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

HQ New 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

HQ Denver, CO All Locations

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 percent 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

HQ Milwaukee, 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

HQ Carrollton, 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

HQ Richmond, CA All Locations

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

HQ Dallas, TX All Locations

Advocates for Community Transformation leads the way in innovative approaches to creating safer neighborhoods through empowering neighbors to take a stand for their community. Act created a new model of ministry that uses the justice system to entrust inner-city residents to fight crime on their street, while sharing with them the hope of the gospel. Act's legal advocacy model connects community members with each other, including its volunteer attorneys, churches, and city stakeholders, to create stronger and safer communities where hope is restored.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Reid Porter

Akola Project

HQ Dallas, TX All Locations

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

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

HQ Los 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

Arouet Foundation

HQ Phoenix, AZ All Locations

Arouet Foundation’s innovative approach to successful reentry incorporates a three-year program. Each year revolves around a specific set of learning objectives and desired outcomes aimed at easing the transition back into society. Arouet’s pre-release program educates women about health and wellness, education and career preparation, community and family integration, and goal attainment. More than 1,000 women have successfully graduated from Arouet’s Phase One, proving that every person deserves a second chance.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Alison Rapping

At The Crossroads

HQ San Francisco, CA All Locations

At The Crossroads supports youth and young adults experiencing homelessness on the streets of San Francisco who are disconnected from other programs and have fallen through the cracks of traditional services. By bringing their services directly onto the streets, they cultivate long-term, unconditional relationships with young people who would otherwise be disconnected from consistent support — helping them build healthy and fulfilling lives.

Key Issue Area

Homelessness

Organizational Leadership

Charles Learner

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