About The Education Fund

Who We Are

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for laws and policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of every person in the United States. In so doing, we also seek to promote an appreciation for the rich diversity of the country, and attitudes that are accepting of our differences and similarities. We were founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (then called the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition of more than 200 national organizations.

The Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit Civilrights.org.

What We Do

The Education Fund believes that an informed public is more likely to support effective civil rights and social justice laws and policies. Because of its close relationship with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Education Fund has the unique ability to build public education campaigns that leverage a range of diverse voices to empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change at the local, state and federal level in the United States.

Check out the Civil Rights Monitor, our annual magazine reporting on the year in civil and human rights.

How We Do It

The Education Fund provides member organizations of the civil and human rights coalition, local and state-level community-based organizations and direct service organizations with strategic advice and assistance in policy development, field organizing, leadership and advocacy training, material design and production, and communications outreach.

  • We create opportunities for individual coalition organizations to share different perspectives and develop broader strategies for success.
  • We work across the U.S. to train state and local activists in effective organizing techniques and to mobilize broad participation in national civil and human rights public education campaigns.
  • We offer online opportunities for member organizations to train staff and volunteers on the use of advanced technologies that can open up new avenues for organizing and outreach.
  • We deploy our national communications capabilities to help local activists and community-based organizations generate media coverage to build public will for policies that promote civil and human rights.
  • We provide spaces — physical and electronic — where advocacy organizations can exchange ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, broaden their own coalitions and launch collaborative campaigns.

Learn about Americans for Financial Reform — a project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Learn about our Freedom Institute for Social Change training program.

Where We Do It

The Education Fund is a national organization that also engages on the state and local level. We advance civil and human rights across the United States working through the strategic partnerships we have built with other national organizations, state and local organizations, community leaders, organizers, local service providers, and individuals. We also participate in international fora addressing human rights, sharing the strategies and tactics used to advance civil and human rights in the U.S. and the importance of working in coalition.

For more information about where we work on specific projects, visit the “Our Work” section of our site.

Financial Documentation

The Leadership Conference Education Fund files annually with the IRS. Our 990 forms can be found on the Guidestar website. Our annual audited financial statements are available upon request, by sending an email to gro.sthgirlivicnull@dnufde or by calling 202.466.3434 and asking for our development department.