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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: The organization provides research, organizing and advocacy into issues pertaining to the economic and social well being of working people and their families in the silicon valley and other communities. Through its mission, the organization educates the community about social and economic activities and trends that will have a significant and/or lasting impact on the community. The organization also develops programs to provide services for workers and their families to meet their social and educational needs.

Programs: The organization works in four broad areas of concern to working people - health care, government accountability and reform, economic research and analysis, and organizing and leadership development - by developing policies, organizing and advocating for their adoption, developing leadership that empowers ordinary citizens, and connecting smaller groups in ways that enhance their effectiveness.

working partnerships usa also provides emergency financial assistance to families that suffer unanticipated economic hardship. About 338 people benefitted from this program.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working Partnerships USA's breadth of work is truly impressive. From creating cutting edge public policy to getting people out to vote...they are about making real change in peoples lives in Silicon Valley. Proud to work with them in my capacity in the community.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working Partnerships USA is by far one of the great leaders in Social Justice in Silicon Valley. They have and continue to be on finding cutting edge solutions for the ongoing struggle to insure that the people who truly make Silicon Valley profitable- the working class people-share in the wealth. The dedication to social justice by the staff and volunteers, serves as a shining example to all who desire to make a positive change in the community at large. They stand on the right side of history, and I am proud to stand by them!

Charles Justin Wilson III, Board of Directors
African American Community Service Agency

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the good fortune to see Working Partnerships USA in action and to work on many of their campaigns. When people ask me what WPUSA is and what it does I say this: Working Partnerships is a nonprofit organization that furthers the interests of working families.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working Partnerships USA is full of excellent leadership, compassionate and committed staff that work hard every day to improve the lives of working families in Silicon Valley. Through research, policy and advocacy, they build coalitions of everyday residents, nonprofit organizations, labor groups, business leaders and religious clergy – groups that might not typically stand together – to advocate for greater access to health care and fight for a fair working wage. For 20 years they have established themselves as an organization that knows how to drive real change, and their success has resulted in better wages, and more affordable access to health care, housing and transportation for all that live and work in Silicon Valley.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working Partnerships is a global leader in addressing the challenges of working families in a dynamic economy. This is a rare organization that is proficient at both articulating and researching problems and designing and implementing innovative and collaborative solutions. The staff is uniformly top-notch and routinely produces compelling and through provoking research. They have extraordinary connections with a diverse array of Silicon Valley institutions. As a manager of a non-profit workforce and economic development agency, I view Working Partnerships as an indispensable partner in our quest to promote prosperity for all.

Review from Guidestar

2 Michael328

Donor

Rating: 5

There are plenty of worthy charity organizations that raise funds to provide a specific service to the community. Food, shelter, health care, etc. - these non-profits deserve our support as we cope with the day-to-day needs of families struggling to make ends meet.

As we support these organizations, it's important that we not lose sight of the bigger challenge of resolving the tough issues that impact working families. That takes an organization with a capacity for research, analysis and public policy development, an organization with deep roots in the community, and an organization not afraid to stand up to powerful interests.

In Silicon Valley, that organization is Working Partnerships USA. No other local group has a better track record when it comes to developing and advocating for solutions that impact the working poor of this region. From healthcare for low-income kids to affordable housing, Working Partnerships has been a champion for innovative public policy and civic engagement.

As a community, we need to ensure that kids have enough to eat today, and that families have a place to stay the night. But we also have a obligation to come together and solve these issues. We can do both, but only with organizations like Working Partnership USA.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working Partnerships is an organization that leads by examples. As an organization, it puts its values first and the needs and rights of working families are of paramount importance. It's not easy to to do work for the voiceless, but the team at Working Partnerships are incredible and tireless on the key issues in the Silicon Valley- a living wage, affordable housing, immigration reform.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The lack of cooperation of Working Partnerships with regards to disclosure of funding sources concerns me,

It was well documented in the following post on San Jose Inside.

http://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/entries/1_25_13_working_partnerships_usa_irs_election/

It seems the lines between advocacy and machine politics in this group are blurred.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization deserves way more scrutiny like it's starting to receive in the local press since Cindy Chavez is now running it. For an example of how things are run, check out the LA Times stories on how Martin Ludlow ran the LA equivalent of the South Bay Labor Council.

From Wikipedia --
In April 2006, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horwitz sentenced Ludlow to three years' probation and $45,000 in fines and costs for conspiring to illegally divert school employees' union funds to his 2003 election campaign. Ludlow was banned from holding elected office for four years.[14] In June of that year, federal Judge Manuel Real sentenced him to five years' probation and 2,000 hours of community service and ordered Ludlow to return $36,400 to the school employees' union. Ludlow was barred from serving in leadership position with any union for thirteen years. Ludlow had earlier been fined $105,000 by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission for violating city campaign laws.[15]

1 Isador P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

WPUSA shares offices, exec team, staff, volunteers, copying machines, office supplies and telephones with a politically active AFL-CIO labor council. It pays large salaries to a former councilwoman and mayoral candidate, the head of the local Democratic party and the chief political strategist of what local newspapers describe as a political machine. Campaigns are actively run and candidates are endorsed in the same offices. Two closely aligned office holders — one a convicted councilman and the other a sitting county supervisor — have had well publicized corruption issues. Hard to see how it can honestly answer "No" to question 3 of part IV on the 2010 Form 990 "Dld the organlzatlon engage In dlrect or lndlrect campalgn actlvltles on behalfofor In opposltlon to candldates for publlc offlce?" Also note tax investigation in notes on Form 990 and late filing of 2011 forms.