DC Appleseed’s Mission
DC Appleseed has worked for over 20 years to make the National Capital Area a better place to live and work. During those 20 years, and through our current projects, we have taken on some of the District’s toughest problems, developed proposed solutions to those problems, worked to get our proposed solutions adopted and implemented, and then monitored the implementation to make sure it actually produces results. DC Appleseed’s projects involve working with broad coalitions, researching best practices, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and meeting with and/or testifying before governmental decision-makers. The ultimate goal of all our projects is to do whatever is needed to achieve real, tangible improvements in the National Capital Area.
What Makes DC Appleseed Unique and Effective
First, we leverage our limited budget several times over with pro bono support from law firms, accountants, and other professionals – allowing our small staff and hands-on Board of Directors to tackle a broad range of activities to improve the National Capital area.
Second, we are a local organization, working exclusively on the biggest public policy problems facing the National Capital Area – from voting rights to health care to environmental concerns to jobs and housing and more.
Third, we are independent, non-partisan and objective. We do not come to any issue with an agenda or predetermined viewpoint and we take a position on an issue only after thoroughly researching it from all sides and determining what we see as the best policy for the District. We never accept government funding.
Finally, DC Appleseed gets results. We are efficient, effective advocates. We build support and consensus for the solutions we propose by working closely with government leaders and community stakeholders during our investigations and as we formulate our positions. This collaborative approach builds broad support for implementing recommended changes. So in the end, DC Appleseed doesn’t simply call for positive change, we help make change happen.