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Community Organizing Groups and Networks
There are community organizing groups across the globe. I try to keep up with them.  Some link language is taken from the websites.


  • Brisbane Region Environment Council, a regional environment council providing advocacy, education, research and assistance for the protection and enhancement of the Brisbane regional environment.
  • Save Albert Park, another community-based effort in Melbourne using a variety of neighborhood-based and Internet-based tactics to take back city parkland that has been turned into a Grand Prix race track.
  • The Rivermouth Action Group Inc, with links to 39 (and growing) community and evinronmental action groups.
  • Unchain, a loose coalition of people who live or work in Port Phillip, brought together by our outrage at the size and focus of a proposed commercial development on the St Kilda Triangle Crown land and now working for local democracy.
  • Leighton Action Coalition, formed to press for community control of redevelopment of the old Leighton rail Marshalling Yards in North Fremantle (Perth).

  • Organizing Schöneweide, eine selbstbewusst auftretende und sich selbst organisierende Plattform von zurzeit 23 Schöneweider Gruppen und Institutionen, sowie aktiven Einzelbürgern.
  • Forum Community Organizing, a comprehensive network providing training, resources, and networking in support of community organizing in Germany.

  • Fountain of Development Research and Action plans, initiates and supports the development process which creates wide range of opportunities for the poor to develop their dormant skills and explain the self help possibilities in to concrete action plans and whereby more and more poor achieve flourishing quality of life or well being.
New Zealand

  • Kotare Trust, organises workshop programmes and develops community research on social change issues.
Northern Ireland

  • The Rural Community Network, a voluntary organisation established by local community organisations to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and equality.


  • The Citizen Foundation, an organization that supports community organizing and development projects across Russia.
United Kingdom

  • The Citizen Organising Foundation, with affiliates in London and Birmingham, exists to create a network of competent, informed and organised citizens who act responsibly in the public life of their communities and are able to influence for the common good, decisions which impact on their communities.
United States (National)

  • ACES, the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, organizes locally and nationally to to improve child support enforcement..
  • Action Without Borders, formerly the Contact Center Network, has an interactive database where nonprofit and community organizations from around the world can tell about their activities and find each other.
  • ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, has an extensive site with many resources on organizing in general and HIV/AIDS in particular.
  • Alliance for National Renewal, off-shoot of National Civic League that aims for alliance of community organizations across the United States.
  • The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN, one of the most well known community organizing efforts with a national U.S. network, was destroyed by right-wing attacks in March of 2010.
  • The Center for Third World Organizing, organizing and organizer/leadership training programs in communities of color.
  • The Coalition for Low Income Community Development, a coalition of grassroots and national groups organized to ensure that low income people benefit from community planning and development programs.
  • Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc. (DART), an organization that assists in the development of strong, congregation-based, grassroots community organizations committed to democratic principles and Judeo-Christian values of justice and fairness.
  • The Family Support Network, an organization with a mission to weave a grassroots web of support for young and old alike and create a more caring, just, and civil society..
  • Gamaliel, a network of professional community organizers and key institutional leaders working to rebuild urban areas.
  • Grassroots Global Justice, an alliance of U.S.-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people.
  • The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), builds organizations whose primary purpose is power - the ability to act - and whose chief product is social change.
  • Institute for Global Communications, major site of international non-profit organizations devoted to improvement of environment, quality of life, women's rights, labor rights, equal rights, and peace (ConflictNet, EcoNet, LaborNet, PeaceNet, WomensNet)
  • Jewish Organizing Initiative, an organization that provides Jewish young adults one-year paid internships in community organizing.
  • Labor/Community Strategy Center, a multiracial anticorporate "think-tank/act-tank" committed to building democratic internationalist social movements.
  • The National Housing Institute, this site maintains an on-line version of Shelterforce, which publishes regular articles on community organizing and development such as Community Building & Community Organizing: Issues in Creating Effective Models, By Sandy O'Donnell and Ellen Schumer , an important paper on the tensions between community organizing and development.
  • National People's Action, a multi-issue coalition of grassroots neighborhood groups, another famous organizing network.
  • Neighborhoods USA, a national nonprofit organization created in 1975 and committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.
  • The New Party, politics with a community organizing approach.
  • PICO National Network, assisting in the building of community organizations with the power to improve the quality of life of families and neighborhoods.
  • Partners in Urban Transformation, works with churches and pastors to help them understand and become involved in the process of community organizing as an effective way to re-engage their communities.
  • TenantNet, a mix of advocacy and technical/historical information on housing and rent regulation in New York and elsewhere.
  • USAction, a national, progressive, grassroots organization focused on social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
United States (Local/Regional)

  • Albany Park Neighborhood Council, a multi-issue grassroots community organization that works on education, immigrant rights, housing, and youth issues.
  • Alabama Arise, a poverty organizing coalition.
  • Blocks Together, a nonprofit grassroots direct action community organization made up of residents, schools and churches in the West Humboldt & North Garfield Park communities of Chicago.
  • Border Action Network, an organization that ensures that those who are most impacted by border and immigration policies are at the forefront of movements calling for human dignity and civil rights and have the power to insert their voices into the local, regional and national policy debates that impact their lives on a daily basis.
  • Boston Tenant Coalition, a coalition of tenant and neighborhood grassroots groups, community development corporations, and housing, homeless and other advocacy organizations working together to promote affordable housing for tenants and low- and moderate-income residents in Boston.
  • Bus Riders Union, in Los Angeles, is one of the largest mass transit anti-racist grassroots organizations in the U.S.
  • California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, made up of 25 Independent Living Centers, advocates for systems change and promotes access and integration for people with disabilities.
  • Central Illinois Organizing Project, an ecumenical, faith-based community organization encompassing 12 counties in central Illinois.
  • City Life / Vida Urbana, a grassroots, multi-issue, bilingual organization in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts whose main work has consisted of organizing tenants to preserve existing affordable housing and advocate for the creation of more.
  • Coalition for Economic Survival, an organization that assists working and low-income people throughout the greater Los Angeles area and surrounding counties in working together to empower themselves to impact the decision making processes that effect their day-to-day lives.
  • "Community Organizing: A Chicago Tradition", a paper by Gordon Mayer includes an extensive of Chicago grass-roots groups.
  • The Doña Ana County Colonias Development Council, a council of grassroots community organizations serving two counties in southern New Mexico.
  • Community Voices Heard, an organization of low-income people, predominately women on welfare, working to build power in New York City to improve the lives of our families and communities.
  • The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, an organization that brings together labor, community, and faith-based organizations and leaders to end low-wage poverty and create economic equity in the San Francisco East Bay region.
  • Farm Labor Organizing Committee, a union representing people who do some of the most important work in America- migrant farmworkers who pick the food we eat.
  • The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc., a not-for-profit, community-based organization promoting social and economic justice in South Brooklyn.
  • Hell's Kitchen Online, covering the community in New York City also known as Clinton.
  • Hope Street Youth Development, a neighborhood-based youth development program using community organizing in Wichita Kansas.
  • Inner City Press, a community advocacy organization based in the South Bronx of New York City.
  • Jane Addams Hull House Association, containing historical information on the famous Settlement House and its co-founder, as well as information on Hull House today.
  • Kensington Welfare Rights Union, an organization of poor and homeless women, men and children from all races struggling to survive and to end poverty in North Philadelphia.
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a powerful coalition of community organizations, unions, religious leaders, academics and elected officials Integrating legislation, research and organizing.
  • Lyndale Neighborhood Association, in Minneapolis has an extensive web site, including their own online forum.
  • Maine People's Alliance brings individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals.
  • Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment seeks to be a powerful organization of low- and moderate-income people building power in our communities. We strive to transcend divisions of class, age and race as we envision and build the more just, sustainable world in which we would like to live.
  • Montana Organizing Project (MOP) is a collaboration of diverse community, civic, labor and faith groups and community members who have come together to form an organization. We actively work for economic, racial and social justice, promoting the dignity and empowerment of people with low and middle incomes whose voices have not been heard in their communities.
  • New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, an organization that works on campaign finance reform (Money and Politics), education (Citizens for Fair Education Taxation), the environment, and health care.
  • New York City AIDS Housing Network, a coalition of nonprofit housing providers, AIDS service organizations, homeless and formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Northeast Action, the regional hub and support center for a dynamic network of citizen action organizations and coalitions in the six New England states and New York State.
  • Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, a regional organization of four community-based social and economic justice organizations located in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
  • ONEDC,whose mission is to exercise political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District of Columbia.
  • Organize! Ohio, working to build a system of support for community organizing and provides an avenue for local organizing groups to act on a statewide level on policy issues of common interest.
  • People Escaping Poverty Project, a non-profit Organization located in the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota and West Central Minnesota, organizing people with low income to impact policies that affect their lives.
  • Pratt Area Community Council, a community-based organization committed to working with residents of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant to maintain neighborhood diversity and stability while battling rampant displacement and gentrification.
  • Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, more than two-dozen groups dedicated to working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Nevada.
  • PUEBLO is a multi-issue community membership organization in Oakland, CA. Its mission is to advocate for the needs of low-income residents of Oakland, most of them people of color, by grassroots organizing, offering leadership training and initiating policy reform.
  • San Diego Organizing Projectis a faith-based community organization which has united people throughout the county since 1979.
  • Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment, rural Tennessee citizen's organization working for social, environmental, and economic justice.
  • Somali Action Alliance, an organization that brings together Somali individuals and organizations who share a common interest in building an understanding of public policy and expanding civic engagement among members of this immigrant community.
  • Strategic Actions for the Just Economy, an economic justice and popular education center that has been building economic power for working class people in Los Angeles.
  • Toledoans United for Social Action, unites, organizes, and trains leaders from diverse congregations to build a powerful community voice.
  • The Virginia Organizing Project, a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives.
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