The Advocacy Project (AP) supports marginalized communities in the Global South that face poverty, violence, and discrimination. Working through graduate students (Peace Fellows) we help advocates from partner communities to tell their story, strengthen their organizations, and launch innovative campaigns. We believe that social change begins at the local level and is triggered by those who have experienced and resisted discrimination.
AP first worked with community-based advocates in 1999, when we accompanied refugees from the Bosnian war on their difficult journey home. Between 1999 and 2017, we supported advocates for 115 communities in over 60 countries.
AP is registered as a 501c3 nonprofit in Washington DC. We work through a team of five salaried staff and contractors, supported by a large network of friends and volunteers with deep roots in their communities and guided by a distinguished Board of Directors.
We believe that nonprofit organizations should be held to a high standard of transparency and provide detailed information on income and expenditure in our annual reports. We also expect partners to show discipline in their reporting.
We deeply appreciate the generosity of our benefactors. In 2017, 523 individuals made 778 donations to our program, totaling $166,405. This enabled us to support 10 start-ups, deploy nine Fellows and raise $340,369 for partner organizations.
“I learned a great deal from you – most importantly attitude, work ethic and compassion. Thank you for continuing to do great work and producing such a wonderful, family-like atmosphere. I went into AP’s office very happily every day!” – Rita Lo, Columbia University and 2016 intern.