distributes donated food and grocery products to grassroots nonprofits; advocates for anti-hunger policy. America’s Second Harvest annually distributes over 2 billion pounds of emergency food to more than 25 million Americans.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
researches and analyzes state and federal budgets and fiscal policies; advocates on behalf of the poor. CBPP has aided massive policy gains for low-income families in areas ranging from the EITC to food stamps.
builds democracy through citizen service, leadership, and social
entrepreneurship; advocates for national service policy. Last year, City Year youth completed more than 1.4 million hours of service in mentoring, tutoring, and educating children in school.
addresses environmental problems with research,
advocacy, market tools, and corporate partnerships. Environmental Defense has helped eliminate acid rain and created new models for addressing climate change.
operates a museum of science, art, and human perception that serves as a model for interactive museums around the world; it has catalyzed a worldwide hands-on science education movement
Habitat for Humanity
seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by building
homes, raising awareness, and advocating for change. Habitat homes have housed over a million poor people.
The Heritage Foundation
formulates and promotes conservative policy through research and via affiliate organizations. The Heritage Foundation is
considered to be America's most influential think tank; it helped produce a conservative majority in Congress.
National Council of La Raza
works to improve opportunities for all Latinos through
national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. NCLR has restored safety net benefits to millions of immigrants and has shaped legislation to protect them.
fosters economic development in low-income communities through lending,
asset building, research, and advocacy. Self-Help has saved families more than $4 billion annually by fighting anti-predatory lending, and has provided over $4.5 billion in financing to help borrowers build wealth through ownership of a home or business
Share Our Strength
inspires and leads individuals and businesses to end childhood
hunger. Share Our Strength has raised over $200 million to fight hunger.
Teach for America
is a national corps of college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and bring long-term leadership to the broader education reform movement. Teach for America brings 5,000 corps members into public schools annually, impacting the lives of 400,000 students across the country.
helps low-income youth learn job and leadership skills by building affordable
community housing-it has produced over 15,000 units of low-income housing.
For the new Revised and Updated Edition of Forces for Good, the authors conducted additional research on more than a dozen high-impact local and smaller nonprofits to understand how they applied the six practices in their communities. These local nonprofits included:
- A Home Within, San Francisco, CA
- Avenida Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
- Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Berea, KY
- Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan, IL
- Live Local Alberta, Alberta, Canada
- Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND), San Fernando Valley, CA
- The Mission Continues, Atlanta, GA
- NeighborWorks Montana, Great Falls, MT
- Nonprofit Energy Alliance, Montgomery, MD
- Partnership to End Poverty, Bend, OR
- RYASAP, Bridgeport, CT
- SafeKids Canada, Toronto, Canada