Below you can find a wide variety of organizations to get involved with. You can search by keyword or category or just browse the list below. If you’d like to submit an organization just follow the link and the submission will be sent in for approval. We hope that this allows you to connect with organizations with which you can continue your engagement in social change.

Educational Equity

The Chalkboard Project is an independent education transformation organization dedicated to making Oregon’s K-12 public schools among the best in the country. We are funded by a consortium of Oregon’s leading philanthropic foundations that share a central belief that research and on-the-ground expert knowledge is essential to identifying policies and practices that improve outcomes for students.

(503) 542-4325

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.
We empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy.

(202) 745-3745 x20

Founded in 1973, the Education Law Center (ELC) serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of at-risk students, ELC also promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in New Jersey, in other states, and at the federal level.


Some of us lost our jobs after taking maternity leave. Others couldn’t afford to work after starting a family because child care cost more than we made. Some of us sought part-time or flexible work schedules to better support our family’s needs, only to learn that this is hard to find. Some of us were turned down for jobs because of our status as mothers. At times we felt alone and responsible to figure out how to make it work.
And then we found each other. We learned that in our country, mothers suffer a huge wage gap relative to non-mothers. We learned that these issues are not ours alone but systemic reflections of archaic policies — ones that need to and can change. We educated ourselves about viable policies in other industrialized countries, even other states in this country. We formed an organization to confront these issues with passion, compassion, and a commitment to a vision for a better Oregon for all families.


IRCO strives in its programming, outreach and education to foster deep understanding, compassion and communication between Portland’s established communities and its newest arrivals. IRCO prides itself on empowering, engaging and educating these communities about each other.

The mission of Marathon Education Partners is to bring together in partnership caring adults and talented low-income children to make the dream of a college education a reality. Since Marathon’s founding on September 11, 2002, nearly 150 Partners have joined together to help 98 children in the Portland, Vancouver and Pendleton schools reach their goal of obtaining higher education.


We are mothers. Oregon mothers. We envision a better Oregon with strong, pro-family public policies. And we’re fighting for it. Because we know from experience how dated and inadequate our current system is for families–especially for mothers.Our goal is to build an Oregon where today’s families can thrive. To do this, we need more pro-family elected officials. So we’re pooling our resources – and yours! – to elect key pro-family candidates who will champion the strong, family-friendly public policies that Oregon families need. Together we send a powerful, strategic message that we simply cannot send alone.

The mission is to provide up-to-date information on equity issues and school finance and to promote meaningful educational opportunities for all children.

(646) 745-8280

We are a group of committed community members that want to provide a quality and equitable education for all students in the state of Oregon. We are founded on the four principles of the National Save Our Schools Movement and affiliated with the group Parents Across America. We have no financial backers or interests.

Our Portland, Our Schools (OPOS) is a group of parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members that have come together to support a November property tax measure to fund the rebuilding of our schools. But as a new organization we are much more. Our goal is to organize for effective management and implementation of this and subsequent bonds, as well as use this opportunity to transform our schools and education system into one that prepares our students and city for the 21st century. Will you join us?