State League 501(c)(3) Research and Education Affiliates


The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is the nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities (LCC) and the California State Association of Counties.  ILG promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial, and easy-to-use resources for California communities.  The Institute's goal is to be the leading provider of information that enables local officials and their communities to make good decisions. 

Several ILG programs support municipal leadership for children and families.  ILG's Healthy Communities program includes the Communities for Healthy Kids initiative and Insuring Kids Health online resource center, as well as efforts to promote planning of healthier neighborhoods.  Its Public Engagement and Collaborative Governance program includes a strong focus on supporting youth commissions and other youth civic engagement opportunities.

LCC also joins the California State Association of Counties and the California School Boards Association in supporting the California Cities Counties Schools (CCS) Partnership.  Founded in 1997, the CCS Partnership is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to improving the conditions of children, families and communities at the local level by promoting and encouraging coordination, integration and increased efficiency of local services and joint facilities use among cities, counties and schools in all California communities.  Projects focus on safe routes to school, childhood obesity prevention, stretching community dollars, supporting transitioning foster youth, and access to children's health coverage.


Founded in 1991, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Foundation enhances and develops leadership in local government. The Foundation serves as MML's fundraising arm and is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its purpose is to raise funds for programs of the League that are designed to initiate leadership training programs for local government officials; cultivate research needed for effective local government leadership; and raise public confidence in local government through awareness and education efforts.

The MML Foundation supports the Center for 21st Century Communities, which promotes walkability and education as two of eight key assets that make communities vibrant places in the 21st Century.  MML Foundation scholarship programs include the George D. Goodman Public Service Scholarship Fund, which encourages young people to pursue careers in public services and the Dennis Archer Fund, which provides an opportunity for youth to attend NLC's annual Congress of Cities and participate in youth delegate workshops with public officials from across the country.

New Jersey

The New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation is a nonpartisan informational resource for local government that offers timely research and a proactive approach to resolving the complex issues affecting New Jersey's diverse communities.  The Foundation provides a forum within which municipal officials, academics, government officials, business leaders, and other stakeholders can share their visions of New Jersey; their hopes for the future of public policy; and their solutions to the compelling challenges facing the state. 

Since it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 2004, the NJLM Foundation has sponsored a Mayors' School Funding Committee to work on revising the state's school funding formula, developed a program on state education issues such as preschool expansion and school construction and funding, and partnered with the YEF Institute on an initiative to promote early literacy through Mayor's Book Club programs.

North Carolina

The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) Foundation provided funding for NCLM's first Youth Summit held in 2005.  Approximately 150 youth in grades 9-12 from throughout North Carolina attend this one-day, annual event, which aims to educate, engage and energize today's students who are tomorrow's leaders. The Foundation has also provided funding for Kids Voting of North Carolina. Kids Voting promotes voter participation by educating America's youth about the importance of being an informed citizen and the responsibilities of voting to sustain democracy.


The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Center for Quality Communities is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. Its goal is help citizens understand the important role their cities and towns play in Washington.  The Center offers scholarships to students who are involved in local government or school and community leadership activities and who plan to pursue postsecondary education.