The mission of the ACCE Institute is to improve the lives of low income and working families in California by carrying out and supporting work that fosters community improvement and civic participation. The ACCE Institute conducts research on critical issues of concern to low- and moderate-income communities, educates the public and policy-makers about these issues, and provides capacity-building trainings to individuals and organizations. Additionally, the ACCE Institute works to increase the civic engagement of low –and – moderate income communities by helping local organizations develop non-partisan civic engagement efforts that encourage active public citizenship and voting in low- and moderate-income communities.
The ACCE Institute partners with the community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), a 501(c) 4 organization under IRS tax law, in addition to working with numerous other community-based organizations. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment works with residents in lower income communities and communities of color to build organization, develop community leadership and carry out issue campaigns that seek to secure community improvements and policy changes that benefit the interests of low and moderate income communities.