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Your credible Sjögren's syndrome resource
Founded in 1983, the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) provides patients with practical information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjögren's syndrome. In addition, the Foundation is the clearinghouse for medical information and is the recognized national advocate for Sjögren's syndrome. The Foundation's mission is to: educate patients and their families about Sjögren's syndrome; increase public and professional awareness of Sjögren's syndrome; and to encourage research into new treatments and a cure. Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people's white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease.
Helping military families
Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit organization established to improve the quality of life for members of the military, retirees, Veterans and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers and gifts them to the government. It assists with the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the network of comfort homes known as "Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Houses." It works to educate and inform the military and Veterans' communities, their families and the general public about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses as needed. Other quality of life programs include scholarship programs, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero Miles and Hotels for Heroes programs and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.
Building a mentally healthy nation
At the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation, we work to advance understanding of mental illnesses. We promote awareness of mental illnesses and the effectiveness of treatment, the importance of early intervention, access to care and the need for high quality services and treatment through a combination of public and professional education, research, research training, grants, and awards. Our work reaches, among others, businesses, schools and community organizations that are committed to educating the public about mental illnesses.
Proudly serving the men and women who serve our country
The USO (United Service Organizations) is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, and is not a part of the federal government. Since 1941, the USO mission has remained the same: to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to service members and their families. The USO currently operates more than 135 centers worldwide, including ten mobile canteens located in the continental United States and overseas. Overseas centers are located in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 6.9 million times each year. Services include free Internet and e-mail access, libraries and reading rooms, housing assistance, family crisis counseling, support groups, game rooms and nursery facilities.
Dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4)
Founded in 1909, Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Through nearly a century of advocacy at the national, state and local levels, Mental Health America has sought to protect the rights of individuals with mental illnesses; to undo decades of neglect and substandard care; to seek access to equitable, accessible and culturally competent services; and to seek new funding and reinvestment in both infrastructure and services in the community. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation everyday and in times of crisis.
Cure, care, commitment
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Promoting the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives
Established in 1922, the Association on American Indian Affairs' (AAIA) mission is to promote the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development. Our programs fall into four main categories: youth/education, health, cultural preservation and sovereignty. We work to preserve Native languages, including a dedicated website for that purpose which can be found at www.aaialanguageprogram.org, provide legal support to protect sacred places, work to repatriate human remains and sacred objects to tribes, are engaged in advocacy in the fields of Indian child welfare and juvenile justice, and have college and graduate scholarship and summer camp grant programs.
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community's most daunting social crises.Join us.
An investment in America's future
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. Today, through its Members, the Association continues to educate our nation's young people about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them by the promise of the American free enterprise system. Through its scholarship programs, the Association encourages students to pursue their own version of the American Dream. While providing scholarship opportunities, Association Members mentor the Scholars and underscore the importance of service to others. The Members work directly to provide promising young people with the support, education and confidence needed to realize their aspirations.
Improving the lives of older Americans
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. That works to improve the lives of older Americans. NCOA is a national voice for older adults - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged -- and the community organizations that serve them. NCOA brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors live independently, find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities.
Fostering and advancing the practice and science of transplantation for the benefit of patients and society.
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) was founded in 1974 in an effort to unite surgeons involved in the field of transplantation. The ASTS and its Members are committed to leading the way in the 21st Century in fostering and advancing the practice and science of transplantation for the benefit of patients and society; guiding those who make the policy decisions that influence the practice and science of transplantation; increasing organ donation; defining and promoting training and the career-long education of transplant surgeons, scientists and physicians; and, advancing the professional development and careers of transplant surgeons, scientists and physicians.
Lead With Confidence
National Arts Strategies (NAS) supports individuals, organizations, and the field to help realize the full potential of creatives in a time when that potential is most needed as a means of self-expression, to promote equity, inclusion and help support a more civil society. We develop market-leading education services for individuals who play a variety of roles in the arts and culture ecosystem: artists, cultural entrepreneurs, board members, staff members and executives.
Conquering IC. Changing Lives.
The mission of the Interstitial Cystitis Association is giving hope to all those living with interstitial cystitis (IC), as well as the healthcare providers and researchers who strive to improve the lives of IC patients. IC is a condition consisting of pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort related to the bladder, typically associated with urinary urgency or urinary frequency. IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS). The ICA provides advocacy, research funding, and education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC.
Finding a cure for food allergies
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States - or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative.
Funding Research to Optimize Movement and Health
The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to fund and publicize physical therapy research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers. The vision of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to change the face of healthcare by providing a society that thrives on mobility with the innovative research needed to optimize physical functioning.
Hope and relief for the persecuted church
The mission of the Barnabas Aid is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. Our goal is to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.
Protecting speech, assembly and petition rights
The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education, works to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition. We are the nation's largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights. CCP's litigation team represents clients on a pro bono basis in order to secure their First Amendment rights. They actively pursue strategic litigation and file amicus briefs to those ends.
Providing need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty US military personnel.
ThanksUSA "thanks" the men and women of the United States armed forces by awarding need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses. Since 2006, we have awarded nearly 3,700 scholarships.
RESTORING: Self - Family - Hope
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
Honoring Marines by educating their children
Established in 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF) provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action. We are proud of our long history and commitment: Since 1962, we have awarded more than 37,000 scholarships and bonds totaling more than $105 million, including over $7 million to more than 2,300 scholarship recipients in 2016.
Strengthening the world's energy.
The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) is a non-profit think tank which directs attention to the strong link between energy and security and provides a stage for public debate on the various avenues to strengthening the world's energy security. The organization produces analytical studies on the geopolitics of energy, country studies, books, book chapters and scholarly articles in leading publications. IAGS' experts collaborate with various departments of the U.S. Executive Branch, Congress, and multinational organizations.
Promoting sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide
The Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) promotes sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. As a faith-based organization, IGE believes firmly in universal human dignity and is committed to the protection of all faiths through the rule of law. IGE pursues this mission with a balanced approach, encouraging governments to understand and promote religious freedom (top-down engagement) and equipping citizens to exercise that right responsibly (bottom-up engagement). IGE's relational diplomacy in South, Central, and East Asia fosters relationships and practical agreements between government and religious leaders, enabling sustainable progress that is culturally owned and legally protected. IGE also sponsors two educational divisions focused on the role of religion in public life worldwide.
Educating the public
The American Spectator Foundation, founded in 1999, educates the public on new ideas, concepts and policies that favor the principles of economic freedom, individual liberty, limited government, and traditional American values. To this end, the Foundation also trains and cultivates young writers for careers in journalism and serves as a resource and an outlet for a host of both young and established conservative writers and thinkers. The Foundation is responsible for publishing "The American Spectator" which provides Americans with news and commentary on politics, economics, and culture.
Presenting and creating excellent and innovative performing arts programs
The mission of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is to present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants. As America's national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap plays a valuable leadership role in both the local and national performing arts communities. Through a wide range of artistic and education programs, Wolf Trap enhances our nation's cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience.
Our mission is to help people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives.
American Kidney Fund (AKF) was founded in 1971, to help a single individual with kidney failure pay for dialysis. More than 45 years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct financial aid to dialysis patients across the nation. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In 2015, more than 93,000 people--1 out of every 5 dialysis patients in the United States--received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund's efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).
Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive.
Since 1973, it has been Rare's mission to conserve imperiled species and ecosystems around the world by inspiring people to care for and protect nature. We fulfill this mission by addressing some of the most pressing needs of the global conservation movement such as: training and mentoring local conservation leaders in the use of proven outreach tools; supporting these local leaders as they customize our tools and identify the right motivations and messages to inspire environmental protection in their own unique communities; building partnerships that leverage many times over Rare's financial and technical investments; evaluating and sharing what we learn from each project and partnership in order to continuously improve the practice of conservation.
Taking care of our community
Founded in 1974, The mission of The Women's Center is to improve significantly the psychological, career, financial and legal well being of women and families regardless of their ability to pay. Our clinical staff includes over 100 therapists and career counselors who provide more than 37,000 hours of counseling each year. For more than 30 years, we have grown along with the community we serve. Initially, the Center's services focused mainly on career counseling and seminars. However, as social change continued to impact all aspects of women's lives and our community as a whole, the Center developed and expanded its services to meet those challenges. The Center has developed into a counseling & resource Center for women's and families' financial, career, legal and psychological needs.
Perpetuating a legacy of courage, sacrifice and patriotism
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society which consists exclusively of the living Medal of Honor recipients. The mission of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is to perpetuate the Medal of Honor's legacy through outreach and collaborative efforts, raise funds for initiatives that promote what the Medal of Honor represents, operation of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society headquarters and the public service activities of the Society's exclusive membership, and to promote American values and the qualities of courage, sacrifice and patriotism through increased awareness, education, behavior and example.
Producing public interest journalism that makes an impact
The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity produces public interest journalism that makes an impact. We are dedicated to the principles of transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, and highlight their absence in state and local governments. We shine the bright light of transparency into government's darkest corners, and expose the facts about government mismanagement and overreach. Our reporting changes the world for the better. The Franklin Center's work has led to investigations; regulatory reforms and legislative overhauls; firings and resignations; and the prevention of bad policies. We change the prevailing narrative, and lay the foundation for long-term change.
Providing graduate fellowships in engineering and science
The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. We are a unique and powerful connection to a national network of universities and employers. This partnership promotes the participation of underrepresented groups in post-graduate science and engineering education and the technical workforce. The employees shaping our nation's ability to remain a global leader in innovation and economic prosperity must fully utilize the talents of all Americans and reflect the country's changing demographics.
Conserving cheetahs and their ecosystems
Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people. While CCF's main headquarters are in Namibia -- the country with the largest number of wild cheetah, its reach and vision are worldwide. CCF has close links and assists in training and sharing program successes with other countries where cheetah live. CCF's international program includes distributing CCF materials, lending resources and support, and providing training through Africa and the rest of the world. Efforts are currently underway to develop new conservation programs or support existing cheetah conservation efforts.
Serving the men and women of the US Coast Guard since 1924
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance's central purpose is to assist our clients during their time of financial need. In general, assistance is provided through counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Assistance is provided under a large variety of conditions and situations usually involving everyday essentials including emergency, housing, and medical needs that are beyond the individual's ability to meet at the time assistance is requested. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance strives to meet the valid, verified, and genuine need of our clients and their immediate family. Assistance should be used to supplement, not replace other forms of available assistance.
Inspiring. Empowering. Transforming
The SHRM Foundation champions workforce and workplace transformation by providing...- research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing employees and potential employees.- scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change happen.- opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.
Making Military Life Easier
Mission: The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.The mission is carried out in cooperation with the military. For more than 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has been making military life easier for our Troops and their Families. Whether they are single, married, Active, Guard or Reserve, it's all about them and providing them a quality of life commensurate with their service to the Nation. Today, in close partnership with senior military leaders, the focus of our low/no-cost programs and services is on the young, Junior Enlisted Troops and Families, as they are the ones most in need.
National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research. The National Osteoporosis Foundation was established in 1984.
Seeking justice with the love of God
Founded in 1961, Christian Legal Society (CLS) is the largest non-denominational organization of Christian attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the country. We are in over 1,100 cities, all 50 states and 28 foreign countries, working in association with thousands of supportive lay people. CLS' mission is to be the national grassroots network of lawyers and law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ through all we do and say in the practice of law, and advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, legal assistance for the poor and the needy, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.
Conserving, protecting, and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds
Trout Unlimited's (TU) mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels. Nearly 50 years after its founding, no other conservation organization is as well placed as TU to make a difference for the nation's coldwater fisheries.
Improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness, and advocacy
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) works to improve sleep health and safety through education, public awareness, and advocacy. Awareness programs include the National Sleep Awareness Council to foster sleep health safety coordination among health care organizations, as well as education brochures that are distributed to the public through participating sleep centers. The NSF also engages in ongoing advocacy efforts to educate policy makers about drowsy driving, sleep for kids, and the need for funding to advance research that expands our understanding of sleep disorders.
Dedicated to scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, and collaboration.
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international individual membership organization with over 1,600 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 93rd anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology and Clinical Thyroidology for the Public; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs through www.thyroid.org; and the development of evidence based guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease.
The nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. NAMI members and friends work to fulfill our mission by providing support, education, and advocacy. Our many activities include: public education and information activities, peer education and support, raising awareness and fighting stigma, and state and federal advocacy.
Providing education about the detrimental effects of overpopulation
Negative Population Growth (NPG) is a national membership organization founded in 1972 to educate the American public and political leaders about the detrimental effects of overpopulation on our environment, resources, and quality of life. NPG advocates a smaller and truly sustainable population accomplished through smaller families and lower, more traditional immigration levels. NPG is a leader in the movement for a sound population policy that recognizes the crucial linkages between population growth, environmental degradation, and a declining quality of life. NPG produces informational publications, advocates to shape public policy, shapes public opinion through media campaigns, and spreads information through education and outreach.
For lower immigration levels
NumbersUSA provides a civil forum for Americans of all political and ethnic backgrounds to focus on a single issue, the numerical level of U.S. immigration. We educate opinion leaders, policymakers and the public on immigration legislation, policies and their consequences. We favor reductions in immigration numbers toward traditional levels that would allow present and future generations of Americans to enjoy a stabilizing U.S. population and a high degree of individual liberty, mobility, environmental quality, worker fairness and fiscal responsibility.
Educating young people about the Constitution
VisionThe Institute envisions a society in which all individuals enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a society in which: Students engage with and champion these rights for themselves and others. Teachers educate students to seek knowledge and tackle challenges with these rights in mind. Parents empower their children to apply these rights in their own lives through interaction, example, and dialogue.Mission The Bill of Rights Institute engages, educates, and empowers individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.
Enhancing patient care services in neighborhood pharmacies and the healthcare system
The NACDS Foundation is guided by a mission to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately. Through its support of numerous research initiatives, the Foundation strives to enhance patient care services in neighborhood pharmacies and the healthcare system at large. The Foundation also provides scholarships for pharmacy students and supports continuing education programs that focus on patient- centered care in the community pharmacy setting. Additionally, the NACDS Foundation focuses on supporting charitable organizations where pharmacy can have a positive impact on the health of patients through medication adherence strategies.
Improving the public's understanding of public policy issues
The American Studies Center (ASC) aims to engage in nonpartisan analysis, study and research into the interrelationship of governmental systems, activities and policies on the private sector of the United States and to make the results available to the general public. Radio America produces and distributes daily and weekly programs and commentaries on public policy issues totaling more than 4,000 hours of broadcast time per year and airing on over 500 stations, satellite radio and the Internet. The American Veterans Center seeks to preserve and pass on the legacy of valor and sacrifice of American veterans. The Center does this through publications, documentaries, conferences and youth outreach programs carried out through its two projects: the World War II Veterans Committee and the National Vietnam Veteran's Committee.
Training tomorrow's conservative leaders
The Leadership Institute works to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative public policy leaders. Founded by Morton C. Blackwell in 1979, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. The Institute teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process. The Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values. Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy.
Innovators for the public
Founded in 1980, Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world's citizens to think and act as changemakers. Ashoka envisions a world where everyone is a changemaker: a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change. Ashoka works by supporting individual social entrepreneurs, bringing communities of social entrepreneurs together, and building infrastructure and financial systems to support the growth of the citizen sector and facilitate the spread of social innovation globally.
Limited government, free markets, federalism
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a think-tank for state-based public policy issues and potential solutions. ALEC's mission is to assist State Legislators, Members of Congress, and the general and business public by sharing research and education info.
Together We're Stronger
National Military Family Association is the only national organization that for more than 45 years has represented officer and enlisted families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service. We help those seeking resources for: themselves and combat-weary service members returning home from war with fragile mental heath, for optimistic-but-anxious children separated from parents during deployments, for spouses forging ahead with educations to build better lives for their families or to prepare for the unthinkable, for widows seeking information about benefits available to them as they cope with their losses, and for proud parents of single service members. We identify and work with others to resolve emerging military family-related issues.
Supporting Individuals. Empowering families. Transforming communities
Interfaith Works, formerly known as Community Ministry of Montgomery County, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more the 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1972, our programs shelter, clothe, and feed our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency.The programs of Interfaith Works provide not only basic needs but also a hand up to those struggling in our community. Case management and supportive services are built into our program models to make sure that we are equipping those we serve with the tools they need to achieve long-term success.
Defending the police
Our mission is benevolent and educational. We support and defend the law enforcement profession and those law enforcement officers who have devoted their lives to upholding the Constitution and serving the United States and its citizens while enforcing its laws. We also seek to educate the public about the many risks and threats to law enforcement personnel in order to build a more informed, respectful, and appreciative society.
Preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Promoting national healing, and educating on the Vietnam War era
As the founders of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to preserve the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to promote healing and to educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was initially conceived with one overriding purpose -- to bring long overdue honor and recognition to the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in Vietnam. Today, the Memorial has transcended its role as a national symbol of reconciliation and stands as a living history lesson. The Memorial is unique in its ability to inspire exploration and reflection about this critical time in our nation's past, with a wiser eye toward the future. More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall by visitors since its dedication in 1982.
Dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results - helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG National Network will make a measurable difference in the outcomes of public education and workforce development systems at the national, state and local level. We will strive to increase opportunity and reduce poverty and unemployment by fostering A Nation Without Dropouts.
Building strong, healthy and safe communities
Founded in 1981, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) works to build healthy communities, with social justice, economic well-being, and democratic governance. We believe this can happen when individuals from communities have the power to play an integral role in promoting human health and environmental integrity. Our role is to provide the tools to build strong, healthy communities where people can live, work, learn, play and pray. Our current campaigns focus on environmental health threats to children and building public support for preventive action to protect public health, the environment and our economy. By organizing one school, one neighborhood, one community at a time, CHEJ is making the world cleaner and healthier for all of us.
At the intersection of art and life
Located one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, Strathmore provides affordable, accessible, multi-disciplinary arts programming in the Mansion at Strathmore, the Music Center at Strathmore, and on its scenic 11-acre site. Founded in 1981, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events. As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor - to provide a home for the arts in our growing community.
Nurturing young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), founded in 1983, nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology for academically talented high school and college students. CEE is dedicated to encouraging international understanding among future leaders of the world. CEE's programs challenge students and assist them on a long-term basis to become the creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century. The Center's programs help keep the United States competitive in science and technology and further international understanding among future leaders of the world. Today, the Center sponsors three programs for high school students and teachers: the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad and the Teacher Enrichment Program.
Independence starts here
The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity, choice, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, regardless of faith or creed. JFGH's programs support more than 200 individuals in over 70 sites throughout the Washington D.C Metropolitan area. Support is provided through JFGH's residential, transitioning youth and social programs. Our Mission is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect while offering the opportunity to experience Jewish life and supporting others with the opportunity to practice their own faith.
Helping prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was established in 1984 to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children. NCMEC's mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Pursuant to its mission: NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse of information, operates a Cyber Tipline, provides technical assistance to individuals and law-enforcement agencies, assists law enforcement in certain cases of international child abduction, and offers training programs.
Providing support through financial, educational, and research programs
The National Gaucher Foundation (NGF), established in 1984, has funded millions of dollars to support and promote research towards the cause, treatments and a cure for Gaucher disease. To meet the ever-increasing needs of individuals with Gaucher disease and their families, the NGF offers a wide range of programs and resources. The NGF funds research, offers financial assistance, promotes education and awareness, supports legislative issues and provides outreach programs vital to the Gaucher community. Gaucher Disease is an autosomal recessive disease with an incidence of about 1 in 20,000 live births.
Conservation Working for America
At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. We have the highest program allocation - putting 97% of our resources toward mission - and lowest fundraising costs in our field and continue to outperform for our efficiency and effectiveness. Since 1985 we have protected more than 7.5 million acres of land, working in all 50 states; we've preserved forests, deserts, parks, waterways and every type of landscape in between. From historic places that tell the story of America to helping communities grow smarter, greener cities, our work benefits all Americans.
Stop Cancer Before It Starts!
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers - including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin, and testicular - that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or detection and treatment in their early stages. Since our inception almost 30 years ago, we have provided more than $140 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy, and community outreach programs nationwide and have played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies. We have funded over 400 scientists at over 150 leading medical institutions across the country. Our public education programs have applied this scientific knowledge to teach the public on ways they can reduce their cancer risks.
People need nature to thrive.
Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity and demonstrate that human societies can live harmoniously with nature. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents to help people find economic alternatives without harming their natural environments. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. Conservation International is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development - one that considers and values nature at every turn.
Changing the nation, one state at a time
Americans For Prosperity Foundation (AFP Foundation) is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits. AFP Foundation's educational programs and analyses help policymakers, the media and individual citizens understand why policies that promote the American enterprise system are the best method to ensuring prosperity for all Americans. AFP Foundation's network of organized and influential citizen leaders in a growing number of states throughout the country is working to change the nation one state at a time. Through its Grassroots Training Schools, AFP Foundation has recruited and educated thousands of citizens on how to promote greater economic prosperity.
Bringing sustainable socio-economic development to remote parts of India since 1988.
IDRF's mission is to empower marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We provide support for programs that improve education, healthcare, women empowerment, governance, and eco-friendly livelihoods at grass-roots level all across India, and Nepal. Moreover, IDRF converts natural disasters into opportunities for long-term development of the affected communities. Our programs are implemented by carefully-vetted and experienced local NGOs.
An Alliance for Discoveries in Health
Research!America, officially launched in January 1989, is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.
Financially supporting the professional development of club managers
The Club Foundation (CF) works to raise funds to financially support the professional development of club managers through education, training and research initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, The Club Foundation has distributed more than $3.5 million to support the professional development of club managers. CF awards scholarships and grants to educational institutions, students, and faculty for the purpose of study and research in the field of club management.
Filling jobs. Enriching lives.
Bridges from School to Work was established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities to enhance employment opportunities for young people with disabilities by effectively matching them to employers' entry-level workforce needs. The Bridges staff works one-on-one with enthusiastic and capable young people upon exiting high school, helping them to successfully enter the workforce in a job that fits their interests and ability, while planning for long term vocational growth. Concurrently, Bridges from School to Work provides businesses with customized job placement and workforce development solutions, which enhances both productivity and workforce diversification.
Innovation for prevention, healing and the cure
The Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (Diabetes Action), founded in 1990, is committed to the prevention and treatment of diabetes and to the funding of innovative, promising research aimed at finding a cure for diabetes and diabetes related complications. Diabetes Action has provided grants to over 230 separate research studies at universities and medical institutions across the United States. Diabetes Action has also provided medical supplies to countries including Tanzania, Liberia, and Sierra Leone where the aftermath of years of civil war have left a population in continued poverty and dependent on rural clinics for medical care.
Litigating for liberty
Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice (IJ) advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. IJ provides legal counsel to inner-city entrepreneurs, because their freedom to shape their own businesses directly affects their freedom to shape their own lives and communities. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers, policy activists and grassroots organizers in the tactics of public interest litigation and advocacy for liberty. Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government.
Promoting ethics in public life
Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) promotes a single standard of ethics in public life through research, education and legal action. We do not believe that ethics are advanced through more laws or better guidelines, even as existing ones are ignored. We don't believe the problem is with too few laws, or with too much freedom, but with men and women. NLPC believes the missing ingredients are character, morality and common sense. We recognize that the bigger the government, the more opportunities for corruption; and the more intervention in the economy, the more reason for special interests to seek influence. At NLPC, we believe that the best way to promote ethics is to reduce the size of government.
Your voice to help protect Family, Faith, and Freedom.
American Values is committed to uniting the American people around the vision of our Founding Fathers. Centuries ago, our Founders boldly proclaimed to the world a distinctly American faith in democracy; a faith rooted in the self-evident truths that "all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We believe these liberties need to be upheld and cherished, especially given how closely divided our country seems. American Values serves to remind the public of the conservative principles that are so fundamental to the survival of our nation and to bring support and ideas to policy makers and empower our elected officials to have the support they need to do what is right, noble and good.
Every 29 hours we save a child's life
Save A Child's Heart is one of the largest undertakings in the world, providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries. Based in Israel, our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable. SACH saves children with congenital heart defects who have almost no chance of surviving to adulthood in their native countries, and saves their lives with no political, cultural, religious, or racial preference whatsoever. Based in Israel, our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable.
Advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy
Founded in 1992, the Concord Coalition is a grassroots, non-partisan organization, which works to provide citizens information about federal budget and entitlement policy. We believe that an informed electorate will demand fiscal responsibility of their elected leaders. The Concord Coalition is dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America's unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound economy for future generations. The Concord Coalition's national field staff and loyal group of volunteers cover the country, holding lectures, interactive exercises, conducting classes, giving media interviews, and briefing elected officials and their staffs.
A network connecting science with conservation
Established in 1994, NatureServe is a conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. We not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.
Ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and its globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world. By focusing on U.S. constitutional law, European Union law and human rights law, the ACLJ and its affiliated organizations are dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected.
Protecting the civil rights of all Americans
Founded in 1998, the American Civil Rights Union works to protect the civil rights of all Americans, by publicly advancing a Constitutional understanding of civil rights; monitoring judicial nominees, judges, and legal organizations, while resisting those that threaten civil rights; and filing amicus briefs in critical civil rights court cases. Believing that the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, is the greatest legal document ever written, the ACRU stands against harmful anti-Constitutional ideologies that have taken hold in our nation's courts, law schools, and bureaucracies. While others promote entitlements and license in the name of "liberties," the ACRU defends the civil rights set forth at the American Founding.
Providing food, clothing, shelter medical attention and the Gospel of Christ to the people of Sudan
Sudan Relief Fund was established for the purpose of bringing food, clothing, shelter, medical attention and the Gospel of Christ to the people of Sudan. At the height of the war we dug bore wells wherever and whenever we were able. Today, we're digging more wells and creating healthful, more permanent sources of life-giving water for the people. We have built a full-scale, 80-bed hospital; we're supplying life-saving medicines, vaccines and much-needed basics like first-aid ointments, bandages and soap; we're moving beyond our first makeshift schools to the development of the first full-fledged educational system ever in the diocese; and we're building centers of education and religious formation. Additionally, we're building basic housing for catechists and teachers, so that they will have clean and safe places to live while doing God's work in the diocese.
Music transforming lives
The Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) is a world-class symphony orchestra of 100 musical leaders, ages 18 to 30, representing more than 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA'S mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. In ten years, YOA has become an international brand by bringing renowned artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Valery Gergiev, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass into the lives of underserved communities, young musicians, and diverse audiences.
Promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's guiding principles are to model excellence; champion science literacy; value scientific excellence; embrace diversity, equity, and respect; and enhance teaching and learning through research. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
Helping the Army take care of its own
Established in 1942 by the Secretary of War, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is proud to have helped more than three million soldiers and their families overcome financial emergencies during these last 67 years. Since its founding, AER has always been where soldiers are stationed when they needed help. While active duty soldiers receive the bulk of our assistance, we continually help retired soldiers and widows/widowers also. We also have a robust education scholarship program that provides financial support for both dependent children and spouses.
For the best in child, family and senior services . . .think JSSA
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is a nonsectarian provider with a more than a 120 year history of serving and supporting people of all faiths throughout the Washington, DC metro area. JSSA's mission is to be the first place for the Jewish community, as well as the community at large, to turn for clinical and social services of the highest quality that sustain and nurture all who seek assistance. JSSA helps more than 30,000 individuals and families a year meet emotional, social, and physical challenges through a broad range of counseling, educational and specialized employment services, in-home support, hospice and nursing care and social services provided by a highly skilled and caring staff of mental health, nursing, employment and other professionals. In all that it does, JSSA is guided by a set of deep-seated values, including excellence, individuality, dignity, independence, responsibility and a sense of belonging.
Making a Difference for Sailors, Marines and their Families
Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. The Society provides, financial, educational, and other assistance to active duty and retired members of the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, and survivors to achieve financial self-sufficiency and find solutions to emergency needs. In 2014, the Society provided $48.5 million need-based interest-free loans and grants to nearly 62,000 Sailors, Marines and their families around the world. This assistance directly impacted the mission-readiness of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the quality of life of those who are serving our country in uniform, or retired from service.
Promoting Jewish continuity and identity
The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (BJCCGW) is one of the largest metropolitan JCCs in the country. Our mission is to promote Jewish continuity and identity, and create community in an atmosphere of warmth and meaning. We inspire and connect people of all ages and backgrounds through educational, cultural and recreational opportunities in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The BJCCGW was created in 1913 and incorporated in 1923. Today, the BJCC's programs and facilities serve more than 2,500 people of varying backgrounds and ages each day. With more than 2,000 diverse programs, services and classes offered each year, every individual and family can create their own personal JCC experience.
Make it yours
Founded in 1925, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington transforms shared resources into richer lives and a stronger community. We bring people and financial resources together to advance our three-part mission: to care for those in need; to deepen engagement in Jewish life and strengthen Jewish identity; and to create connections among Jews locally, in Israel and around the world. In the Greater Washington area, Federation provides funds to partner agencies. These programs serve 110,000 Jewish households and 270,000 people throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Federation's work is imbued with the Jewish values of: arevut - mutual responsibility; tikkun olam - repairing the world; gemilut hasadim - acts of loving kindness; and tzedakah - righteousness.
Promoting the welfare of blinded veterans
The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans. We also hope to be there with encouragement and support. There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite to obtain help. All legally blinded veterans are also eligible for BVA's assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service. Our mission is to promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.
Making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens
The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious gardening organizations in the United States. AHS is known for its educational programs and the dissemination of horticultural information. AHS' mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America's diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society's unique national resources with all Americans.
United Way of the National Capital Area mobilizes individuals and organizations in the DC metro region to improve education, financial stability, and health - the building blocks of a good quality of life. That is what it means to "Live United" in the National Capital Area. United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA) helps thousands of people in the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, and Prince George's and Montgomery Counties improve their lives and their futures. United Way NCA manages one of the largest annual workplace fundraising campaigns in the country. Our community support system includes over 730 member charities with access to hundreds of work sites and tens of thousands of donors and volunteers. We also support eight Community Impact Funds, which work to solve complex social issues by directing funds to the most critical areas of need.
Protecting nature. Preserving life.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since our founding in 1951 we have protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide - and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than one million members. We work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries - protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. We use a science-based approach, aided by our more than 500 staff scientists, and we pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.
Washington's source for compelling television and inspiring classical music
Founded in 1961, WETA (The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association) is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, news and public affairs programs and services. WETA's mission is to produce and broadcast programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers' and listeners' intelligence, curiosity and interest in the world around them. As an independent broadcaster and producer, WETA provides its viewers and listeners with quality, compelling programs and serves a broad community with educational projects and Web-based initiatives. In addition to our broadcasts and productions, WETA is a steadfast believer in the power of media to educate, and we have developed valuable national education services.
Teaching patriotism and honoring the memory of George Washington.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association maintains in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, a memorial temple to George Washington. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is more than a colossal memorial and museum. It is a tourist attraction and destination; research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations. However, first and foremost, it is a memorial to honor and perpetuate the memory, character and virtues of the man who best exemplifies what Freemasons are and ought to be, Brother George Washington.
Improving the lives of animals
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington's mission is to improve the lives of animals. The League provides temporary care and refuge for homeless and suffering animals; places animals in loving, responsible homes; prevents cruelty to animals; provides animal control services; educates the public; and provides community services. Founded in 1944, the League provides animal control and sheltering for Arlington County under contract, and also offers many community service programs. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington also has several outreach programs to assist pets and their owners including humane education, spay/neuter programs, and caring for pets at the League when owners face an emergency.
Helping Animals, Supporting Community
The mission of Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is to inspire compassion for all living things, to provide shelter to animals in need, and to promote adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in our community. The League is an animal sheltering and welfare organization focused on community responsiveness, professional animal care, dynamic education, compatible adoptions and a philosophy of compassion in all we do. We offer animal adoptions, citizen's assistance, a reduced cost spay/neuter program, animal control, help for wildlife, city animal licensing, pet bereavement services, and a reduced cost rabies clinic.
At the Heart of Community
United Community Ministries (UCM of Alexandria VA), founded in 1969, mobilizes the power of community to equip, educate, and empower people to measurably improve their lives. UCM services include: emergency assistance; employment coaching and assistance; ESL and citizenship classes; developmental child care and early learning; youth after-school and enrichment programs; supportive housing services; homelessness prevention; and parenting education that prevents child abuse and neglect. UCM also operates the Back Porch Thrift Store.
The abused and homeless children's refuge
Second Story, formerly Alternative House, founded in 1972, provides support to at-risk children, youth and families through counseling, shelter, crisis intervention and neighborhood outreach. Our programs recognize that families are interdependent and that a crisis or challenge facing one family member affects everyone. We therefore empower children, teens and families to work together and build on their strengths. Our programs include: Second Story for Teens in Crisis, Second Story for Young Mothers, Second Story for Homeless Youth, and Second Story in the Community.
Alexandrians involved ecumenically
ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congregations and the community working together to help those in need in Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community. ALIVE! serves thousands Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and houseware.
40 Years of Giving
Founded in 1975, the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) is committed to preserving and promoting private enterprise and personal freedom of mobility by supporting organizations involved in emergency medical care and higher education. NADCF has contributed over $13 million to communities throughout the nation, supporting emergency assistance for dealership employees after natural disasters, as well as scholarships for deserving students. As a result of its collaboration with Canine Companions for Independence to provide trained assistance dogs for children, NADCF is now embarking on a similar mission to help wounded warriors.
Creating pathways out of domestic violence and homelessness leading to safe and stable housing.
Founded in 1978, Doorways for Women and Families strives to end homelessness and family and intimate partner violence by offering safe shelter and housing, life-changing support services, and community advocacy. We operate a domestic violence hotline and provide 24/7 shelter and housing through a Domestic Violence Safehouse (11 beds), Family Home (21 beds), and HomeStart Supportive Housing Program serving 20 households at a time. We also provide support and advocacy, financial literacy counseling, children's services and a range of essential life skills promoting healthy, vibrant living. We serve more than 1,400 people per year, and more than half of the people in our housing programs are children.
Keep Boating Smart, Safe, and Clean
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide. With millions of boaters on the water, our aim is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of our waterways and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime. The BoatUS Foundation is a national 501©(3) nonprofit organization. Our work is primarily funded by grants and individual donations.
Goods for the Greater Good
Good360's mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity, and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who, without us, would struggle to find that hope.As the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, we partner with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through our network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. Established 34 years ago, Good360 serves a network of more than 57,000 nonprofit organizations and has distributed over $9 billion in goods to those in need.
Ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care.
Working for women's equality
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered. Our research and action programs focus on advancing the legal, social and political equality of women with men, countering the backlash to women's advancement, and recruiting and training young feminists to encourage future leadership for the feminist movement in the United States.
Turning ideas into action
For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has sought to bridge the gap that often exists between economic understanding and real-world decision making. Mercatus applies scholarly research to the problems facing policy makers. Bringing together a network of scholars and experts from around the globe, the Mercatus Center provides policy makers with the economic tools to make sense of today's most pressing issues. Mercatus turns ideas into action. Capitol Hill Campus is the central outreach program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The program bridges the gap between scholarship and policy by making academic research and methods available to policy makers, and grounding academics by making them aware of policy makers' need for relevant analysis of public policy issues.
Feeding our neighbors in need
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is dedicated to providing supplemental groceries to Arlington residents who cannot afford to purchase sufficient food to meet their basic needs. While our only mission is to feed the hungry, by relieving the food budget of our clients, we help prevent homelessness and allow our clients to make other necessary purchases without sacrificing their health, housing and nutritional needs. We provide groceries to families and individuals referred to us by the Arlington County Department of Human Services, other social service agencies, and the churches of Arlington. AFAC obtains surplus food at a minimal cost from wholesale suppliers and at no cost from private donors, local bakeries, supermarkets, farmers' markets and food drives.
Ending homelessness through shelter, services, education and advocacy
Carpenter's Shelter is Northern Virginia's award-winning homeless program, dedicated to offering housing and hope through respect, responsibility and results. In the beginning, we provided little more than bedding on cold nights in Alexandria churches. Since our doors opened in 1988, Carpenter's has helped children, families, and adults stabilize their lives, overcome homelessness, and become contributing members of their communities. We fulfill the needs of more than 700 children, families and adults each year as they work towards a better tomorrow. We operate a day shelter, the official Winter Shelter for the City of Alexandria, and an emergency shelter with comprehensive case management and education classes focused on life skills.
Providing caring, high quality, free education.
Our mission is to provide caring, high-quality free education and related services to at-risk children and families in their own neighborhoods to prepare and empower them for success in school and life. To that end, we provide free and fully accredited preschool education and wraparound services for children living in poverty in Northern Virginia.
Ending homelessness in Arlington
Founded in 1991, Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) provides life-sustaining services for Arlington's street homeless. Their mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington's most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. A-SPAN provides emergency services, supportive services as well as housing and shelter services.
Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organization that unlocks the God-given potential of Egypt's most vulnerable children through the power of education. Coptic Orphans works through grassroots partners and volunteer networks to strengthen local communities for sustainable impact. Since 1988, Coptic Orphans has touched the lives of over 45,000 children throughout Egypt. Coptic Orphans has offices in Australia, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Doing justice with compassion
Advocates International (AI) is guided in its mission and methods by Christ's Good Samaritan parable. Working relationally, professionally, and spiritually with those in law and related professions, AI seeks to encourage and enable a global network of skilled advocates committed to religious liberty, human rights, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and professional ethics. AI's global network has been active since 1991 in promoting religious freedom and human rights, reconciliation and justice, ethics and the integration of faith and practice. The network links over 30,000 law professionals in 150 nations, including those in 30 former or current communist nations and in over 70 nations where religious freedom is under attack.
Finding a cure for inflammatory and other related myopathies
Founded in 1993, the mission of The Myositis Association (TMA) is to find a cure for inflammatory and other related myopathies, while serving those affected by these diseases. The aim of TMA's programs and services is to provide information, support, advocacy and research for those concerned about myositis. Myositis is the general term for swelling of the muscles. Inflammatory myopathies are thought to be autoimmune diseases, meaning the body's immune system, which normally fights infections and viruses, is misdirected and attacks the body's own normal, healthy tissue through inflammation, or swelling.
The official charity of the United States Air Force
Incorporated in 1942, The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force. AFAS to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and to assist them in financing their higher education goals. Its three-pronged charter promotes the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance to members and their families, sponsoring educational assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that impact member/family welfare. In 2008 over 45,000 Air Force members and their families were helped with more than $24 million in assistance.
Preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women
The National Women's History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. Our mission is to build the first ever national museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated exclusively to women's history. It will be centrally located near the world's most prestigious museums and monuments in our Nation's Capital. Until legislation passes in Congress designating a permanent museum in Washington, D.C., the NWHM promotes women's history through its temporary exhibits, special events, Cyber Museum, and online educational materials.
Discipleship of Heart and Mind
The C.S. Lewis Institute was founded in 1976 and endeavors, in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. From its inception, the Institute has been inter-denominational, has worked closely with a variety of churches and sees itself as a servant ministry, assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. This takes the form of discipleship programs, area-wide conferences/seminars, pastor fellowships and resources in print and on the web.
Historic ties, modern relationship
Founded in 1998, the US-Ireland Alliance is a proactive, non-partisan organization dedicated to consolidating existing relations between the United States and Ireland -- North and South -- and building that relationship for the future. The US-Ireland Alliance includes members from both the United States and Ireland, representing groups and individuals with a strong interest in Irish affairs. It educates the American public about the relationship and is creating a network so that the constituency will have an informed voice in Washington. The US-Ireland Alliance ensures that its membership, the public, officials, educators and the business community on both sides of the Atlantic are kept fully informed and educated on issues of mutual interest.
Promoting Hope, Growth, and Stability in Landmine-affected Countries
The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a Virginia-based non-profit organization committed to helping war-torn countries help themselves. Our current focus is eliminating the humanitarian dangers and the destabilizing effects of landmines. MLI assists war-torn countries in building humanitarian, sustainable and affordable programs to eradicate landmines and alleviate the suffering caused by these instruments of war. To date, MLI has assisted 13 severely mine-contaminated countries by donating more than 200 privately sponsored lifesaving dogs to sniff out mines. Programs also include robust Survivors' Assistance projects that provide medical assistance and vocational training to victims of landmines, as well as Mine Risk Education classes that are given to tens of thousands living in mine-affected countries. Through the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), MLI engages tens of thousands of American youth in the landmine problem so that they can get involved and help others.
Protecting immigrant women and girls courageously fleeing violence.
The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. Leveraging both in-house and pro bono attorneys, we empower our clients to achieve justice and equality through holistic direct legal services and national public policy advocacy. Tahirih has developed an innovative and comprehensive approach to address the acute and growing needs of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence that combines direct legal services, client-based public policy advocacy, and public education.
Defending the homeland of democracy.
It is the goal of the Lexington Institute to inform, educate, and shape the public debate of national priorities in those areas that are of surpassing importance to the future success of democracy, such as national security, education reform, tax reform, immigration and federal policy concerning science and technology. By promoting America's ability to project power around the globe we not only defend the homeland of democracy, but also sustain the international stability in which other free-market democracies can thrive. The Lexington Institute believes in limiting the role of the federal government to those functions explicitly stated or implicitly defined by the Constitution. The Institute therefore actively opposes the unnecessary intrusion of the federal government into the commerce and culture of the nation, and strives to find nongovernmental, market-based solutions to public-policy challenges.
Working together for the environment and the economy
C2ES advances strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. A key objective is a national market-based program to reduce emissions cost-effectively. We believe a sound climate strategy is essential to ensure a strong, sustainable economy. We are:- A Trusted Source - Ranking regularly among the top environmental think tanks in the world, C2ES provides timely, impartial information and analysis on our pressing climate and energy challenges.- A Bridge-Builder - We bring city, state, and national policymakers together with businesses and other stakeholders to achieve common understanding and consensus solutions.- A Policy Innovator - We develop market-based solutions and other practical policy approaches that deliver real and lasting climate progress.- A Catalyst for Business Action - We work with Fortune 500 companies to strengthen business action and business support for effective climate policy.
Empowering Families to Rebuild Lives
The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless families with children living in Virginia to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community. Since our inception in 1990, we have assisted over 1,000 families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The aim is to surround the homeless families with such vigorous supports that they can address the multiple barriers in their path and make as dramatic progress as possible while they are in Homestretch.
Expanding treatment access for individuals with the most severe mental illness
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies, and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Conserving biodiversity, health, and culture in greater Amazonia
The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded in 1996 by the world-renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin and noted Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal. Observing the lack of attention paid to indigenous rainforests, comprising over 25% of the Amazon basin, Dr. Plotkin and Ms. Madrigal created an organization based on a unique strategy: biocultural conservation, which rests on the conviction that the people who best know, use, and protect biodiversity are the indigenous people who live in tropical forests. By partnering with indigenous tribes to map, manage, and protect the most isolated rainforest regions, ACT protects the biodiversity, culture, and health of the Amazon's ecosystem-the flora, the fauna, and the people.
Research and resources that help families today
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001 to apply research to the challenges of autism. OAR's defines applied research as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of learners with autism. It entails the systematic investigation of variables associated with positive outcomes in such areas as education, communication, self care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community living. OAR funds pilot studies and targeted research within specific modalities and issues affecting the autism community, primarily for studies whose outcomes offer new insights into the behavioral and social development of individuals with autism with an emphasis on communications, education, and vocational challenges. OAR's programs revolve around funding new research and disseminating evidence-based information.
Medical care for the underserved isn't a dream, it's reality.
The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care. However, it is our larger vision of being a national voice promoting quality health care for all that motivates donors, volunteers, and communities around the country to join our cause, as we work together to build a healthy America, one patient at a time. Within our Association, we value volunteerism, generosity, collaboration and human dignity.
Providing support to military children
Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants pay for participation in extracurricular activities and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury.
Building a national network of free-market think tanks
Founded in 1992, State Policy Network (SPN) is the only group in the country dedicated solely to improving the practical effectiveness of independent, non-profit, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks. SPN's programs enable these organizations to better educate local citizens, policy makers and opinion leaders about market-oriented alternatives to state and local policy challenges. We are the capacity building service organization for America's free market, state-focused think tank community. We advance a free society by providing leadership development, management training and networking opportunities for think tank professionals and by promoting strategic partnerships among market-oriented organizations.
When it comes to making sure children get exactly what they need to succeed in school and in life, we never give up.
For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We believe that it's relationships--not programs--that change children, and so our organization focuses on the power of a caring and connected adult. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students' needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it's food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.
Promoting the prevention of spina bifida and enhancing the lives of all affected
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of spina bifida. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that happens in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn't close completely. Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service. Through its network of chapters, SBA has a presence in more than 125 communities nationwide and touches thousands of people each year. Lives are changed by the programs SBA has created, the services the organization provides, and the accomplishments of its advocacy efforts.
Honoring the sacrifice military veterans make
The mission of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is to honor the sacrifice military veterans make for our country by helping them make a smooth transition from the battle front to the home front. Chartered in 1957, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is the fundraising engine of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Through grants and outreach programs we lend support to other organizations whose programs align with Purple Heart's mission, as well as make smaller direct contributions to veterans facing exceptionally difficult financial challenges.
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer it means a zero PSA.
ZERO's mission is to end prostate cancer. We will save lives and stop pain and suffering by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families.ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. We lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families. Our premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America. We are a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 98 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs and activities.
Finding treatments and an ultimate cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
The Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne (FED) was established in 2002 with the goal of finding treatments and an ultimate cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the world's leading lethal childhood genetic disease. The FED raises money to support the world's only clinical trials network for DMD. The clinical trials network known as CINRG works with scientists all over the world on therapies for DMD - a fatal disease which scientists now say is tantalizingly close to being cured. In pursuit of the cure, FED has raised millions of dollars for the best DMD scientists and doctors around the world. DMD is an x-linked hereditary disease characterized by the absence of a protein known as dystrophin which causes degeneration and necrosis of skeletal muscle fibers.
To conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.
Bat Conservation International (BCI), based in Austin, Texas, works to conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Bats make up 20% of the world's mammal species--and their vast numbers, species diversity and extensive presence around the globe reflects their unique role and value as pollinators, pest managers and seed dispersers. Farms, forests and fields of native flora all benefit from the ecosystem services of bats.For almost thirty years BCI has addressed bat conservation issues ranging from the destruction of bat habitats in caves and mines to the dangers posed to bats by the increase in the wind turbine industry and the growing threat of White-Nose Syndrome. As the world's bats face increasing challenges to their existence, it has become clear that conservation success is always based on promoting awareness of the essential role bats play in the world's ecosystems.
Research, education, support, advocacy
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is the national organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease by: funding the highest quality and most promising research projects from around the world through our rigorous peer-reviewed process; helping patients connect with national meso experts and obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options; and advocating in Washington D.C. for federal mesothelioma research funding to stop this national tragedy. We also raise awareness of meso, and advocate that the public and private sectors partner in the effort to cure it by directing the resources needed to stop this tragedy.
Conservation Begins Here.
The Student Conservation Association is the only national organization that builds new generations of conservation leaders and inspires lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by providing high school and college students with service opportunities in all 50 states, from urban communities to national parks and forests. More than 4,000 SCA members annually render over two million hours of conservation service, an experience that transforms both the land and the individual. Founded in 1957, SCA is headquartered in Washington D.C., and operates the SCA National Conservation Center in Charlestown, NH as well as regional offices in Anchorage, AK, Boise, ID, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA. For more information, visit http://www.thesca.org.
Caring for the families of our fallen heroes
Founded out of tragedy in 1994, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has grown and established itself as the front line resource to families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS has provided comfort and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. TAPS has assisted over 40,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers. Our National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been conducted for nineteen years, and are complemented by regional seminars across the country.
Explore the ideas of liberty
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) was founded in 1961 by Dr. F. A. Baldy Harper. Harper set up an institute devoted to research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace, prosperity, and social harmony. Today, with a primary focus on students, the Institute continues the work begun by Baldy Harper. The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and who demonstrate the potential to help change the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practice of freedom.
For wildlife research, education and conservation
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things. The objectives of the Institute are to: increase primate habitat conservation; increase awareness of, support for and training in issues related to our relationship with each other, the environment and other animals (leading to behavior change); expand non-invasive research programs on chimpanzees and other primates; and to promote activities that ensure the well-being of chimpanzees, other primates and animal welfare activities in general.
Working together for a better world.
Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Incorporated in California in 1993, Islamic Relief operates a wide variety of projects, including education and training, water and sanitation, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and emergency relief. Islamic Relief also sponsors many domestic projects, including homeless feedings, financial assistance, healthcare in underserved areas, the annual Day of Dignity program, providing food, medical care, hygiene kits, clothes, blankets, and more to homeless and underserved communities across the United States. Islamic Relief's largest domestic project was the response to Hurricane Katrina.