National Organizations to Support

National Organizations to Support

I compiled a list of 60 organizations dealing with social issues across 12 categories. My hope is that this is a helpful resource for those who want to support issues, causes, or populations they care about. While I support some of these organizations, I am not otherwise affiliated with any of them. This compilation is not perfect, but it can be a starting point. If you want to download a PDF with the list, you can find it here.
 

 

Civil and Human Rights

Southern Law Poverty Center
Year founded: 1971
https://www.splcenter.org/

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Year founded: 1920
https://www.aclu.org/

 

Amnesty International
Year founded: 1961
http://www.amnestyusa.org/

 

Anti-defamation League
Year founded: 1913
http://www.adl.org/

 

The Center for Popular Democracy
Year founded: 2012
https://populardemocracy.org/

 

 
Racial / Ethnic Minorities

African American Policy Forum
Year founded: 1996
http://www.aapf.org/

 

Asian American Advancing Justice
Year founded: 1991
http://advancingjustice-aajc.org/

 

Black Lives Matter
Year founded: 2012
http://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Year founded: 1994
https://www.cair.com/index.php

 

League of United Latin American Citizens
Year founded: 1929
https://lulac.org/

 

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Year founded: 1968
http://www.maldef.org/

 

NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Year founded: N/A
http://www.naacpldf.org/ways-get-involved

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Year founded: 1909
http://www.naacp.org/

 

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Year founded: 1970
http://www.narf.org/

 

 
LGBTQ

Human Rights Campaign
Year founded: 1980
http://www.hrc.org/

 

Lambda Legal
Year founded: 1973
http://www.lambdalegal.org/

 

National Center for Lesbian Rights
Year founded: 1977
http://www.nclrights.org/

 

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth
Year founded: 1998
http://www.thetrevorproject.org

 

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Year founded: 2003
http://www.transgenderlegal.org/

 

Urban Justice Center
Year founded: 1984
http://www.urbanjustice.org/

 

 
Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood
Year founded: 1916
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/

 

Center for Reproductive Rights
Year founded: 1992
https://www.reproductiverights.org/

 

Guttmacher Institute
Year founded: 1968
https://www.guttmacher.org/

 

NARAL Pro Choice America
Year founded: 1969
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/

 

National Abortion Federation
Year founded: 1977
https://prochoice.org/

 

Reproductive Health Access Program
Year founded: 2005
http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/

 

 
Violence / Domestic Violence

Campaign Zero
Year founded: 2015
http://www.joincampaignzero.org/

 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Year founded: 1978
http://ncadv.org/

 

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Year founded: 1994
https://www.rainn.org/index.php

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Year founded: 2000
http://www.nsvrc.org/

 

 
Women's Rights

Emily's List
Year founded: 1985
http://www.emilyslist.org/

 

National Organization for Women (NOW)
Year founded: 1966
http://now.org/

 

Ultraviolet
Year founded: 2012
https://weareultraviolet.org/

 

YWCA
Year founded: 1866
http://www.ywca.org/

 

 
Immigration / Refugees

International Refugee Assistance Project
Year founded: N/A
http://www.refugeerights.org/

 

International Rescue Committee
Year founded: 1933
https://www.rescue.org/

 

National Immigrant Justice Center
Year founded: N/A
http://www.immigrantjustice.org/

 

National Immigration Forum
Year founded: 1982
http://immigrationforum.org/

 

National Immigration Law Center
Year founded: 1979
https://www.nilc.org/

 

Office of Refugee Resettlement
Year founded: N/A
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/

 

OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone)
Year founded: 2001
https://weareoneamerica.org/

 

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Year founded: 2003
http://theyoungcenter.org/

 

United We Dream (youth organization)
Year founded: Mid-2000s
http://weareuwd.org/

 

 
Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Year founded: 1979
http://www.nami.org/

 

Mental Health America (formerly National MH Assoc.)
Year founded: 1909
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

 

Mental Health First Aid
Year founded: 2001
https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/

 

National Council for Behavioral Health
Year founded: N/A
https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/

 

 
Poverty / Development

Heartland Alliance
Year founded: 1888
https://www.heartlandalliance.org/

 

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Year founded: 1989
https://www.nlchp.org/

 

World Relief
Year founded: 1944
http://www.worldrelief.org/

 

YMCA
Year founded: 1855
http://www.ymca.net/

 

 
Environment / Science

Earth Justice
Year founded: 1971
http://earthjustice.org/

 

Greenpeace
Year founded: 1971
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

 

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Year founded: 1970
https://www.nrdc.org/

 

Sierra Club
Year founded: 1892
http://www.sierraclub.org/

 

Union of Concerned Scientists
Year founded: 1969
http://www.ucsusa.org/

 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Year founded: 1961
https://www.worldwildlife.org

 

 
Free Press / Accountability

ProPublica
Year founded: 2007
https://www.propublica.org/

 

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Year founded: 1970
https://www.rcfp.org/

 

 
Disabled Rights

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Year founded: 1979
https://dredf.org/

 

Mobility International USA
Year founded: 1981
http://www.miusa.org/

 

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