Hip Hop Caucus 🏁

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Hip Hop Caucus 🏁


Hip Hop Caucus 🏁 is a nonprofit focused on youth community service clubs. With $1.3m in revenue and 7 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 2014, Hip Hop Caucus 🏁 is headquartered in Washington, DC. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.3m.

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Mission and Work


The hip hop caucus is a civil and human rights organization for the 21st century. Our vision is to create a more just and sustainable world by engaging more people, particularly young people and people of color in the civic and policy making process. The non-partisan mission of the hip hop caucus is to organize young people to be active in elections, policymaking and service projects. We mobilize, educate, and engage young people, ages 14 to 40, on the social, issues that directly impact their lives and communities.

Program 1

$520k annual program spend • Climate change and environmental justice is our program to advance a clean energy economy, and a sustainable future for our planet and our communities. We educate communities and the media about health disparities due to disproportionate pollution in poor communities, as well as the dangerous impacts of climate change on poor communities and communities of color. We organize grassroots and "grasstops" leaders to promote energy solutions that decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, and increase clean energy infrastructure, investments, and jobs.

Program 2

$501k annual program spend • Strengthening democracy is our program for the "respect my vote!". Campaign, which is a non-partisan voter mobilization and education campaign targeting young people between the ages of 18 and 40 years-old. We strengthen democracy by focusing on civic engagement to increase citizen participation in elections and the democratic process.

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$36k annual program spend • Civil and human rights leadership in the 21st century is our program to train, empower, and provide resources to leaders between the ages of 14 and 40 years-old, to organize their communities around civil and human rights causes. The causes include criminal justice reform, civil liberties and freedoms, access to quality education, access to affordable health care, just immigration policy, equal rights, and just and appropriate responses to natural disasters.

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We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on communities in the United States and connected to global advocacy networks with members around the world. We are multiracial and center our work in communities of color. We span Gen X, Millenials and Generation Z and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

Our grassroots infrastructure is driven by Hip Hop Caucus Leadership Committees in different cities throughout the United States. Our Leadership Committees set local agendas and shape local strategies to engage people in their cities through culture.

Cultural Organizing: We organize 14 – 40 yearolds, who identify with Hip Hop Culture, and share values of justice and equality. We connect the Hip Hop community to the political process to build power and create change.

Cultivate Leaders: We create platforms for cultural and grassroots leaders to use their voices, creative talents, and networks to educate, energize and mobilize people and communities.

Engage Large Audiences: Through partnerships with artists, celebrities, and media we create content and share it through cultural channels reaching millions of people and moving them to action.

Foster and Promote Thought Leadership: We source solutions for local to global challenges from our communities, and advocate for them to decision makers and in uencers. We partner with other organizations, and we have a respected presence in the halls of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, State Legislatures, and the United Nations.

Strengthening Democracy: Through our nonpartisan “RespectMyVote!” program, we educate and mobilize voters, fight against attacks on voting rights, and advocate for election system reforms that make voting easier for all Americans. We want 100% of Americans voting in our democracy! Visit for more information. 

Climate Change and Environmental Justice: We advocate for action on climate that will stop and reverse the impacts of climate change that are happening now, particularly from the perspective of communities of color for which pollution and climate impacts are life and death issues. Our “People’s Climate Music” program breaks down traditional climate movement silos by expanding the movement into pop and urban cultural spaces. Visit for more information.

Revitalizing Vulnerable Communities: We empower communities to implement holistic, placebased solutions that address environmental, health, and economic issues by leveraging funds and providing resources.

Civil and Human Rights: From police violence and criminal justice reform, to quality public education, healthcare, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, we lead and act as allies on the biggest civil and human rights issues of today.

Economic Empowerment: We advocate for jobs and an economy that works for everyone. We promote access to capital for small businesses in our communities,  nancial literacy training for youth, and divestinvest strategies away from harmful industries to economically empowering solutions.

The Hip Hop Caucus movement emerged from four organizations in 2004: Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network; Sean Diddy Comb’s Citizen Change (“Vote Or Die!”); Jay Z’s “Voice Your Choice”; and, AFLCIO’s “Hip Hop Voices.”

Knowing those voter engagement efforts would end after Election Day in 2004, the first Hip Hop Caucus event was held at Howard University on September 11, 2004 with 700 students. From there our goal was to create a sustainable institution that would connect the Hip Hop community, from the grassroots to celebrities, to the political process.

The purpose of this institution would be to leverage the global power of our culture to organize our communities to advocate for policy, programs, rights, and reforms that increase opportunities and improve conditions in our communities, so as to be equal to those afforded to privileged and affluent communities. And in this way, our society will be stronger because no one’s potential will go unrealized due to poverty or discrimination.

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