Promoting Ethical Profits and Responsible Commerce

aka Center for Economic Integrity   |   Tucson, AZ   |
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EIN: 26-0026603


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.

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Executive Director

Kelly Griffith

Main address

509 E Radburn Street

Tucson, AZ 85704 USA

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Subject area info

Civic participation

Economic development


Human rights

Population served info


Low-income people

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (J05)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


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

• 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

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.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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

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Executive Director

Kelly Griffith

Kelly Griffith has been working in the non-profit sector for the past twenty years. Her service in the nonprofit sector spans a continuum from Administrator, Training and Education Director, Volunteer Program Manager, Deputy Director, Co-Executive Director to her present-day position as Executive Director. She served a term as Board President of CSSA, a nonprofit organization working to expand the base of local philanthropy and has volunteered with a wide variety of other nonprofits in many different capacities. She is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Center for Economic Integrity where she engages in all levels of work as it relates to the mission of the agency. The Center has identified the fringe financial sector as a top priority issue including high-cost small loan lending.


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
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Board co-chair

Penelope Jacks

Children's Advocate

Board co-chair

Peggy Goulding

Becky Duncan


Mary J Ryan

Civil Law Private Practice

Russ Miller


Lowell Jones

Jones Innovations LLC

Peggy Goulding


Elsa Peterson


Jamie Ratner

Professor Emeritus of Law

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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

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