Building a movement led by everyday people to create change in their communities and across the country.

We envision a nationwide social movement led by everyday people and inspired by the conviction that we can create a society in which everyone has enough to thrive and achieve their full potential. Learn More >>

Our Work

Only social movements can create social change.

Community Change’s mission is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better.
History: In 2012, the Center for Community Change marked the 45th anniversary of its founding.
People: We are from red states and blue; we are both youthful and seasoned; and we represent the rich diversity of America’s immigrants, recent and from decades past, as well as its native population. Together, we work with vigor and vision to end poverty and exclusion in America.
Movement Building: View all of our campaigns.
Community change Action is our sister organization. Visit our site to know more information.



We unite groups in coalition and collaborate on common goals.



We elevate collaborative work for national impact.



We provide resources that let grassroots groups do more.



We train people to advocate for themselves.

180 Grassroots Ambassadors. Community Change trains these “super volunteers” to be leaders and storytellers with the skills to organize others, the creativity to drive strategy, and the resilience to build movements.
With campaigns in 17 states, we fight to defend the anti-poverty programs that keep tens of millions of Americans fed and healthy.
90 Pieces by our Writing Fellows. Community Change creates a platform for writers who come from low-income backgrounds and speak from their own experiences with poverty, inequality, and the struggle to make ends meet. Publications from the Washington Post to The Undefeated to CNN featured them in 2016.

Focus Areas

Fifteen years ago, grassroots groups gearing up to change welfare reform realized that economic justice could not be won without wage equality and worker protections for undocumented immigrants. The new millennium saw an increase in vitriol directed against immigrants, who often were blamed for the fact that – whether the economy was up or down – for most people, the opportunity for a solid middle-class life continued to recede. Learn More >>

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