Charity of the week
In 1975, social scientist Daniel Yankelovich and future Secretary of State Cyrus Vance formed Public Agenda (publicagenda.org) with the intent to bridge the gap between government policy and community needs. Since its founding, the nonpartisan nonprofit has produced research to inform leaders of public opinion and to encourage progress on critical issues such as education, health care, jobs, and civic engagement. For its research, the charity conducts in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys nationwide. The charity also trains leaders in using its research, holds events, and leads community engagement workshops across the country. Last year, Public Agenda interviewed more than 20,000 individuals nationwide about criminal justice reform, inequality, and the state of U.S. democracy.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■