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What Is Impact?

We are facilitators. Impact is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to understanding today’s most pressing social & political issues and promoting viable actions for progress.

We offer this site, and the events we put on, as a means for you to educate yourself on the facts, the histories, the stories and statistics behind these issues. There can be no lasting, just and reasonable resolutions to our many issues without this sort of study and understanding.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Few things shape us as completely, or as subtly as the infrastructure of our city. Where and how we get our water, to how we move around the city and even the buildings we work and live in, help define our daily lives. New York City’s aging underpinnings are crumbling. We all know we need to work on it, but where to start, how can one person help and other questions are not so easy to answer.

Immigration

Immigration

Policies are set at a federal level, but immigration is a topic that hits NYC squarely. While Lady Liberty beckons to all to come, Ellis Island still stands as a counterpoint “if.” Politics today teeter on that same razors edge on all the key immigration topics from US citizenship, to dreamers and humanitarian relief. How can New Yorkers lead the way on such complex issues?

Prison Reform

Prison Reform

US incarceration rates stood at 690 per 100,000 residents in 2014. That’s more than double the incarceration rate of any other nation on earth. More than 67% of offenders will be rearrested within 3 years of release. To better understand and improve these outcomes, we must dig much deeper than blaming mandatory minimum sentencing or funneling money to yet another re-entry program.

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Issue Briefs

Issue Briefs

We work with experts to craft an in-depth examination of the topics we cover. Our aim is to provide an objective overview of a social problem to galvanize our community members to think of new solutions to solve it.

Dialogues

Dialogues

By convening thought leaders with diverse perspectives, we are able to provide our community members a chance to dive into a social issue through engaged conversation and questions.

From the Community

"It (our forum event on prison reform) was an exceptional evening with incredible energy around the issue!! Kudos to you and your great staff. I was honored to be part of it on behalf of the wonderful women of Hour Children….and their families! Continue…you make a difference!"

- Sister Tesa FItzgerald

  Founder, Hour Children & Impact Prisons Expert