Index of Major Civic Engagement Organizations

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Looking for organizations that promote civic engagement? There’s no shortage! There are likely hundreds of thousands of groups that are engaging their communities. 

Below is just a sampling of some of the bigger efforts that promote civic engagement in the U.S. and around the world. This post is periodically-updated. If you don’t see what your organization or one that you think should be on this list, tweet us about it – @StreetCivics.

NameFocusScope
American Association of School AdministratorsProfessional AssociationNationwide
American Association of State Colleges and UniversitiesHigher EducationNationwide
American Bar Association – Division for Public EducationEducation/RightsNationwide
American Educational Research AssociationEducation/ResourcesNationwide
American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO)Professional AssociationNationwide
American Political Science AssociationProfessional AssociationNationwide
American Society of News EditorsEducaton/Media LiteracyNationwide
Americans for Informed Democracy, AMP Global YouthYouth/Service/Global AffairsNationwide
AmericaSpeaksGovernment-Citizen EngagementProgram Ended
AmeriCorpsService/VolunteeringNationwide
Amizade Volunteer and Service-Learning ProgramsFair TradeInternational
Andrew Goodman FoundationVotingNationwide
Anneberg ClassroomEducation/Online PlatformNationwide
Association for the Study of Higher EducationResearch and EducationNationwide
Association of American Colleges & UniversitiesHigher EducationNationwide
Association of Public and Land-grant UniversitiesResearch and EducationNationwide
Bill of Rights InstituteEducation/Online PlatformNationwide
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI)Education/ResourcesNationwide
Bonner FoundationHigher EducationNationwide
Campus CompactService/Volunteering/Higher EducationNationwide
Campus Election Engagement ProjectEducation/VotingNationwide
Campus Vote ProjectVotingNationwide
Case FoundationCommunity GrantsNationwide
Cast Your Vote – 1812Online platform/Education/ResourcesNationwide
Center for Civic EducationHigher EducationNationwide
Center for Community ProgressCommunity Development and RestorationNationwide
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & EngagementResearch and EducationNationwide
Center for Politics – University of VirginiaEducation/ResourcesNationwide
Center for Prevention Research & Development | School of Social Work – University of IllinoisEducation/ResourcesNationwide
Center for the Study of the American Constitution (CSAC)Education/ResourcesNationwide
Center for Youth Political ParticipationHigher EducationNationwide
Center on Representative GovernmentEducation/ResourcesNationwide
Character.orgLeadership/YouthNationwide
Choices for the 21st Century Education ProjectCitizen EducationNationwide
Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)Education/ResourcesNationwide
Civic NationCitizen Action/General ResourcesNationwide
Civics ConnectionEducation/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesFlorida
Civics Renewal NetworkEducation/ResourcesNationwide
CivicusCitizen Action/AccountabilityInternational
CivXNowEducation/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesNationwide
Close Up FoundationHigher EducationNationwide
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)AccountabilityNationwide
Common CauseAccountability/Citizen ActionNationwide
Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) ProgramGovernment-Citizen EngagementNationwide
Constitutional Rights Foundation (Los Angeles)Education/ResourcesNationwide
Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource)Education/ResourcesNationwide
Corporation for National and Community ServiceService/Volunteering/Government-Citizen EngagementNationwide
Dirksen CenterEducation/ResourcesNationwide
DoSomething.orgOnline PlatformNationwide
ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic TransformationHigher EducationNationwide
FactCheck.orgAccountabilityNationwide
FairVoteAccountabilityNationwide
Ford Foundation GrantsNationwide
Freedoms Foundation at Valley ForgeEducation/ResourcesNationwide
Gamaliel FoundationTraining/Faith Nationwide
GovTrackOnline PlatformNationwide
HeadCountVotingNationwide
iCitizenOnline PlatformNationwide
iCivicsEducation/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesNationwide
Illinois Civics InitiativeEducation/ResourcesIllinois
Imagining AmericaArts/EducationNationwide
Independent Voter NetworkVotingNationwide
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)Youth/Service/Global AffairsInternational
Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Higher EducationNationwide
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community EngagementResearch and EducationInternational
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)Voting/Global AffairsInternational
International Partnership for Service-LearningHigher EducationInternational
Jack Miller CenterEducation/ResourcesNationwide
James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy – Unversity of IdahoResearch and EducationNationwide
James Madison Memorial Fellowship FoundationGrantsNationwide
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic LifeHigher EducationTufts University
Josephson Institute of EthicsAccountabilityNationwide
Junior State of America (JSA)Education/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesNationwide
Justice For All: Courts and The CommunityGovernment-Citizen Engagement/Education & RightsNationwide
Kettering Foundation Research and EducationNationwide
Kids Voting USAVoting/Early educationNationwide
League of Women VotersVotingNationwide
Mikva ChallengeEducation/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesNationwide
Miller CenterHigher EducationInternational
National Civic LeagueGovernment-Citizen EngagementNationwide
National Coalition on Black Civic ParticipationEducation/African-American Civic ParticipationNationwide
National Conference on CitizenshipGovernment-Citizen EngagementNationwide
National Constitution CenterCitizen EducationNationwide
National Council for the Social StudiesProfessional AssociationNationwide
National Institute on Money in PoliticsAccountabilityNationwide
National Issues ForumEducation/ResourcesNationwide
National Society for Experiential EducationProfessional AssociationNationwide
National Youth Leadership CouncilLeadership/YouthNationwide
News Literacy ProjectEducation/Media LiterarcyNationwide
Next UpYouth/Service/LeadershipOregon
Nonprofit VOTEVotingNationwide
On The IssuesAccountabilityNationwide
Open Knowledge FoundationOpen Data/Education/ResourcesInternational
OpenSecrets.orgAccountabilityNationwide
Peace Development FundGrantsInternational
Points of LightCitizen Action & VolunteeringInternational
PopVoxOnline PlatformNationwide
Project CitizenEducationNationwide
Project PericlesHigher EducationNationwide
Robert H. Smith Center for the ConstitutionEducation/ResourcesNationwide
Rock the VoteVotingNationwide
Sorensen Institute for Political LeadershipEducationVirgina
Stony Brook Center for News LiteracyEducation/Media LiteracyNationwide
Street LawEducation/RightsNationwide
Student PIRGsYouth/Service/LeadershipNationwide
Students Learn Students VoteEducation/VotingNationwide
Sunlight FoundationAccountabilityNationwide
Teaching with Historic Places – National Park ServiceNational Parks/EducationNationwide
The John Marshall FoundationGrants/Education/ResourcesNationwide
United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) Global AffairsNationwide
Vote SmartVotingNationwide
What Kids Can DoEarly EducationNationwide
Woodson CenterGrants/ServiceNationwide
World Affairs Councils of AmericaGlobal AffairsNationwide
Young Voter StrategiesYouth/Voting/EducationNationwide
Youth Activism ProjectLeadership/YouthNationwide
Youth GuidanceEducation/Youth/Leadership/ResourcesNationwide
Youth Service AmiercaLeadership/Youth/ServiceNationwide
Youth.govGrants/Service/Government-Citizen engagementNationwide

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Dan Jasper

Dan Jasper is the founder and primary author of Street Civics. He specializes in advocacy and international affairs.

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