Nonprofit Organizations Building Solidarity

These nonprofit organizations are and have been at work to build the solidarity economy.  This list shows the vastness of the nonprofit sector (or “third sector”) working alongside business and government.  The organizations are organized according to the eight chapters of From Inequality to Solidarity: race, gender, class, man/nature, and solidarity economy work, consumption, production, and finance.  You may search the list for keywords using Command/Control + F.  Enjoy exploring some inspiring and innovative models for change!


Anti-racist non-profit organizations combats the systematic injustices of race mainly through efforts in advocacy and provision of education, professional training and other social services.  The list of non-profit organizations below are sorted into race-specific and non-race-specific groups.



American Indian Policy Center (

Its mission is to provide government leaders, policy makers and the public with accurate information about the legal and political history of American Indian nations, and the contemporary situation for American Indians.

American Indian College Fund (

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Ascend (

Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries. Ascend reaches 60,000 people with 30 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions. Ascend offers professional development and career enhancement programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent.

Asian Women in Business (

Asian American Civic Association (

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Black Lives Matter ( )

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes

One People’s Project (

National Urban League (

United Negro College Fund (

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute  (

The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is to develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders. Its vision is an educated and civically active Hispanic community that participates at the local, state and federal policy decision-making levels. CHCI seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational and leadership development programs, services and activities that promote the growth of participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. In the spirit of building coalitions, CHCI seeks to establish partnerships with other Hispanic and non-Hispanic organizations.

Hispanic Access Foundation ( )

National Council of La Raza (

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc (

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National Action Network (

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.  Current initiatives include Criminal Justice, Voter Protection, Anti-Violence and more.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (

National Center for Race Amity

The Denver Foundation


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Many anti discrimination non profit organizations tackle the problem of gender bias by actively engaging members from the oppressed group. Several non profit organizations which tackle the issue of women’s rights often engage with women directly and provide women with the resources to be able advocate and fight for their causes. However, gender extends far beyond the notions of male and female and there are countless organizations that have gained momentum in the last 50 years or so that have tackled not only the issue of gender inequality but also gender perception.


NOW- National Organization for Women:

National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights. NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It promotes 6 core issues: Reproductive rights and justice, ending violence against women, Economic justice, Racial justice, LGBT rights, and constitutional equality amendment.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation:

Human Rights Campaign foundation is organized to end discrimination against LGBT citizens with the end of promoting fairness and equality for all. As a self-proclaimed largest civil rights organization it works to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Association for Women’s Rights and Development (AWID):

Welcome to AWID! The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. AWID’s work is structured through multi-year programs known as Strategic Initiatives. Each strategic initiative includes a range of activities from membership consultations and surveys, primary research and dialogues with policy makers (including targeted advocacy) to capacity building institutes, regional networking and information dissemination.

Black Women’s BluePrint:

Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc. is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, support movement building and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

Solidarity Center:

The Solidarity Center empowers men and women around the world to earn safe and dignified livelihoods, exercise their fundamental labor rights and have a voice in shaping work conditions and public policies that impact their lives. Workers accomplish this by organizing and joining unions, through which they are able to negotiate collective improvements as well as build and balance power at the workplace and within the global economy. Our 221 professional staff work in about 60 countries with 400-plus labor unions, pro-worker nongovernmental organizations, legal-aid groups, human rights defenders, women’s associations, advocacy coalitions and others to support workers—in garment factories, home service, seafood processing, mining, agriculture, informal marketplaces, manufacturing, the public sector and beyond—as they exercise their rights, including organizing for safer work sites, demanding living wages and improving laws (and the enforcement of existing laws) that protect working people, and fighting exploitation and abuse – See more at:

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Many anti-classist non-profit organizations treat the symptoms of class inequality by providing affordable or free housing, legal services, food and nutrition access, employment services, and educational and youth development programs, among other things.  Along with direct service, many organizations work to provide long-term employment, close the opportunity gap through education, or create policy that will close the income and wealth gaps.


Prospera Co-ops:

Prospera, based in Oakland, CA, is dedicated to empowering low-income Latina immigrants through cooperative business ownership.  Prospera identifies groups of women who are ready to create a cooperative business, and supports the founders from business idea to launch to sustainability.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative:

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is an innovative resident-led planning and organizing community nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding the Dudley neighborhood of Boston, home to more than 24,000 residents, as a vibrant Urban Village.  When DSNI was conceived in 1984, nearly one-third of Dudley land lay vacant and scarred after years of disinvestment, arson and dumping. Since DSNI’s first community meetings in 1985, 600 of 1,300 vacant lots have been transformed into nearly 300 new homes, a Town Common, gardens, urban agriculture, parks and playgrounds. 300 housing units have been rehabbed and business is growing.

Move to Amend:

Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Association to Benefit Children, NYC:

ABC is dedicated to bringing joy and warmth to disadvantaged children and their families through compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive and integrated services, designed to permanently break the cycles of abuse, neglect, sickness and homelessness.  ABC’s programs include early childhood education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, educational advocacy, housing assistance, mental health services, family support and preservation, crisis intervention, therapeutic out-of-school and summer day camp programs, youth leadership development and mentoring.

Fight for 15:

Fight for 15 is changing the debate around income inequality, through strikes and rallies that have spread to more than 200 cities and 35 countries on 6 continents, from a strike by hundreds of fast food workers in New York right after Thanksgiving in 2012.  Seattle and San Francisco passed laws raising wages to $15 over the next couple years – and cities from New York to Los Angeles are pushing for higher wages too. But there’s still a long way to go before every worker gets $15 an hour and union rights.

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Organizing Projects, Think Tanks, and Academic Institutions addressing inequality:

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Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. are building solidarity with nature through organizing to curb climate change and conserve the environment.  Many also provide resources for individuals to live environmentally conscious lives.


Natural Start Alliance:

The Natural Start Alliance is a coalition of educators, parents, organizations, and others who want to help young children connect with nature and care for the environment. Natural Start is a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Namasté Solar

Namasté Solar is a cooperatively owned sustainable energy installation firm based in Colorado that has installed over 25MW of photovoltaics since 2005.  Their mission is to propagate the responsible use of solar energy, pioneer conscientious business practices, and create holistic wealth for their employees, customers, investors, their communities, and the Earth.

People for Bikes:

Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation.  We provide a unified front for advocating for bicycling on a national level, a strategic center to ensure collaboration between each piece in the bicycling movement, and the ability to support local efforts through our financial, community and communication resources.

One Green Planet:

One Green Planet is a lifestyle platform for the growing compassionate and eco-conscious generation.  It serves as an online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet, featuring content designed to inspire action focused on sustainable food, animal/environmental protection, and cruelty-free/green living.

Natural Resource Defense Council:

NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

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  • Earth Policy Insititute:  The EPI is dedicated to planning a sustainable future and providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there.
  • Environmental Working Group: With breakthrough research and education, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action.
  • 350: is building a global climate movement through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions.



  • Climate Counts:  Climate Counts scores the world’s largest companies on their climate impact to spur corporate climate responsibility and conscious consumption.


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Solidarity Economy Work

Solidarity Economy Work can be found working in a cooperative, social enterprise, nonprofit organization, or volunteer position.  It can also take the form of advocating for workers’ rights across industries.


Brattleboro Time Trade:

Brattleboro Time Trade and other local time trades provide a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services for the benefit of the community, connecting unmet needs with untapped resources. By promoting the skills and knowledge of each member and enabling reciprocity, time trades empower each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse:

Social Enterprise Greenhouse is a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive social change through social enterprise.  Workers can join this network by seeking services or sharing skills.

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF):

WWOOF is a loose network of national organizations that facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms.  Visitors, or ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half a day helping out on a host farm, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board during their visit – with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers. WWOOF is an educational and cultural exchange program. WWOOFing is a way to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of American agrarian culture.


Idealist provides an easy-to-use database to find volunteer, internship, and job opportunities, as well as organizations and events, searchable by location and keyword.

NonProfit Talent Match:

NonProfit Talent Match fills a huge void in the Talent Acquisition marketplace, filling the gaps between traditional resume sourcing job sites and recruiting firms that are far too expensive.  They offer the same services as an executive search firm (phone screens, background check, salary and benefit negotiation) but available unbundled and therefore more affordable.

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  • National Domestic Workers Alliance Member Organizations:


  • National Farm Worker Ministry Partner Organizations:


  • Food Chain Workers Alliance Member Organizations:


  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network Member Organizations:




Solidarity Economy Consumption

Solidarity Economy Consumption can mean consuming less, consuming ethically and wisely, consuming locally, or otherwise consuming outside of the capitalist model of waste and overindulgence.


Green Any Site:

This website provides an easy to use tool that sits in your internet browser’s bookmarks toolbar.  GAS has a relationship with large online retailers like Amazon, so when you click on the bookmark as you check out, Amazon pays an affiliate fee to GAS for referring you.  Registered users vote on an environmental charity to which to donate the total affiliate fees each month.

BerkShares, Inc.:

BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. Federal currency is exchanged for BerkShares at six branch offices of three local banks and spent at more than 400 locally owned participating businesses. The circulation of BerkShares encourages money to remain within the region, building a greater affinity between the local business community and its citizens. BerkShares serve as a tool for community economic empowerment and development toward regional self-reliance.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.


KnowMore is a grassroots, web-based community dedicated to chronicling and resisting corporate attacks on democracy, worker’s and human rights, fair trade, business ethics and the environment. Our shared goal of a more informed and conscious consumer is being accomplished via this website: a vast database of easily searchable corporate and political info designed to aid responsible citizens, progressive thinkers and activists.

Shareable is an award-winning nonprofit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. The sharing transformation shows that it’s possible to govern ourselves, build a green economy that serves everyone, and create meaningful lives together. It also shows that we can solve the world’s biggest challenges – like poverty and global warming – by unleashing the power of collaboration. At the core of the sharing transformation is timeless wisdom updated for today – that it’s only through sharing, cooperation, and contribution to the common good that it’s possible to create lives and a world worth having.


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Good Guide:

Good Guide is a directory of healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly products.

Oxfam Behind the Brands:

Learn about your favorite brands and use your voice as a consumer to urge them to do better.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment:

1% for the Planet:

Consume the products of companies that have pledged to donate 1% of profits to environmental organizations.

Brighter Planet:

Among other things, Brighter Planet offers consumers the information to purchase carbon offsets.

Recycled Products Cooperative:

Provides businesses and individuals with recycled office supplies.

Center for Livable Future:


Solidarity Economy Production

Solidarity Economy Production refers to production that is socially and environmentally responsible.  There are many ways to achieve Solidarity Economy Production, such as but definitely not limited to fair trade, social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.

Fair Trade USA ( )

Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople.

Global Mamas (

Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community is comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. Our Mamas define prosperity as going beyond financial well-being to include happiness and good health. They achieve prosperity by creating and selling unique, handcrafted products of the highest quality. Being able to do the work they love and being empowered by financial independence leads to greater happiness. Our Mamas realize their dreams of having the opportunity to support their families, send their children to school, improve their health, and save for the future.

Fair World Project (

Fair World Project (FWP) is an independent campaign of the Organic Consumers Association which seeks to protect the use of the term “fair trade” in the marketplace, expand markets for authentic fair trade, educate consumers about key issues in trade and agriculture, advocate for policies leading to a just economy, and facilitate collaborative relationships to create true system change. brings together information about the broad range of community wealth strategies, policies, models, and innovations. The site is built upon the proposition that above all, practitioners, policy makers, academics and the media need solid, cross-cutting information and tools that can help them to understand and support the expansion of these institutions. Across-the-board information, experience, and expertise can also contribute to creating a favorable policy environment in which community wealth approaches are more fully legitimized, recognized, and appreciated as meaningful to the revitalization of our communities.

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Social Enterprise Alliance (

Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Our aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, we provide social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive.

ForestEthics (

ForestEthics demands environmental responsibility from government and major corporations. We create solutions that protect communities, wildlife, wilderness, and our climate.  ForestEthics collaborates with companies and government to find solutions that protect people, our environment, and our climate.  We’ve helped shift the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Dell, Staples, Office Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, and many others.

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Solidarity Economy Finance

The increasing dominance of corporate power and practice has made way for the emergence of  many non-profit organizations who seek to promote alternative more sustainable economic methods and practices. The following list of nonprofits advocate for sustainable business practices but also push for solutions geared at rebuilding a healthy global economy.



Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. They  mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Over our 25-year history, Ceres has introduced numerous tools to weave environmental and social challenges into company and investor decision-making and the capital markets. To accomplish our goals, we work with leading companies, investors, public interest groups, policymakers and other economic players to advance sustainable solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, protect vital natural resources like water supplies, ensure safe and just working conditions for employees and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Non-Profit Finance Fund-

Nonprofit Finance Fund® (NFF®) unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice and accessible insights. Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector economic recovery initiatives and impact investing. In partnership with others, we’ve generated $16 million for nonprofits for building reserves, cash reserves and endowments through our multi-year asset-building service, BFF. We’ve also provided $1.2 million in loan guarantees, $10.3 million in 9/11 recovery grants, about $13 million in capital grants, and $2 million in planning grants.  NFF is headquartered in New York City and serves clients from five offices across the country.

Boston Community Capital-

Boston Community Capital is a nonprofit community development financial institution. Since 1985, we have invested over $1 billion in projects that provide affordable housing, good jobs, and new opportunities in low-income communities, connecting these neighborhoods to the mainstream economy. They serve communities that face economic challenges that have threatened to undo decades of community development and revitalization work: such things as the foreclosure crisis, unstable credit markets, high unemployment and a political climate that continues to highlight issues of economic inequality and the proper role of government in sustaining the social compact. They target pressing community needs through community development finance. They have increased lending, grown assets under management, and increased net assets – ensuring the responsibility for risks associated with new initiatives and maintaining the financial strength of the core programs.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment- USSIF People. Research. Policy. Media. Training. National Conferences. Local Events.US SIF brings all of this to you as the non-profit hub for the sustainable, responsible and impact investment (SRI) sector in the United States.Our members, representing more than $1 trillion in assets under management or advisement include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and asset owners.

WE Connect-

WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains.  It  identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers.

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Public Assets Institute-


Boston Credit Union

Boston Credit Union is a state-chartered natural person credit union. It offers vehicle and personal loans and other types of credit, and also provides real estate loans and has a first time homebuyer program. Convenience services include check cashing and money orders. City of Boston CU members may also take advantage of bilingual services, student scholarships, income tax preparation assistance and tax refund loans. Business and professional services include business share accounts, business loans, mortgage processing and the credit union is also an approved mortgage seller. It also caters to Individuals with other financial, savings, and investment needs by offering certificates of deposits and insurance/investment products.



Generocity envisions a Greater Philadelphia region where social impact is a shared responsibility crossing the boundaries of nonprofits, government, and for-profits, in an ecosystem where innovations that lead to social impact are valued, funded, incubated, scaled, and supported by public policy. is the platform for social impact in Greater Philadelphia. Our mission is to strengthen the region’s position as a leader in social innovation and collaboration.Through critical, analytical, and compelling content and resources, we are an online news source for engagement and positive change as well as a nexus for relationships that are essential for a healthy, thriving community.

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Grassroots Economic Organizing

GEO is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability–a “solidarity economy”–through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources. Since 1991, GEO has edited and printed a bi-monthly publication called GEO Newsletter, providing news, analysis and an open forum on grassroots organizing to build and finance worker- and community-owned, democratically run, solidarity-based, ecologically sustainable enterprises and organizations.

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Solidarity Economy: Other Resources




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