Social Concerns

Following are Quaker-led organizations with brief description and links to their websites for more information.

The Religious Society of Friends

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.

Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

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Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship.

Friends General Conference (FGC)
Friends General Conference provides services and resources for individual Friends, meetings, and people interested in the Quaker way. FGC is an association of regional Quaker communities in the U.S. and Canada working together to nurture a vital Quaker faith.

New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM)

Brooklyn Friends School Trustees  (BFS)
The Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Friends School is entrusted with the stewardship of the institution so that it is strong and vital for the next generation of students and families. We work to ensure the fiduciary health of Brooklyn Friends and devote ourselves to the nurturing of and adherence to the school’s mission. We do this with a purposeful grounding in the Quaker values that are the underpinnings of the academic strength of our school.

Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, adhering to the values of the Religious Society of Friends. We strive to build a diverse school where students exercise their curiosity and imagination as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the practices of keen observation, unhurried reflection, critical thinking, and coherent expression, we listen for the single voice as we seek unity. The disciplines of silence, study, and service provide the matrix for growth:  silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education is rooted in the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. Guided by the testimonies of integrity, peace, equality, and simplicity, we prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be.

Northeast Youth & Family Services  (NYFS) Trustees

 Friends in the City
Friends in the City (FitC) is a non-profit organization of active older adults based in Center City Philadelphia who share common interests and purpose. Our goals are to take full advantage of city living, to socialize with each other, to give back to the community, and to enhance our healthy aging and enjoyment of life.  FitC offers a choice of health and fitness, cultural, educational, creative, volunteer, and dining group activities and events, organized by members for members. Inspired by the values of the Society of Friends (Quakers), FitC welcomes members of all religious, ethnic, and cultural identities.

Educational Fund
The Education Fund’s mission is to provide private sector leadership and support for innovation in public education. We design and implement initiatives that involve the entire community in improving our schools.

Our mission: Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.


African Association Committee

Mary McDowell Friends School
Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which each student can reach his or her full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.

Youth Service Opportunities
YSOP engages youth, college students and adults in meaningful service experiences through an innovative program that combines an orientation to the issues, hands-on volunteer work and reflection. Using orientation and reflection to frame their service experiences, YSOP inspires our participants to broaden their perspectives and become engaged citizens.