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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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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

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]