Organizations Making a Difference

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership | Mission: to promote, create and preserve mixed income communities through direct development, lending, policy research and advocacy that result in the equitable distribution of affordable housing throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region.


Bethel New Life (Chicago IL) | Mission: to realize God’s vision of a restored society by creating opportunities for individuals and families to invest in themselves and by promoting policies and systems that help communities thrive.


The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program | Mission: to deliver research and solutions that help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy that works for all.


Center for Community Change | Mission: building a movement led by everyday people to create change in their communities and across the country.


Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community, University of California, Santa Cruz | Mission: a progressive, applied research institute that focuses on issues of social and economic justice, dialogues across diversity, and the building of collaborative communities.


Center for Neighborhood Technology | Mission: CNT delivers game-changing research, tools, and solutions to create sustainable + equitable communities.


Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment | Mission: our work sits at the intersection of environmental and health issues, and centers low income communities and communities of color. We are rooted in the San Joaquin Valley which faces some of the greatest environmental challenges in the country including oil and gas drilling, air pollution, contaminated water, agricultural and toxic waste.

The City Project
(Los Angeles) | Mission: to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.


Commonweal | Mission: Working within three core fields-health and healing, art and education, and environment and justice-Commonweal incubates and supports programs including cancer, health professional education, environmental health, adult learning, yoga, healing nutrition, permaculture gardening, and juvenile justice.


The Community Foundation Serving Coastal South Carolina | Mission: to work with people and organizations who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy.


Earth House | The mission of Earth House Center in Oakland, California is to build healthy, just, and sustainable communities through education, training and multimedia communication tools.


Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities | Mission is to inspire, strengthen and expand funding and philanthropic leadership that yield environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and economically prosperous regions and communities.


Gamaliel | Mission: to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives.


Good Jobs First | Mission: a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families.


Greater Baltimore Urban League | Mission: since 1924, we have been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena.


Innovative Housing Institute Mission: to serve the most vulnerable sector of Baltimore’s population by matching people to housing opportunities, through implementing and executing innovative strategies to increase the supply of sustainable affordable housing within racially and economically integrated communities.


The Insight Center | Mission: to shift inequitable power structures to ensure that all people can fully participate in the economy and have the freedom to bring their full selves to our diverse nation regardless of zip code, race or gender.


Isles, Inc. | Mission: a community development and environmental organization fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities; we design and develop effective services that support this mission and share what we learn with others who can make a difference.


Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity | Mission: to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.


Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy | Mission:to help build a new economy rooted in good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment.


The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University | Mission: to study and improve the legal profession by: honoring exemplary lawyers; inculcating ethics into teaching law; training future lawyers “in the service of others”; incorporating ethical and professional values into academic and mentoring programs; and encouraging scholarly inquiry and scholarship on the professional conduct and regulation of lawyers.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People / NAACP) (Detroit)| Mission: to demand justice and civil rights; seeking not merely a superficial procedural justice, but a substantive, deeper form of justice that derives from the very spirit upon which this country was founded.


PolicyLink | Mission: a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works.


Pratt Institute for Community and Environmental Development | Mission: grounded in four core values: Equity, Sustainability, Local Knowledge, and Diverse Economy.


Redefining Progress | Mission: a public policy think tank dedicated to smart economics; finding solutions that ensure a sustainable and equitable world for future generations.


The Research Foundation of the State University of New York | Mission: to support research and discovery at SUNY through efficient and skillful administration of sponsored projects and adept transfer and sharing of intellectual property for public benefit and economic growth.


Regional Plan Association | Mission: to improve the New York metropolitan region’s economic health, environmental sustainability and quality of life through research, planning and advocacy.


The San Francisco Foundation | Mission: to ensure that everyone has a chance to get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, has a strong political voice, and can live in a community that provides real access to opportunity; to advance racial and economic equity across the Bay Area.


Smart Growth America | Mission: helping every town and city become a more economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable place to live.


Surface Transportation Policy Project | Mission: working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment.


Urban Habitat | Mission: to democratize power and advance equitable policies to create a just and connected Bay Area for low-income communities and communities of color.


WE ACT (West Harlem) | Mission: to empower and organize low-income, people of color to build healthy communities for all..