Social Justice. Advocacy. Action.

A comprehensive list of vetted nonprofits and civil programs working to promote race equity and social justice 

Civil Rights Groups

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR)

A coalition of more than 200 diverse national organizations working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)

Works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education and outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, advocacy, and enforcement.

Color of Change

The nation’s largest online civil rights organization building grassroots political power for African-Americans and working for social change for all people.

Race Forward

A public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy and journalism (it publishes Colorlines).

Political Research Associates (PRA)

A research center that works to facilitate public understanding of the threat posed to human rights by oppressive and authoritarian right-wing movements in the United States.

American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

The association of professionals managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs.

Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)

Provides research and communications infrastructure and strategic support for local organizations working on campaigns to win structural change by directly taking on the financial elite that are responsible for pillaging communities of color, devastating working class communities, and harming our environment.

Center for Media Justice (CMJ)

Develops and teaches creative, effective, and participatory communications and media activism strategies that support the fight for racial justice, economic equity, and human rights.

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Legal Defense of Civil Rights Groups

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Uses advocacy and litigation to achieve racial justice, focusing specifically on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice, and criminal justice.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Works to foster sound public policies, laws, and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education, and litigation.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Marshals the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of racial justice and economic opportunity.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.


A network of independent public interest law centers that use pro bono help to develop practical and lasting solutions to chronic injustices in public education, health care, child welfare, justice, and immigration.

Brennan Center for Justice

Uses scholarship, public education, and legal action to find innovative and practical solutions to intractable problems in the areas of democracy (voting), poverty, and criminal justice.

Fisher, Sheehan & Colton

A small research and consulting firm that provides technical assistance to public and private organizations involved with the quest for social justice.

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Criminal Justice Groups

Innocence Project

Works to achieve the exoneration and release of factually innocent inmates through post-conviction DNA testing and works to create a network of schools, organizations, and citizens that can effectively challenge wrongful convictions.

Sentencing Project

An independent source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information for the public and policy makers.

Prison Policy Initiative (PPI)

Documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare, and produces accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy.

Justice Policy Institute (JPI)

Works to enhance the public dialog on incarceration through accessible research, public education, and communications advocacy with the goal of ending society’s reliance on incarceration.

Critical Resistance

Seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Grassroots Leadership

Seeks to put an end to abuses of justice and the public trust by working to abolish for-profit private prisons.

Justice Strategies

Promotes humane, effective approaches to criminal justice and immigration reform through rigorous analysis, high-quality research, and practical policy solutions.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Liberation Groups

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

Dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

National LGBTQ Task Force

Advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. The first national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization and a leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The largest national lesbian and gay political organization working to ensure the basic equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

Works to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)

Advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.


Works for freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

OutRight Action International

Works to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities around the world subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

Civil Rights Constituency Groups

National Urban League

Works for racial equality for African-Americans, fights institutional racism, and provides direct service to minorities in the areas of employment, housing, education, social welfare, health, law, consumer rights, and community and minority business development.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

A civil rights organization working to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

A council of national African American women’s organizations that lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.

Black Radical Congress (BRC)

Works to promote dialogue among African American activists and scholars on the left; to discuss critical issues on the national and international scene that pertain to the Black community; to explore new strategies and directions for progressive political, social and cultural movements; and to renew the Black radical movement through increased unified action.

RainbowPUSH Coalition

A progressive organization of workers, women, and people of color founded by Jesse Jackson that fights for social change.

A. Philip Randolph Institute

Works with black trade unionists to fight for racial equality and economic justice.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Works to secure the rights and benefits of Indians under treaties with the United States, to give the public a better understanding of the Indian people, and to promote the common welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Works for civil rights and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans and as a national umbrella organization for more than 300 formal affiliates in 41 states. Formerly: National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Works to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Works to protect the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community.

OCA (formerly known as Organization of Chinese Americans)

Works to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)

Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, seeks to move white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice.

Community Organizing Groups

People’s Action

Coordinator of hundreds of local community organizations in 29 states fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations. A merger of 5 groups: National People’s Action (NPA), USAction, Campaign for America’s Future (CAF), the Institute for America’s Future, and the Center for Health Environment and Justice (CHEJ).

Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

A network of 57 affiliates that build a political base within society’s rich and complex third sector — the sector of voluntary institutions that includes religious congregations, labor locals, homeowner groups, recovery groups, parents associations, settlement houses, immigrant societies, schools, and others — and then the leaders use that base to compete at times, to confront at times, and to cooperate at times with leaders in the public and private sectors.

Gamaliel Foundation

A network of 60 affiliates representing multi-faith, multi-racial, church-going people who work on social justice campaigns.

Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART)

A network of 22 grassroots, nonprofit, congregation-based community organizations working to win justice on issues facing their communities.

Faith in Action

A national network of faith-based community organizations working to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities, and revitalize democracy. Formerly, PICO National Network.

Community Change

Works to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. Formerly, the Center for Community Change.

Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO)

A training and resource center that promotes and sustains direct-action organizing in communities of color to build a social justice movement led by people of color.