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Our Projects are social ventures that practice and exemplify Transformative Action. They employ pattern-breaking ideas to address pressing social problems.

CTA currently provides fiscal sponsorship to the twenty-three Projects described below and on the next page. You can find a complete list to the right. Click on a project name to go to a more in depth description. 

Our Projects are an integral part of our center, qualifying for charitable donations and grants available only to tax-exempt organizations. They also benefit from our mentorship, business services, and the credibility and accountability that come with decades of successful, progressive social change work. 


If your organization in New York State needs fiscal sponsorship, click here to find out how to apply for non-profit status under our 501(c)3 umbrella. You can also click on each project below to learn more about how our projects promote social change.

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Anabel's Grocery

Anabel's Grocery addresses food insecurity on Cornell's campus by providing access to healthy, affordable food and increasing food literacy.
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Bike Walk Tompkins

Bike Walk Tompkins is a recently launched organization that focuses on advocating, educating, and motivating Ithaca and Tompkins County to improve conditions that make walking & biking safe and accessible for people of all ages and skill levels.  
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Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom

Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom provides experiential learning opportunities and promotes academic achievement, environmental literacy, and lifelong relationships with the waterways that define our communities. 
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Centre d'Education Inclusif Project

Centre d’Education Inclusif Project is a US-based organization that garners resources and funding for the Centre d’Education Inclusif, Haiti's first inclusive primary school in Les Cayes, Haiti.
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Climate Changers

Climate Changers provides an uplifting online and on-the-ground, international environment that informs, inspires and provides actions individuals are taking can to not only reduce and reverse the negative impacts of climate change but create a better future for all.  
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CurrentCast

The mission of CurrentCast is to educate the public about water issues, promote an appreciation for aquatic environments, and encourage an educated discussion about this critical resource. 
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Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)

The Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) works for peace, justice, and greater mutual understanding in U.S.-Latin American relations through education, solidarity and support of human rights. CUSLAR supports the right of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to self-determination, and supports their efforts to free themselves from a legacy of colonialism, exploitation, and oppression.
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Dorothy Cotton Institute

The Dorothy Cotton Institute envisions the full realization of a just and peaceful Beloved Community in which all people understand, respect, protect and exercise full human rights. We believe that with a global community of human rights leadership, and a well informed, inspired and motivated population, in the United States and elsewhere, the goal of human rights for all can be achieved.
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Durland Alternatives Library

The Durland Alternatives Library is located on the Cornell campus and is free and open to everyone. The collection is comprised of books, periodicals and audio-visual materials focusing on cutting edge work in ecology, community, renewable energy, alternative health, organic agriculture and gardening, world cultures, global issues, domestic politics and policies, spirituality and a variety of materials on sustainable living.
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Ethical Shareholder Initiative

The Ethical Shareholder Initiative seeks to educate and encourage investors to play a positive role in encouraging corporations to act in an ethical, socially responsible fashion.  
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Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

Groundswell's mission is to engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources, so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems.  We help people become successful small-scale farmers and homestead food producers through practical, on-farm training. Our peer-to-peer networks build community and foster skills-sharing among farmers, homesteaders and “food citizens."
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Human Rights Educators USA

The mission of Human Rights Educators USA is to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.
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Ithaca City of Asylum

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is dedicated to providing sanctuary to writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, or whose languages are endangered.
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Keep On Questioning

Keep on Questioning aims to provide everyone the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of public interest through innovative online and public events. 
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Learn@EcoVillageIthaca

EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) is part of a growing global movement for a saner, more sustainable human culture. It is developing an alternative model for suburban living, which provides a satisfying, healthy, socially rich lifestyle, while minimizing ecological impacts. Learn@EcoVillageIthaca offers a variety of hands-on, experiential learning programs including those of the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming.
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Local Investing Resource Center

The mission of the Local Investing Resource Center is to expand investment by local investors into small businesses and nonprofits in communities across the country.  We will do this by creating a non-profit website and advocacy center that will educate and support local businesses, local investors, and local investing networks nationwide.

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The Lyson Center produces the the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, the world's only peer-reviewed, applied research journal on food systems-based community development. 
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Memory Maker Project

The Memory Maker Project (MMP) is a grassroots cultural access and advocacy organization for people living with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of memory loss.
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Periwinkle Initiative

The Periwinkle Initiative is an initiative dedicated to preserving cultural heritage associated with enslaved Americans. The core project of the Initiative is the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans - which will be the first and only national repository to preserve data on burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans.
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Sustainability Center

The Sustainability Center, one of the first of its kind in the country, provides a place where residents, students and visitors to Tompkins County can learn about our community's collective efforts to protect the environment through proactive initiatives led by individuals, businesses, government, non-profits, the campuses, and other sectors.