I just discovered today when filling out my CFC pledge form that the ACORN Institute is on the list of CFC charities to which federal employees may contribute (CFC No. is 65198).
Here's the link
to their website description of the organization, which begins as follows
Purpose and Programs
The ACORN Institute uses research and training to address the problems in low-income communities identified through years of community organizing.
In low-income communities, poverty, discrimination, and community deterioration result from at least two sources of information deficiency. The first is lack of information concerning rights and opportunities - the right to be free of discrimination, to have particular employment opportunities, as well as housing and social service options. The second is lack of training and information regarding civil rights and opportunities.
The ACORN Institute exists to address both these deficiencies by researching issues relevant to low-income communities and by making that research available to low-income people.
I was worried about posting this diary because I thought it would tip off the wingnuts, but apparently Grassley is already on the case.
This good organization needs all the help it can get. Please do what you can.