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Alliance for Justice

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Causes: Civil Rights, Nonprofit Management, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For more than 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women's rights, children's, senior citizens' and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voice heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.

Results: AFJ actively promotes a fair and independent judiciary, protects the rights of nonprofits to advocate, and safeguards the civil justice system.

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Afj's bolder advocacy program strengthens the capacity of the public interest community to influence public policy. Bolder advocacy promotes the active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. Our goal is to demystify and decode advocacy by equipping organizations with knowledge and tools. We help organizations fully understand the rules and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals. Bolder advocacy amplifies the voice of nonprofits and foundations. We equip nonprofits and foundations through training, assistance, plain language publications and public education to engage effectively in advocacy. Our bolder advocacy programs develop new tools and resources for nonprofits and foundations to enhance their effectiveness and more fully realize their potential as agents of change.

the judicial selection project monitors and investigates nominations to the federal bench and engages the public to ensure that the federal judiciary reflects the diversity of americans, adheres to the highest legal standards and comprises judges who are fair independent and compassionate. It also monitors and reports on the growing influence of corporate influence on the judiciary and the implications for americans as the law increasingly reflects this.

access to justice project protects and promotes the value of a vigorous civil justice system and monitors and exposes threats to the rule of law. The access to justice project educates the public and policy makers through rigorous research, comprehensive written reports, and publications and information for the public.

fellows program introduces recent college and law school graduates to public interest careers and service.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

AFJ has been a supportive resource for our association. Their templates, brochures and feedback on current issues have provided a strong foundation to such a small nonprofit. AFJ has given them a voice to help position their message and provide more visibility on a local and national level. Their accessibility has been beneficial to the association.

Larkrise

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFJ is a much need nonprofit in a society that is far too apathetic. We must never give up our Constitutional rights to a trial by jury, to the right to legal counsel, to refuse to be dragged from our homes in the night, never to be heard from again. If we give up our freedom to fear, corrupt politicians, and the military-industrial complex, then the terrorists will have won. They will have destroyed what is unique and glorious about our country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oakland office provided a webinar for non-profits on advocacy and lobbying. Very beneficial!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff in Oakland provided us timely and personal feedback that meant we were ready meet reporting deadlines without panic or doubt. Thank you, AFJ!

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Donor

Rating: 5

"Alliance for Justice believes that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives." This quote aptly reflects the hard work of AFJ over the past 30 years and Nan Aron's exemplary leadership. AFJ has often ingeniously shown a light on how Supreme Court decisions have potentially profound effects on economic inequalities and social justice. At a time when corporations are viewed as people and income inequality has skyrocketed we need AFJ more than ever.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Alliance for Justice is a donor's dream: smart, savvy, strategic, sophisticated and relevant. Its top-quality staff are always on top of the latest developments in the field and often LEAD the field. Its work to build and promote the civic and philanthropic sectors' voice in critical public policy debates is outstanding; AFJ is simply the best in the field. Its work ensures that voices that are typically left out of critically important public debates get heard. That is a powerful mission.

Mary146

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nan Aron, head of Alliance for Justice, and I went to the same high school. We shared the same remarkable teacher, Eric Rothschild, as a mentor. Why is that important? Because Nan (who was a bright star among many stars, academically, (whereas I was not), were both getting a college education look and questioning of American History. Rothschild's mother was one of the founders of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which formed at the peril of members, vis-a-vis Senator McCarthy. So our teacher knew first-hand and was also so brilliant, always asking for questions as well as answers about history, civics, civil liberties. Nan, since graduating from law school, dedicated herself to civil liberties. I believe she worked for the NY Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, and at some point figured Washington, DC is the heartbeat of freedom. Among the three branches of government, each has imperiled our liberty, sometimes by law, sometimes by federal decisions, sometimes by Presidential fiat. Nan's vision propels the AFJ. Her vision is of a Constitution upheld by law and the decisions made over the centuries. AFJ has a huge agenda now: trying to make the Congress, Supreme Court, and President all come to the bar of law with their best understanding of law and justice. AFJ demands what Mr.. Rothschild demanded: to think and act to keep our country solid and free. As Ben Franklin is credited with the response to a lady as he came out of the Constitutional Convention, as she asked what kind of country we will have, Franklin said, "A democracy, if YOU can keep it." That challenge was eternal to America. For AFJ, the existence of a fouled-up republic is also a concern. I know where Nan comes from. And AFJ comes from her live-long work. This is the most upright non-profit I can think of, admiration for Nan aside.

1 Kathryn13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alliance for Justice presents my homework (on judicial issues) to me comprehensively and simply, and provides me with convenient and efficient tools for taking action on them. This way, I can effectively add my voice to those the President and Congressional members are hearing from, right on time. With such depressing judicial developments as the Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United ruling, members of the general public such as me need exactly what AFJ provides.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alliance for Justice continues to impress me with their approach of reporting issues, actions, and ongoing activities without making the "request for donation" appear as the primary focus of the newsletter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alliance for Justice is a very helpful resource for all nonprofits. They are an invaluable source of information on legal and governance issues, and its staff is consistently accessible, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get very depressed about how little information I have to base my moral opinions and actions on, about important governmental decisions that will impact my life without me knowing until it's too late. I rely heavily on the tireless work of Alliance for Justice so that I can keep my faith and my energy going in the right direction. For that I am very grateful - thanks!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i depend on The Alliance for Social Justice to inform me of the pressing issues on social justice and to provide me with the opportunities to act on these issues. I have 40 years in the not for profit sector and strongly believe that this organization is top in its field.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alliance for Justice is an indispensable resource for social justice nonprofits. The staff training they did for my organization was engaging and highly informative, and is going to enable us to understand, move forward and accurately track our lobbying efforts. We love AFJ!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Alliance for Justice is an unparalleled resource for the non-profit community. For example, being able to lobby policymakers is often important for groups such as ours that advocate for low-income communities. However, the rules governing lobbying are complex. AfJ provides the expert assistance and advice that enables non-profits to provide a voice for their clients in government circles, while scrupulously complying with all legal requirements.

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Alliance for Justice 07/15/2011

It’s been great working with you and seeing the breadth and depth of your work.

1 Kat L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an advocate for people with disabilities, Alliance for Justice is my go-to source for information about what we can do as a nonprofit. I also routinely refer colleagues to the site. Alliance for Justice has come to Cincinnati and done presentations. I regard Alliance for Justice as an ally!

1 April I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Alliance for Justice is a valuable resource that empowers our organization to effectively advocate for strong clean water protections in Georgia.

1 Lisa R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Alliance for Justice has been a valuable resource and partner to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and our Grantmaking for Community Impact Project (GCIP), which seeks to increase philanthropic dollars going to support advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement.

2 Bruce L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a very young organization without funding to have legal staff or the ability to develop expertise in certain areas of the law, including legal issues related to lobbying, grassroots organizing, nonprofit legal status, etc. Time and time again, the Alliance for Justice was there was rapid, timely, and enormously helpful advice and counsel to make sure that our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) were in compliance with various aspects of the law. Many thanks to AFC for all of its terrific work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alliance for Justice and its staff have been incredibly helpful to our organization. They have made themselves available whenever we needed consultation, and have provided these services in the most professional yet personal way. What an important and wonderful resource for our community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AFJ has been a wonderful resource for our non-profit in terms of understanding lobbying and campaign finance regulations. Their web content has been very helpful, and their webinars are excellent and a terrific value.