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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads. Since 1947, the Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Government agencies and legislators--as well as automobile clubs, driving schools, and school districts--turn to the Foundation's research to guide them in creating policies that can save lives on our roads and highways, teach adults how to drive more responsibly, and teach children about vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.

AOPA Foundation

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The AOPA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AOPA. Your contributions fund programs that membership dues don't cover, including the AOPA Air Safety Institute and You Can Fly program. Our goal is to fund opportunities of growth for every AOPA member and the entire general aviation community. The AOPA Foundation works to improve aviation safety, preserve and improve community airports, and encourages learning to fly for career and personal benefit – all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy's elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. The Academy's unique strength lies in the distinguished leadership of its 4,000 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and the wide range of expertise they bring to its multidisciplinary analyses of compelling contemporary issues. Now in its third century, the Academy continues to mobilize the intellectual resources needed to anticipate, examine, and confront the critical challenges facing our society.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We believe that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all its people. ACEEE carries out its mission by: conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses; advising policymakers and program managers; convening conferences and workshops; assisting and encouraging media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues; educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites.

Atlas Network

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1981, the Atlas Network, formerly known as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, works to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision of a free, prosperous and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property and free markets. Today, the Atlas Network supports and works actively with 478 independent partner organizations that support the ideas of freedom in 83 countries.

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mission:

BIOS's mission is to seek and share fundamental knowledge of the oceans through state-of-the-art scientific research, world-class field expeditions and comprehensive educational experiences.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences investigates the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. What we are learning will be essential to the conservation and responsible use of the ocean and the many valuable services it provides. Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is organized around three core themes of Blue Biotechnology, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, and Ocean Health. The Laboratory's 60,000 square-foot, shore-based campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, on the Damariscotta River estuary.

CLASP

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Since 1968, CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people. CLASP's mission is to develop and advocate for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. In particular, we seek policies that work to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America. We are nonpartisan and situated at the intersection of local practice, national research, and state and federal policy, and striving to translate each world to each other.

Carnegie Institution for Science

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mission:

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution for Science (formerly known as Carnegie Institution of Washington) in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery. The Carnegie Institution works to devote resources to exceptional individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. They seek answers to questions about the structure of the universe, the formation of our solar system and other planetary systems, the behavior and transformation of matter when subjected to extreme conditions, the origin of life, the function of genes, and the development of organisms from single-celled egg to adult.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

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Founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene E. Likens, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of our forests. The Institute is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare.

Center for American Progress

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Center for Food Safety

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1997, Center for Food Safety (CFS) works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS combines multiple tools and strategies in pursuing its goals, including litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, as well as public education, grassroots organizing and media outreach.

Center for Public Integrity

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable. To pursue its mission, the Center: generates high-quality, accessible investigative reports, databases, and contextual analysis on issues of public importance; disseminates work to journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens using a combination of digital, electronic, and print media; and educates, engages, and empowers citizens with the tools and skills they need to hold governments and other institutions accountable.

Center for the National Interest

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America's national interest in the complex world of the twenty-first century. The Center for the National Interest's work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges including U.S. ties with major powers such as China, Russia, Japan and America's European allies; regional security in Asia and the Middle East; national security issues including armed conflict, terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation; and energy and climate change. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign policy magazine The National Interest, available bi-monthly.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1981, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center conducts research and analysis to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty. In addition, the Center examines the short- and long-term impacts that proposed policies would have on the health of the economy and on the soundness of federal and state budgets.

Center on Policy Initiatives

Social and Public Policy Research

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The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice. CPI works to promote higher living standards for poor and moderate-income people through research, policy development, public education, and effective advocacy.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

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Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics and a broad educational mission. We are at the forefront of efforts in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major causes of human suffering, and that will lead to improved and more diverse food resources and more efficient biofuels. Each year 12,000 of the world's leading life scientists attend CSHL's legendary Meetings and Courses program and seminal Banbury conferences to present and evaluate new data and ideas in biological research. CSHL's Watson School of Biological Sciences trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D. program and other educational offerings, while the DNA Learning Centers educate the public about genetics through the nation's first science centers dedicated to this purpose. The CSHL Press publishes textbooks, laboratory manuals, and research journals that are among the most highly cited in their fields.

Colorado Health Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

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Colorado Health Institute (CHI) is a trusted and leading source of credible health information, data and analysis for Colorado health care leaders. CHI provides sophisticated, evidence-based information that can help policy-makers reach sound decisions. Our insight is used to inform policy, contribute to effective policy implementation and support state efforts to improve health. In addition to research, CHI serves as a nonpartisan health information resource for Colorado legislators. By staying “above the political fray,” CHI provides objective analysis that policymakers on both sides of the aisle can use to make evidence-based decisions.

Council for a Strong America

Social and Public Policy Research

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Council for a Strong America (CSA) is the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sports all working together to prepare young Americans for success. CSA serves as the corporate nonprofit for its membership organizations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids was launched in 1996 followed by America's Edge (2008), Mission: Readiness (2009), Shepherding the Next Generation (2010) and Champions for America's Future (2013). Members of each CSA organization engage in a variety of activities including releasing research reports at press conferences, writing opinion pieces in the media and meeting with policy makers to educate them on effective investments that help children succeed.

Economic Policy Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

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Established in 1986, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonpartisan think thank that seeks to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. EPI was the first -and remains the premier - organization to focus on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Its careful research on the status of American workers has become the gold standard in that field. EPI's staff includes eight Ph.D.-level researchers, a half dozen policy analysts and research assistants, and a full communications and outreach staff. EPI also works closely with a national network of prominent scholars. The institute conducts original research according to strict standards of objectivity, and couples its findings with outreach and popular education.

Encore.org

Social and Public Policy Research

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Civic Ventures is leading the call to engage millions of baby boomers as a vital workforce for change. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people's own life stories, Civic Ventures demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems - from education to the environment and health care to homelessness. Founded in 1998 by social entrepreneur and author Marc Freedman, Civic Ventures works to define the second half of adult life as a time of individual and social renewal. Civic Ventures programs include: encore.org, a network for people who want work that matters in the second half of life; the Purpose Prize; Experience Corps; Encore Career Community College grants; the Next Chapter; and the BreakThrough Award.

Foundation for Economic Education

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

FEE strives to bring about a world in which the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society are familiar and credible to the rising generation.<br><br>Through life-changing student seminars, free online courses, engaging classroom resources, and enlightening classic and contemporary online content, we teach young people the personal value of free markets, entrepreneurship, and strong character.

Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) serves as Ohio's nonpartisan, independent source for forecasting health trends, analyzing key health issues, and communicating current research to policymakers, state agencies and other decision-makers. Since its founding in 2003, HPIO has become the state's trusted source of information and leadership on health policy issues. In the past, Ohio decision makers often had to rely on data and analysis provided by interest groups with particular perspectives and agendas. HPIO's mission is to provide nonpartisan, unbiased research, analysis and communication that enables policymakers to make the most informed decisions possible on matters that affect the health of all Ohioans.

Independence Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1985, the Independence Institute empowers individuals and educates citizens, legislators and opinion makers about public policies that enhance personal and economic freedom. We provide research resulting in changes in law and policy. But we have never been content with just research. We are more than a think tank. We are an action tank. We put our ideas into action through groundbreaking litigation, activist training, work on ballot initiatives, new media and investigative reporting. We don't just fight on paper. We fight for freedom on the streets, in the statehouse, in the media, on the ballot, and in the courts.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Social and Public Policy Research

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Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self Reliance has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. The Institute's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

Institute for Policy Studies

Social and Public Policy Research

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Since 1963, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960's to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. The Institute for Policy Studies is the counterweight to the dealmakers. We work to reclaim democracy. We collaborate with grassroots movements to foster the conditions for long-term change. We promote relationships, linking activists and public officials who share our belief that a better world is possible. We launch, inform and sustain democratic movements. The Institute's work is organized into over a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars' diverse areas of expertise. In practice, they make crucial linkages across the movements for peace, justice and the environment.

Institute for Women's Policy Research

Social and Public Policy Research

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The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation. The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research.

Mackinac Center

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. The Mackinac Center assists policy makers, scholars, business people, the media and the public by providing objective analysis of Michigan issues. The goal of all Center reports, commentaries and educational programs is to equip Michigan citizens and other decision makers to better evaluate policy options.

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

For 30 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture and developing ideas that foster economic choice and individual responsibility. We have supported and publicized research on our era's most challenging public policy issues: taxes, health care, energy, the legal system, policing, crime, homeland security, urban life, education, race, culture, and many others. Our work has won new respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality. We have cultivated a staff of senior fellows who work in the Institute's nine policy centers, which study and promote reform in areas ranging from health care, higher education, legal policy, and urban development to race relations, immigration, energy, and counterterrorism.

Michigan League for Public Policy

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1912, The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. MLPP works to foster economic opportunity, independence and security of Michigan's economically vulnerable population by shaping public policy through objective data-driven research, education and advocacy.

Middle East Forum

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1990, the Middle East Forum (MEF) is a think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. It defines U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; improving the management of U.S. democracy efforts; reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia; and countering the Iranian threat. The Forum also works to improve Middle East studies in North America. MEF sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active measures to protect Americans and their allies.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mission:

The MDI Biological Laboratory is a rapidly growing, independent non-profit biomedical research institution. Its mission is to improve human health and well-being through basic research, education, and development ventures that transform discoveries into cures.

NEO Philanthropy

Social and Public Policy Research (Grantmaking)

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Launched in 1983 as Public Interest Projects, NEO Philanthropy (NEO) brings together and strengthens the work of philanthropic institutions, nonprofit groups and other public interest organizations sharing a vision of a society that ensures justice, dignity and opportunity for all people. NEO operates grantmaking, technical assistance and strategic-planning programs for institutional donors interested in social justice and human rights issues. By developing sustainable partnerships among donors, grantees and allied groups, NEO seeks to foster a movement for positive social change resulting in equality, fairness and a stronger participatory democracy.

National Employment Law Project

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

For more than 45 years, National Employment Law Project (NELP) has sought to ensure that America upholds for all workers her promise of opportunity and economic security through work. NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. We publish research that illuminates workers' issues; promote policies that improve workers' lives; lend deep legal and policy expertise to important cases and campaigns; and partner with allies to advance crucial reforms. NELP works from the ground up to build systemic change. We collaborate with community partners on advocacy campaigns, developing and testing innovative policy ideas in cities and states, then scaling them up to effect change nationally. We partner with advocacy networks grounded in the full range of stakeholders—grassroots groups and national organizations, worker centers and unions, policymakers and think tanks.

National Institute on Money in State Politics

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Our comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available for free through our Web site FollowTheMoney.org. We encourage transparency and promote independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. NOFA Vermont was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. Today, we are proud to have over 1,300 members throughout the state and to certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards.

Partnership for Public Service

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Building, energizing and maintaining a high-quality workforce is the key to success for any organization - and the federal government is no exception. We believe that by strengthening the civil service, we help government work better to serve the needs of all 310 million Americans. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, mission-driven organization, we bring unique characteristics to that effort, including third-party credibility, continuity, a strong ability to convene across sectors and a passion for change.

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981, the Institute has provided timely, objective analysis and concrete solutions to key international economic problems. The Institute attempts to anticipate emerging issues and to be ready with practical ideas to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations, the media, and the public at large. It addresses these groups both in the United States and around the world.

Pioneer Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1988, Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan public policy think tank committed to keeping Massachusetts economically competitive and to strengthening the core values of an open society. To inspire market-driven policy reforms, Pioneer promotes individual freedom and responsibility and limited, accountable government. The Institute has changed the intellectual climate in Massachusetts by commissioning timely and rigorous academic studies from leading scholars. Pioneer's Center for School Reform seeks to increase the educational options available to parents, drive system-wide reform, and ensure accountability in public education. The Center for Economic Opportunity seeks to keep Massachusetts competitive by promoting a healthy business climate. The Shamie Center for Better Government seeks limited, accountable government.

Population Reference Bureau

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1951, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. PRB focuses their work around these "core themes": Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Global Health; Population and the Environment; Aging; Inequality and Poverty; Migration and Urbanization; and Gender. They also emphasize two Strategic Approaches: Building Coalitions and Mobilizing Civil Society.

RESULTS Educational Fund

Social and Public Policy Research

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The RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) was formed to educate and engage the public about issues related to hunger, poverty and powerful citizenship. The REF also supports important research and oversight focusing on U.S. spending related to hunger and poverty domestically and internationally as well as cutting-edge research on the most effective solutions to some of the world's most urgent problems. Staff and volunteers of REF work together to educate and engage the public in issues that bear on the end of hunger and abject poverty. REF also trains people to become active citizens in a participatory democracy. We also run the Microcredit Summit Campaign.

Reason Foundation

Social and Public Policy Research

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Founded in 1968, Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. The Foundation produces respected public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the critically acclaimed monthly magazine, Reason. Together, Reason Foundation's top-tier think tank and political and cultural magazine reach a diverse, influential audience, advancing the values of individual freedom and choice, limited government, and market-friendly policies. Reason Foundation is fighting back by changing minds and changing public policy through our award-winning journalism and policy research.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect children so they can grow up to do all the great things kids were meant to do.

Sightline Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center working to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability-strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. Since 1993, we have equipped policymakers, and citizens with the information and tools they need to advance solutions to the most significant challenges facing the Northwest. Our innovative research and practical ideas connect the dots across a range of issues, giving leaders the resources they need to effect change. In the over two decades of our existence, we have come to fill a crucial niche in the sustainability movement: the convergence of science-based research and communications. We show social change-makers how to put sustainability theory into practice and how to convert scientific findings into language and policy that resonate with social values.

The Aspen Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute has a twofold mission: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face; young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together; policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving; and public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideas.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. We seek to promote awareness of these principles and to further their application through our activities. Overall, the Society's efforts are improving our present and future leaders' understanding of the principles underlying American law.

The Great Plains Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic, non-partisan approach to solving our energy and climate change challenges – working with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.

The Independent Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Independent Institute transcends the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefines the debate over public issues, and fosters new and effective directions for government reform. In order to fully understand the nature of public issues and possible solutions, the Institute's program adheres to the highest standards of independent scholarly inquiry. The Institute's program is pursued to rigorous standards without regard to any political or social biases. The resulting studies are published and widely distributed as books, articles in The Independent Review, Policy Reports, Working Papers, and other publications.

The Land Institute

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

Founded in 1976, The Land Institute works to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. We have researched, published in refereed scientific journals, given hundreds of public presentations here and abroad, and hosted countless intellectuals and scientists. We work to save soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting a community life that is prosperous and enduring. The Land Institute's work melds ecology and agronomy. Our programs have been designed to explore basic scientific principles pertinent to a new agriculture.

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Philanthropy Roundtable traces its origins to the 1970s, when it began as a small, informal network of grantmakers committed to fostering a greater respect for donor intent and encouraging private, voluntary solutions to society's most pressing challenges. Today, The Philanthropy Roundtable is America's leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. Our members include individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations.

The Rodale Institute

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mission:

Founded in 1947, The Rodale Institute is a 333-acre education and research center and has been a leader in the science of regenerative and organic agriculture and its impact on global warming, nutrition, and human health. For 60 years, The Rodale Institute has been a pioneer in organic research, education and outreach, advocating organic food production techniques as a means of renewing human and environmental health. The Institute's research program helped launch today's organic movement and continues to direct cutting-edge trials documenting the ability of organic farming to reverse global warming. Our international program is providing locally-adapted solutions to the issues of nutrition, hunger, poverty and community degradation across the world.

Tobin Project

Social and Public Policy Research

Mission:

The Tobin Project is a catalyst for transformative research in the social sciences. The mission of the Tobin Project is to mobilize, motivate, and support a community of scholars across the social sciences and allied fields seeking to deepen our understanding of significant challenges facing the nation over the long term. Toward this end, the Tobin Project aims to identify and pursue questions that, if addressed with rigorous scholarly research, could have the greatest potential to benefit society and to unlock doors within the academy to new and vital lines of inquiry. Though universities play a vital role in facilitating rigorous academic research, growing evidence suggests that external catalysts are needed to drive interdisciplinary research on the most pressing real-world problems. The Tobin Project is pioneering exactly this role.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Mission:

Founded in 1930, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with the Earth as a whole. WHOI promotes and develops the use of advanced instrumentation and systems (including ships, vehicles and platforms) to make the required observations at sea and in the laboratory. WHOI makes the results of its research known to the public and policymakers and foster its applications to new technology and products in ways consistent with the wise use of the oceans.

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