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Links — U.S. Anti-Poverty Organizations and Other Resources

U.S. Hunger | U.S. Poverty | U.S. Children | U.S. Welfare Advocates | U.S. Asset Development | U.S. Microcredit | U.S. Health Policy

U.S. Hunger — Advocates and Service Providers

America’s Second Harvest is an organization that provides emergency food assistance to more than 23 million hungry Americans each year through a network of over 200 food banks and food-rescue programs.
Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University promotes policies that improve the lives of low-income children and families. Center activities include research and policy analysis, public education initiatives, and assistance to policymakers and organizations across the country on poverty- and hunger-related issues.
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying the U.S. leaders.
Congressional Hunger Center’s purpose is to ensure that the issues of domestic and international hunger remain at the forefront of national debate.
End Hunger Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with the entertainment community to create, stimulate and support media projects, programs, and events aimed at ending childhood hunger in the U.S.
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a national research and public policy center whose aim is to eradicate hunger in the U.S.
Food Stamp Program, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the largest federal food assistance program in the U.S.
National WIC Association is a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization that represents state and local agencies that together provide quality nutrition education, breastfeeding support, health care and other referral services to over 7.6 million at-risk women, infants and children in over 10,000 WIC clinics nationwide.
Share our Strength is an anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization that mobilizes individuals and industries to contribute their talents to raise funds and awareness for the fight against hunger and poverty.
Tufts Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy is a set of programs that focus on food security, hunger, and poverty in the United States as set by the Tufts School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a program under the Food and Nutrition Service that was created to help low-income women, infants, and children who are at risk for malnutrition.

U.S. Poverty — Advocates and Service Providers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
Center for Community Change is a grassroots building organization that helps low-income people build powerful, effective organization through which they can change their communities and public policies for the better.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children and secure access for low-income persons to our civil justice system.
Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
Community Action Partnership is the national association representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) organized to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live.
Fair Taxes for All is a coalition dedicated to a tax system in which all contribute their fair share, and revenues are sufficient to meet shared prioities and invest in our common future.
First Class Teachers, an associate membership program of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), organizes and mobilizies early childhood educators and their allies to advocate for fair and decent employment for this profession and reliable, affordable and high-quality early care and education services for families.
Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization focusing on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women’s civic and political participation.
LIFETIME is a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to empower low-income parents to determine, pursue an achieve their goals for education, employment and economic security. LIFETIME’s goal is to help low-income parents enroll in, continue and successfully complete higher education and training.
Low Income Networking and Communications (LINC) Project is an information source for and about groups of low-income people organizing to confront the shredding of our social safety net.
National Priorities Project helps the public understand the federal budget and shape it to meet their needs.
National Women’s Law Center is an organization that has worked to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.
NETWORK is a national Catholic social justice lobby that calls for peace and economic justice in our nation and the world.
True Majority, founded by Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s, is a grassroots education and advocacy project of Priorities, Inc. They have a great visual explaining the budget using Oreo cookies.
United Way United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement in making a measurable impact in every community in America. The United Way movement includes approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers.
United for a Fair Economy raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.
Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to examining national economic, social, and governance issues.
Unitarian Universalist Association is a group that represents the interests of more than one thousand Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) is an organization that works for economic security for all women and their families and the elimination of poverty.

U.S. Children — Advocates and Service Providers

Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance’s vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC) promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is a membership-based child welfare organization.
Children’s Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Children Now is a research organization that utilizes research and mass communications to make the well-being of children a top priority across the nation.
Docs for Tots is working to develop, support, and grow a nationwide network of doctors who can respond to the requests of child advocacy organizations and others to participate in advocating for policies and practices that improve the well-being of our youngest children. Docs For Tots was formed to encourage more doctors to fulfill their important role as active advocates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on the national, state and local levels.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations. The organization reviews research about what keeps kids from becoming criminals and puts that information in the hands of policymakers and the public.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) works with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care. NACCRRA operates Child Care Aware®, a national toll-free information line and website for families available in English and Spanish.
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.
National Center for Children in Poverty is a part of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, whose mission is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and their families.
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices helps governors and their staff develop and implement solutions to challenges facing their states, including early childhood education policies.
National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit membership organization that provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for poor children ages 0 through 5, and their families.
Parents’ Action for Children is a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the interests of families and young children. Parents’ Action develops parent education materials, connects parents with one another, and fights for issues such as early education, health care, and high quality and affordable child care.
Voices for America’s Children is a national organization committed to working at the state and local levels to improve the well-being of children, with member organizations in almost every state.

U.S. Welfare Advocates

Grassroots Organizing for Welfare Leadership (GROWL) is a national movement of welfare rights and economic justice organizations that challenges the dominant framework around welfare reform from a grassroots perspective.
Kensington Welfare Rights Union – Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is a national effort led by poor and homeless women, men, and children of all races to raise the issue of poverty as a human rights violation.
Midwest Partners (no current website) is a coalition of advocacy organizations, human service agencies and individuals from six Midwestern states. The partners work collaboratively to expand opportunities for working families through the reauthorization of federal programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), work support programs and innovative work policies to help low-income workers.
The National Welfare Engine is a grassroots’ coalition of current and former welfare recipients, national policy groups, working poor, students, religious groups, community activists, lobbyist, and welfare reform organizations changing economic policies that impact people in poverty.
National Welfare Monitoring & Advocacy Partnership (NWMAP) is a collaboration of organizers, advocates, service providers and researchers from across the United States concerned with the well-being of low-income people.
Welfare Advocacy Research Project is a project of Applied Research Center, where academics and activists forge tools to spark social progress and measure the results.
Economic Success Clearinghouse is a clearinghouse for information, policy analysis, and technical assistance on welfare reform. (Formerly Welfare Information Network)
Welfare Law Center is an advocacy group that works with and on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support is available to meet basic needs and to foster healthy human and family development.
Welfare Made a Difference National Campaign is a coalition based public education and legislative action campaign that seeks to reshape public perception about and public policy relating to welfare by documenting and disseminating the stories of the diverse group of people who have received welfare and risen out of poverty with the help of welfare.

U.S. Asset Development — Advocates and Service Providers is a website devoted to the research of Asset Development created by the New America Foundation.
The Center for Social Development (CSD) is a unit of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work (GWB) at Washington University in St. Louis. CSD has a multipurpose agenda encompassing social theory, research, policy innovation, projects in the community, and teaching. CSD is the leading academic center of theory and research on asset building.
CFED is an organization that fosters widely shared and sustainable economic well-being. CFED promotes asset-building and economic opportunity strategies, primarily in low-income and distressed communities, that bring together community practice, public policy, and private markets in new and effective ways.
The Institute on Assets and Social Policy, part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, is dedicated to the economic and social mobility of individuals and families, particularly those traditionally left out of the economic mainstream, and to the expansion of the middle class..
The New America Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy institute that sponsors a wide range of research, published writing, conferences and events on the most important issues of our time.
The Woodstock Institute was founded in Chicago in 1973 and its mission is to research, develop and promote ways to bring economic resources to lower-income and minority families and communities. Their website includes the helpful Guide to Economic Indicators.

U.S. Microcredit Associations

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) national association for the microenterprise development industry.
CFED promotes asset-building and economic opportunity strategies, primarily in low-income and distressed communities, that bring together community practice, public policy, and private markets in new and effective ways.
Grameen Foundation advancing the philosophy and work of Grameen.

U.S. Health Care — Advocates and Service Providers

American Academy of Pediatrics is a group of pediatricians whose mission is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Americans for Insurance Reform (AIR) is a national coalition of public interest organizations that support effective insurance industry reforms to control skyrocketing insurance rates, reduced insurance coverage, arbitrary policy cancellations, mismanagement and other insurance industry abuses.’s Senior Care Directory provides a comprehensive listing of resources in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal resources, financial planning and management, and health care.
Campaign for America’s Future is a center of progressive strategy, organizing and issue campaigns. CAF anchors a progressive leadership network, enlisting leaders at the national, state and local levels to build a more just and democratic society. The Campaign focus on issues such as fighting the privatization of Social Security, for investment in energy independence, good jobs and a sustainable economy, for affordable health care and more.
Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care is a national, nonprofit membership organization of consumer groups dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of health care for all Americans.
Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation.
National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America’s working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Physicians for a National Health Program is a nonprofit organization of physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals that support a national health insurance (NHI) program.
Universal Health Care Action Network is a national resource and strategic center supporting organizations and advocates working for comprehensive, affordable and publicly accountable health care for all in the U.S.
USAction is an activist organization, dedicated to winning social, racial and economic justice for all.