Four things, taken together, make DC Appleseed unlike any other organization in the District of Columbia:
(1) We are a local organization, working exclusively on a broad array of the biggest public policy problems facing the National Capital area--from health care to voting representation to education reform to environmental concerns to jobs and housing.
(2) We are independent, non-partisan, and objective. This means we do not come to any issue with an agenda or predetermined viewpoint; and we do not take a position on an issue until we have thoroughly researched it from all sides and determined the best policy for the District.
(3) We leverage our small budget nearly three-times-over with pro bono support from law firms, accountants, and other professionals--allowing our small staff and hands-on Board to do significantly more work to improve the National Capital area.
(4) Finally, we are efficient, effective advocates. We work closely with government and interested organizations during our investigations to build support and consensus concerning solutions we propose. Once we propose our solutions we continue to work with these same organizations to implement our proposed solutions. So in the end, we don't simply call for change; we help make change happen.