MuniNet Guide promotes civic engagement and strong communities. Achieving a healthy society takes concerted effort both inside and outside government. Our Citizen Participation page provides resources with a focus on outside government research and watchdog groups.
Engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups.
Crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects, to empower citizens to invest in their community and create real change.
Civic Federation of Chicago
Government and taxpayer watchdog organization focused on the state of Illinois and Chicago area governmental bodies, primarily large units in Cook County.
Close Up Foundation
Goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.
Governmental Research Association (GRA)
Created in 1914, a national organization to encourage individuals and organizations to engage in governmental research in the general interest.
National League of Cities (NLC)
Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to, and an advocate for, 19,000+ cities, villages and towns it represents.
OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues and work together to find solutions.
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)
A consumer group federation of state PIRGs, which stands up to special interests on behalf of the health and well-being of the American public.