The Advocacy Fund works across four major issue areas. A selection of our projects and funds include:

Criminal Justice

8th Amendment Project Opportunity Fund -The 8th Amendment Project coordinates the national campaign to end the death penalty. The campaign employs all available tools to achieve, repeal, and decrease the number of death sentences and executions. At the same time, it works to change public discourse about the death penalty in this country. The campaign systematically pushes for both reduced usage and repeal in the states to achieve a successful U.S. Supreme Court review, and includes: litigation, legislation and policy reform, field and outreach efforts, communication, and where applicable, electoral strategy. It fosters the partnerships between national organizations, state groups, litigators, advocates, and funders that are essential to create lasting change.

Alliance for Citizenship – Alliance for Citizenship builds support for workable comprehensive immigration reform. The Campaign connects people from communities across the country who are ready to work together towards achieving the 279 votes needed to win just and humane comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Read more about A4C’s story at TAF.

Dream Defenders Action Fund – Dream Defenders is an organization that was formed in the aftermath of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killing in 2012. The group, whose name alludes to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington, aims to address the structural problems at the heart of the Martin case: the criminalization of people of color, police brutality, and mass incarceration – all of which add up to a system that can be called “the new Jim Crow.” They seek to train and organize youth and students in nonviolent civil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action, while creating a sustainable network of youth and student leaders to take action and create change in their communities.

Fund for Fair and Just Policing in NYC – The Fund for Fair and Just Policing in NYC is a campaign engaged in stopping abusive stop-and frisk practices by New York City police by substantially decreasing bias-based encounters with the police, increasing the ability of the most affected communities to hold the police accountable and prevent abusive policing, and building the political will in New York City among the public and policymakers to advance a more just and humane policing paradigm in New York City.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Action – Vote Safe launched the Yes on Proposition 47 campaign on the California ballot in the Fall of 2014, allowing voters the chance to reduce seven low-level, nonviolent drug and theft offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. The millions of dollars saved will go towards K-12 education, mental health treatment for prisoners, and victim services. Read more about ASJ Action’s story at TAF.


 

Democracy

Demos Action – Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

New Media Ventures – New Media Ventures is a national angel network that introduces progressive investors to powerful new startups who are building progressive media, communications, and organizing tools and capacity. The community has invested more than $4 million into startups that use media and technology to drive progressive change, revolutionizing the political landscape.

Rethink Media – Rethink Media is a unique nonprofit organization focused on building the communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, advocacy organizations, experts, and allies towards a more constructive US Foreign and national security policy, the protection of human and civil rights, and strengthening our democracy. They provide its member groups with affordable access to state of the art media technologies, communications training, public opinion data, and messaging support.


 

Economic Justice 

National Employment Law Project Action Fund – The National Employment Law Project Action Fund fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. They seek to ensure the promises of opportunity and economic security for America’s workers in the 21st century economy.

NPH Action Fund – NPH engages community leaders and stakeholders in finding solutions for the crisis in housing affordability through time-tested and innovative strategies that serve low-income families, seniors, veterans, formerly homeless and people at risk.

Roosevelt Forward – Roosevelt brings together thinkers and doers—from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists—working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. We rethink and reshape everything from local policy to federal legislation, orienting toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.

SCOPE Agenda Action – SCOPE builds grassroots power to create social, economic, and environmental justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles.

Tenants Together Action – The Tenants Together Action Fund is the newly formed political arm of California’s statewide tenant movement. The Action Fund uses the political and legislative process to defend and advance the rights of California tenants to safe, decent, and affordable housing. The fund strengthens the statewide tenant movement as they fight for fairness and justice for tenants across California.


 

Environment & Health

California Environmental Justice Alliance Action Fund – CEJA is a statewide coalition of grassroots, environmental justice organizations. They work to achieve environmental justice by organizing in low-income communities and communities of color – those most impacted by environmental hazards – and by pushing for policies at the federal, state, regional and local levels that protect public health and the environment.

CCAEJ Action – CCAEJ Action is dedicated to improving both our social conditions and the natural environment we inhabit, so that everyone has a safe, healthy, toxic free place to live, work, learn, and play. Their services include leadership training and skills development, projects that improve the natural environment and well-being of our families, and advocacy for changes in public policy that are community-driven, protective, and enhance local resources.

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) – One of the preeminent environmental justice organizations in the nation, CBE seeks to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice. They work to prevent and reduce pollution and build green, healthy, sustainable communities and environments.

Eldercare Workforce Alliance – The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 31 national organizations, joined together to provide care services to meet the needs of older adults. As a non-profit, their mission is to provide the highest quality care possible to their residents, and propose practical solutions to strengthen our eldercare workforce and improve the quality of care.

Lead Locally – Lead Locally identifies and supports efforts in key local jurisdictions where the national climate movement can organize people power to stop major fossil fuel infrastructure and pave the way for a clean energy economy.

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families – Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals, including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, and environmentalists from across the nation. They work to protect the health of all Americans by persuading Congress and the President to reform our outdated chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), through comprehensive legislative reform. They seek to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace and educate the public about ways to protect one’s family from toxic chemicals.

Voices for Progress – Voices for Progress is working to create capacity for major donors and other opinion leaders to urge elected officials to support progressive public policy. They provide timely information on relevant issues, coordinating members’ efforts to expand opportunity, strengthen democracy, and prevent climate change.

Vote Solar Action Fund – Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by brining solar energy into the mainstream, working at the state, local, and federal level to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.