem the Christian exodus from the Holy Land by providing programs and projects that will serve as incentives for the Christians to remain as well as safeguarding the basic human rights of the Christian Palestinian minority living in the Holy Land.
A cultural convergence point
In 2004, Sixth & I opened its doors as a place where people, especially those in their twenties and thirties, could connect to Judaism, arts, and culture both religiously and socially. At Sixth & I, what it means to be Jewish is up to you. With a multi-denominational and non-membership approach, we are an ongoing experiment in creating a uniquely Jewish experience, where identity and community intersect on your terms. Sixth & I introduces young professionals and Jews of all ages to an unconventional, inclusive model of 21st-century Jewish life.
Women's health care physicians
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a membership organization of obstetrician-gynecologists dedicated to the advancement of women's health. Founded in 1951, ACOG today has over 52,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; and increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.
Inspiring libraries transforming communities
As a membership organization of North America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders by sharing best and next practices that result from library-based innovations, targeted research and initiatives, publications, convenings and discussion groups. ULC programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.
Reforming the current legal order
Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. We seek to promote awareness of these principles and to further their application through our activities. Overall, the Society's efforts are improving our present and future leaders' understanding of the principles underlying American law.
Informing and educating policy makers and the broader policy community
Founded in 1984, the Jamestown Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing timely information concerning critical political and strategic developments in China, Eurasia and the Greater Middle East. The Foundation informs and educates policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States and which frequently restrict access to such information. Utilizing indigenous and primary sources, Jamestown's material is delivered without political bias, filter or agenda. It is often the only source of information which should be, but is not always, available through official or intelligence channels, especially in regard to Eurasia and terrorism.
Transforming lives and build sustainable communities
The Prince of Wales Foundation (U.S.A.) was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1997. The Foundation seeks to compliment the work of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation (U.K.), and expand His Royal Highness's outreach to the United States and around the world. Since its inception, The Prince of Wales Foundation has grown to encompass an ever-broadening arena of interests and concerns. Funds raised by the Foundation support grants in the areas of education, arts and cultural programs, sustainable development in urban and rural communities and the environment.
Prosperity for all through entrepreneurship
Founded in 1991, Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the only national membership association committed to microenterprise development as an effective economic development strategy and a powerful poverty alleviation tool. AEO provides its members with a forum, information, and a voice to promote enterprise opportunity for people and communities with limited resources. AEO currently has a membership that stretches across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and includes all key agencies and organizations that provide microenterprise services to disadvantaged microentrepreneurs. The combined reach of these organizations exceeds 300,000 microentrepreneurs and small business owners annually.
Empowering children and their families in Nicaragua.
Fabretto provides program services to more than 18,000 children and youth in Nicaragua, through seven community education centers and more than 50 rural schools. The organization's mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition. Fabretto works in partnership with students, families, and communities to achieve this goal through five strategic program areas: Early and Primary Education Enrichment, Rural Secondary Education, Vocational & Life Skills Education, Food Security & Nutrition and Community Well-being & Development. Inspired by the legacy of Father Rafael Fabretto, the organization envisions a prosperous Nicaragua where all children and youth have meaningful opportunities to grow and learn, in communities that offer access to quality education.
Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death
Americans United for Life (AUL), the nation's premier pro-life legal team, works through the law and legislative process to one end: Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death. The nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization holds the unique distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America— incorporated in 1971, before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. At the state, federal and international levels, AUL works to advance life issues through the law and does so through measures that can withstand judicial obstacles so that pro-life laws will be enforced. AUL knows that reversing Roe v. Wade can be accomplished through deliberate, legal strategies that accumulate victories, build momentum, and restore a culture of life.
Soccer for Social Change
The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities. We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.
Advancing the commitment in the global battle against HIV/AIDS
The Physicians Association for AIDS Care (PAAC) was the precursor to the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), which was incorporated in 1995 to represent HIV-treating physicians and allied healthcare professionals worldwide. Today, IAPAC is known as the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care -- a name change that took place on 1 December 2012 as formal acknowledgement of the contributions made by various cadres of professional and paraprofessional providers of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. The mission of IAPAC is to craft and implement global educational and advocacy strategies to improve the quality of care provided to all people living with HIV/AIDS. IAPAC membership exceeds 17,000 clinicians and allied health professionals in over 100 countries.
We're leading the movement to build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.
The mission of the League of American Bicyclists is to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.
Facts for a better future
The Israel Project (TIP) is a one-stop source for detailed and accurate information about Israel and the Middle East. They are a independent, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington DC with a second major center in Jerusalem and representatives in Beijing and New Delhi. TIP has been serving media, policymakers and the public since 2002. They provide factual, current and background information, images, maps, audio, video, graphics and direct access to the press, policy-makers and the public. They organize press briefings and speaker tours, conference calls and educational trips.
Developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters develops and supports a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. We foster an appreciation for the performing arts among our members and their audiences; value the opportunity for members to share with and learn from one another, drawing upon their more than 50 years of collective wisdom; and believe the performing arts bridge differences among individuals, communities and cultures. The Association envisions a world where all people experience the transformative power of live performance and the performing arts presenting field is strong and vibrant - a world where performing artists are integral to all communities, where ideas circulate vigorously and freely, and where people from all cultures affirm and understand themselves and each other through the arts.
An Organization of Black America for Black America
The mission of the Black Alliance for Educational Options is to increase access to high quality education options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families.
Where Education Pays Off
Founded in 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) provides scholarships, capacity building and programmatic support, and advocacy for students and public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Its mission is to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students attending its member schools, identify and prepare member schools' students who have significant leadership potential, and create a pipeline for employers of highly-qualified member-schools, students and alumni.
The nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country. NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C.
Ensuring safe, legal, and accessible abortion care
Established in 1977, the mission of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. NAF is the professional association of abortion providers in North America. We are unique among pro-choice organizations because we represent the providers who make reproductive choice a reality. Our work supports these three fundamental aspects of our mission: providing our members with the education and professional support they need to provide the highest quality abortion care; providing the medical, provider, and patient perspectives in debates about abortion policies; and providing women with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies.
Dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters, branches and support groups conduct programs of research, education, advocacy, and support. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have some form of lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that results from an unbalanced immune system that becomes destructive to any organ in the body. Lupus is unpredictable and potentially fatal, yet no satisfactory treatment or cure exists.
Expanding economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans
Founded in 2003 by young entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries, Hope Street Group is a national, nonpartisan 501(c3) that is mobilizing the tremendous untapped ability outside of government- creative business minds, nonprofit heads, and experienced practitioners in key fields - help our leaders tackle the economic challenges our nation faces. We consider ourselves a coalition of the reasonable, welcoming members of all political stripes, and we are dedicated to finding and driving smart solutions to ensure America's future prosperity. Hope Street Group represents a different way of thinking and acting on public policy. Fiercely bipartisan and relentlessly focused on evidence and results.
Fostering Progress, Collaboration and Exchange
GFDD is a non profit, non partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of global collaboration and exchange relevant to Dominican professionals, general audiences and institutions in the homeland and abroad. The Foundation conducts research, enhances public understanding, designs public policies, devises strategies, and offers capacity building in areas crucial to social, economic, democratic and cultural sustainable development. GFDD promotes better understanding and appreciation of Dominican culture, values and heritage in the Dominican Republic, US and worldwide. GFDD creates, facilitates, and implements wider scope international human development projects, building on its own experience, expertise and strong national and international networks.
Comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media
Media Matters for America is a web-based progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation - news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda - every day, in real time. Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.
Developing strategies to end hunger.
Bread for the World Institute (BFWI) provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute educates its advocacy network, opinion leaders, policy makers and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad. BFWI is the research and educational partner of Bread for the World, generating studies on hunger issues and vital educational resources. We believe that a well-educated and motivated U.S. constituency who care for hungry people will ultimately change the politics of hunger. BFWI helps U.S. citizens tell the story of hungry people in their communities and see our connections to hungry people around the world. By empowering people with information, Bread for the World Institute affects real progress toward ending hunger.
We bring lasting transformation to men, women, and children impacted by incarceration around the world.
Prison Fellowship International works to engage the Christian community to pursue justice and healing in response to crime to the end that offenders are transformed, relationships are reconciled, and communities are restored. PFI envisions a reconciling community of restoration for all involved in or affected by crime, thereby proclaiming and demonstrating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ for all people. Prison Fellowship International is called and dedicated to communicating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims of crime around the world.
Protecting the world's oceans
Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international group focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe, work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists lead our team of economists, lawyers, and advocates focused on achieving tangible results for the oceans. Saving the oceans may take decades, but in each of our campaigns we aim to accomplish an important milestone in that effort within two to five years.
Ideas. Influence. Impact.
Founded in 1961, the Atlantic Council of the United States promotes constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century. The Council embodies a nonpartisan network of leaders who aim to bring ideas to power and to give power to ideas by: stimulating dialogue and discussion about critical international issues in the Administration, the Congress, corporate and nonprofit sectors, and the media among leaders in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Americas; and conducting educational and exchange programs for successor generations of U.S. leaders so that they will come to value U.S. international engagement and have the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop effective policies.
Ensuring the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever
Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. AWF is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. We believe that protecting Africa's wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its people - and for over 45 years we have made it our work to help ensure that Africa's wild resources endure. At AWF we approach all of our work at the landscape level - that is to say, we look at large landscapes (we have identified eight of these areas to date). Within these landscapes, we implement a variety of efforts that conserve land, protect species and empower people.
Ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment
Since 1963, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960's to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. The Institute for Policy Studies is the counterweight to the dealmakers. We work to reclaim democracy. We collaborate with grassroots movements to foster the conditions for long-term change. We promote relationships, linking activists and public officials who share our belief that a better world is possible. We launch, inform and sustain democratic movements. The Institute's work is organized into over a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars' diverse areas of expertise. In practice, they make crucial linkages across the movements for peace, justice and the environment.
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+.
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP's affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
Saving lives through research and education
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads. Since 1947, the Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Government agencies and legislators--as well as automobile clubs, driving schools, and school districts--turn to the Foundation's research to guide them in creating policies that can save lives on our roads and highways, teach adults how to drive more responsibly, and teach children about vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.
Promoting the history of the Capitol and Congress
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The Society continues exploring and instituting new and creative ways to bring the fascinating story of the Capitol, its institutions and our national history to people around the world. Society activities include educational tours, scholarly symposia, observances of historic events, enhancement and preservation of the Capitol's collection of art and artifacts, sponsorship of research on the public careers of those who have served in the Capitol, the sale of publications and mementos of historical nature and assistance to Congressional and other Capitol offices.
Securing, through the rule of law, equal justice under law
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law. The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. The Lawyers' Committee implements its mission and objectives by marshaling the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of civil rights.
Champions of Global Family Planning
Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. Founded in 1965, PAI works to ensure that every person has the right and access to sexual and reproductive health, so that humanity and the natural environment can exist in balance and fewer people live in poverty. Serving as a bridge between the academic and policymaking communities, PAI disseminates strategic, action-oriented research publications; participates in and sponsors conferences, meetings and seminars; and works to educate and inform policymakers and international colleagues in related fields.
Inspiring people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the world around them
Created in 1943, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) seeks to educate individuals and community leaders about the power of architecture to improve lives and transform the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Through numerous outreach programs, grants, and educational resources, AAF aims to inspire people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the world around them. AAF's programs include The Mayors' Institute on City Design and Great Schools by Design--highly regarded initiatives that help improve the built environment through the collaboration of thought leaders, designers, and local communities.
Improving Lives in the Middle East
Incorporated in 1968, ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. ANERA helps local institutions become more self-sufficient and effective in serving their communities. Every project is planned in consultation with the communities that ultimately benefit - an approach that ensures relevancy and commitment, and secures the long-term viability of the projects.
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.
Sports that creates inclusive communities throughout the world, ending intolerance, injustice, and inactivity.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes come from more than 170 countries. The goal of Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID to offer continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Leading our nation since 1973 to ensure a level playing field for all children
The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) is a child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly since 1973 to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide to ensure children are always a priority. The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
One of the nation's premier symphonic choruses
Founded by Norman Scribner in 1965, the mission of Choral Arts is the pursuit of excellence in choral repertoire and performance, and the commitment to promote and share the art of choral music through education and public outreach. Committed to reach new and diverse audiences, especially the young, Choral Arts is dedicated to the live presentation of both new and classical choral masterworks in the Washington metro area while approaching new audiences nationally and internationally through tours, recordings, and electronic media. Education is a central component of Choral Arts contribution to the local and national community. The Education Programs at Choral Arts seek to nurture critical and creative thinking through music for learners at various stages of development.
Making law work for people, places, and the planet
Founded in 1969, Environmental Law Institute (ELI) works to advance environmental protection by improving law, policy and management. The Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Today, we are an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection worldwide. ELI delivers insightful and impartial analysis to opinion makers, including government officials, environmental and business leaders, academics, members of the environmental bar, and journalists. Our work is primarily focused on protecting water resources, land, and biodiversity and improving environmental law and its implementation in the U.S. and internationally.
Creating a more informed public
Founded in 1970, NPR (National Public Radio) is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly. NPR Member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming. Each NPR Member Station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming. NPR produces and distributes more than 100 hours of original programming each week, and local NPR stations also broadcast many programs which are produced by stations and other radio networks.
Providing services to low-income and homeless families and individuals
Community Family Life Services (CFLS) was founded in 1969 by First Trinity Lutheran Church to address the needs of recently released ex-offenders and their families. Since then, we have grown and evolved to provide services to low-income and homeless families and individuals in the District of Columbia and now serve more than 5,000 people annually. At CFLS, our mission is to give people living in poverty and homelessness the tools they need to move towards permanent economic and social self-sufficiency. Not only do we offer short-term crisis assistance, but we also empower families and individuals to change their lives for the better. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide a variety of services in the following areas: housing services; supportive services & community outreach; and youth development and advocacy.
Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.
Building a community where everyone has the opportunity to build their own American dream.
Ayuda envisions a community where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the US. We pursue this vision by advocating for low-income immigrants through direct legal, social and language services, education and outreach in the Washington DC metropolitan area.Our current work areas include immigration, domestic violence/family law, human trafficking, abused and abandoned children, and assisting victims of notario fraud. This past year alone, Ayuda served individuals hailing from over 105 countries.
Dedicated to assisting journalists since 1970
The mission of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is to protect the right to gather and distribute news; to keep government accountable by ensuring access to public records, meetings and courtrooms; and to preserve the principles of free speech and unfettered press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. For more than 45 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its staff attorneys have provided free legal resources, support, and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears.
One Book Can Make a Difference
Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age eight. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides millions of children with approximately 4 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. All RIF programs combine three essential elements to foster children's literacy: reading motivation, family and community involvement, and the excitement of choosing free books to keep.
More than housing ... homes
Jubilee Housing is a faith based organization founded in 1973 to provide affordable housing and supportive services to economically disadvantaged residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Today in the Nation's Capital, as in so many other areas of the United States, there is a growing dearth of safe, affordable housing. As the District of Columbia is in the midst of near-record level growth and development, the availability of quality affordable housing is threatened like never before. But thanks to so many partners and supporters, Jubilee Housing exists as an alternative to current trends and market forces. Neighborhoods and communities can preserve affordable options for all of their residents. Affordable housing and supportive community can be sustained even in the most stressed housing markets.
A community of empowerment and recovery for women
Founded in 1972, N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. Nearly 900 women use our programs each year, which include a drop-in day center, wellness center, education and employment center, clinical services, case management, and four residential programs ranging from temporary shelter to transitional and permanent supportive housing.
Fighting for a fair America
Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's, and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, AFJ has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates. AFJ's mission is to lead progressive advocacy and strengthening the progressive movement to ensure robust and equal access to levers of government power.
Age well. Live well.
Since 1975, Iona Senior Services has served as a respected and trusted provider of essential services for metro Washington DC adults age 60+, family caregivers, and the community. Iona's mission is to support people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well. We envision a community that celebrates, values, respects and protects the contributions and possibilities of every individual.
Developing strong grassroots environmental leadership
Clean Water Fund (CWF) works to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work cooperatively for changes that improve their lives, focused on health, consumer, environmental and community problems. Since 1978, Clean Water Fund has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Clean Water Fund's programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action, which has helped develop, pass, strengthen and defend the nation's major water and toxics laws.
Celebrating the world we build for ourselves
Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum offers visitors the chance to see many interesting objects, from drawings by famous architects to a full-scale, sustainable house built in our own galleries. The care, interpretation, and thoughtful display of such artifacts is central to our mission. The Museum is, however, much more than a repository of things, beautiful and intriguing though they may be. It is above all a forum for the development, exploration, and exchange of ideas. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
Helping women, children and families in greatest need
Founded in 1976, House of Ruth helps women, children and families in greatest need and with very limited resources build safe, stable lives and achieve their highest potential. Here, women, children and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse. At our 13 sites in Washington, DC, we assess the capacities and needs of each woman and child, then design and deliver a specialized combination of services to meet their needs and build on their strengths. We enfold the women and families in a safe and structured environment, where they receive highly responsive and caring attention from the staff. Every day at House of Ruth, more than 600 women and children work hard to learn the skills to live independently and eliminate homelessness and abuse from their lives. They participate at 11 residential programs, a developmental day care center and a free counseling program for domestic violence survivors.
Knowledge in the public service
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue. The mission of the Center is to commemorate the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by: providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy; and fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs.
Advocating for freedom and justice
Established in 1977, the Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) shapes public policy and fights activist lawyers, regulators, and intrusive government agencies at the federal and state levels, in the courts and regulatory agencies across the country. WLF has one goal: to defend and promote the principles of freedom and justice. WLF is a unique institution with three essential cornerstone programs: shaping public policy through aggressive litigation and advocacy; publishing timely legal studies; and educating policy-makers and the public through extensive communications outreach. The Foundation has developed into the nation's preeminent center for public interest law, advocating free-enterprise principles, responsible government, property rights, a strong national security and defense, and a balanced civil and criminal justice system.
Serving as a major advocate in Washington, DC for nearly 25 million Italian Americans
Founded in 1975, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) serves as a major advocate in Washington, DC for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, raising the prominence of all things Italian in American culture and society, and making Italian American part of the national conversation. NIAF is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group. NIAF: provides educational and scholarship opportunities; promotes the history, heritage and accomplishments of Italian Americans; serves as a liaison between the Italian American community and the government; ensures a realistic portrayal of Italian Americans in the media; serves as a liaison between Italy and the United States; and serves as a clearinghouse of information on Italy and on Americans of Italian descent.
Fostering productive and insightful dialogue
The Truman Center for National Policy directly engages Capitol Hill and the executive branch on the nation's most important national security issues. As an organization dedicated to fostering productive, insightful dialogue, the Truman Center for National Policy is uniquely able to bring together experts and policy makers from both sides of the political aisle for study, discussion, and action. Finding solutions to the complex national security issues facing our country requires building consensus and bipartisan cooperation, a vital role that the Truman Center for National Policy will continue to play through leveraging its comparative advantages and utilizing its knowledge of the policy making process. The Truman Center for National Policy focuses on several areas of national, economic, and regional security.
A voice for women, a network for change
The National Women's Health Network (NWHN) was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. We do not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies or medical device manufacturers. The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.
Where insight and action connect
Founded in 1976, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) works to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs. ICRW seeks to promote a world free of poverty in which women and men, girls and boys have equal opportunities to achieve their potential and realize their rights. ICRW tackles the complexities of the world's most pressing problems - poverty, hunger and disease - by demonstrating that a focus on women and gender is necessary for lasting social and economic change.
Creating an energy-efficient world
Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate. To carry out its mission, The Alliance undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy, designs and implements energy-efficiency projects, promotes technology development and deployment, and builds public-private partnerships, in the U.S. and other countries.
Achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. Our goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.
Performing the educational and charitable functions of NARAL Pro-Choice America
To support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman's freedom to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices through education, training, organizing, legal action, and public policy.
Honoring the men & women of the sea services - past present & future
In 1978, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation undertook a drive to build a memorial in Washington. Dedicated on October 13, 1987, the United States Navy Memorial offers Sea Service men and women ways to reconnect with each other, celebrate their shared experiences and preserve the memories and stories of their service. We also provide a forum to educate the public about the rich maritime heritage of this nation and the importance of keeping the seas of the world free. The Navy Memorial's Education department is responsible for conducting youth education programs, seminars and symposia, creating exhibits in the Naval Heritage Center and providing reference information and photographs to researchers. Today, the Foundation is working to retire remaining construction debt and support educational programs.
Supporting the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families
ZERO TO THREE is a national, multidisciplinary organization that supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. We carry out that mission through a range of activities that inform, educate and support the adults who influence very young children's lives. ZERO TO THREE informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Additionally, we offer comprehensive resources about early childhood development and child and family well-being. We build, prepare and inspire professionals; advance policies and build systems; and raise awareness and inform parents.
Committed to providing quality, culturally sensitive healthcare to Washington's diverse urban community including the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS
In November 1973, the Gay Men's VD Clinic, part of the Washington Free Clinic, began operating in the basement of the Georgetown Lutheran Church. This was the birth of what was to become Whitman-Walker Clinic. For more than three decades, the Clinic has been renowned - locally, nationally and internationally - for the high-quality, culturally sensitive care it provides. This work remains critical in an area with the highest HIV infection rate in the country. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington's diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.
Finding ways to reduce government spending and taxes
Founded in 1977, The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) provides timely and original information promoting the benefits of lower taxes and limited government. Our work covers a wide range of important public policy issues, including tax reform, economic growth, Congressional budget tracking, political candidate proposal analysis, and entitlement reform. NTUF is actively engaged in the policy formation process at the academic, judicial, and political levels. NTUF's BillTally cost accounting system continues to serve as the nation's most comprehensive, reliable, and informative systems for evaluating Congressional spending.
Easing the hardship of children's illness on families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) eases the hardship of children's illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. We do this through three core programs that focus on the critical needs of children, celebrating the diversity of the donors who make them possible, staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship, and operating with accountability and transparency.
Restoring common sense to America's immigration system
Founded in 1979, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, stop illegal immigration, and promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest. FAIR's publications and research are used by academics and government officials in preparing new legislation. National and international media regularly turn to us to understand the latest immigration developments and to shed light on this complex subject. FAIR has been called to testify on immigration bills before Congress more than any organization in America.
Providing vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services
Founded in 1974, Bread for the City provides vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services including food, clothing, medical care, legal, and social services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it. Today, Bread for the City offers its six primary programs from our two centers in Northwest and Southeast D.C. We serve an average of 10,000 D.C. residents every month, totaling more than 32,000 individuals annually.
Promoting the educational mission and goals of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Based in Washington, DC, the Ellington Fund (the Fund) is the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The mission is to support several programs at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). The Fund provides critical services as it seeks to bridge the gap between DCPS budget allocations and the actual cost of DESA's dual arts/academic curriculum. The Fund provides 25% of the school's revenues and, together with the school, supports 540 high school students who come from all Wards of the city, with many not being able to otherwise afford the costs of an arts education. Ellington has a 99% graduation rate and 95% college acceptance rate, which is remarkable, as many of our students enter 9th grade at or below reading and math proficiency levels.
In good conscience
Catholics for Choice (CFC) was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman's moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well being and respect and affirm the moral capacity of women and men to make sound decisions about their lives. Through discourse, education and advocacy, CFC works in the US and internationally to infuse these values into public policy, community life and Catholic social thinking and teaching.
Advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.
Founded in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) works to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. CBCF facilitates the exchange of ideas and information to address critical issues affecting our communities. It also provides leadership development and scholarship opportunities to educate the next generation of leaders, promotes public health and financial empowerment for all communities through innovative programs, and develops strategic research and historical resources for the public, academics, educators and students.
Applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy
Founded in 1976, the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) is Washington, D.C.'s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. From the Cold War to the war on terrorism, from disputes over the role of religion in public life to battles over the nature of the family, EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend the great Western ethical imperatives - respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government. Through its core programs, EPPC and its scholars work to influence policymakers and to transform the culture through the world of ideas.
Distributing food, and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.
The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest public, non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The mission of the CAFB is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area by acquiring food and distributing it through our network of member agencies; and to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. Each year the CAFB distributes 20 million pounds of food, including six million pounds of fresh produce through over 700 partner agencies.
Rights. Respect. Responsibility.
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.
Serving the needs of the DC community
Founded in 1980, Martha's Table is dedicated to finding solutions to poverty in the short term and the long term. We address emergency needs with food and clothing programs and break the long cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. Each year, we provide education, food, and opportunity with: (1) Tutorial, learning, and recreational programs during the school year and the summer for approximately 300 children and youth, ages 3 months to 18 years; (2) Meals to the homeless every day of the year at numerous sites throughout the city as well as meals for senior shut-ins and community holiday meals (3) Family support services, a clothing distribution center, and information; (4) An expansive volunteer program that allows 10,000 people annually to reach out to their community; and (5) Collaborations with other organizations to best provide a wide array of services.
Expanding possibilities. Eliminating barriers.
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC): We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives-at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income - and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation.
Pro-faith, Pro-family, Pro-choice
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Educational Fund supports the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice's (RCRC) pro-choice and reproductive rights programs and public education campaigns. RCRC was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to abortion. The Coalition brings the moral power of religious communities to ensure reproductive choice through education and advocacy. RCRC seeks to give clear voice to the reproductive issues of people of color, those living in poverty, and other underserved populations.
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.
A powerful voice for lifesaving action
Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. RI was started in 1979 as a citizens' movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, we have expanded to become the leading advocacy organization that provokes action from global leaders to resolve refugee crises. Each year, RI conducts 20 to 25 field missions to identify displaced people's needs for basic services such as food, water, health care, housing, access to education and protection from harm. Based on our field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, we successfully challenge policy makers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. Where there are needs, we witness what is lacking, we present solutions and we demand action.
A conservative think tank
The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to today's public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century. In 1982, we started The National Center to provide the conservative movement with a versatile and energetic organization capable of responding quickly and decisively to fast-breaking issues. Today, we continue to fill this critical niche through a top-flight research and communications operation driven by results and the bottom line.
Devoted to the study of international economic policy
The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981, the Institute has provided timely, objective analysis and concrete solutions to key international economic problems. The Institute attempts to anticipate emerging issues and to be ready with practical ideas to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations, the media, and the public at large. It addresses these groups both in the United States and around the world.
Dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA, established in 1981 is private non-denomination development organization which promotes social development in low income countries by funding programs in health, education, rural development, civil society and environment. The Foundation's principal sources of financial support are grants and contributions from individuals, government agencies, and corporations and foundations.
Securing America, Strengthening Israel
The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.
A powerful advocate for the poor
Founded in 1981, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center conducts research and analysis to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty. In addition, the Center examines the short- and long-term impacts that proposed policies would have on the health of the economy and on the soundness of federal and state budgets.
We Grow Stewardship Every Day.
The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, teachers, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation's forest heritage. AFF is committed to creating a future where North American forests are sustained by the public that understand and values the social, economic, and environmental benefits they provide to our communities, our nation, and the world.
Changing lives to save lives
Since its founding in 1982, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has grown into the nation's leading charity in the field of diet, physical activity and weight management as it relates to cancer prevention. It also offers a wide range of cancer prevention education programs. AICR supports research into the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It also offers a wide range of cancer prevention education programs. To date, the Institute has committed more than $82 million for research related to diet and cancer. In addition, AICR has established a wide range of education programs to bring its message of cancer prevention to millions of Americans.
The wonder of women in the arts
Incorporated in 1981, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill this mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines.
Educating Americans on abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia
The National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund has been the leader of a huge nationwide outreach to educate Americans about the grave threat posed to vulnerable people by abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund: provides general public information in the form of reference materials and-pro life educational materials; develops pro-life strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade; publishes National Right to Life News, a newsletter covering news on pro-life education; and prepares administrative and educational material for state right-to-life organizations.
Promoting human rights, democracy and social justice
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) promotes human rights, democracy and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA facilitates dialogue between governmental and non-governmental actors, monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations, and promotes alternatives through reporting, education, training and advocacy. Founded in 1974 by a coalition of civic and religious leaders, WOLA works closely with civil society organizations and government officials throughout the Americas.
The national service organization for professional dance
The national service organization for professional dance, Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators and organizations. By providing services and national leadership, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation, education and dissemination. We envision a future in which dance is an enduring and sought-after art form, recognized by all as an important part of America's rich and diverse culture. To this end, Dance/USA will serve as the national hub for dance-related information, leadership, advocacy, and service.
Bringing Quaker perspectives to public policy issues
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Education Fund exists in parallel with FCNL to support the research, analysis and education for which FCNL is known and respected. FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues which the United States government is or should be addressing. In the last six-and-a-half decades, FCNL has played a pivotal role in the creation of the Peace Corps, was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, helped lobby for the Civil Rights Act, and led efforts in Washington to oppose both the first and second Iraq wars.
Ideas into action
Established in 1979 as part of the University of Chicago, CSSP's primary goal was to influence public policy affecting poor children and families, the elderly and the disabled. Founder Tom Joe, blind from early childhood, was a staunch advocate for federal and state policies that leveled the playing field for the disenfranchised and addressed the injustices that affected people's lives. He envisioned CSSP as a place where policy analysis would reflect real-world knowledge of the intricacies of public sector governance and finance. That concept was further realized by the academic rigor and commitment to nurturing the skills of young people that co-founder Harold Richman brought to CSSP. The former dean of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and founder of Chapin Hall Center for Children joined Joe to launch CSSP as an organization committed to developing and recommending innovative policy solutions. Their vision was rooted in impatience with the status quo but realism about implementation. Above all, their idea of what CSSP was, and is, was based on a solid understanding of what families and communities actually experience and need.
Working at the intersection of environment & human needs
Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI's more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources-the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.
Preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum.
Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)'s mission is to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum. We work to provide valuable financial and volunteer support, especially for Arboretum internship programs, maintenance of the gardens and collections, The Washington Youth Garden and many other projects. Our focus areas include environmental preservation, plant research, urban greenspace, education, and community outreach.
Services to empower survivors of domestic violence
Founded in 1979, My Sister's Place (MSP) is an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence. We provide safe, confidential shelter, programs, education and advocacy for battered women and their children. Our goal is to empower women to take control of their own lives. From the moment a woman and her children arrive at our emergency shelter, compassionate and professional staff supply victims of domestic violence with the tools necessary to attain self-sufficiency. Among the highest priorities beyond safety for each shelter resident are: securing transitional or permanent housing before the end of their stay in our emergency shelter; enrolling in higher education or job training or securing stable employment; developing a personalized safety plan; and receiving counseling to enhance coping skills.
Protecting health, safety and democracy
The Public Citizen Foundation supports Public Citizen's education, litigation, research, and public information activities. Public Citizen is a national consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Advancing innovative solutions
Founded in 1984, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI believes meeting this goal requires transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend. EESI produces credible, timely information and innovative public policy initiatives that lead to these transitions. These products take the form of publications, briefings, work shops and task forces. EESI carries out policymaker education and analysis projects in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy, global climate change, agriculture, biofuels, smart-growth, and clean bus technologies.
Celebrating 30 years of service to NDU and the nation
The National Defense University Foundation (NDUF), established in 1982 provides private sector support for the National Defense University (NDU) in mission-oriented areas otherwise not funded by the government. NDU is America's preeminent institution for military, civilian, and diplomatic national security education, research, outreach and strategic studies. Today, NDU provides a rare environment in which senior military officers, diplomats, and professionals from the intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security communities are educated together in vital national security matters, building networks that will last for years to come.
Working to help make America safe and secure
Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nationwide, non-partisan organization, is the primary channel through which senior business executives can help enhance the nation's security. BENS members use their business experience to drive our agenda, deliver our message to decision makers, and make certain that the changes we propose are put into practice. BENS has only one special interest: to help make America safe and secure. BENS members have been using their business experience to find practical solutions to pressing national security challenges since 1982, when the organization was founded by business executive and entrepreneur Stanley A. Weiss.
Your nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy
Founded in 1983, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. CRP's mission is to: inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government. The first Open Secrets book, published in 1990, was a massive 1,300 pages and analyzed contributions by political action committees (PACs) in the 1988 congressional elections. Featuring contributor profiles for every member of Congress, it was an unprecedented resource that illuminated money's role in congressional elections and policymaking. CRP launched the website following the 1996 elections.
Leading the fight to prevent gun violence
As the largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence is dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities. Founded in 1983, the Brady Center works to reform the gun industry and educate the public about gun violence through litigation and grassroots mobilization, and works to enact and enforce sensible regulations to reduce gun violence including regulations governing the gun industry. Our programs include Law Enforcement Relations, The Legal Action Project, God Not Guns Coalition, Hispanic/Latino Outreach, African-American Outreach, Linking with Victims for Change Network, and Steps to Prevent Firearm Injury in the Home. On November 1st, 2013, the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence merged with the Center to Prevent Youth Violence.
America's Investigative Think Tank
The Capital Research Center was established in 1984 to examine how foundations, charities, and other nonprofits spend money and get involved in politics and advocacy, often in ways that donors never intended and would find abhorrent. From the start, CRC has exposed how those organizations are “captured” by interest groups and used to undermine Americans' freedoms. Today, we study unions, environmentalist groups, and a wide variety of nonprofit and activist organizations. We also keep an eye on crony capitalists who seek to profit by taking advantage of government regulations and by getting their hands on taxpayers' money.
Enhancing American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world
Founded in 1983, the National Council on US-Arab Relations is an American educational organization dedicated to improving American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. policymakers conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. The National Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible.
Advancing civil rights
The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is a national non-profit civil-rights organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunity in housing, employment, and access to public accommodations and government services through education, research, testing, advocacy, and enforcement. The ERC works with all populations, and has dedicated programs and activities in immigrant rights, disability rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Today, the ERC stands as one of the few organizations in the United States that engages in comprehensive civil-rights investigation and advocacy for all protected classes under both federal and local law. The ERC helps thousands of individuals each year through civil rights testing and investigations, advocacy, and education and outreach activities.
Preventing and ending homelessness in the United States
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, mission-driven organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States and is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. We work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
A safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow
Calvary Women's Services offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. Founded in 1983, our programs carry out our mission to offer "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow." These programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy, and daily addiction recovery meetings. At Calvary, we believe that every woman has the strengths and gifts she needs to be successful. Each woman in our programs identifies and builds on her strengths, meeting her goals for safe housing, good health, and financial independence. We know that our programs work: every five days, a woman moves from Calvary into her own home.
A living memorial to the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980 and located adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC, the USHMM strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts related to the Holocaust; annual Holocaust commemorations known as Days of Remembrance; distribution of education materials and teacher resources; and a variety of public programming designed to enhance understanding of the Holocaust and related issues, including those of contemporary significance.
Building knowledge, insights, and networks for German-American Relations
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) strengthens the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world. The Institute produces objective and original analyses of developments and trends in Germany, Europe and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks; and facilitates dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests. Affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, AICGS provides a comprehensive program of public forums, policy studies, research and study groups designed to enrich the political, corporate and scholarly constituencies it serves.
Together, we can end chronic homelessness in DC.
Miriam's Kitchen works to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. We advocate for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to 5,000 homeless individuals each year.
Defending whistleblowers since 1977
Founded in 1977, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is the nation's leading whistleblower organization. GAP promotes accountability by advocating occupational free speech, litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing whistleblower concerns, and developing policy and legal reforms of whistleblower laws. GAP's mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability through advancing occupational free speech and ethical conduct, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. GAP's major program initiatives focus on both government and corporate accountability related to nuclear oversight, food and drug safety, worker health and safety, international reform and national security.
Advancing liberty - from the economy to ecology
Founded in 1984, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace. We are nationally recognized as a leading voice on a broad range of regulatory issues from free market approaches to environmental policy, to antitrust and technology policy, to risk regulation. CEI is not a traditional think tank. We frequently produce groundbreaking research on regulatory issues and we reach out to the public and the media to ensure that our ideas are heard, work with policymakers to ensure that they are implemented and, when necessary, take our arguments to court.
Because freedom from pesticides is everybody's right
Founded in 1981, Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Beyond Pesticides has historically taken a two-pronged approach to the pesticide problem by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non-chemical and least-hazardous management alternatives. The organization's primary goal is to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives.
Providing healing and hope for Washington's homeless since 1985
Christ House is in its 31st year of providing comprehensive health care to sick, homeless men in Washington, DC. Our 34-bed facility provides 24-hour medical care, case management, housing placement assistance, meals, clothing, and a full range of other supportive services. Our goal is that patients will leave with improved health and a new ability to live independently in the community. We served 237 admissions in 2015 and provided a total of 10,885 patient-days of care. In addition to the primary illness(es) for which they were admitted, 90.5 percent of our patients acknowledged a history of alcohol or drug abuse, or had a diagnosed mental illness. Twenty-four percent had all three (alcohol, drug, and psychiatric concerns). Seventy percent of our patients were African-American, 60 percent were over age 50, 42 percent had no income or monthly income under $250, and 62 percent were chronically homeless.
America's #1 taxpayer watchdog
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private, non-partisan organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Founded in 1984, CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending, including the quarterly newspaper, Government WasteWatch, and the annual Congressional Pig Book Summary, an exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.
No kid hungry
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need.
Research and ideas for shared prosperity
Established in 1986, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonpartisan think thank that seeks to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. EPI was the first -and remains the premier - organization to focus on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Its careful research on the status of American workers has become the gold standard in that field. EPI's staff includes eight Ph.D.-level researchers, a half dozen policy analysts and research assistants, and a full communications and outreach staff. EPI also works closely with a national network of prominent scholars. The institute conducts original research according to strict standards of objectivity, and couples its findings with outreach and popular education.
Advancing a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East
Founded in 1985, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy was established to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East. The Institute seeks to bring scholarship to bear on the making of U.S. policy in this vital region of the world. Drawing on the research of its scholars and the experience of policy practitioners, the Institute promotes an American engagement in the Middle East committed to strengthening alliances, nurturing friendships, and promoting security, peace, prosperity, and democracy for the people of the region. To that end, the Institute's programming and research agenda is dedicated to what is and what ought to be on the minds of policymakers, diplomats, scholars, and journalists.
Strengthening the capacity of the environmental movement
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund strengthens the capacity of the environmental movement to mobilize citizens as informed voters and advocates for sound environmental policies, thereby increasing the influence of the environmental majority on the national, state, and local levels. We identify those citizens with environmental values and encourage their full participation in the political process. We enhance the capacity of environmental organizations to become fully engaged in the democratic process. We build and amplify the grassroots political power of the environmental movement by maintaining a network of partner organizations equipped with top-quality tools and training to defend and win strong environmental policies.
Respect. Honor. Remember.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has built the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which is visited by more than 200,000 people annually. In addition the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has successfully lobbied for a federal law requiring all American flags to be lowered to half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th).
Closing the opportunity gap for middle school youth
Higher Achievement was founded in 1975 by Greg Gannon, a teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a rigorous year-round out-of-school-time learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Over the past 35 years, Higher Achievement has worked with more than 10,000 youth in the DC Metro area. On average, 95 percent of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high schools and 93 percent go on to college.
Protecting and restoring our nation's fish, wildlife, and habitats.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was created by Congress in 1984 to protect and restore our nation's fish, wildlife, and habitats by investing federal dollars in the most pressing conservation needs and matching those dollars with private funds. The Foundation has proudly awarded 10,800 grants to 3,700 organizations and leveraged $680 million into $1.6 billion for conservation on the ground.
Encouraging higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is an organization supported by doctors and laypersons working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. We encourage higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research by opposing unethical human experiments and promoting alternatives to animal research. PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies. Our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions, and our public service announcements feature medical experts on prevention and health.
Presenting classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style
Since its founding in 1985, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has endeavored to be the nation's leading force in the presentation and preservation of classic theatre. Our core mission is to present classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts - which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre - the Shakespeare Theatre Company is a national destination theatre offering a broad range of works to audiences in the greater-Washington area and across the nation.
Strengthening the freedom, security prosperity and sovereignty of the USA
The Selous Foundation - a think tank - founded in 1985, has as its mission the study of conflict over institutions and the distribution of resources that has been so pervasive throughout history, with a view toward the formulation and promotion of public policies based on the American values and benefits of individual liberty, freedom, limited government and the primacy of national sovereignty.
Helping people who are homeless or in need to help themselves
We are a faith-based community partnership – bringing together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness, or other debilitating challenges – with partner leaders, donors, volunteer and paid staff in a shared ministry that improves the lives of all throughout the Washington area, one next step and neighbor at a time. Specifically, we seek to empower our participants to develop capacities and address barriers they face in order to live sustainable purpose-driven lives, guiding them to set goals, and take “next steps” to meet those goals. We engage our partner churches and schools to share in this ministry by offering their time, talent and treasure, cultivating relationships that nurture both their missions of community outreach and the mission of the Samaritan Partnership as a whole. We identify the basic, systemic, and unmet needs of our community that underlie poverty – and engage in organized, collective education, and action to address those needs.
The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Since its beginning in 1986, RTC has supported the tremendous growth and development of rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,500 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that spans communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country. We remain dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails. Further, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is committed to enhancing the health of America's environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people - ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.
Advancing a sustainable, just and peaceful world
The Center for International Policy is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Our programs address the most urgent threats to our planet: war, corruption, inequality and climate change.We are Washington insiders with an outsider's agenda. CIP's mix of former senior government officials, journalists, academics and activists brings insider's access, scholarly rigor and media savvy as well as the passion and organizing skills of seasoned activists. We advocate policies that advance international cooperation, demilitarization, respect for human rights and action to alleviate climate change and stop illicit financial flows. Our programs examine the policy implications of important issues, including the drug war, military budget, global financial integrity and climate change. CIP provides policy recommendations and analysis to decision makers in government, international organizations, the private sector and civil society.
Prospering lives. Promoting progress. Protecting the earth.
In 1985, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) was founded to promote a positive voice on environment and development issues. Its co-founders, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, believed very strongly that the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world's pressing concerns. At the heart of CFACT, our goal is to enhance the fruitfulness of the earth and all of its inhabitants. CFACT accomplishes this through four main strategies: prospering lives, promoting progress, protecting the earth, and education.
Helping lawyers help community
Equal Justice Works is dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. To achieve this, we offer a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. To help foster public interest values in students, we collaborate with law schools to expand public interest programming on law school campuses. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships programs fund hundreds of public interest attorneys each year to close the justice gap on issues such as foreclosure, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, homelessness, access to healthcare, and domestic violence.
Research and advocacy for reform
The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration. The Sentencing Project was founded in 1986 to provide defense lawyers with sentencing advocacy training and to reduce the reliance on incarceration. Since that time, The Sentencing Project has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to disturbing trends and inequities in the criminal justice system with a successful formula that includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns and strategic advocacy for policy reform. The Sentencing Project is dedicated to changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment.
Combating homelessness and addictions. Rebuilding lives.
Established in 1985, Samaritan Inns provides structured housing and recovery services in an environment of support and accountability that will give homeless and addicted men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Samaritan Inns' Recovery Continuum Program has proven results in its unique holistic approach to recovery treatment. Samaritan Inns' Intensive Recovery Program is a component of our Recovery Continuum Program serving men and women ages 18 to 60 years desiring freedom from a life of homelessness and addictions. Single Residency Occupancy (SRO) is the final element of the Recovery Continuum Program. SRO is designed to assist residents with applying acquired tools to live a wholesome, alcohol/drug free life on their recovery road.
Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights
Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. Programs funded in part or in full through the HRC Foundation include: The HRC Coming Out Project, which encourages GLBT and straight-supportive Americans to come out and live openly; The HRC Family Project, which empowers members of the GLBT community to take action to protect their families; The HRC Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach Program, which trains student activists to sustain dialogue, build viable student-led GLBT organizations; The HRC Religion and Faith Program, The HRC Research Center, and The HRC Workplace Project.
At the Heart of a New Start
Founded in 1986, Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Their programs include: Daily Bread/Daily Needs; Links Program; Real Opportunity Training and Employment Support; and a Computer Lab. They envision a city in which the community unites to ensure that vulnerable individuals have the necessary support and resources to lead a fulfilling and stable life free of homelessness.
Assuring stable futures for elderly members of Catholic congregations
Support Our Aging Religious, Inc. (SOAR!) is an organization of persons who are committed to assuring financially stable and personally secure futures for elderly and frail members of Catholic religious congregations in the United States, augmenting the efforts of the institutional Church. SOAR! seeks to accomplish this mission by: raising and providing funds for congregations to meet immediate needs of their retired members; educating the public about the serious retirement needs confronting elderly religious; developing a national network of concerned individuals who wish to respond to this need.
Youth changing the world
Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA's work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. Our goals are to: educate youth, teachers, community organizations, media, and public officials in the power of youth as problem solvers and engage children and youth as volunteers, as academic achievers, and as community leaders.
Providing strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to decision makers
Founded in 1962 by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. CSIS has grown to become one of the world's preeminent international policy institutions, with more than 220 full-time staff and a large network of affiliated scholars focused on defense and security, regional stability, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration.
Honoring all servicewomen - past, present and future
Founded in 1985, the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation operates and maintains the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, the only major national memorial honoring all servicewomen - past, present and future. The Memorial honors some 2.5 million women who have served or are serving in or with the U.S. Armed Forces starting with the American Revolution. Additionally, the Memorial Foundation maintains and operates the Memorial Education Center; manages an archive and research collection relating to women in the military; conducts an aggressive education program; builds exhibits showcasing the different eras in which women have served using text, images, memorabilia and artifacts; and continues to register servicewomen past and present.
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.
Expanding jazz as a global art form
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in 1986. Its mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world. The Institute preserves, perpetuates and expands jazz as a global art form, and utilizes jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. All of the Institute's programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute's programs help fill a tremendous void in arts education left by budget cuts in public school funding, and use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and a respect for one's own and others' cultural heritage.
Strengthening families, communities, and societies
The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation. The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research.
Honoring our immigrant past; shaping our immigrant future
The American Immigration Council is a non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. Our legal, education, policy and exchange programs work to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future. The American Immigration Council exists to promote the prosperity and cultural richness of our diverse nation by educating citizens about the enduring contributions of America's immigrants, standing up for sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect American values, insisting that our immigration laws be enacted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental constitutional and human rights, working tirelessly to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law.
Protecting communities and the environment
Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. We stand for clean water, healthy communities and corporate accountability. We fulfill our mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. We expose the health, environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of irresponsible mineral development through work informed by sound science. Earthworks brings together activists, organizers, scientists, engineers, and community leaders in a unified effort to protect our communities and the earth's resources.
Promoting human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet
Founded in 1988, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. With offices in Washington, Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels, ICT monitors and reports on human rights, environmental and socio economic conditions in Tibet; advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs; works with governments to develop policies and programs to help Tibetans; secures humanitarian and development assistance for Tibetans; mobilizes individuals and the international community to take action on behalf of Tibetans; and promotes self-determination for the Tibetan people through negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama.
Research, investigation, analysis, and advocacy for a safer America
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury. The VPC approaches gun violence as a public health issue, advocating that firearms be subject to health and safety standards like those that apply to all other consumer products. As the most aggressive group in the gun control movement, the VPC has a record of policy successes on the federal, state, and local levels. Each year, the VPC releases hard-hitting, fact-based studies on a full range of gun violence issues.
Recruiting, training and mobilizing volunteer attorneys
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The Center also helps small businesses and community-based non-profits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Center touched the lives of nearly 20,000 D.C. residents. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center strives to mobilize the private bar to assist in making legal advice and representation fully available to low-income persons in the District of Columbia.
Building healthier communities
The National Minority AIDS Council develops leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. NMAC will educate, advocate, collaborate, and compel - with urgency - for health equity within communities of color in our tireless quest to end the HIV epidemic. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced its mission through a variety of public policy education programs; national conferences; treatment and research programs and trainings; electronic and printed resource materials; and a website: www.nmac.org.NMAC represents a coalition of 3,000 faith- and community-based organizations and AIDS service organizations delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide.
Combating hunger, creating opportunity
DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 27 million meals for our low-income neighbors in Washington, DC - but don't mistake us for a soup kitchen.The 5,000 meals we prepare each day are distributed at little or no cost to 80 homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.Most importantly, we're working to shorten DC's line of hungry people by the way we're feeding it. In our main kitchen, we offer a rigorous Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. Our graduates have averaged a 90% job placement rate during the recession, and we now employ 60 graduates in social enterprises that create living wage jobs, serve healthy food, and earn the majority of our annual revenue.
A safe and healthy home for every person.
Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit network with a core belief: a thriving community with safe and healthy homes should be a right for all people, not the privilege of a few. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. With a presence in 39 states and the District of Columbia, Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize low-income communities. Our network of 142 affiliates completes nearly 10,000 home and community rehabilitation projects each year with the help of more than 100,000 volunteers.
Educating healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public
ARHP brings together health care professionals across disciplines and specialties for evidence-based training and network building. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), founded in 1963, is a multidisciplinary association of professionals who provide reproductive health services or education, conduct reproductive health research, or influence reproductive health policy. ARHP educates healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public. The organization fosters research and advocacy to improve reproductive health.
Saving lives and strengthening communities, one family at a time
Established in 1988, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care works to build better futures through the delivery of health care, education and social services. We embrace our culturally diverse community and provide the highest quality care regardless of ability to pay. Mary's Center demonstrates how improved access to family medical care, supportive and family literacy services lead to healthy families and safe communities. In addition, through its numerous programs the Center provides dynamic child development services, intensive home visits for pregnant women and their infants, case management for teen pregnancy prevention, and educational training to prevent school dropout.
Fighting for individual rights
Incorporated in 1988, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties against the increasingly aggressive and unchecked authority of federal and state governments. CIR seeks to enforce constitutional limits on state and federal power. We are not a legal services firm nor a public policy institute. We aggressively litigate and publicize a handful of carefully selected cases that advance the right of individuals to govern themselves according to the natural exercise of their own reason. Our cases challenge excessive government regulation, unconstitutional state action, and other entanglements characteristic of the modern state. We make no apologies for bringing only those cases that overtly advance this agenda.
Informing the debate and ensuring effective action on vital national security issues
Founded in 1988, the Center for Security Policy is a non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public. The philosophy of "Peace through Strength" is not a slogan for military might but a belief that America's national power must be preserved and properly used for it holds a unique global role in maintaining peace and stability. The role of the Center for Security Policy is to help our government, countrymen, and other freedom-loving nations conceptualize, conduct, and succeed on this front.
Promoting public awareness of Armenian issues
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest non-partisan Armenian-American advocacy organization in the United States. Since 1972, the Assembly has promoted public awareness of Armenian issues, encouraged greater Armenian-American participation in the American democratic process, and assisted in humanitarian and development programs in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, while strengthening the U.S. - Armenia and U.S. - Nagorno Karabakh relationships.
Progressive Media & Nonprofit Publishing
The American Prospect is a respected and influential nonprofit media organization dedicated to improving the national conversation about the day's most important issues, informing and engaging the public, and inspiring smart, just policy. Since its 1990 launch, the Prospect has consistently published some of the most insightful progressive policy analysis in the country. Each magazine we print, and every day on Prospect.org, shows off what the Prospect does uniquely well: bridge the worlds of policy and politics with the lives of everyday Americans; connect and engage an audience of public intellectuals, activists, policy wonks, politicos, and informed citizens; and offer a vision of possibilities and aspiration to a new generation of progressives. Our print magazine with a reputation for incisive reporting and accessible long-form analysis, our continuously updated website, and three topical newsletters enable the Prospect to wield outsized influence in today's 24/7 news environment.
Furthering understanding of the United States/Israel relations
Founded in 1989, The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is an organization established to maintain and further the understanding of the issues affecting relations between the United States and Israel through information and education provided to public and private parties interested in such relations. Programs include educational programs such as policy conferences, internships, campus newsletters and other materials; educational travel programs to Israel; and funding publications of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Near East Research, and Global Leadership Institute for Public Affairs.
Build Power Take Action Create Change
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (NGLTF) works to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement's premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
Protecting children everywhere from accidental injury on the road, at home, and at play.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children ages 0-19 in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more for to protect children on the move, at play and at home, so that they can grow up to do all the great things kids were meant to do.
Redefining transatlantic cooperation for the 21st century
The European Institute (EI) is the leading Washington-based public-policy organization devoted to transatlantic affairs. EI provides an independent forum for U.S. and European government and corporate decision makers, officials from multilateral organizations, foreign and economic policy analysts, and expert journalists to exchange information, develop innovative policy options, and create new professional working relationships. The Institute's role is to encourage the renewal of the transatlantic relationship to respond to new challenges and act as an early warning system and a mechanism for conflict resolution. EI's programs address cutting edge issues and bring together key constituencies in Europe and the United States.
Using the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights and ensure a just and sustainable society
Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL seeks a world where the law reflects the interconnection between humans and the environment, respects the limits of the planet, protects the dignity and equality of each person, and encourages all of earth's inhabitants to live in balance with each other. CIEL pursues its mission through legal research and advocacy, education and training, with a focus on connecting global challenges to the experiences of communities on the ground. In the process, we build and maintain lasting partnerships with communities and non-profit organizations around the world.
Lawyers working to end homelessness
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) was established in 1989 by Maria Foscarinis, a lawyer who has been working to end homelessness at the national level since 1985. The mission of NLCHP is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation; policy advocacy; and public education. NLCHP strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes, including: the shortage of affordable housing; insufficient income; and inadequate social services.
Delivering hope, one meal at a time
Food & Friends fosters a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends' chefs and dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. Since our inception, Food & Friends has provided more than 18 million meals to more than 26,000 individuals. In 2014, Food & Friends served serve more than 1.2 million meals to more than 3,200 people.
The global network for women in the news media
Since 1990, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. As a result, consumers will increase their demand for news with a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression.
Protecting the Environment with Intelligence
EIA is an international campaigning organization founded in 1989, with offices in Washington, D.C. and London, UK. We work worldwide—protecting the global climate, forests and threatened species with intelligence—for the benefit of people and wildlife. EIA works with partner organizations and supportive donors, building effective alliances that maximize our global reach and impact. A few examples of such alliances in the United States include those with the World Resources Institute, USAID and the Humane Society International.
The nation's leading green economy organization
Founded in 1982, Green America's mission is to harness economic power-- the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-- to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Our programs and campaigns fall into three main pillars: Green the World Campaigns (Safe Food, Clean Energy, Fair Labor, and Responsible Finance), Green Business (Green Business Network and Center for Sustainability Solutions), and Green Living (our educational print & online publications, guides, and business directory). We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
Building support in the United States for the humanitarian work of the UN Refugee Agency
USA for UNHCR is an independent organization that provides support for the humanitarian work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through fundraising and education. The organization supports refugee protection and relief programs around the world, meeting needs by providing resources to the world's most vulnerable people. USA for UNHCR also informs Americans about the plight of refugees and the lifesaving work of the UN Refugee Agency. USA for UNHCR supports UNHCR's operations around the world to protect refugees, internally displaced people, and former refugees who are returning home. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives providing protection shelter, clean water, health services, education, and other humanitarian assistance.
Empowering our endangered youth to reclaim the Anacostia River, their communities, and their lives.
The Earth Conservation Corps empowers our endangered youth to reclaim the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives. Engaging the strong minds and muscles of disconnected youth in leading thousands in riparian restoration and standards-based STEM wildlife research arms them with transferrable job skills. Many gain full time employment in natural resource fields and several have become significant conservation leaders. Indeed, while inspiring our Nations Capitol to join them in their cause the young volunteers of the Earth Conservation Corps have shown the world that love of nature and of national service knows no racial or economic barriers.
Protecting and advancing hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping.
Since 1989 the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the agenda of America's hunters and anglers.
Protecting the future of nature
Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by: protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.
Improving women's health through advocacy, education, and research.
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women's health through advocacy, education, and research.Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect women uniquely. Due to SWHR's efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and scientists are beginning to consider biological sex as a variable in their research.
Sunny starts. Bright futures. Where homeless children grow.
Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.
Improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels. We engage scientists, educators, policy-makers, environmental managers, government agencies, conservationists, and business leaders. While an advocate for science and its use, NCSE does not take positions on environmental issues. With a reputation for objectivity and non-partisanship, we are able to provide a neutral forum for all.
ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT
The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with economic, education, health and agricultural development. Its Whole Village Development Model takes an innovative approach to designing and implementing integrated solar systems to improve the lives of the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty worldwide.To help overcome the challenges of energy poverty, SELF partners with international development organizations, aid agencies, NGOs, foundations, governments, and private sector companies.Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries, pioneering unique applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria.
Tax Facts and Principled Analysis
One of America's most established and relied-upon think tanks, the Tax Foundation has since 1937 worked for simple, sensible tax policy at the federal, state, and local levels. We do this by informing Americans about the size of tax burdens and providing economically principled analysis of tax policy issues.
Excellence in adult education since 1985
The Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School was founded in 1985 in Washington D.C. with the mission to provide high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves our community. The Academy of Hope provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of adult learners including Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development, External Diploma Program and pathways to college success. Academy of Home also offers Education Services to assist adult learners in attaining their educational goals, including computer training, workplace literacy and career assessment and planning.
Contributing to the full enjoyment of human rights in the Americas.
The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) works to contribute to the full enjoyment of human rights in the Americas through effective use of the tools of the Inter-American System and international human rights law. When states violate or fail to protect human rights, we take these cases to the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights so that damages can be repaired and policy or legal reforms can be carried out so these violations do not occur again. We meet, discuss, generate, and share information in order to raise awareness about endemic human rights problems and find solutions. Our goal is to help foster the creation of public policies that respect human rights.
Exposing corruption, exploring solutions
Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent organization that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government. POGO's work is unique in that our goal is not only to expose corruption and other types of misconduct within the federal government, but also to propose solutions and work toward their implementation. We evaluate our impact by looking at whether or not policy reforms or spending cuts have been implemented as a result of our investigations.
Sentences that fit, justice that works
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (FAMM) is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. We shine a light on the human face of sentencing, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences. FAMM's vision is a nation in which sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry. FAMM's national membership includes prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.
Teaching thousands to heal millions
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine combines modern science, wise tradition, and human connection to create a powerful new medicine centered on a simple concept - self-care. We are teaching thousands to heal millions - and by teaching the teachers first, we see individuals, families and communities everywhere reconnecting with themselves and one another to embrace the richness of our human experience. The Center teaches scientifically-validated mind-body medicine techniques that enhance each person's capacity for self-awareness and self-care to health professionals around the world, including those in traumatized communities in the greatest need.
Advancing productive discourse and constructive collaboration
The Faith & Politics Institute cultivates mutual respect, moral reflection, increased understanding, and honest conversation among political leaders to advance productive discourse and constructive collaboration. Founded in 1991, The Faith & Politics Institute has served hundreds of members of Congress and congressional staff by offering experiential pilgrimages, reflection groups, retreats, and public forums. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, we are dedicated to doing this work with the Congress because of their ties to a broad constituency and their leadership in local, national, and global policy. Our belief is that our commitment to a relatively small but influential group of people will ultimately reach many.
International arm of The Humane Society of the United States
As the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) oversees and coordinates the work of The HSUS abroad, addressing animal issues that cross many borders and impact millions of animals worldwide. HSI works with national and jurisdictional governments, humane organizations, and individual animal protectionists in countries around the world to find practical, culturally sensitive, and long-term solutions to common animal issues, and to share an ethic of respect and compassion for all life.
Delivering possibilities for children in need
First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and essentials to children in need. First Book has distributed nearly 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book's membership of more than 250,000 teachers and program leaders is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving children from low-income families. By making new, high-quality books and essentials available to them on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming lives, so that every child can have equal access to a quality education.
Grassroots advocacy in action
The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCCF) supports the educational efforts of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. It empowers and trains advocates to be effective in every aspect of the fight to end breast cancer. NBCCF gives women the tools to make their own informed decisions and take a leadership role with legislative, scientific and clinical decision makers. NBCCF also helps guide the public through the maze of information on breast cancer. Project LEAD is one of the NBCCF's many programs. An innovative science program for breast cancer activists, Project LEAD offers courses that prepare advocates for participation in the wide range of forums where breast cancer research decisions are made.
Connecting you to America's story.
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country's heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy.As the National Archives' nonprofit partner, the Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America's records to people around the U.S. and the world.
Your land, your voice
Alaska Wilderness League leads the effort to preserve Alaska's wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska. Alaska's wild lands - including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - are under attack. This extraordinary treasure trove of lands, set aside decades ago to be protected now and in the future for the benefit of the American people, is in severe danger of being destroyed forever by short-sighted politicians and the extractive industries. They want only the resources these pristine areas can provide, regardless of the resulting devastation to the habitat, wildlife, and cultures.Alaska Wilderness League is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1993 to further the protection of Alaska's amazing public lands. The League is the only Washington, D.C.-based environmental group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness-quality lands in Alaska.
Leading U.S. center for policy analysis and exchange on Western Hemisphere affairs
The Inter-American Dialogue, founded in 1982, is the leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from across the Americas in efforts to address hemispheric problems and opportunities. Dialogue activities are directed to generating new policy ideas and practical proposals for action, and getting these ideas and proposals to government and private decision makers. The Dialogue also offers diverse Latin American and Caribbean voices access to U.S. policy debates and discussions.
Equipping LGBT leaders for success
Founded in 1993, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute equips LGBT leaders for success. Through its training and professional development programs, each year the Leadership Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy. The Leadership Institute ensures that LGBT movement leaders have opportunities to perfect the skills needed to succeed and grow effective organizations. By partnering with leading executive development and leadership training organizations, the Leadership Institute provides a clearinghouse of tools that are helping to professionalize the movement for LGBT civil rights.
A network of public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico
A network of 17 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico, Appleseed is dedicated to building a society where opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest. Appleseed uncovers and corrects injustices and barriers to opportunity through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform. Working with our huge pro bono network, we identify, research and analyze social injustices, make specific recommendations, and advocate for effective solutions to deep-seated structural problems. Together, Appleseed and Appleseed Centers form a network for positive change, building a society that provides each individual access to justice and a genuine opportunity to lead a full and productive life.
Helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives
Women for Women International (WWI) provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. Women begin in our Sponsorship Program where direct financial aid from a sponsor helps them deal with the immediate effects of war and conflict such as lack of food, water, medicine and other necessities. The next leg of the journey is the Renewing Women's Life Skills (ReneWLS) Program that provides them with rights awareness, leadership education and vocational and technical skills training. Women build upon existing skills and learn new ones in order to regain their strength, stability and stature on the path to becoming active citizens.
Helping find the cure for diabetes
The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) was founded to help and find the cure for diabetes and until that goal is achieved, to provide the care needed to combat the detrimental and life-threatening complications of this terrible disease. To accomplish this mission DRWF provides funds to researchers whose work has already provided substantial insight into the causes, early detection, or treatment of diabetes complications; encourages and facilitates the development of fledgling researchers in the field of diabetes research; promotes public education about the causes, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications; provides services and products to people with diabetes; and provides hope to millions of diabetes sufferers.
Supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti
Founded jointly in 1994 by Haitians and Americans, the Lambi Fund of Haiti is a unique grassroots organization whose mission is to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti. Its goal is to help strengthen civil society in Haiti as a necessary foundation for democracy and development. The Lambi Fund never dictates to a community organization what should be done; through discussion and reflection, the peasants decide what is best for their community and present the project to the Lambi Fund for support. Lambi focuses its funding in five main project areas: sustainable development, community micro-credit, animal husbandry, environment, and organizational and leadership thinking.
The largest Jewish campus organization in the world
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel engages with more Jewish college students than all other endeavors combined. On more than 550 colleges and universities, Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel builds connections with emerging adults and inspires them to direct their own path. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission.
OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel and is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 12,000 requests for assistance.
Making schools work better for all children
Founded in 1993, The Center for Education Reform (CER) drives the creation of better educational opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter school movement, and challenging the education establishment. Through its storehouse of data and unique insights into American communities, CER uses information to turn parents into activists, policymakers into advocates, and educators into reform leaders. The Center for Education Reform changes laws, minds and cultures to allow good schools to flourish.
Reaching men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray
Founded in 1992, Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Our programs are provided through partnerships with religious institutions, health care providers, retailers and other private entities, fraternal organizations and workplace health programs. Our culturally sensitive educational materials accommodate various ethnic groups, addressing health concerns for specific populations.
Building understanding, creating opportunities
The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) was founded in 1994 by Indonesians and Americans who had experience in both countries and who agreed on the need for an organization to focus on expanding mutual understanding. The mission of USINDO is to expand mutual understanding in the areas of politics, economics, history, culture, and to strengthen the bilateral relationship. We promote this mission through work with leaders in government and nongovernmental organizations, educators, the media, business, and the general public. We provide timely and accurate information through lectures, conferences and discussions, and promote education through scholarships, travel grants and educational projects in Indonesia, including forging new linkages between U.S. and Indonesian universities.
Improving working people's standard of living, fighting for job security, and protecting workers' right to organize
Jobs with Justice (JwJ) engages workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. JwJ was founded in 1987 with the vision of lifting up workers' rights struggles as part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice. We believe in long-term multi-issue coalition building, grassroots base-building and organizing and strategic militant action as the foundation for building a grassroots movement, and we believe that by engaging a broad community of allies, we can win bigger victories. We reach working people through the organizations that represent them - unions, congregations, community organizations - and directly as JwJ activists. Nearly 100,000 people have signed the JwJ pledge to be there at least five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own.
Because no one is above the law
Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. Through its publication "The Verdict" and occasional special reports, Judicial Watch educates the public on abuses and misconduct by political and judicial officials and advocates for the need for an ethical, law abiding and moral civic culture.
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and rainn.org and publicizes the hotlines' free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. RAINN is a frequent resource for television, radio and print news outlets - as well as local, state and national policymakers, law enforcement and rape treatment professionals - on the issues related to rape and sexual assault.
Keeping the internet open, innovative, and free
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)'s mission is to conceptualize and implement public policies that will keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. These include preserving the unique nature of the internet, enhancing freedom of expression, protecting privacy, and limiting government surveillance. When the Internet was in its infancy, CDT shaped the first legislative choices and court decisions that allowed this technology of freedom to flourish. Today, we are committed to finding innovative, practical and balanced solutions to the tough policy challenges facing this rapidly evolving medium.
Educating the public about the dangers of drug abuse.
Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation supports the DEA Museum through fundraising, advocacy and educational outreach, exhibit sponsorship, and educational program development. The DEA Educational Foundation allows the Museum to develop and implement engaging state of the art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs on the many facets of licit and illicit drug problems in this country. In addition to the traveling exhibits, the Foundation is very proud to fund the DEA Youth Dance Program (DEA YDP). The DEA YDP is a free afterschool alternative to drugs through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance.
Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.
Enabling policymakers to make informed decisions in matters of strategy, security policy and resource allocation
Founded in 1995, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is an independent, nonprofit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy, defense planning and military investment options for the 21st century. CSBA’s goal is to enable policymakers to make informed decisions in matters of strategy, security policy and resource allocation. CSBA provides timely, impartial and insightful analyses to senior decision makers in the executive and legislative branches, as well as to the media and the broader national security establishment. CSBA's analysis and outreach focus on key questions related to existing and emerging threats to US national security.
Changing lives through advances in Conservation
The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. We accomplish this through nonpartisan research, education, and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.
Employing Youth. Inspiring Excellence.
Urban Alliance empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Chicago, IL. Our goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Urban Alliance Interns are selected after a rigorous application process. During the school year, each Urban Alliance Intern works part time with a job partner in the public or private sector. On Fridays, they attend life skills and job readiness workshops.
Making government work
Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. Through our investigations, public data sets, and online outreach, we highlight government waste, propose solutions, and provide opportunities for people to make their voices heard in Washington. We work with elected officials from across the spectrum, sound alarm in the media, and assist grassroots partners to propose common sense solutions to wasteful spending.
Your bridge to the persecuted Church
The International Christian Concern (ICC) is an interdenominational human rights organization dedicated to assisting and sustaining Christians who are victims of persecution and discrimination due to practicing their faith. Since 1995, we have been assisting the worldwide persecuted Christian church by providing assistance, awareness, and advocacy striving to exemplify faithfulness to our Lord and to our donors. We are non-denominational and support all Christians who affirm to the Apostles' Creed and believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
Transforming education through innovative teacher training
Center for Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for children through innovative teacher training. When students learn not just what to think but how to think, they will succeed in the classroom today and in college and careers tomorrow. Through professional development courses, in-classroom mentoring, and district partnerships, our research-based program challenges teachers to revisit their assumptions, personal philosophies, and beliefs about teaching and how children learn.
Winning Smart. Saving Lives.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. We advocate for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
play matters for all kids
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To achieve our vision, KaBOOM! works to catalyze and create great places to play, empower advocates to promote and protect play, and elevate public discourse around the importance of play. We believe play matters for all kids, because all the science affirms that play is critical to a child's overall health, development and well-being. Moreover, play can help tackle a number of urgent issues plaguing our society - especially those endemic among low-income communities.
Bringing about the progressive transformation
The Institute for America's Future (IAF) is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be. IAF is a center of research and education. IAF develops policy ideas, educational materials and outreach programs to help shape a progressive agenda primarily addressing the kitchen-table concerns faced by working families. As a key strategy center for the progressive movement, the Campaign for America's Future takes the information and analysis done by IAF and spearheads a compelling progressive agenda, coordinates progressive voices throughout the country, and incubates national campaigns to bring about lasting change.
Making domestic violence a national priority
Founded in 1990, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a social change organization that is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. NNEDV offers a range of programs and initiatives to address the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of domestic violence. Through cross-sector collaborations and corporate partnerships, we offer support to victims of domestic violence who are escaping abusive relationships, and empowers survivors to build new lives, work closely with its members to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic violence victims and advocacy programs, and provide state coalitions with critical information and resources.
Seeking to improve the well-being of children, youth, families, and the nation
Founded in 1996, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by helping to ensure that children are born into families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.
Working to minimize the harm associated with marijuana
Founded in 1996, the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation helps to support the efforts of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) by focusing on public education. MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. Because MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison, we focus on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.
Community. Creativity. Cancer Support.
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts develops and promotes healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. We offer empowering programs and activities for adult survivors and caregivers, as well as support and creative resources for the community at large through our Integrative Patient Navigation Services; Weeklong and Three-Day Cancer Retreats; our Artist-In-Residence Program; exhibitions and lectures in The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery; and our U Street community center where we hold ongoing cancer support programs, classes, and workshops.
Partnerships. Science. Solutions.
During the past 20 years, Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments in the fastest and safest way possible. We've been successful due to our ability to convene the right people at the right time and put forth revolutionary, yet realistic ideas. Now, in our 20th year, we are energized more than ever to continue this critical work with our trusted partners, creating innovative solutions to overcome barriers standing in the way of conquering cancer.
All the Arts for All the People
Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is the result of the merger of four (4) agencies: the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA); the American Council for the Arts (ACA); the Arts & Business Council (ABC); and the Business Council for the Arts (BCA). With this combined history, Americans for the Arts has served as the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America for over 50 years. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it now serves and leads more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.
Empowering Everyday People
Every Voice Center (formerly Public Campaign) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics. Every Voice Center is laying the foundation for reform by working with a broad range of organizations - including local community groups - around the country that are fighting for change in their states and national organizations whose members are not fairly represented under the current system. Together we are building a network of national and state-based efforts to create a powerful national force for federal and state campaign reform.
Connect to your future
Founded in 1993, College Summit helps bright, low-income students - with the right support during the post-secondary transition - propel their lives (and communities) in a positive direction. Over the past decade, College Summit has worked in partnership with schools, school districts and colleges to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates in the community. College Summit builds the capacity of schools to dramatically increase college-going school- and district- wide. Trained student influencers build college-going culture, while teachers and counselors use a managed curriculum and technology tools to help all students create postsecondary plans and apply to college. We are committed to the day when every student who can make it in college makes it to college.
Building the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti
Fonkoze USA secures financial and technical support for its Haitian partners, Fonkoze Foundation and Fonkoze Financial Services. Fonkoze USA educates the American public about it's partners' work in Haiti, facilitates technical assistance, raises money to support their services and programs, and provides the due diligence and reporting for donors. Fonkoze USA also acts as a channel for socially responsible investors who want to invest in Fonkoze Financial Service's loan fund by lending their money at subsidized interest rates. The vision of the Fonkoze Family is a Haiti where people, standing together, shoulder to shoulder, have pulled themselves out of poverty. Our mission is to work together to provide financial and non-financial services to empower Haitians - primarily women - to lift their families out of poverty. In Haiti, there are 45 branches, over 850 employees, 62,000 loans in the hands of women entrepreneurs, nearly 200,000 savers, and other supporting services.
Stand together. So she can stand on her own.
Founded in 1998, Washington Area Women's Foundation transforms the lives of women and girls, the Washington region and the world. The Foundation connects the DC area with the global movement that recognizes that promoting women's and girl's prosperity is key to stronger, more resilient and healthier communities. We believe in the promise and value of every women and girl in the Washington area because we know that when they achieve their full potential, our entire region benefits. In 2011, The Women's Foundation responded to the continuing national economic crisis and increase in local poverty by sharpening its focus on the economic security of women and girls. The Foundation wanted to ensure that our community's collective resources are focused on the intersection of where there is the most need and where we can have the most impact.