Lately and with good reason, a lot of attention has been given to the widening opportunity gap in the U.S. between those who have the money, skills, contacts, and other resources to attain financial success in life and those who don’t.

Of particular concern is how the American dream is slipping away for so many young people, a theme driven home yesterday by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.  Opportunity Nation, a national campaign comprised of over 250 organizations across different sectors working to facilitate greater social mobility, is drawing significant attention to this issue and the presidential candidates are talking about it as well.

As the build-up to November 6th highlights the question of how much the government should or should not do to address this problem, lots of nonprofits are quietly working behind the scenes.  Many do good work and they need no electoral approval to do it.  Of particular note are those that are making headway in providing kids from low-income families access to a high-quality preschool.

Just one example is the Seattle organization The Denise Louie Education Center, which carries out both Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the city.  See for yourself the difference this organization is making in people’s lives!

There are so many ways YOU might choose to get involved:

* Making a direct cash gift or giving money in other ways.
* Volunteering
* In-kind donations
* Hosting a third-party event