The Center for Working Families (CWF) is a 501c(3) organization engaged in policy development, research, public education, coalition building, and campaign support. We work to articulate and implement concrete public policies that advance democracy, solidarity, and economic and racial justice in the United States.

CWF’s focus is not limited to policy development. Our approach to developing and advancing policy reforms is attentive to the conditions that support change and identifying the best opportunities to advance progressive policies.

Our collaboration with community groups, labor organizations, netroots activists, youth groups, progressive elected officials, and advocacy organizations is driven by the recognition that winning the changes we seek requires not only good ideas, but also the power and relationships necessary to enact and implement them.


Even though corporate profits and the stock market have rebounded since the “Great Recession” to new heights, poverty remains at near record levels and most of America’s families are economically insecure.

Inequality is also evident whether we examine the crushing student debt faced by college graduates, unequal treatment in the criminal justice system, or inequities in the tax code and government budgets.

The Center for Working Families has made the effort to improve economic security central to its work.


The promise of democracy has always been that people without means might use government to mitigate social and economic inequality and promote the general good.

But all too often special interests limit this potential and prevent good policy reforms from being put into place.

As such, progress on a range of issues, from inequality to climate, requires putting better rules in place to limit the reach of special interests and ensure that everybody has a voice.

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It’s impossible to help people without people helping others. We always need volunteer who love to help.
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