About Us

DC Appleseed’s Mission

DC Appleseed solves problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the National Capital area. As our region responds to the challenges posed by the current economic downturn, DC Appleseed’s collaborative approach to addressing problems is more important than ever. The financial support we receive is multiplied many times over by thousands of hours of donated pro bono time. We work with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, and community experts to identify pressing challenges, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform, and implement effective solutions.

What Makes DC Appleseed Unique and Effective

First, we leverage our limited budget several times over with pro bono support from law firms, accountants, and other professionals – allowing our small staff and hands-on Board of Directors to tackle a broad range of activities to improve the National Capital area.


Second, we are a local organization, working exclusively on the biggest public policy problems facing the National Capital Area – from voting rights to health care to environmental concerns to jobs and housing and more.


Third, we are independent, non-partisan and objective. We do not come to any issue with an agenda or predetermined viewpoint and we take a position on an issue only after thoroughly researching it from all sides and determining what we see as the best policy for the District. We never accept government funding.


Finally, DC Appleseed gets results. We are efficient, effective advocates. We build support and consensus for the solutions we propose by working closely with government leaders and community stakeholders during our investigations and as we formulate our positions. This collaborative approach builds broad support for implementing recommended changes. So in the end, DC Appleseed doesn’t simply call for positive change, we help make change happen.