Appleseed Foundation

Sowing the Seeds of Justice since 1993

aka Appleseed Network; Appleseed   |   Washington, DC   |  www.appleseednetwork.org

Mission

Appleseed is a nonprofit network of 17 Centers across the U.S. and Mexico, dedicated to advancing justice and equity. We are engines of systemic change working independently and collaboratively for a society where everyone is heard and has the opportunity to lead a healthy, safe and dignified life. At the core of our cross-collaborative model is the Appleseed Network Office, which provides crucial leadership by coordinating projects, helping build Center capacity and facilitating partnerships with pro bono providers and national organizations; providing resource development and advocacy at the national and federal level; and bringing new Centers into the Network.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Benet Magnuson

Main address

700 12th St NW, Suite 700 PMB 97263

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1835698

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Our programs

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Protecting the Rights and Assets of Immigrant Families

Appleseed advocates for accuracy, legitimacy, and efficiency in the U.S. immigration system, especially in proceedings and operations within immigration courts. Our work has also focused on the repatriation of Mexican children and the efficacy of social services for that population. We also provide vital resources and information to help immigrant families and those that work with them prepare for emergencies.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Families

For low-income individuals and families seeking financial stability, access to financial services and outside assistance to meet their children’s nutritional needs is often critical. Appleseed works on expanding market-based fair loan options, regulatory reform, and offers financial education to those who need it. We also focus on ensuring that food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), school breakfast, and after school snack and summer nutrition programs are available to all eligible households.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

UNICEF Mexico Award, first prize for best investigation for Children at the Border. 2012

United Nations

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2008

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Appleseed and our network of Centers identify barriers to opportunities and justice. With the assistance of our pro bono partners, we conduct research and recommend practical solutions to secure lasting systemic change. Our primary areas of focus are:

- Economic Justice, Combating Poverty and Building Assets - For low-income individuals and families seeking financial stability, access to financial services and outside assistance to meet their children’s nutritional needs is often critical. Appleseed works on expanding market-based fair loan options, regulatory reform, and offers financial education to t

- Access to Justice, Good Government and Democracy - Appleseed advocates to make our justice system better, stronger, fairer, and more accessible to everyone. Our work has focused on ensuring that judicial systems are fair and effective, legislatures are representative, as well as open and responsive to the public, and executive agencies are transparent and accountable. Appleseed Centers have worked to advance voting rights, improve judicial performance, protect fair courts, ensure people in both civil and criminal proceedings have access to resources and information, and protect funding for the courts.

- Advancing Education and Protecting Vulnerable Youth - An overwhelming body of research makes it clear that the most reliable and cost-effective strategy for expanding access to educational opportunity in the 21st century is racial and socioeconomic integration. Inside of our schools, an overzealous embrace of zero-tolerance policies by school administrators has often led students in violation of even minor school rules to find themselves not in the principal’s office, but in a police precinct. Appleseed believes that public institutions should set the stage for genuine opportunity for all, and when schools systematically purge great numbers of students from their rolls, or entirely exclude some based on race or socioeconomic status, something is wrong.

- Protecting the Rights and Assets of Immigrant Families - Appleseed advocates for accuracy, legitimacy, and efficiency in the U.S. immigration system, especially in proceedings and operations within immigration courts. Our work has also focused on the repatriation of Mexican children and the efficacy of social services for that population. We also provide vital resources and information to help immigrant families and those that work with them prepare for emergencies.

- Criminal Justice Reform - Appleseed Centers work to make our government institutions better, stronger, fairer and more accessible to everyone so that the government is better able to protect our rights and provide equal opportunity for all. Appleseed's work includes, but is not limited to, advocating to end modern "debtor's prisons" by which those of lower incomes are thrown in prison or jail for inability to pay fees or fines, providing resources to formerly incarcerated individuals as they re-enter society, and bail reform.

Appleseed relies on the expertise of both our pro bono legal partners and professional in-house staff to lead the fight for the kinds of systemic change we work for.

Using our past successes as the model, Appleseed will engage in dialogues with lawmakers; submit expert testimony to relevant lawmaking committees; participate in symposia, panels, and workshops; conduct studies and issue reports; submit amicus curiae briefs to courts; and educate the public through communication channels such as letters to the editor, opinion columns, our website, and social media.

Appleseed brings to bear a powerful combination of in-house talent and specialized pro bono attorney work. The list of law firms engaged on Appleseed projects include several of the country’s top-100 law, representing some of the most talented attorneys in their fields. During Fiscal Year 2019, Appleseed received more than $1.05 million worth of donated services.

With board members hailing from top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and more, Appleseed’s board of directors represent another deep well of talent and experience.

A sample of Appleseed's recent accomplishments:

- Helped to double teacher applicants for New York City public schools with the goal of increasing the quality of teachers.
- Lead efforts in several states to provide all children a healthy breakfast before school and after the bell.
- Celebrated the opening of Public School 133 in Brooklyn, with a path-breaking admissions program advanced by New York Appleseed to increase cultural and economic diversity.
- Elevated the issue of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, which now has the attention of the White House and executive agencies; new guidance allows financial institutions to report suspected abuse.
- Won first prize for best investigation from UNICEF Mexico for Appleseed’s Children at the Border report.
- Saw many of its suggestions regarding immigration courts adopted by the Senate as part of its immigration reform bill.
- Secured official government guidance for low-income self-employed people in New York so that they may receive the tax credits they are entitled to receive.
- Saw a 10-plus year struggle for consumer protections come to fruition under new rules adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that require companies to disclose up front the fees, taxes, and exchange rates associated with money transferred abroad.
- Piloted a program with our New York Center that has assisted over 14,000 persons in consumer debt court.

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Appleseed Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Boyle

O'Melveny & Myers


Board co-chair

Mary Morningstar

Lockheed Martin

Philip Zeidman

DLA Piper US LLP

Raymond Lin

Raymond Y Lin Advisors

Jim Rogers

Cars.com

Mary Morningstar

Lockheed Martin

Brian Boyle

O'Melveny

Eric Koenig

Ralph Petersberger

Rory Leraris

Cravath, Swaine, & Moore

Mark Raffman

Goodwin Proctor

Tom McCoy

Robert Katz

Latham & Watkins

Eileen Hershenov

Anti Defamation League

Herbert Milstein

Gail Erickson

Bert Pogrebin

Robert Bachner

Phillips Nizer

Ralph Nader

Center for Study of Responsive Law