Civil Rights & Community Development
Active Voice tackles social issues through the creative use of film. We believe that real progress requires real connection, and that film has a unique power to bring people together in meaningful ways.
Every day, Active Voice helps filmmakers, funders, and communities start the conversations and relationships that lead to lasting, measurable change. Since our inception in 2001, Active Voice has influenced local, regional, and national dialogue on issues including immigration, criminal justice, health care, and education.
Canal Alliance is a nonprofit champion of immigrants who are challenged by a lack of resources and an unfamiliar environment.
Canal Alliance believes everyone has the right to achieve their dreams. Every day, they educate, empower, support, and partner with motivated immigrants to best meet all their unique needs—from putting food on the table, to becoming American citizens, to learning English, to graduating from college. Because when immigrants are supported, Marin becomes a place where everyone can live, work, and succeed.
Center for Urban Families (MD)
CFUF’s core mission is to strengthen urban communities and help fathers and families achieve stability and economic success.
Since its founding in 1999, CFUF has remained at the front-line of addressing some of Baltimore’s most pressing issues, including poverty, unemployment, father-absence, and family disintegration.
Community Housing Partnership (CA)
Community Housing Partnership is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing permanent, supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families.
Community Housing Partnership pairs affordable housing with support services, employment preparation, job training, a transitional employment social enterprise, and community organizing activities. Together these services offer clients a direct pathway from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Community Housing Partnership utilizes safe, stable housing as a platform to deliver services to clients, which results in increased self-sufficiency. Community Housing Partnership owns, manages, or provides services at 13 buildings with over 1,000 units and has 222 units under development. Community Housing Partnership’s housing and services annually impact the lives of over 2,200 formerly homeless adults and children.
Community Works West
Community Works West’s programs help clients and their families access the inner power to work and live to their full potential. We use our insights on lasting change to keep people out of prison, advocate for a more humane justice system, and support healthy communities for all of us.
Emerald Cities Collaborative
Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating high-road — sustainable, just and inclusive — economies with opportunities for all.
ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy. This includes developing the economic infrastructure for family-supporting wages and career paths for residents of such communities, as well as contracting opportunities for women, minority and other disadvantaged businesses.
Espacios Abiertos (EA) is a non-profit, independent and non-partisan organization that since 2014 seeks to create and strengthen civic participation mechanisms so that people in Puerto Rico can directly influence the decisions that affect them.
EA promotes transparency and accountability in public assets because a more open society will also be a fairer and more equitable one.
First and Always Melanin
First And Always Melanin (FAAM) is a grassroots community organizing/ activist collective that came together to change the landscape for Black people in Bakersfield California.
GLIDE Memorial Church and Foundation (CA)
GLIDE’s mission is to create a radically inclusive, just, and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
GSA Network (CA)
GSA Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and to community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to: (1) create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions, (2) educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and (3) fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
Jewish Vocational Service
Jewish Vocational Service transforms lives by helping people to build in-demand skills and make connections to find good jobs.
With 40+ years of experience, JVS knows how to help people find good jobs. We focus our programs on industries that are hiring and can offer career path jobs, such as healthcare, financial services, technology and trades. These Career Pathway programs are developed in partnership with Bay Area employers and give people in-demand skills, paid work experience and robust job search skills.
LEAD: An Initiative of Yale & Harvard Universities (CT)
The Council on African Studies partnered with the Institute for Research on African Women, Children and Culture (IRAWCC) to establish the Leadership Enterprise for African Development (LEAD).
Its goal is to contribute to the process of reform and revitalization in African countries by strengthening leadership and governance capacity in the public, business, and civil society sectors. LEAD looks to Africa for its leadership resources and will draw upon them to elucidate viable frameworks, models, and practices for effective governance. The institute engages Yale faculty and students with research opportunities, internships, and job placement possibilities throughout the continent.
The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth.
CoLab believes that community knowledge can drive powerful innovation and can help make markets an arena for supporting social justice. CoLab facilitates the interchange of knowledge and resources between MIT and community organizations– engaging students to be practitioners of this approach to community change and sustainability.
New American Leaders
New American Leaders (NAL) is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office. NAL believes that our democracy is stronger when everyone is included and everyone participates. Unfortunately, our elected government, from City Council to Congress, does not reflect our country’s diverse population.
NAL is the only national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process. They believe that when elected officials mirror the makeup of our nation, we achieve stronger communities, a more responsive government and a robust democracy.
The Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. They help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. They implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. They build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
The Kapor Center for Social Impact (Formerly the Mitchell Kapor Foundation) (CA)
The Kapor Center for Social Impact relentlessly pursues creative strategies that will leverage information technology for positive social impact.
We primarily work with underrepresented communities, focusing on gap-closing endeavors.
PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper.
Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works is our way of focusing attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. We share our findings and analysis through our publications, our website and online tools, convenings, national summits and briefings with national and local policymakers.
Transgender Law Center (CA)
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
The Buffett Early Childhood Fund is committed to establishing a more level playing field for all children as they enter kindergarten — a goal that should be a given in any society that values equal opportunity.
CFLeads is a national network of community foundations committed to building stronger communities through community leadership.
Emerging Markets Investors Alliance (NY)
The Emerging Markets Investors Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enables institutional emerging market investors to support good governance, promote sustainable development, and improve investment performance in the governments and companies in which they invest.
Global Business Coalition on Health (NY)
GBCHealth is a coalition of more than 200 member companies and organizations committed to investing their resources to make a healthier world …for their employees, for the communities in which they work, and for the world at large.
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The mission of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) is “to inspire philanthropy, serve donors, strengthen communities now and for future generations.”
GMF’s vision is that “Greater Milwaukee becomes a vibrant, economically thriving region comprised of welcoming and inclusive communities that provide opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.”
The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos, California. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.
LeadWell Partners operates as a network of seasoned, “been there, done that” advisors with proven track records in helping high-performing, mission-driven organizations achieve results.
By drawing on a unique blend of customized coaching, capacity building, and consulting services, we partner with our clients to build the core organizational capabilities to design and execute strategy, to lead and navigate complex organizational and environmental changes, to maximize returns on investment, and to achieve positive results.
The Marin Community Foundation (CA)
The Marin Community Foundation was founded with one simple aspiration: to make a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy.
Our mission is to encourage and apply philanthropic contributions to help improve the human condition, embrace diversity, promote a humane and democratic society, and enhance the community’s quality of life, now and for future generations.
Net Impact (CA)
Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.
At the heart of our community are over 40,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future. Together, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world.
New Profit is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Our mission is to break down the barriers that stand between people and opportunity in America.
We work with visionary entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other partners to upend the status quo and transform the way America educates its children, propels people toward social and financial stability, and creates healthy communities.
Peter Kiewit Foundation (NE)
The mission of the Peter Kiewit Foundation is to create opportunities for people to live in and help build strong, vibrant communities, achieve economic success, and enjoy a high quality of life.
Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church (Bishop’s Office)
The Rocky Mountain Conference is a regional body of The United Methodist Church and part of the Western Jurisdiction.
It is comprised of more than 260 churches in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming across six smaller geographic divisions called districts. These districts are Metropolitan, Mile High Pikes Peak, the Peaks & Plains, Trinity, Utah/Western Colorado, and Wyoming.
The San Francisco Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation mobilizes resources and acts as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy.
Tipping Point Community (CA)
Tipping Point Community is passionate about eliminating poverty in the Bay Area. We are advocates, investors, activists, companies, and individuals.
We find, fund, and partner with a group of very worthy organizations. We are changing the lives of families and individuals in need. We find the best organizations serving low-income families in the Bay Area and give them the dollars and, more importantly, the support they need to realize their full potential so that they can help their clients do the same. We are unapologetically focused on impact because getting results means breaking the cycle of poverty for good. Our groups deserve a funding model that respects their expertise, and our donors deserve a return on their philanthropic investments.
Education & Youth Development
Buck Institute for Education
As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts.
For teachers, BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. For schools, BIE helps bring coherence to PBL practices across grade levels and subject areas, and supports the creation of school-wide processes and structures to support PBL. For districts, BIE offers unrivaled service and expertise in creating and sustaining district-wide PBL initiatives. The exponential increase in demand for its services and products speak to BIE’s ability to help educators around the world provide a better education for all students.
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute (NE)
The mission of the Buffett Institute is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop, learn, and succeed in life.
We focus especially on children at-risk because of poverty, abuse, or developmental delay, and concentrate our efforts on the first eight years of life. We bring together those who are working to improve early childhood education and development. We serve as a catalyst for change and provide a unified vision and common approach for how we can work together to improve children’s learning and development.
Children’s Council San Francisco
Children’s Council connects families to child care that meets their needs and works with parents, providers, and community partners to make quality child care and early education a reality for all children in our city.
Concourse Education’s mission is to spur economic mobility by helping more students graduate with a rigorous, low-cost, and job-relevant degree. This is done by re-designing the college experience to better meet the needs of working adults.
Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) (PA)
For almost 50 years, the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) has championed high quality early care and education for children from birth to age 8 in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Our mission is simple. We are dedicated to ensuring educational opportunity for every child in our community. To accomplish this, we train early childhood professionals in best practice skills and career development. We coach early childhood education programs to meet higher standards of PA Keystone STARS and national accreditation. And we engage policy makers to invest in high-quality early childhood education throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.
East Bay College Access Network (CA)
The East Bay College Access Network was founded in 2011 with the East Bay Consortium, Centro Legal de la Raza, the East Oakland Youth Development Center and the Marcus Foster Education Fund.
The four nonprofits created the Access Network to address the crisis of college access and opportunity for youth in Oakland. As a new collaborative, the four founders chose to dedicate their first project to increasing the number of Oakland Unified graduates who apply for and receive financial aid.
Education Through Music
Education Through Music (ETM) partners with inner-city schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence.
Education Through Music believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers. Music should support learning in other key areas, including math, science, and language arts. Engaged parents and school communities are key to the success of students.
Larkin Street Youth Services (CA)
Larkin Street was founded in 1984 by a group of local business owners, church members, and neighbors who were concerned by the rising number of young people engaging in risky behaviors on the streets of San Francisco.
With 25 comprehensive youth service programs located throughout San Francisco in over 15 sites, Larkin Street Youth Services is now an internationally recognized model successfully integrating housing, education, employment, and health services to get homeless and at-risk kids off the streets. Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 4,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life, and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.
Memphis Music Initiative
MMI invests in youth development through transformative music engagement, creating equitable opportunities for black and brown youth in Memphis.
Memphis Public Library (System)
Memphis Public Library & Information Center (MPLIC) operates the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and 15 branches in Memphis neighborhoods that serve 652,050 city residents. All together, MPLIC manages 531,218 square feet of library space.
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) was established in 2014 as a strategic initiative of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. NECC was designed to provide back office and consulting services for early childhood development and care centers and in March 2015, was awarded a $2.6 million federal Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant.
NECC uses a shared services model to maximize efficiency, strengthen business practices, and ultimately, raise the quality of early childhood education programs. Shared services is a collaborative business model that reduces costs and allows organizations to focus on their stakeholders. It is a well-known fact that the cost of doing business for childcare providers makes it very difficult to provide high-quality services while maintaining back office integrity.
New York City Leadership Academy (NY & national)
The mission of the NYC Leadership Academy is to prepare and support visionary, passionate educators to become exceptional leaders. The future of education requires well-trained leaders who can improve the achievement of students who need it most—leaders who can build a school team with a sense of urgency, drive, and commitment.
We are dedicated to the ongoing development of such leaders. NYCLA is transforming the landscape of public education. School leaders nationwide have been able to improve their leadership practice and turn underperforming schools into schools where students achieve.
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Attending Stanford GSB will transform your life and the lives of those around you. And that’s only the beginning.
Every day, our alumni are making a positive, measurable difference in the world. A recent study by two Stanford professors determined that alumni from across Stanford University have collectively created nearly $3 trillion in economic impact each year, and have generated 5.4 million jobs.
Summer Search (CA & national)
Summer Search is a national youth development non-profit. We work with low-income high school students to transform what they believe is possible for themselves.
We help students in seven cities across the country develop the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.
The Wall Street Wizards (CA & NY)
The Wall Street Wizards is an urban financial literacy program that empowers students of color.
The Henne Group (CA)
THG is a leading national full-service research organization. For the last twenty-five years, THG has completed thousands of qualitative and quantitative research projects for business, government (federal, state, and local), academic, and not-for-profit clients.
We use the most exacting professional standards in all of our research studies and customize our work to meet your precise needs.
Metro TeenAIDS (DC)
Now a part of Whitman-Walker Health, Metro TeenAIDS works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through outreach and education, as well as to identify, treat, and improve the lives of those who are already infected.
Metro TeenAIDS envisions an HIV/AIDS-free generation where young people thrive as healthy members of a community free of stigma and barriers – eliminating the need for organizations like ours.
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (DC)
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) represents the nation’s chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.
NASTAD is dedicated to reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis infections in the U.S. and its territories, providing comprehensive, compassionate, and high-quality care to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis, and ensuring responsible public policies. NASTAD provides national leadership to achieve these goals, and to educate about and advocate for the necessary federal funding to achieve them, as well as to promote communication between state and local health departments and HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis care and treatment programs. NASTAD supports and encourages the use of applied scientific knowledge and input from affected communities to guide the development of effective policies and programs.
Nurse Family Partnership (CO & CA)
Nurse-Family Partnership helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies.
Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children – and themselves. An evidence-based community health program, Nurse-Family Partnership’s outcomes include long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. By helping to break the cycle of poverty, we play an important role in helping to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable members, build stronger communities, and leave a positive impact on this and future generations.
Peer Health Exchange (CA & national)
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.
We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Our vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (CA)
Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease.
The mission of the foundation, established in 1982, is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco because we refuse to accept HIV as inevitable.
Washington, DC Department of Health (DC)
The HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) is the core District government agency to prevent HIV/AIDS, STDs, tuberculosis, and hepatitis; reduce transmission of the diseases and provide care and treatment to persons with the diseases.
HAHSTA partners with health and community-based organizations to offer testing and counseling, prevention education and intervention, free condoms, medical support, free medication and insurance, housing, nutrition, personal care, emergency services, and direct services at its STD and TB clinics and more for residents of the District and the metropolitan region. HAHSTA administers the District’s budget for HIV/AIDS, STD, tuberculosis, and hepatitis programs, provides grants to service providers, monitors programs, and tracks the incidence of HIV, AIDS, STDs, tuberculosis and hepatitis in the District of Columbia.