Emergency Fund for Community Action

America is a great country. But we have more problems than we should, and more solutions than we use.

The American people are fundamentally virtuous and good-hearted, working year in and year out at their jobs and in their personal and civic lives to make the world a better place -- and with every passing decade it does get better. But not for everybody, and not in every way.

The earth and its ecosystems are not getting healthier. Our democracy is not getting stronger. The advances of science and technology are not lifting all boats.  We have no silver bullet to eradicate disease or prevent pandemics. And, as the events of the past two weeks have underscored, our nation's original sin -- racism -- is still with us.

The flagship organizations of The Public Interest Network, U.S. PIRG and Environment America, neither specialize nor claim expertise in how to eradicate racism, reduce gun violence, heal communities, or run fair, effective public safety programs and criminal justice systems. But the moment calls upon us to help the people and groups whose expertise IS how to make a difference on these issues.

With that in mind, and with the advice of Everytown for Gun Safety and others, we've identified a set of community organizations to support.

The Public Interest Network is donating to each of the groups listed below. If you would like to add a personal contribution, you can do so here.

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • EMIR (Every Murder is Real) Healing Center
  • Guitars Over Guns
  • I Grow Chicago
  • Martha's Table
  • MEASURE Austin
  • Newark Opportunity Youth Network (A YouthBuild Newark Initiative)
  • Solar Youth
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Urban Peace Institute (Hosted by Community Partners)
$54,354.00 raised

Most Recent Donors

Andrea Hart, $100.00

Kirk Weinert, $250.00

Christina Biron, $250.00

Leslie Samuelrich, $250.00

Dyanne Mallei, $25.00

Doug Phelps, $250.00

Amanda Read, $100.00

Megan Fitzgerald

Annie Sanders, $250.00

Nathan Proctor, $50.00

Wendy Wendlandt, $100.00

Maureen Kirk

Rich Hannigan, $100.00


Derek Campfield

Kirsten Schatz, $50.00

Pamela Clough, $25.00

Alexandra Simon, $100.00

John Harris

John Amdor, $25.00

Matthew Curtis, $100.00

Lisa Frank, $50.00

Anonymous, $100.00

Mary Kennelly, $50.00

Emily Kowalski, $50.00

Steven Blackledge, $75.00

Anonymous, $100.00

Mary Mueller, $100.00

Yana Kucher, $25.00

Emily Rusch, $100.00

Amy Floyd, $100.00

Anonymous, $100.00

Anonymous, $100.00

Travis Madsen

Kate Canada, $100.00

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The Emergency Fund for Community Action is a project of the Public Interest Network and the Center for Public Interest Research. Donations will be received by the Center for Public Interest Research, which will appear as CFPIR on your credit card statement. The Public Interest Network launched this fund with a donation. That grant and all contributions to the fund will go to the 501(c)(3) groups listed on the Emergency Fund for Community Action web page. If any of the listed groups are not accepting contributions, we will evenly divide the donations between the remaining groups. The Center will pay the credit card processing fees for all transactions completed on this web page associated with the first $50,000 in total contributions. If you would like to make a contribution by check, please send Attn: Financial Department, Center for Public Interest Research, 294 Washington Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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