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August 30, 2015 | 15th Elul 5775

Organizations Addressing Poverty - Speakers Bureaus and Additional Information

The following organizations address issues of poverty. Many of these organizations can help congregations by providing speakers for lectures, discussions, informal educational opportunities and religious schools.

Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national, nonprofit agency which allocates donations from the Jewish community to nonprofit organizations providing food, help and hope to hungry people of all faiths and backgrounds.

National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) engages in public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing. NCH also has a Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau made up of homeless/formerly homeless individuals.  These individuals speak to many groups (especially youth) nationwide.

Children's Defense Fund
The mission of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) 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. Speakers available.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives works with a network of researchers and policy analysts who have expertise in a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues. Speakers available.

Free the Children
Free the Children has an active speaker’s bureau of young people who are changing the world. Free the Children speakers combine exceptional public speaking skills, personal stories from experiences in developing countries and a unique youth-to-youth connection to young audience members.

Both Your Hands
Both Your Hands links caring communities to impoverished villages to create self-sufficiency and pride.  For as little as $250 to $1000, a group can create microloans, economic development, support schools and promote better nutrition and health. We are currently working in Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Senegal and soon hope to add Mexico, arctic Alaska and the Solomon Islands.

United Way

Community Service Society of New York
The Community Service Society of New York is an independent, nonprofit organization that for more than 150 years has helped New Yorkers in need to defeat the problems of poverty and strengthen community life for all. 

Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless
A political action organization to advocate for the needs of homeless people citizens of Greater Cincinnati who had no voice in the halls of power. The Speakers Bureau project gives homeless and formerly homeless persons the opportunity to bring their stories to interested groups.

Real Change Speakers Bureau in Seattle, WA
Real Change operates a homeless speaker’s bureau made up of homeless and recently homeless men and women who are available to talk about homelessness, including their own personal experience, to different groups in the Seattle area. 

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Combating poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago's diverse communities.

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Dedicated to ending America’s affordable housing crisis.

Coalition on Human Needs
The 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.

America's Second Harvest
The mission of America's Second Harvest is to create a hunger-free America.  We distribute food and grocery products through a nationwide network of certified affiliates, increase public awareness of domestic hunger, and advocate for policies that benefit America's hungry.

Food Research and Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize the nonprofit, public and private sectors of society in an alliance to end homelessness.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

National Women's Law Center
Mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
More than 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors dedicated to preventing crime and violence.

OMB Watch
OMB Watch is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation in public policy decisions. This mission centers on four main areas: the federal budget; regulatory policy; public access to government information; and policy participation by nonprofit organizations.

Legal Momentum
Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy.

National Organization for Women
NOW's goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

Civil Rights Coalition for the 21st Century is a collaboration of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. Its mission: to serve as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the minute civil rights news and information.

The NAACP insures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens. They seek to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes by informing and educating the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeking its elimination.

Share our Strength
Share Our Strength mobilizes individuals and industries to lend their talents to raise funds and awareness for the fight against hunger and poverty.

Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers. BFW Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.

RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization, committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. RESULTS is committed to individuals exercising their personal and political power by lobbying elected officials for effective solutions and key policies that affect hunger and poverty.

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges and strives to raise citizen understanding of the issues and tradeoffs in policy making.

Child Welfare League of America
We are committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.

Families USA
A national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years.

Kids Count Network
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

National Center for Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization at Columbia University. Our 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 families.

Meals on Wheels
Delivers nutritious meals to home-bound senior citizens and those at congregate sites.

Oxfam America
Oxfam America is dedicated to finding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice around the world. We work to eliminate the root causes of social and economic inequities by challenging the structural barriers that foster conflict and human suffering and limit people from gaining the skills, resources, and power to become self-sufficient.

Center on Hunger and Poverty
The Center on Hunger and Poverty 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 policy makers and organizations across the country on poverty- and hunger-related issues.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
CLASP is an organization of program staff whose work is concentrated on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, workforce development, child care, child support enforcement, child welfare, couples and marriage policy, and reproductive health and teen parents. Civil legal assistance projects include "general counsel" to LSC-funded programs and the Project for the Future of Equal Justice.

Child Trends
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families.

Economic Policy Institute
The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (NICWJ) calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

World Hunger Year
WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators.

Institute for Research on Poverty (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is a university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.

Institute for Women's Policy Research
The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.

American Public Human Services Association
APHSA educates members of Congress, the media, and the broader public on what is happening in the states around welfare, child welfare, health care reform, and other issues involving families and the elderly.

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