The HPA spearheaded a 4 year, fan-led effort to have all Harry Potter licensed chocolate abide by fair trade practices. We partnered with Walk Free and had the support of over 400,000 people, including JK Rowling. We Won!
We have over 275 chapters in 25 countries and 43 US states – all doing amazing work in their local communities.
We raised over $123,000 for Partners In Health to send five cargo planes full of life-saving supplies to Haiti.
Through our annual Accio Books campaign, our members have donated nearly 200,000 books and have helped build libraries at The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, community centers in the Mississippi Delta, the Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School in New York City, and the Brightmoor Community Center in Detroit, Michigan.
In the beginning of 2015, after a 4 year campaign, multiple meetings, the support of JK Rowling, a partnership with Walk Free, and 400,000 Harry Potter fans’ signatures – Warner Bros. announced its intent to switch all Harry Potter licensed chocolate to UTZ or Fair Trade.
We partnered with Public Knowledge and brought over 20,000 fans and online video creators together for Net Neutrality.
Our work was the subject of a multi-year study by the Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics research group in the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism
We used broad cultural messaging to link the Hunger Games to the issue of economic inequality through our Odds in Our Favor campaign.
Our impact on young people was featured in the 2013 PBS documentary Is School Enough.
We worked to build cultural awareness for Esther Day by encouraging creative projects and working with partners in the Nerdfighter community, LeakyCon, Penguin Books, and even Sesame Workshop.
In 2014 we established the Granger Grant for Excellence in Community Organizing that awards $5000 annually to 8 different HPA chapters to assist with innovative ideas and projects.
Our co-founder Andrew Slack received both a Nathan Cummings Fellowship and an Ashoka Fellowship, recognizing him – and the HPA – as one of our world’s leading social entrepreneurs.
Our members helped to pass marriage equality initiatives in several states through phone-banking and on-the-ground canvassing.
In 2010, the HPA won first place and received a $250,000 grant in the Chase Community Giving contest.
We’ve raised thousands of dollars to protect thousands of civilians in Darfur and Burma.
In 2007, we produced a podcast about Darfur that was downloaded over 120,000 times.