activism + outreach
Help decrease drop-out rates by giving potential graduates the support they need to finish high school and hear the
inspiring stories of teens who’ve overcome significant obstacles in order to graduate. Includes tutoring, college prep
and crisis support for teens, plus advice for parentson warning signs for dropouts, homework assistance tips
and keeping schools drug-free and safe.
Burners Without Borders
Burning Man activists mobilizing for causes worldwide.
Online hub for social change that runs leading online communities for 20 major causes ranging from homelessness
to women’s rights to poverty, and serves as a central platform for launching and promoting movements for social
change on the web.
Convert your ideas and energy into action. Provides a spectrum of ideas and resources to help you choose a cause
and organize an effective community project or organization.
Through technology, the arts and interactivity, Global Inheritance reinvents activism to a new generation looking to make a difference in their communities and beyond, solving global imbalances and pushing for progressive social change.
Kidpower works to create cultures of caring, respect and safety for all through teaching people of all ages and abilities how to use their own power to stay safe, act wisely and believe in themselves.
Find, explore and network a cause. Youth Noise offers online and offline tools that equip youth to take action for a wide range of social issues.
Youth Speaks challenges youth to find, develop, publicly present and apply their voices as creators of social change through Spoken Word performance, education and youth development programs in the U.S.
arts + media
California Art Advocates
Developing strategies and coordinating advocacy that strengthen arts and culture in California.
Channel G produces short format documentaries and project presentations for distribution on television, the internet, film festivals and other video outlets. Project presentations showcase environmental, social and health-related projects from local and international nonprofit organizations.
An association of people who use children's music to teach cooperation, diversity, nonviolence and social justice.
Dr. Peter Alsop
Singer/songwriter, lecturer and humorist whose children's albums are used by thousands of parents, doctors, social workers, educators and other human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues such as sexual abuse, disabilities, loss and grief, codependency, self-worth, chemical dependency and family violence.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. They work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.
Providing young women with limited access to technology the equipment, education and support necessary to help them become digital and blog journalists, bringing their own unique perspective on their lives, their communities and world events to the global web and social media community.
A youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support and projects to achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media and build a stronger global community of media organizations and youth filmmakers.
A website dedicated to challenging racism, sexism and violence through education and action, Media Watch distributes educational videos, media literacy information and newsletters to help create more informed consumers of the mass media.
Deeply rooted within the music and environmental communities, Reverb educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability. In addition to their educational outreach and greening with artists, Reverb works to increase sustainable practices among businesses in the music industry including venues, record labels and radio stations.
Devoted to ideas worth spreading, TED features inspired talks by the world's leading thinkers and doers. TED is a clearinghouse of free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, as well as a community for curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
Teen Voices is an intensive journalism mentoring and leadership development program for teen girls in Boston whose mission is to support and educate teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media. Through its programs, teen girls create Teen Voices and Teen Voices Online, two internationally distributed print and online social justice magazines.
Womens Media Center
Works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard through media advocacy campaigns, creating media and training women to participate directly in media.
economy + microcredit
Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator
Research inflation with the Inflation Calculator. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households according using the Consumer Price Index.
The world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan - you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improving life for themselves, their family and their community.
FINCA provides financial services such as small loans, savings plans, insurance, payment transfers and other services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living.
Microfinance organization working to give the world’s poorest people opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Microfinance Information Exchange
MIX delivers data services, analysis, research and business information on the institutions that provide financial services to the world’s poor, including their Global 100 Composite Ranking of microfinance institutions.
Village Exchange International
Working to alleviate poverty in Ghana through family planning education, outreach and micro-credit projects.
environment + conservation
For two decades, Conservation International has worked with its partners: governments, nonprofit organizations, universities, businesses and local communities to protect life on Earth, saving some of the most critical sites – more than 200 million protected hectares on land and at sea. They safeguard valuable species, preserve the most important landscapes and seascapes and support communities that care for and rely on Earth's natural resources through strategic, financial and technical support.
International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN is finding pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGO’s, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008
With its strong scientific base, the IUCN Red List is recognized as the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity, including the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd works to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. They use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Programs that address the conservation of endangered species in the wild, endangered species breeding in captivity, conservation education, monitoring high-risk species, habitat preservation and training of international staff and students in conservation biology.
environment + sustainability
American Public Media: Sustainability
Showcases sustainability stories produced by their family of radio programs, highlights web-exclusive material including blogs and multimedia stories, and offers interactive features where visitors can calculate the impact their lifestyles have upon the planet.
Blue Planet United
Helping people make connections between population stabilization, sustainable consumption and the preservation of wild landscapes and seascapes via educational films, websites and print publications.
Consumer Consequences: American Public Media
Interactive, online game that asks you a series of questions about your lifestyle - As you play, it will show you how many "Earths" of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans… if everyone lived like you.
Find recycling centers and learn how to recycle. All you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash.
Energy Action Coalition
Addressing climate change by winning clean energy victories at the local, state, national and international level - all while growing and strengthening the clean energy movement among young people from all walks of life in the United States and Canada.
Green Belt Movement
Through GBM, over 600 community networks across Kenya have participated in planting more than 30 million trees on private and public land while raising awareness about women's rights, civic empowerment and the environment.
Learn about how to build environmentally sustainable housing, though Greenbuilding’s wealth of background info, tips, case studies and green training workshops.
Green World Campaign
The Green World Campaign works to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor and combat global climate change. Connects those who want to help create a more sustainable world with on-the-ground projects that benefit people and our planet.
Environmental news and commentary aimed at drawing out the real meaning behind green stories and connecting big issues like climate change to daily life.
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Current priorities include curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, reviving our oceans, saving wildlife and wild places and helping China go green.
NativeEnergy offers its customers carbon-solutions consulting services, carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs). By helping finance construction of Native American, family farm and community-based renewable energy projects, their customers help communities in need build sustainable economies.
Earn points for recycling then redeem them with over 1,500 local and national U.S. businesses that partner with RecycleBank.
Sundance Channel: Eco-mmunity
Make contact with eco-conscious people, use the eco-mmunity map to show where green change needs to occur or has occurred and post environmental events and attractions.
Leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, Tree Hugger strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions and product information. They publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, weekly radio interviews and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Leading science-based nonprofit combining independent scientific research and citizen action to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices. Check out their Action Center to see how you can get involved with initiatives in your area.
gender + LGBT
Human Rights Campaign: Buying For Equality 2010
Learn which businesses meet HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index through banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, providing benefits for LGBT employees and their families and supporting LGBT equality publicly.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
IGLHRC works hand-in-hand with local activists to strengthen their capacity to confront human rights violations. They also connect their partners to the broader human rights arena—including the United Nations system and NGOs at the regional and global level.
A great international directory of online resources.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
This task force is building the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up through training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of the movement and generating groundbreaking research through their Policy Institute.
International Foundation for Gender Education
IFGE’s purpose is overcoming the intolerance of transvestitism and transsexualism brought about by widespread ignorance through outreach education.
gender + men's resources
Menstuff is an educational web site that serves a diverse men's community providing information on hundreds of men's issues regarding positive change in male roles and relationships. Menstuff has many ways you may actively participate in men's work and help end men's isolation.
Men Stopping Violence
A social change organization dedicated to ending men's violence against women. Men Stopping Violence trains professionals, educates the public, intervenes with violent men, mentors interns, publishes articles and much more.
Men’s Resource Center for Change
Men's Resource Center for Change’s programs support men to overcome the damaging effects of rigid and stereotyped masculinity, and simultaneously confront men's patterns of personal and societal violence and abuse toward women, children and other men.
National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
Activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men, NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion and physical abilities.
gender + women's empowerment
The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
For over 35 years, CEDPA has been improving the lives of women in developing countries through increasing educational opportunities for girls, ensuring access to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS info and services, and strengthening women’s ability to become leaders in their communities and nations.
Feminist Majority Foundation
An organization dedicated to working for social, political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women's lives. FMF engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment.
Veteran Feminists of America
Site for young feminists to connect to the pioneering work, resources and wisdom of veterans of the Second Wave of the feminist movement. Includes reading lists about feminist history, short biographies of pioneering feminists and stories of mothers who have inspired their daughters in their own feminist work.
National Organization For Women
NOW strives to eliminate discrimination, secure reproductive rights, end violence against women and eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia through direct mass actions (including marches, rallies, pickets, counter-demonstrations, non-violent civil disobedience), intensive lobbying, grassroots political organizing and litigation (including class-action lawsuits).
Soapbox Inc is the premiere feminist speakers’ bureau, representing experts with a progressive take on everything from politics to porn to parenting.
Women’s Action for New Directions
WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs by connecting us to women legislators, keeping us up to date on Washington happenings and offering strategic support to accomplish our mission.
project grants + funding resources
David J. Andrews Associates LLC
Specializing in problem-solving and taking non-profit organizations to the next level of excellence, this website is also a great source for fund raising information and tools.
Earth Island Institute’s New Leaders Initiative: Bower Youth Awards
Since 2000, the Brower Youth Awards has recognized 55 exceptional environmental leaders with a cash prize and a high-energy week of activities in San Francisco. NLI also offers seed grants, mentoring and project sponsorship to rising young leaders.
Since 1987, Echoing Green has provided seed funding and support to more than 450 social entrepreneurs with bold ideas for social change in order to launch groundbreaking organizations around the world.
National nonprofit service organization that maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, featuring more than 98,000 foundations, corporate donors and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 1.7 million of their recent grants.
Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
Multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. Includes information and training on how to fund organizing projects and also has job postings.
A leader in providing small grants to grassroots environmental groups around the world, they have provided over 5,000 grants in more than 120 countries over the past 17 years.
Make Yourself Foundation
Non-profit organization stared by the band Incubus that provides grants for various social and environmental causes and charities both locally and around the world.
Members Project by American Express
An opportunity to join a community that's passionate about making a positive change in the world. Express your passion in small, manageable steps- show your support and vote on which projects get $2.5 million in American Express funding.
Pepsi Refresh Project
Pepsi is giving away millions to fund great ideas. Submit your own project ideas and vote for people, businesses and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact.
human rights + peace + non-violence
Human rights organization that conducts research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination.
Center for Reproductive Rights
Defining the course of reproductive rights through their victories in regional, federal, and local courts around the world, as well as at the United Nations, they also influence the law outside the courtroom, reporting on rights and engaging policymakers to promote progressive ideas and defeat proposals that are discriminatory, punitive, or dangerous to women's health.
IVAT - The Institute on Violence, Assault and Trauma
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center at Alliant International University. Their mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma on local, national and international levels.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
NCADV is devoted to the elimination of domestic violence in urban and rural areas, across all racial, religious and economic groups. NCADV identifies and works to eradicate the social conditions that perpetuate or condone domestic violence such as sexism, ageism, heterosexism, and able-bodyism and easy access to guns.
See It and Stop It
Learn to recognize the warning signs of dating abuse and stop the cycle of violence - provides support and resources for victims, abusers and their friends and families.
Student Peace Alliance
Engages our communities and policy makers in building sustainable peace through policy and legislation, advocacy and community peace-building efforts.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as adopted and proclaimed in 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations
jobs + internships + volunteer opportunities
Center for Third World Organizing
California Bay Area racial-justice organization led by people of color offering paid activist training internships and fundraising training for women and youth of color.
Junior Achievement Student Center
Directly provides training on business start-ups, funding sources, career planning and higher education. Informational clearinghouse of youth scholarships for education, financial planning and business planning.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
A list of descriptions of hundreds of different jobs (including education required, salary amounts, etc).
Los Angeles, CA based program that helps people from ages 16-21 find jobs, learn about different careers and earn money. They also offer tutoring, college preparation and counseling services.
Organizers for America
The job marketplace for organizers, Organizers for America is a free service to community organizations, unions and allied groups seeking to hire community organizers and related positions. Job seekers can also use the site at no charge.
Youth leadership training and paid internships that include health insurance, childcare, interest-free students loan deferment and a post-service education award of $4,725. Offices all over the U.S.
Their Mission: Strengthening communities through reciprocity. For every hour you spend doing something for someone in your community, you earn one Time Dollar. Then you have a Time Dollar to spend on having someone do something for you.
United Planet: Volunteer Overseas
Volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds are invited to join 1-52 week long volunteer abroad programs in over 40 countries worldwide. Volunteer opportunities include teaching, orphanage work, social development projects and construction.
Farm Folk / City Folk
The Vancouver, BC Canada based FarmFolk/CityFolk Society works with farm & city to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. They develop and operate projects that: provide access to & protection of foodlands, support local growers and producers and educate, communicate and celebrate with local food communities.
Organic Consumers Association
Online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization dealing with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
This site explores the 'essence of permaculture' in a simple and clear way. The site is full of resources where you can learn about permaculture and get involved.
Permaculture Research Institute of Australia
Features a growing list of list of the many permaculture projects underway around the world, on-line forums and explanations of permaculture concepts.
Sow True Seed
Sow True endorses the right of all the earth’s people to enjoy a safe, just, and sovereign food production system by offering open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seed varieties for home gardeners, market growers and seed savers. (no F1 hybrids or Genetically modified seeds)
A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. The websites lets you access a lot of the resources and projects that other transitioners have been working on.
Vancouver Urban Agriculture Network
Representing the interests of community gardeners in Vancouver, Canada - see how they work on policy issues and communicate their perspectives with city officials.
Free Child works to engage young people in critical democratic action centered on growing community, culture, and society. Includes curriculum and resources for youth who want to start their own community organizing projects.
Future Majority is a blog dedicated to covering the involvement of young voters in progressive politics. The site features original reporting on progressive youth organizing, polling analysis, opinion pieces and guest blogs by leaders in the progressive youth movement.
The League of Young Voters
The League trains young people who have been shut out of the political process to be organizers in their own communities. They build multi-racial, multi-issue alliances, lobby at the local, state, and national level and organize voters to hold elected officials accountable once they're in office.
Project Vote Smart
A website that describes itself as the voter’s self-defense system, Project Vote Smart collects information on where candidates stand on a wide variety of issues and attempts to make that information readily available to the public.
SAVE: Student Association for Voter Empowerment
National non-profit organization founded and run by young people. SAVE works to bring young Americans into the political process by breaking down barriers to electoral participation and encouraging youth-led policy solutions.
Poodwaddle.com World Clock
Page of statistics on natural resources, energy usage, crime, food production that change with the world's growing population.
Population in Perspective: A Curriculum Resource
This innovative teaching tool challenges students to think critically about national and international population issues. A supplement to social studies and other subjects that address global issues, Population in Perspective contains 276 pages of teaching ideas, background readings, up-to-date facts and figures, provocative quotes, poems, and cartoons, and a comprehensive resource list.
Publication of Blue Planet United that presents news, facts and viewpoints on a wide range of population, consumption, sustainability and environmental issues.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division
A wealth of information on population trends and their interrelationships with social and economic development.
United Nations Foundation, Women and Population
The Women & Population Team works together with the UN and other partners to promote gender equality and empower women and girls, with particular focus on reproductive and sexual health and rights.
sexual + reproductive health
Campaign For Our Children-CFOC
Raising public awareness about adolescent preventive health measures since 1987, CFOC’s messages and educational campaigns that encourage healthy, responsible decisions have contributed greatly to the overall national decline in births to teens.
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Project
The CLPP project mobilizes a broad diversity of young people to work for reproductive justice. Their annual conference, student internship program and leadership building projects give young activists a vehicle for learning about and engaging in women-centered reproductive rights activism.
Feminist Women’s Health Center
As Atlanta's leading non-profit feminist women's health resource, they have earned an outstanding reputation for providing quality care and community education, while working unceasingly to improve women's health.
I Wanna Know
Offers information on sexual health for teens and young adults. Find the facts, support and resources to answer your questions, find referrals, and get access to in-depth information about sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), healthy relationships and more.
A website created by and for young women of color to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.
National Women’s Health Network
Improving the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making.
Our Bodies, Ourselves
A website dedicated to inspiring a worldwide movement of women’s health, OBOS provides clear, truthful information about health, sexuality and reproduction from a feminist and consumer perspective.
Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force
Organizes statewide efforts to facilitate and support a collaborative, survivor-centered approach to the prevention of and response to adolescent and adult sexual violence in Oregon.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood is America’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. Educate yourself and get involved through the Planned Parenthood Action Center.
Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
An autonomous, feminist and grassroots network of groups and individuals from every continent who aim to achieve and support reproductive and sexual health rights (RSHR) for women everywhere. WGNRR has dedicated itself to the grassroots and to bringing their voices to policy and lobbying levels.
Women’s Health Specialists
Promotes positive images of women and provides their clients in California with a new perspective on their bodies and health. Their goal is to empower women through support, education, self-help and services to be able to make the best health care decisions for themselves.