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ACLU Foundation of Maryland

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Maryland ACLU works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals. We work in the state and federal courts, the Maryland General Assembly and local governments, and in communities across the state to realize this goal.

AMVETS National Service Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

AMVETS National Service Foundation was created in 1948, with the goal of assisting our returning veterans from World War II by aiding in their readjustment back into civilian life. This goal has continued to this date. AMVETS National Service Foundation provides support to veterans through service programs as well as providing community and youth-oriented programs designed to promote unity and patriotism. It counsels and represents veterans and their dependents before the Veterans Administration without charge. Our NSOs labor diligently, even on weekends, helping the members of the National Guard and Reserves cut through the maze of red tape and logjams to obtain all VA benefits due to them under the current law for service-related conditions. Between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010, our NSOs have presented 233 briefings to 24,700 National Guard/Reserve members, veterans or surviving family members and taken 367 claims at the conclusion of the briefing session.

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in April, 1990, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is named in honor of John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton. The mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free, virtuous, and humane society. This direction recognizes the benefits of a limited government, but also the beneficent consequences of a free market. It embraces an objective framework of moral values, but also recognizes and appreciates the subjective nature of economic value. It views justice as a duty of all to give the one his due but, more importantly, as an individual obligation to serve the common good and not just his own needs and wants. In order to promote a more profound understanding of the coming together of faith and liberty, the Institute involves members of religious, business, and academic spheres in its various seminars, publications, and academic activities.

Administer Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 2000, Administer Justice is a legal aid organization serving the needs of low-income and no-income individuals. They operate as a full-time professional law office that also offers other services leading to personal empowerment built on Biblical principles. They provide client appointments and provide educational and outreach services at many community events. Administer Justice provides a wide range of services to meet both the immediate and future needs of low-income individuals facing civil legal matters. Most of their services are available at no cost; some require a one-time nominal administrative fee.

Advancement Project

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. From Advancement Project's inception, we have worked "on-the-ground," helping organized communities of color dismantle and reform the unjust and inequitable policies that undermine the promise of democracy. Simultaneously, we have aggressively sought and seized opportunities to promote this approach to racial justice

Advocates International

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

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.

Advocates for Children of New York

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Advocates for Children (AFC) of New York promotes access to the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students. Our services include individual case advocacy, a helpline to assist parents and professionals, and workshops.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1994 by 35 evangelical Christian ministry leaders, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was conceived as an organization that would uniquely preserve and protect our first liberty - to defend the right of people of faith to hear and speak the Truth of the Gospel. Through strategy and coordination, world-class training for lawyers and law students, case and project funding, and direct litigation, our nation-shaping successes have begun to help secure and reclaim the most fundamental rights that our Constitution was designed to guarantee. Through the grace of God, legal precedents have been set and much liberty has been reclaimed. We are humbled to have been involved with our allies in 31 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court, and hundreds more in the lower courts.

Alliance for Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's, and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, AFJ has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates. AFJ's mission is to lead progressive advocacy and strengthening the progressive movement to ensure robust and equal access to levers of government power.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation is the arm of the ACLU that conducts litigation and communication efforts. The Foundation provides legal presentation in cases involving issues of civil liberties and constitutional rights ranging from administrative hearings to trials and appeals. In addition, the Foundation educates the public as to civil liberties and constitutional rights by disseminating literature and other publications. The ACLU Foundation preserves and promotes civil rights and liberties as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

American Family Association

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988.<br><br>Today, AFA is led by AFA President Tim Wildmon, and it continues as one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with hundreds of thousands of supporters.<br><br>The mission of the American Family Association is to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture, and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.<br><br>It is AFA's goal to be a champion of Christian activism. If you are alarmed by the increasing ungodliness and depravity assaulting our nation, tired of cursing the darkness, and ready to light a bonfire, please join us. Do it for your children and grandchildren.

American Humanist Association

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The mission of the American Humanist Association is to advance humanism, an ethical and life-affirming philosophy free of belief in any gods and other supernatural forces. Advocating for equality for nontheists and a society guided by reason, empathy, and our growing knowledge of the world, the AHA promotes a worldview that encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good.

American Immigration Council

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The American Immigration Council is a non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. Our legal, education, policy and exchange programs work to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future. The American Immigration Council exists to promote the prosperity and cultural richness of our diverse nation by educating citizens about the enduring contributions of America's immigrants, standing up for sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect American values, insisting that our immigration laws be enacted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental constitutional and human rights, working tirelessly to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law.

American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR Foundation) is a non-lobbying, educational organization which creates comprehensive programs for youth of all ages on issues of smoking prevention, the benefits of smoke free air, and the right to breathe smoke free air. The sister organization to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the ANR Foundation provides educational resources for schools, health departments, medical organizations, and others interested in the issues surrounding smoking and secondhand smoke. Our goals are to raise a smokefree generation that rejects tobacco use and tobacco industry manipulation and interference tactics, and to educate the community about the health effects of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments.

And Justice for All

Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Mission:

And Justice for All believes access to justice is a fundamental right in our society. And Justice for all is committed to providing legal services, free of charge, for Utah's most vulnerable citizens - people living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, minorities and victims of domestic violence. We work with law firms, attorneys, judges, legal staff and other community partners to help ensure that Utahns across the state have access to the legal system, regardless of income level, disability, age or minority status.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago has a mission to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing education, research, and coalition-building. Advancing Justice - Chicago was established in 1992 by a group of visionary Chicago community activists, academicians, and business leaders in response to the growing need to build a pan-Asian policy agenda among Chicago's diverse Asian American communities. Advancing Justice - Chicago projects a united voice on the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans in metropolitan Chicago. Its staff and board work closely with a broad network of established community leaders and emerging activists who have bridged ethnic and cultural differences to find solutions to shared concerns.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1977, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is a dynamic global foundation providing critically needed financial support to lesbian-led, LGBTI and progressive organizations. Separated by continents, language and culture, Astraea grantees are seizing opportunities, and laying the groundwork necessary for women and LGBTI people to claim their human rights. Today, Astraea is the only foundation in the world solely dedicated to supporting LGBTI organizations in both the U.S. and internationally. We raise funds and issue grants based on the belief that all women can participate in the philanthropic process - from giving to grantmaking.

Better Government Association

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Better Government Association (BGA) works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform. Our Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government, and the results are made public through partnerships with local media. The Policy Advocacy Unit builds on the results of the BGA investigations to propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center's work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them - in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

CARPLS

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Established in 1993, CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day problems confronting low- and moderate-income residents of Cook County, IL. CARPLS' free hotline and court-based advice desks give individuals direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) is a multicultural statewide advocacy organization that works to improve the health of communities of color. Our policy center highlights ongoing policy efforts to improve the health of communities of color. Our events bring our communities together to share information and provide a forum to develop a unified agenda to advance health equity. Our race & ethnicity data collects the most up-to-date studies and statistics on the health of our communities and the inequities we experience. CPEHN works to build a unified, inclusive movement to achieve health equity, and has been instrumental in establishing and leading statewide coalitions.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC)

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) was established in 1988 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs. <br><br>CLINIC's mission is embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. CLINIC's network originally comprised 17 programs. It has since increased to over 250 diocesan and other affiliated immigration programs with more than 400 field offices in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. <br><br>The network employs roughly 1,200 attorneys and accredited paralegals who, in turn, serve hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants each year.

Catholics for Choice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Catholics for Choice (CFC) was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman's moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well being and respect and affirm the moral capacity of women and men to make sound decisions about their lives. Through discourse, education and advocacy, CFC works in the US and internationally to infuse these values into public policy, community life and Catholic social thinking and teaching.

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation seeks to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals, halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and minimize the risk of war by educating the public and policy makers.

Center for Health and Gender Equity

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) works to ensure that the health and population policies of international institutions promote women's reproductive and sexual health. CHANGE advocates for increased funding of voluntary family planning programs and services, exposes the detrimental effects of funding restrictions through face-to-face meetings between policy makers and women from Africa, Latin America, and Asia and trains and mobilizes U.S. grassroots leaders to be a voice for change in U.S. foreign policy debates that affect sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Center for Individual Rights

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Incorporated in 1988, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of individual liberties against the increasingly aggressive and unchecked authority of federal and state governments. CIR seeks to enforce constitutional limits on state and federal power. We are not a legal services firm nor a public policy institute. We aggressively litigate and publicize a handful of carefully selected cases that advance the right of individuals to govern themselves according to the natural exercise of their own reason. Our cases challenge excessive government regulation, unconstitutional state action, and other entanglements characteristic of the modern state. We make no apologies for bringing only those cases that overtly advance this agenda.

Center for Reproductive Rights

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Since 1992, our attorneys have boldly used legal and human rights tools to create a world where every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society. We are the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. Our groundbreaking cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information.

Center for Responsive Politics

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1983, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. CRP's mission is to: inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government. The first Open Secrets book, published in 1990, was a massive 1,300 pages and analyzed contributions by political action committees (PACs) in the 1988 congressional elections. Featuring contributor profiles for every member of Congress, it was an unprecedented resource that illuminated money's role in congressional elections and policymaking. CRP launched the website following the 1996 elections.

Center on Halsted

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Chicago has long been the center of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the greater Midwest, and in 2001 a dedicated group of community leaders came together and shared a vision to create a united front and a focal point for this burgeoning community. Through their vision and dedication, Center on Halsted became a reality in 2007, bringing a wide array of LGBT organizations and resources in the city together to collaborate, share resources and extend their reach. As the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest, our mission is simple: In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences.

Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California's Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. CAUSE defines the Central Coast Region as the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito. CAUSE's vision is that together we can create a global community where we all contribute to, and benefit from, a sustainable economy that is just, prosperous and environmentally healthy.

Centro Legal De La Raza

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1969 by Latino law students from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley, Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. By combining quality legal services with know-your-rights education and youth development, we promote access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

Centurion Ministries

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Centurion, founded in 1983, is a secular, nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing from prison those who have been wrongly convicted, are completely innocent, and serving long imprisonment terms or death sentences. Centurion is the first organization in the world to investigate cases of unjust convictions. To date, Centurion has freed 61 innocent men and women throughout the US and Canada.<br> Centurion undertakes the most difficult cases which often lack a DNA aspect and thus require thorough field investigations. Centurion's investigators travel to the crime scene, locate witnesses, convince reluctant witnesses to come forward, search court records, and interview everyone who previously testified. Centurion often discovers evidence that was intentionally hidden from the defense, learns that witnesses were coerced or manipulated, and unearths forensic evidence that was not previously discovered. Centurion receives over 1500 requests a year and works on 20-25 cases at any given time.<br>

Chicago Foundation for Women

Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Mission:

Chicago Foundation for Women (the "Foundation") invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago region through grant making, leadership development, and public and grantee education. Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded nearly 4,000 grants totaling $30 million to organizations and programs that make life better for women and girls.<br><br>The Foundation improves the lives of women and girls by investing in solutions to the most pressing challenges they face - economic security, violence and access to health care. Because of our broad experience and deep roots in the community, the Foundation remains at the forefront of anticipating new challenges facing women and girls and takes bold, but informed, philanthropic risks.<br><br>The ultimate goal of all of the Foundation's work is to create lasting, positive change in the lives of all

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The mission of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. is to promote and protect civil rights, particularly the rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our nation. We pursue impact litigation that combats discrimination on a macro level, leverage volunteers to respond to individual cases of discrimination, and provide training to the private Bar to assist them in practicing law for the public good. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee does far more than defend individuals' civil rights. We defend the civil rights of groups of people whose rights are most likely to be threatened, while also teaching others to be allies to our cause.

Chicago Legal Clinic

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Since 1981, the Chicago Legal Clinic has evolved from a small neighborhood office to a keystone provider of legal services to the working poor and disadvantaged in the Chicago area. This entails providing direct legal counseling and high quality representation at low cost or pro bono and free educational seminars on legal topics. Through our efforts, hundreds of clients have received legal protection from domestic violence, had their immigration status formalized, adopted children and been rescued from foreclosure. Thousands more received representation in other areas, including landlord/tenant, guardianships, consumer issues and the quest for social security disability benefits.

Chinese for Affirmative Action

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian and Pacific American community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice. CAA employs multiple strategies to create change. At the grassroots level, we nurture the ability of Asian and Pacific American communities to participate fully in civic life. At the public policy level, we advocate for systemic changes that create a more just and equitable society. Throughout our work we seek to build and foster alliances that strengthen and sustain a progressive Asian and Pacific American movement.

Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute is one of the most unique organizations in America. Founded in 1993, our mission is to prepare women for effective leadership and to promote leading conservative women. Through our various student programs, we strive to engage, inform, and connect conservative women across the country. By providing them with the resources, role models, and encouragement they need, we help students prepare for future success in their workplace, school, and community. We promote mentors and women leaders who are committed to constitutional principles such as individual freedom, economic liberty, limited government, personal responsibility, and traditional values.

Colorado Children's Campaign

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Colorado Children's Campaign works to create hope and opportunity in Colorado, more than one million kids at a time. The Colorado Children's Campaign is a nonpartisan advocacy organization committed for 28 years to creating hope and opportunity for all of Colorado's more than 1.2 million kids. Using the most accurate, compelling data and research on child well-being and backed by an extensive, statewide network of dedicated child advocates, the Children's Campaign champions policies and programs that improve child health, early childhood experiences, and K-12 education, help lift children out of poverty and provide all of Colorado's children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Committee to Protect Journalists

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ takes action wherever journalists are censored, attacked, imprisoned, or killed for their work. Our advocacy helps to ensure the free flow of news and commentary.

Common Cause Education Fund

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 2000, Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) is the public education and research affiliate of Common Cause, a nonpartisan lobbying organization. Together, Common Cause and CCEF programs serve the organization's overall mission to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government; ensure that government and the political process serve the general interest, rather than special interests; curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.

Community Catalyst

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization, has been giving consumers a voice in health care reform for more than a decade. We provide leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations that are working to guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. Our contributions, which range from policy analysis and strategic assistance to managing national campaigns, enable consumer groups to provide leadership in the hard work of transforming the U.S. health care system. Since 1997, in states and communities across the country, we have been a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and action in health care reform.

Compassion & Choices

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Compassion & Choices works to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Our professional staff and trained volunteers help thousands of clients each year by listening without judgment to their fears and guiding their search for a peaceful, humane death. We help clients with advance directives, local service referrals and pain and symptom management. We offer information on self-determined dying when appropriate and provide emotional support through a difficult time. We employ educational training programs, media outreach and online and print publications to change healthcare practice, inform policy-makers, influence public opinion and empower individuals. Compassion & Choices devotes itself to creative legal and legislative initiatives to secure comprehensive and compassionate options at the end of life.

Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

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.

Corporate Accountability

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. <br><br>We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around-a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.<br>

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The Center also helps small businesses and community-based non-profits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Center touched the lives of nearly 17,000 D.C. residents.

Democracy North Carolina

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people. For more than 20 years, we've taken on powerful industries and political leaders, regardless of party, and promoted reforms that expand public involvement in the political process. We want people to have confidence in their political system and feel ownership of their government, and we want elected officials to represent and respect the diversity and interests of the people they were elected to serve.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

When freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 - well before the Internet was on most people's radar - and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the U.S. government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and constitutional values in the information age. EPIC pursues a wide range of activities, including policy research, public education, conferences, litigation, publications, and advocacy. EPIC publishes an award winning e-mail and online newsletter on civil liberties in the information age - the EPIC Alert. We also publish reports and books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties.

Equal Justice Initiative

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. <br><br>Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. <br><br>EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. In 2018, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration.

Equal Justice Works

Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Mission:

Equal Justice Works is dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. To achieve this, we offer a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. To help foster public interest values in students, we collaborate with law schools to expand public interest programming on law school campuses. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships programs fund hundreds of public interest attorneys each year to close the justice gap on issues such as foreclosure, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, homelessness, access to healthcare, and domestic violence.

Equal Rights Advocates

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) has led the legal fight for women's equality since 1974. We have worked to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy. We work to eradicate illegal discriminatory practices that deny women advancement opportunities, equal compensation, and access to certain occupations. ERA demands that employers provide women with a work environment that is free of sexual harassment and in compliance with health and safety laws. We enforce family and medical leave and pregnancy protection laws, and is active in the effort to establish paid family and medical leave.

Every Voice Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Every Voice Center (formerly Public Campaign) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics. Every Voice Center is laying the foundation for reform by working with a broad range of organizations - including local community groups - around the country that are fighting for change in their states and national organizations whose members are not fairly represented under the current system. Together we are building a network of national and state-based efforts to create a powerful national force for federal and state campaign reform.

FairVote

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

FairVote is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative. We research and propose common sense changes to strengthen our democracy and ensure all voices are heard and every vote counts in every election. Operating since 1992 and with a staff of more than 20 people in 2016, we work with scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, journalists and national, state, and local reform partners to advance fairer elections.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (FAMM) is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. We shine a light on the human face of sentencing, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences. FAMM's vision is a nation in which sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry. FAMM's national membership includes prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) seeks to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience - the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

Free Software Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free software, particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software. Current projects include GPL Version 3; the GPL Compliance Lab; the Free Software Directory; and Savannah, software development services provided to free software developers around the world. Additionally, FSF is committed to furthering the development of the GNU Operating System, providing development systems for GNU software maintainers.

Freedom Alliance

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Freedom Alliance was founded in 1990 by Oliver North, who now serves as the organization's honorary chairman. We work to keep America strong, keep America prosperous, and keep America free. The mission of Freedom Alliance is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an educational group promoting the constitutional principle of separation of state and church and educating the public on matters relating to nontheism. Incorporated in 1978, the Foundation is a national membership association of freethinkers: atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree. The Foundation acts on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public, including: prayers in public schools, payment of public funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

Futures Without Violence

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.<br><br>Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, we've established a state-of-the-art Center for Leadership and Action in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse.<br><br>Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.<br><br>Our vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope.

Greater Boston Legal Services

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Greater Boston Legal Services' (GBLS) mission is to help poor families and individuals secure some of the most basic necessities of life that have illegally or inappropriately been denied. Clients include: families seeking benefits to avoid destitution; women and children seeking protection against abuse; homeless families seeking emergency shelter and permanent affordable housing; low-income tenants facing inappropriate eviction; elders and people with disabilities seeking inappropriately denied income support and medical benefits; and victims of torture seeking asylum in the U.S. In addition to representing individuals and families, GBLS engages in systemic advocacy to bring about positive change for the poor. GBLS also represents community groups and provides community legal education. Advocates provide advice and represent people in court, before agencies, and before city councils and the state legislature. In 2010, GBLS provided legal assistance to more than 15,000 clients.

Guttmacher Institute

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education. The Institute seeks to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development on issues ranging from abortion and family planning to sex education and HIV prevention. For more than four decades, Guttmacher has consistently demonstrated that scientific evidence - when reliably collected and analyzed, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated - can make a difference in policies, programs and medical practice.

Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. All Minnesotans deserve the chance to both contribute to and benefit from the state's environmental, economic, social and civic resources. We believe community organizing is the best way to make this vision a reality. Through grantmaking and organizational assistance, Headwaters supports grassroots groups addressing the root causes of injustice. Headwaters engages and partners with a committed community of donors and allies who work for justice.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. Programs funded in part or in full through the HRC Foundation include: The HRC Coming Out Project, which encourages GLBT and straight-supportive Americans to come out and live openly; The HRC Family Project, which empowers members of the GLBT community to take action to protect their families; The HRC Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach Program, which trains student activists to sustain dialogue, build viable student-led GLBT organizations; The HRC Religion and Faith Program, The HRC Research Center, and The HRC Workplace Project.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ICLM) envisions a country in which immigrants are accepted and valued as full participants in the community. ICLM enhances opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities. We bring our full legal passion, dedicated attention and highest quality service to our low-income immigrant/ refugee clients and their families. We value relationships with the communities we serve and seek to express their full potential and contributions through our work together. We believe in taking action to make immigration systems work for all.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The ILRC seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights. The increasingly complex legal and social challenges faced by immigrants in the 1970s created a growing need for expert assistance and training in immigration law and policy. Bill Ong Hing, a well-known immigrant rights attorney, recognized this need and founded the Golden Gate Immigration Clinic in 1979, which later became the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.

Institute for Free Speech

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education, the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) works to promote and defend the political rights to free speech, press, assembly, and petition guaranteed by the First Amendment.<br><br>We are the nation's leading organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights. The Institute for Free Speech represents clients on a pro bono basis in order to secure their First Amendment rights. IFS actively pursues strategic litigation and files amicus briefs to those ends.

Institute for Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

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.

International Women's Media Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Since 1990, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. As a result, consumers will increase their demand for news with a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression.

Ipas

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Ipas is an international organization that works around the world to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries. We believe that women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility. Along with caring, committed health professionals and other colleagues worldwide, Ipas tackles this neglected public-health problem head-on in some of the world's poorest countries. While many international donors and governments have focused attention and resources elsewhere, we struggle against the fundamental social injustice that results in the deaths of so many women in the primes of their lives.

Jobs with Justice

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Jobs with Justice (JwJ) engages workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. JwJ was founded in 1987 with the vision of lifting up workers' rights struggles as part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice. We believe in long-term multi-issue coalition building, grassroots base-building and organizing and strategic militant action as the foundation for building a grassroots movement, and we believe that by engaging a broad community of allies, we can win bigger victories. We reach working people through the organizations that represent them - unions, congregations, community organizations - and directly as JwJ activists. Nearly 100,000 people have signed the JwJ pledge to be there at least five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own.

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center was founded in 1972 and envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Justice in Aging

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Justice in Aging is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law. Formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center, since 1972 we've worked for access to affordable health care and economic security for older adults with limited resources, focusing especially on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. Through targeted advocacy, litigation, and the trainings and resources we provide to local advocates, we ensure access to the social safety net programs that poor seniors depend on, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Juvenile Law Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Most of the youth on whose behalf we work are between 10 and 21 years of age and are among society's most vulnerable—most likely to be mislabeled, ignored, harmed, or scarred for life by systems that are supposed to help them. We work to protect and advance children's rights in courts, legislatures, and executive agencies. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications.

Kentucky Bar Foundation

Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Mission:

The Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) serves as the charitable arm of Kentucky's legal community. KBF is committed to promoting justice and legal education for all Kentuckians. This mission is achieved through grants to programs and projects which advance the administration of justice by addressing law-related needs. KBF supports projects that: help those in need through law-related programs; provide information to the public so they can better understand the law and avail themselves of their rights under our judicial system; work to enhance and build trust in the Kentucky Bar and the legal system; and publish important works concerning the law, the legal profession and the judicial system.

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. Over the last 80 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice. Legal Aid is the law firm for clients who cannot afford a lawyer. Our staff and volunteers work each day in making the justice system work. Each year, with the support of the legal community, we extend our reach further and work harder to make justice meaningful for everyone.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential. Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown to become the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coast and second largest LGBT community center in the world. Every week, 6,000 people visit the Center, and more than 300 groups meet here. We provide groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs.

Life Legal Defense Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The mission of Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) is to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly unborn children, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation's courtrooms. LLDF accomplishes its mission and purpose through the law and education. LLDF's everyday activity involves hundreds of cases which are not reported in the media, but which raise vital issues of freedom and effectiveness for our clients. LLDF has litigated on a number of exceptional cases, including unconstitutional ordinances aimed at limiting speech rights of clients; unconstitutional law enforcement of ordinances aimed at silencing pro-life expression; and the active killing of the disabled.

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society.<br><br>Since 1969 we have cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.

Louisville Urban League

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

As an active partner, leader and catalyst, the Louisville Urban League assists African Americans, other minority groups, and the disadvantaged to attain social and economic equality and stability through direct services and advocacy. Through the years, the League has sought to create and implement programs to improve the socioeconomic conditions of minority-group and low-income individuals; to create an interaction with community leaders, public officials, other agencies, and the business sector; and to assume an advocacy and bridge-building role to promote understanding and greater racial harmony.

MapLight

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics. We research and compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, and local ballot and candidate elections. We provide journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

To support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman's freedom to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices through education, training, organizing, legal action, and public policy.

National Abortion Federation

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Established in 1977, the mission of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. NAF is the professional association of abortion providers in North America. We are unique among pro-choice organizations because we represent the providers who make reproductive choice a reality. Our work supports these three fundamental aspects of our mission: providing our members with the education and professional support they need to provide the highest quality abortion care; providing the medical, provider, and patient perspectives in debates about abortion policies; and providing women with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

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.

National Center for Youth Law

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The National Center for Youth Law (NYCL) is a non-profit law firm that helps low-income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them. NCYL leads high impact campaigns that weave together litigation, research, public awareness, policy development, and technical assistance. The Center's goal is not to reform one particular system, but to transform the multiple public systems serving vulnerable children – including education, child welfare, public health, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and workforce development – such that they receive the supports they need to advance and thrive.

National Consumer Law Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. In addition to disadvantaged consumers everywhere, we devote special attention to the problems of immigrants, vulnerable elders, homeowners, former welfare recipients, victims of domestic violence, military personnel, and others. NCLC also provides support on issues involving consumer fraud, debt collection, consumer finance, energy assistance programs, predatory lending, and sustainable home ownership programs.

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), founded in 1971, is a membership organization established to ensure access to voluntary, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive family planning and reproductive health care services and to support reproductive freedom for all. NFPRHA advocates on a range of issues related to family planning and sexual health, including: protecting Title X funding, health care reform, contraceptive coverage, sexuality education, STD and HIV prevention, and abortion care.

National Health Law Program

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1969, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. Our lawyers and policy analysts stand up for the rights of the millions of people who struggle to access affordable, quality health care. We are guided by the belief—a challenge—that each generation should live better than the last. NHeLP defends the nation's health care safety net for those most in need and those with the fewest resources. We fight to give at-risk populations a voice in federal policy making, promote the rights of consumers in emerging managed-care systems, and advocate for creative solutions that preserve the government's responsibility as the provider of last resort.

National Immigration Forum

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Established in 1982, the National Immigration Forum is the nation's premier immigrant rights organization. The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country. Our activities include: building alliances and a stronger field; engaging in direct advocacy; and conducting effective media and public outreach.

National Immigration Law Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Over the past 34 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental rights, thwarted policies that would have devastated the well-being of low-income immigrants and their family members, and advanced policies that reinforce and promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all. <br><br>NILC uses multiple strategies to advance its mission, including policy analysis, litigation, advocacy, communications, and education. Advocates across the country rely on NILC's unique ability to employ these integrated approaches in its work, and provide them with the tools and information they need to shape their own advocacy efforts.

National Partnership for Women & Families

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Founded in 1971, the National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to promoting public policies and business practices that expand opportunities for women and improve the well-being of our nation's families. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and since our founding we have played a critical role in enacting landmark policy from prohibiting pregnancy discrimination to giving families the opportunity to take the family and medical leave they need more than 100 million times. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, access to quality and affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Through education, outreach, and legislative action, the National Partnership is an effective advocate for millions of women and families.

National Women's Law Center

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The National Women's Law Center (NWLC): We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives-at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income - and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

The New York Immigration Coalition, founded in 1987, is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC is a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels, serving one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The NYIC's multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector membership base includes grassroots community organizations, nonprofit health and human services organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, and legal, social, and economic justice organizations. The NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to bring about positive social change locally and nationally.

New York Women's Foundation

Advocacy and Education (Grantmaking)

Mission:

The New York Women's Foundation (NYWF) was established in 1987 to be a voice for women and a force for change. We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NIRP) promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal assistance in immigration matters to over 10,000 low-income people from over 150 countries, speaking over 60 different languages and dialects. NWIRP also strives to achieve systemic change to policies and practices affecting immigrants through impact litigation, public policy work, and community education. NWIRP serves the community from four offices in Washington State in Seattle, Granger, Tacoma, and Wenatchee.

NumbersUSA

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

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.

Operation HOPE

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Operation HOPE (HOPE) is the leading global provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs for low- or moderate-income youth, individuals and families in underserved communities. HOPE serves three core constituencies as articulated in our five-year Strategic Plan: Youth in underserved schools; low-income adults in underserved communities; and families who have been affected by either natural or man-made disasters. <br><br>Our Mission is to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through financial education and empowerment by offering programs that create stabilized communities and financial stakeholders. We convert check-cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and minimum wage workers into living wage workers. Our overarching vision is financial inclusion and financial literacy leading to long-term financial dignity for all.

OutRight Action International

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

OutRight Action International, founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. <br><br>We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to effectively conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. <br><br>IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide.

PAI

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. Founded in 1965, PAI works to ensure that every person has the right and access to sexual and reproductive health, so that humanity and the natural environment can exist in balance and fewer people live in poverty. Serving as a bridge between the academic and policymaking communities, PAI disseminates strategic, action-oriented research publications; participates in and sponsors conferences, meetings and seminars; and works to educate and inform policymakers and international colleagues in related fields.

PROLIFE Across AMERICA

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

PROLIFE Across AMERICA is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to changing hearts and saving babies' lives. We are committed to bringing positive, persuasive messages, offering information and alternatives--including adoption--and post abortion assistance to those in need.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter

Advocacy and Education

Mission:

Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA-WI) is a chapter of the National Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization. PVA-WI works to improve the quality of life of United States military veterans and others who have spinal cord dysfunction through the use of education, communication, advocacy, legislation, research, and sports and recreation.

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