Our Impact

PolicyLink, working with an array of stakeholders, has been instrumental in building a potent broad-based movement for equity and engaging hundreds of partners in cities, suburbs, rural communities, and tribal lands across America.

Here are some recent achievements:

Portfolio of Federal Policy Wins:

  • Promise Neighborhoods: Twelve communities are implementing over $800 million in programming to improve educational outcomes for 300,000 children.
  • Healthy Food Financing: Delivered over $1 billion in resources to create access to healthy food in low-income communities.
  • Sustainable Communities: With $250 million in support, piloted the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule to ensure fair housing and create communities of opportunity.
  • My Brother's Keeper: Supported the federal government and philanthropy to design and launch the nation's premier boys and men of color initiative and supported over 50 cities to advance boys and men of color programs.

All-In Cities: Cities are resurgent, and they are the crucibles where ambitious strategies can and must be forged to grow an economy and a society that work for all.  PolicyLink is facilitating efforts in eight cities, from Pittsburgh to New Orleans to Oakland, to advance creative solutions that foster equitable growth, community revitalization, and democratic engagement.

National Equity Atlas.  This online Atllas, with easily searchable economic data analyzed by race, ethnicity, nativity, and gender, has become an indispensable tool for 30,000 users as they campaign for equity-focused policy change.  Released in 2014 and continually updated, the Atlas contains unique data on demographic shifts and the economic benefits of equity for the nation's 150 largest regions, all 50 states, the 100 largest cities, and the United States as a whole.

California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.  The Alliance has secured ore than 80 state and local policy victories to improve the health, education, and economic prospects of the Alliance's constituents.

National Equity Summits.  Every three years, PolicyLink convenes a one-of-kind national summit with over 3,000 attendees, focused explicitly on equity, creating a deep reservoir of intellectual, strategic, and innovative thought for feeding and sustaining the equity movement.