AGAPE embraces people in need, people who often have nowhere else to turn. From addiction to broken families, mental illness to spiritual despair, neglect to abuse, our professional therapists, social workers, and support staff receive with open arms those who cry out. AGAPE provides counseling, crisis support, adoption and foster care services, and pregnancy-maternity care. At AGAPE, we know love works because we see it in action each and every day.

Arise2Read

Arise2Read.org

ARISE2Read is a partnership of evangelical churches and businesses with local school districts to strengthen second-grade students and enable them to enter third grade reading on grade level. ARISE2Read accomplishes this by training volunteers to tutor children one hour a week in a simple sight word program called Team Read. We also promote Good News Clubs at each school and partner with a church in the community to assist them to meet the needs of neighborhood families.

Tennessee Achieves

TnAchieves.org

With the mission of eliminating the barriers associated with entering the post-secondary pipeline, tnAchieves launched as a universal last-dollar community and technical college scholarship that paired students with volunteer mentors and required its students to complete at least 8 hours of community service each semester. The founders of tnAchieves understood that students, particularly at-risk students, need more than funding to complete college; therefore, tnAchieves offers a holistic approach to student access and success by providing wrap-around supports to students in an effort to increase Tennessee’s post-secondary attainment rate.

Stand for Children

Stand.org

Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.
We make an impact by:
  • Partnering with parents to support their children’s education journey and to become strong advocates.
  • Advocating, mainly at the state and local level, for proven policies and funding primarily focused on helping students reach make-or-break milestones.
  • Reading well by the end of third grade
  • Graduating high school ready for college, career training, or a career
  • Ensuring the changes we fight for reach classrooms and directly support students.
  • Electing candidates committed to fighting for an equitable public education system that gives all students a chance to succeed.

TN State Teacher Fellows – Hope Street Group

HopeStreetGroup.org

The Tennessee State Teacher Fellows Program launched in 2015 with exceptional teacher leaders from across the state.
Reflecting the diversity of Tennessee’s education landscape, these educators have teaching experience ranging from 3 years to 40 years. In their inaugural year, Teacher Fellows met with local and state leaders to discuss critical public education policy issues. Additionally, Teacher Fellows provided peer feedback to the Tennessee Department of Education on urgent classroom education issues, including teacher professional development, Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) and school climate.

Village of Wisdom

VillageOfWisdom.org

The Village of Wisdom is a family organizing and advocacy entity working to eliminate racial injustice in schools. They work to close the academic opportunity gap by protecting the intellectual curiosity and positive racial self-concept of Black children through the love and wisdom of their families and communities. VOW develops tools and resources that help parents, teachers, and students create ideal learning environments for Black and Brown learners.

Education Justice Alliance

EJA-NC.com

The Education Justice Alliance works for an educational system that is effective, equitable, and inclusive. EJA promotes the key issues of racial, socio-economic, and gender equity. They seek to decrease unfair suspensions and expulsions, and to improve positive approaches to discipline that meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students.

Student Action with Farmworkers

SAF-Unite.org

SAF reaches out to thousands of community members by raising awareness of injustices in the agricultural industry through our From the Ground Up program. We use actions, presentations, publications and email alerts, to inform and mobilize students and community members around current legislation, consumer boycotts, and other justice efforts initiated by farmworkers. We coordinate an annual national week of action, Farmworker Awareness Week, to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities.

Teachers Voice Network – Hope Street Group

HopeStreetGroup.org

The North Carolina Teacher Voice Fellows positively inform decisions made by education policymakers by providing feedback from colleagues that represents the collective and diverse opinions of educators throughout the state. By collaborating with partner organizations and engaging peers to learn more about and share their own stories related to policy decisions, Fellows will accelerate a movement of constructive teacher-led conversations around solutions that bring the most benefit to the students of North Carolina.

Public School Forum of NC

NCForum.org

For more than 30 years the Public School Forum of North Carolina has served as an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools. We bring together individuals and institutions from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy.
From the start, a key purpose of the Forum has been to “speak truth to power.” We consistently and diligently have served as an informed and honest messenger, regardless of the politics. We have made it our job to be objective, engage diverse groups, ask smart questions, listen carefully, conduct evidence-based research, develop innovative ideas and programs, provide support, build consensus, and inform and shape education policy. We always advocate for what is best for the children of North Carolina, not just what seems politically possible in the moment. Through the research and ideas we produce, the programs we develop and lead, the information we publish, the partnerships we form, and the citizen engagement we develop, the Public School Forum advances the cause of public education in North Carolina.

NC PTA

NCPTA.org

The North Carolina PTA (NCPTA) is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. PTAs across North Carolina impact more than 685,000 children and their families.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

JaxPEF.org

Through conversations with Wendy Puriefoy, president of the Public Education Network, The Community Foundation gained an understanding of the role of a high-performing/high-capacity local education fund. Such a local education fund works closely with the school district in a complex relationship that pushes or pulls the district in new directions when necessary while still maintaining a constructive partnership. A high-capacity local education fund also engages parents, community groups, and the business and philanthropic communities to bring these sectors and their resources into the schools. During this learning process, the Foundation convened a group of potential donors who came together as a task force dedicated to creating a high-performing local education fund for Duval County. In May of 2008 the task force reconvened with members of the Alliance Board of Directors to present the case for a restructured local education fund. Later that month, the Alliance Board of Directors agreed to join the members of the task force in overseeing the transition to the new organization. On January 1, 2009, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund began its role as Duval County’s high-performing local education fund.

Florida College Access Network

FloridaCollegeAccess.org

Through conversations with Wendy Puriefoy, president of the Public Education Network, The Community Foundation gained an understanding of the role of a high-performing/high-capacity local education fund. Such a local education fund works closely with the school district in a complex relationship that pushes or pulls the district in new directions when necessary while still maintaining a constructive partnership. A high-capacity local education fund also engages parents, community groups, and the business and philanthropic communities to bring these sectors and their resources into the schools. During this learning process, the Foundation convened a group of potential donors who came together as a task force dedicated to creating a high-performing local education fund for Duval County. In May of 2008 the task force reconvened with members of the Alliance Board of Directors to present the case for a restructured local education fund. Later that month, the Alliance Board of Directors agreed to join the members of the task force in overseeing the transition to the new organization. On January 1, 2009, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund began its role as Duval County’s high-performing local education fund.

Achieve Escambia

AchieveEscambia.org

Achieve Escambia is our community’s first cradle to career collective impact effort focused on the complex system of education and workforce development. We are an “all-in” partnership of Escambia County stakeholders from the education, non-profit, business, faith, community, civic, and philanthropic sectors committed to align our community resources so everyone is empowered to achieve success. Our partnership shares a vision and strategy for improving cradle to career outcomes through a structured, evidence-based, long-term approach. Using research-based outcomes, Achieve Escambia will track annual achievement for each of several critical cradle to career key transition points.

Children’s Services Council of Broward Co

CSCBroward.org

The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority established by the voters in 2000 and reauthorized in 2014.The CSC’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of services. The organization funds close to a hundred programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together. The CSC works with Community Partners to help “Turn the Curve” in a positive direction on issues like: Maternal and Child Health Family Strengthening After-School and Out-of-School Time Kinship Care Youth Leadership, Advocacy and Employment Support for Youth and Families with Special Needs.

Florida’s Coalition for Children

FlChildren.org

Our member agencies care for over 50,000 children and families in crisis each year, providing critical services and programs to this vulnerable population throughout the state. Some of these services include residential and group home care, emergency shelters, residential treatment centers, counseling, foster family services, adoption services, early intervention and prevention programs, and various in-home support services. They also support those who have aged out of the foster care system and are utilizing the state’s independent living program. The mission of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) is to advocate on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected, and at-risk children, and to support the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf. The vision of the Coalition is to see a system of child welfare in Florida that is fully resourced, well managed, and fulfills the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families.

Florida PTA

FloridaPTA.org

Florida PTA is the largest statewide volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. Founded in 1923 as a branch of the 4 million member National PTA, Florida PTA is made up of approximately 1,450 local units with more than 300,000 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children. For over 120 years, PTA has provided resources and important information to parents, educators and elected officials. PTA members advocate every day for children.

Ask for More Jackson

PpsJackson.org

For over twenty years, Ask for More Jackson has brought schools and communities together to improve public education in our city. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or community member, they believe everyone has something to offer to better the lives of the Jackson Public Schools children.

Southern Echo

SouthernEcho.org

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Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA)

DemocraticEducation.org

Our vision is an engaged, informed, and energized majority clear about the role of education in a just society. People and communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have the tools, visions, stories, and strategies to create educational experiences and systems that lead towards young people and nations that are resourceful, equitable, and sustainable. Citizens are active, life-long learners who desire, create and utilize knowledge to improve their lives and their world.

NAACP MS

NAACPMS.org

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Texas Appleseed

TexasAppleseed.org

Texas Appleseed is a public interest justice center. This nonprofit works to change unjust laws and policies that prevent Texans from realizing their full potential. They anchor a dynamic network of pro bono partners and collaborators to develop and advocate for innovative and practical solutions to complex issues. Texas Appleseed also conducts data-driven research that uncovers inequity in laws and policies and identifies solutions for lasting, concrete change. The many issues on which they work are united by the goal of greater justice. When justice is beyond reach, Texas Appleseed provides the ladder.

Center for Public Policy Priorities

ForABetterTexas.org

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas – a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all.

CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds
to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for
hard-working people and their families.

Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)

IDRA.org

The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. IDRA strengthens and transforms public education by providing dynamic training; useful research, evaluation, and frameworks for action; timely policy analyses; and innovative materials and programs.

We are committed to the IDRA valuing philosophy, respecting the knowledge and skills of the individuals we work with and build on the strengths of the students and parents in their schools.

Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC)

TEGAC.org

The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (“TEGAC” or the “Consortium”) is a funders’ collaborative that was created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to build support for and improvement in public education in Texas in response to the historic cuts made to public education by the Texas legislature during the 2011 session. Foundations are directly impacted by these cuts and are responding with a united and respectful voice of concern.

Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

OrganizeTexas.org

The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) works to improve the lives of low-income and working class Texas families through community organizing, and civic and electoral engagement. TOP is a membership-based organization that conducts direct action organizing, grassroots lobbying and electoral organizing led by working families in Texas.

Atlanta Housing

AtlantaHousing.org

Atlanta Housing (AH) provides housing assistance to low-income working families, seniors, persons with disabilities and persons with special needs. AH is the largest affordable housing provider in the state of Georgia, currently serving more than 23,000 families. They offer Atlanta residents choices to live in quality, mixed-income apartment communities and single-family home neighborhoods throughout the city of Atlanta.

Public Education Matters Georgia

PublicEducationMattersGa.org

We are a statewide organization committed to fostering community support for quality public education in Georgia through outreach, information, and advocacy.
We believe:

  • All students have the right to a quality public education.
  • It is society’s responsibility to provide that education and to ensure all necessary resources for its provision.
  • Strong public schools unite communities, providing unique opportunities for engagement and interaction.
  • Public education preserves the foundation of our democracy by creating an informed citizenry.
  • An informed citizenry benefits all facets of society.

VOX Atlanta

VOXATL.org

VOX is a teen-driven, professional space and a learning environment for diverse teens in metro Atlanta. VOX is Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression.

Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI)

GLISI.org

At GLISI, we envision schools that create joy, unleash potential, and inspire enthusiastic learning. We believe teacher and leader teams are the key for making this a reality for all students. Our services teach adults new skills, challenge the status quo, and encourage teams of teachers and leaders to push one another toward new ways of leading and learning. The teachers and leaders we serve are better equipped to tackle their school responsibilities and to work together to create thriving school cultures for students and adults alike.

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE)

GPEE.org

Founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Partnership consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education in our state. Our mission is to inform and influence Georgia leaders through research and non-partisan advocacy to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement. The organization is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit working tirelessly to be Georgia’s foremost change agent in K-12 public education. The Georgia Partnership often takes lead roles in efforts to shape policy and reform education but gladly partners with other groups or organizations taking lead roles in a variety of efforts.

Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.

TruancyProject.org

The Truancy Intervention Project or “TIP” strives to decrease chronic absenteeism by pairing trained volunteers with children and their families to provide them with the advocacy, resources and services necessary to ensure good attendance and success in school. Originating in Fulton County, TIP provides resources and intervention services to children who are chronically absent from school and, as a result, either become involved with the local juvenile court or are referred for early intervention at the school level. Since its inception, TIP has served over 10,500 children. An impressive 6,040 children did not return to the Juvenile Court since their involvement with the project. This represents an overall 85.8% success rate. More than 2,000 trained volunteers throughout the state, both attorneys and non-attorneys have given their time and talent to help these children.

Latin American Association

TheLAA.org

The mission of the Latin American Association (LAA) is to empower Latinos to adapt, integrate and thrive. Our vision is ‘Opportunity for All.’ Founded in 1972, the LAA has grown over the past four decades to become the region’s leading agency representing Georgia’s Latino issues. The LAA offers a targeted menu of direct services that helps Latino individuals assimilate and become contributing members of Georgia’s community. The LAA achieves its mission through five (5) focus areas: Culture & Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Education, Family Well-Being and Immigration. Each focus area includes a targeted menu of direct services, large-scale events and advocacy to realize significant community impact and affect systems level change.

Georgia PTA

GeorgiaPTA.org

Georgia PTA serves as a link between the national organization and membership within the state. A person who joins a local Parent Teacher Association automatically becomes a member of National PTA and Georgia PTA. Georgia PTA represents 300,000 members at the state legislature, state board of education and other education and child-focused organizations; provides support and training for local PTAs through workshops and publications; coordinates special projects to promote the welfare of Georgia’s children and youth, and much more.