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All across America, high-impact nonprofits are breaking cycles and changing lives.

From coast to coast, dynamic social entrepreneurs are leading transformative nonprofit organizations with a shared mission to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger, safer communities where all people can discover their full potential.

A Second U Foundation

HQNew York, NY All Locations

A Second U Foundation supports formerly incarcerated men and women as they transition home and work to overcome employment barriers and avoid recidivism through rewarding, self-sustainable careers in the fitness industry. Its rigorous coursework prepares participants to pass the personal trainer national certification exam, while emphasizing professional skills like business development and client rapport. Second U credentials graduates’ abilities, which helps them to secure jobs. Participants achieve gainful employment and a sense of accomplishment through their positive contributions to society.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Hector Guadalupe

ACE Scholarships offers children in low-income families the opportunity to attend the school of their choice. ACE provides scholarships for students in grades K-12, where both the child’s family and the school contribute. Through this approach, all parties involved in a child’s education have “skin in the game,” a vested interest in the child’s success. Nine-in-ten ACE scholars graduate high school, and 74% enroll in college. ACE has awarded more than 42,000 scholarships since its launch in 2000, and since partnering with Stand Together Foundation, has doubled its reach.

Key Issue Area

Youth

Organizational Leadership

Norton Rainey

Acts Housing

HQMilwaukee, WI All Locations

Acts Housing makes the dream of homeownership a reality for those with economic and other barriers. Acts Housing gives low-income families the opportunity to build equity, reduce overall housing costs, and get on a path to long-term financial stability providing financial counseling, real estate services, and access to capital that enables families to transition from renting to buying. Many families purchase distressed homes and Acts assists them in transforming the house into a home, improving blocks and neighborhoods in the process.

Key Issue Area

Economic Mobility

Organizational Leadership

Michael Gosman

Adaptive Training Foundation

HQCarrollton, TX All Locations

Adaptive Training Foundation provides athletic training and holistic recovery services to help citizens of various abilities and veterans overcome physical, mental, and external barriers to their self-sufficiency. Unlike most programs for people with disabilities which lean heavily on medication and focus on physical deficits, ATF emphasizes whole-person recovery to build up physical abilities while providing space for emotional healing—and elevating the potential of all individuals.

Key Issue Area

Addiction, Mental Health, and Trauma

Organizational Leadership

David Vobora

Advance Peace reduces urban gun violence by employing Neighborhood Change Agents to support high-risk individuals with mentoring, conflict resolution, anger management, and other services. Through its groundbreaking Peacemaker Fellowship, which supports young men involved in lethal firearm offenses, Advance Peace is proving that the cycle of gun violence can be broken by community-driven strategies that provide real alternatives, rather than the threat of incarceration.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

DeVone Boggan

Advocates for Community Transformation

HQDallas, TX All Locations

Act - Advocates for Community Transformation empowers men and women in underserved communities to fight crime on their street using the civil justice system — existing laws — to make neighborhood safety a normal reality for all. Act equips those closest to the problem — residents — with tools and support to protect their neighborhoods, pairs them with attorneys, and helps them complement the work of police and the city to create tangible, long-lasting change. Through Act’s work, community social cohesion grows, hope is restored, and residents establish collective efficacy, a willingness to intervene, and informal social control for safer, flourishing communities.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Reid Porter

Akola Project unites women on two continents to create beautiful jewelry through its “full impact” supply chain. Women in Dallas and Uganda create raw materials, assemble jewelry, distribute finished goods, and sell jewelry, all at a living wage.

Key Issue Area

Economic Mobility

Organizational Leadership

Brittany Merrill Underwood

America on Tech

HQNew York, NY All Locations

<span class="TextRun SCXW143603224 BCX8" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW143603224 BCX8">America On Tech is committed to decreasing the racial wealth gap in underserved and underestimated communities by creating pathways for students of color into technology degrees and careers. Programs are structured to end cycles of poverty; put students on a path to economic empowerment; enable under-resourced schools to deliver high-quality tech education; advance multiple career pathways; and go beyond education to ensure students are positioned for success. Of AOT students, 85% identify as African American and/or Latino and 56% as women or gender non-conforming.</span></span>

Key Issue Area

Economic Mobility

Organizational Leadership

Jessica Santana

Amplify Peace was founded to turn polarization into peacemaking, and division into unity. They provide training opportunities, resources, and experiences to spark empathy and dialogue, with a particular focus on elevating the experiences of women and historically marginalized groups.

Key Issue Area

Courageous Collaboration

Organizational Leadership

Lisa Jernigan

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

HQLos Angeles, CA All Locations

The Anti-Recidivism Coalition is a support and advocacy network by and for formerly incarcerated men and women. ARC runs in-prison programs preparing inmates for successful reentry, and support continues upon release with services such as career training, housing, and trauma-informed counseling.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Shaka Senghor

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