Community Engagement Organizations & Associations

AAC&U: Association of American State Colleges and Universities is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.


AERA: American Education Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.


APLU: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is dedicated to advancing learning, discovery and engagement. The association provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest.

  • Council on Engagement and Outreach
  • Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity


ASHE: Association for the Study of Higher Education is a scholarly society with about 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.


The Bonner Program is a program of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation that provides a scholarship to students in exchange for weekly commitment to intensive and meaningful service with a local community organization over the four years as an undergraduate student with our campus partners.


CC: Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents-representing some six million students-dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.


CCPH: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a nonprofit organization that promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies.


CLAYSS: Latin American Center for Service-Learning (Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario) – CLAYSS contributes to the growth of a fraternal and cooperative culture in Latin American through the development of service-learning project.


CNCS: Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through our Senior CorpsAmeriCorps, and


HENCE: Higher Education Network for Community Engagement is a response to the growing need to deepen, consolidate, and advance the literature, research, practice, policy, and advocacy for community engagement as a core element of higher education’s role in society.


IA: Imagining America is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and practice in the arts, humanities, and design. Imagining America supports campus-community partnerships that contribute to local and national civic life while furthering recognition of the value of public scholarship and practice in higher education itself.


IARSLCE: International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement works to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.


ICP: Innovations in Civic Participation is a non-profit organization supporting the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies andprograms both in the US and around the world.


Learn and Serve America programs provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.


Metro State: Metropolitan State University (Center for Community-Based Learning) – The CCBL provides support for efforts, across the university, to integrate community-based learning and civic engagement with academic reflection through internships and courses which provide a meaningful experience for the participating community, organization or business and the student.


NCCC: North Carolina Campus Compact leverages the assets of higher education institutions in partnerships with communities to educate students and develop creative solutions to pressing public issues.


NYLC: National Youth Leadership Council has led a movement that links youth, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. That movement is service-learning, and it empowers youth to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of a democracy.


OKC: Open Knowledge Commons works to make the record of human knowledge as broadly available as possible. Through the free sharing of knowledge, made practical by the Internet and digital technologies, will foster expanded creativity and innovation, advance education and research, strengthen economies, and improve lives.


The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.


TRUCEN: The Research University Civic Engagement Network (Part of a CC Initiative) – TRUCEN is a network of research universities working to implement a vision of civic and community engagement. Campus Compact serves as secretariat of this network.