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SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR ECONOMIC INTEGRITY

Promoting Ethical Profits and Responsible Commerce

aka Center for Economic Integrity   |   Tucson, AZ   |  http://www.economicintegrity.org

Mission

The mission of the Southwest Center for Economic Integrity is to build economic strength by reinforcing fairness, understanding and community action. The primary purposes are to promote corporate and industry accountability, cultivate community-based enterprises, and foster greater understanding of economic policies and practices.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Kelly Griffith

Main address

509 E Radburn Street

Tucson, AZ 85704 USA

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EIN

26-0026603

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (J05)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The extreme economic divide in our country, and the public policies that encourage it, will not change unless and until we challenge head on those policies and the powerful industries that profit excessively on the backs of workers, consumers, children and families.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

High Cost Small Loans

The Southwest Center for Economic Integrity engages in research, outreach education, public policy and industry reform as it relates to our mission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

• Support Arizona's 36% or LESS interest rate cap for all small loans
• Require Auto Title Lending to comply with 36% APR limits
• Resist special interests and corporate efforts to obtain special exemptions to current law
• Monitor and report coporate actions intended to circumvent the law
• Encourage innovative approaches to meeting consumer's cash flow & savings needs
• Research current and emerging trends within the informal economy

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To create substantive changes within our society that will eliminate the causes and conditions that allow poverty to continue to exist in our communities.

CEI creates change from the ground up. Sustainable systemic change goals, strategies and tactics must be defined by people directly impacted, and outcomes must be achieved through diverse community coalitions that share a stake in success.

CEI’s goals coalesce around its initiatives. These initiatives are driven by our overarching vision and mission to build economically strong communities for all and oppose unfair corporate practices.

CEI identifies egregious corporate practices and public polices that allow those practices to thrive: negatively impacting workers, consumers, children and families. We work as a facilitator for systemic economic change through partnerships with existing nonprofits, military and political entities, faith-based and business organizations in the following ways:
• Community Organizing
• Community Based Research & Education
• Public Policy and Corporate Reforms
• Social Enterprise Development

Since CEI’s founding in late 2001, our capacity has been dependent upon our unique partnership approach. As a facilitator for change, CEI brings together individuals and organizations around initiatives with wide-ranging impacts. This range allows CEI to engage with diverse interests and ideologies around a common cause. The projects that arise as a result of our community based research and coalition building give depth and longevity to our work. We remain since our inception, a small nimble organization with minimal operational overhead, even as we continue to evolve to take advantage of emerging technologies that enhance our overall effectiveness and efficiency.

CEI capabilities are directly correlated to our capacity. The diversity and richness of the coalitions and partners CEI engages in this work results in a tremendous amount of collective expertise, skill, energy, compassion and wisdom.

Grandparent and Kinship Families
Huge progress was made from 2017 to 2018 in increasing the number of eligible families who applied for, and received the grandparent raising grandchildren stipend ($75/m), by working with the Governor’s office and state agency administrators (Dept. of Children and Families – DCS). Expansion of eligibility and outreach by DCS is a direct result of AZGA advocacy efforts and a significant public policy victory.

Payday Lending Reform
CEI won a first and only victory banning payday lenders in AZ saving vulnerable consumers 35 million dollars per year in usurious interest rates and fees. CEI now helps communities across the country combat similar 400% interest rate payday loans.

Reform of Labor Brokers
CEI pushed through legislation holding for-profit day labor companies accountable in AZ and NM and helped three nonprofits in the Gulf Coast region launch nonprofit labor brokering enterprises to better meet the needs of workers and employers.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR ECONOMIC INTEGRITY

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Penelope Jacks

Children's Advocate


Board co-chair

Prof. Jamie Ratner

Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Arizona

Term: 2023 -

Mary J Ryan

Civil Law Private Practice

Russ Miller

Philanthropist

Lowell Jones

Jones Innovations LLC

Elsa Peterson

Educator

Jamie Ratner

Professor Emeritus of Law

Kimberley Braxton Anekwe

Child & Family Resources

Catherine Nichols

Public policy

Liz Rabago

LR Bilingual Services

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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