Help Launch SMART ALEC

$2,703 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 26 months
SMART ALEC is a new non-profit organization, founded to promote progressive public policy solutions at the local and state levels.

SMART ALEC stands for State and Municipal Action for Results Today / Agenda for Legislative Empowerment and Collaboration.

SMART ALEC's first model ordinance is Affordable Housing Impact Statements.  This model ordinance was drafted by one of SMART ALEC's founding members, Matthew Charles Cardinale, in 2014 as a law student at Gonzaga University.

The model ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements offers a unique method for cities to keep track of the impact of lawmakers' public policy decisions on their respective cities' housing stocks. 

The ordinance provides a scorecard to track estimated changes in terms of numbers of units added and/or subtracted across various income brackets, and comes with a model administrative implementation memo.

The model ordinance was adopted by the City of Atlanta in November 2015, and is currently under consideration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Albany, New York.

With this model ordinance spreading to so many cities, SMART ALEC was formed to promote the development of this and other progressive public policies, especially in the areas of affordable housing and the environment.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support a two-year plan to get Affordable Housing Impact Statements adopted in a total of TEN CITIES by 2018, while developing a national Board of Directors to promote progressive, model local solutions across the U.S.  We are preparing to apply for tax exempt status in the very near future.

SMART ALEC.  Kind of like ALEC, except SMART.
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Great news... SMART ALEC is off to a good start.... four donations totalling $180... let's keep it going, and spread the word ! Thank you
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Raised by 27 people in 26 months
Created March 21, 2016
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Anonymous
19 months ago
JS
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Jeffrey Stookey
20 months ago

This is such a worthy cause, every progressive in the USA should support it. We don't have the $ that dumb ALEC has, but we have more people.

BM
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Brenda Morgan
20 months ago

I'm excited to watch your organization grow, and help however I'm able. Congratulations on your successes, and thank you for your commitment and hard work.

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Stuart Smits
20 months ago

I read your profile in the Sept. Tulane mag. Congrats. I am an Atty in Sacramento and am involved in some affordable housing initiatives. I look forward to speaking one day soon. Keep up the great work, but don't neglect your law school studies!

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Matthew Charles Cardinale
20 months ago

The SMART ALEC Homeless and Low-Income Civic Empowerment Program has launched! Please support our work with a tax deductible donation!

CG
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Christine Gallo
22 months ago

I only wish my donation could be 10X bigger, but I will do the next best thing and spread the word. The world needs more "smart alecs", and Mr. Cardinale sounds like a terrific person to lead the way!

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Anonymous
22 months ago
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Matthew Charles Cardinale
22 months ago
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Thank you everybody for your support of our Mission, and your confidence in us to carry it out!

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