We are a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. We engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Our goal is that members of all communities have the safety, opportunity and health they need to thrive.
Our signature is reach and impact. With our strong ties to diverse communities, unlikely alliances, policy and legal expertise, and creative use of technology, we and our partners have won over $15 billion to extend opportunity. Whether it is to build 150 schools, transform the City of Los Angeles’ approach to its gang epidemic, or revolutionize the use of data in policymaking, Advancement Project evens the odds for communities striving to attain equal footing and equal treatment.
Because of Advancement Project's Work in California
The L.A. Police Department transformed the way it dealt with gangs, from a counter-productive suppression strategy to community-based policing
The City of L.A. adopted new strategies that decreased gang violence 13%; gang homicides dropped 50% in 24 parks and surrounding neighborhoods with the Summer Night Lights program
Low-income Los Angeles public school students have 67,000 new classroom seats and California has renovated more than a million education spaces in high-need communities
California passed one of the nation’s largest early education programs – expanding services to 120,000 four year olds
A nation-leading mapping website connects families with critical resources and equips advocates and policymakers with compelling images of neighborhood needs throughout California
This short video was produced to celebrate Advancement Project's 10th Anniversary and is a great introduction to our leaders, supporters and innovations in building schools, reducing gang violence and harnessing the power of technology to advance civil rights.
For more details about each of our programs and their impact, read our Advancement Project Fact Sheet.
To learn more about our national office's work in voter protection, access and equity in educational opportunity, immigrant rights and more, please visit their website.