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Human Rights Campaign Founded in 1890, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the nation’s leading gay and lesbian political organization working to create an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. With more than one million members and supporters nationwide, HRC is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization. While best known for its work to educate the public about AIDS and gay rights issues, the group is also a prominent force in Washington and has been increasingly active in funding political candidates. The group advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues. Through research and educational programs that engage both LGBT and straight-supportive Americans, HRC seeks to create an ongoing dialogue about equality. HRC works with the news media to showcase a pro-equality message and also produces its own media programs demonstrating the breadth of LGBT life. Environmental Defense Fund The Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization that launched the modern environmental era when it won a ban on DDT. DDT is a pesticide that causes eggshells to thin and break, threatening the survival of birds like the osprey, bald eagle, and peregrine falcon, and is also capable of working its way up the food chain to endanger humans. The work of these scientists showed how individuals could unite to bring about lasting change—the osprey has since made a dramatic recovery and both the bald eagle and peregrine falcon have been removed from the endangered species list. Since incorporating in 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has hired economists, engineers, and computer analysts to find ways to help the environment without harming the economy. In the process, it has become one of the most influential environmental advocacy groups with more scientists and economists on staff than any similar organization. They pay special attention to American environmental problems and work to identify America’s role in both causing and solving global environmental problems. The Environmental Defense Fund is committed to not only opposing ill-conceived policies but also proposing alternatives. While they still go to court when necessary, they increasingly work directly with business, government, and community groups to forge solutions that have lasting political, economic, and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient, and fair.
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National Association of Realtors The National Association of Realtors was originally founded as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges in 1908. With 120 founding members, 19 boards, and one state association, the goal was to unite the real estate men of America to effectively exert a combined influence on matters affecting real estate interests.
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