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Our work is rooted in the common prophetic call of our diverse religious traditions.
We believe that people working together have the power to change their communities and their country for the better.
We believe in developing trust and building community across the lines that usually divide us. [Photo Credit: Today’s Catholic]
We work with people who want to transform the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.
We have seven decades of experience winning tough battles across the nation – from universal health care in Massachusetts to school reform in Texas to green job creation in Seattle.
Founded in 1940, the Industrial Areas Foundation is the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations.
The IAF partners with religious congregations and civic organizations at the local level to build broad-based organizing projects, which create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities.
The IAF created the modern model of faith- and broad-based organizing and is widely recognized as having the strongest track record in the nation for citizen leadership development and for helping congregations and other civic organizations act on their missions to achieve lasting change in the world.
The IAF, which includes the West / Southwest IAF and Metro IAF, currently works with thousands of religious congregations, non-profits, civic organizations and unions, in more than sixty-five cities across the United States and in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
IAF in Action
Republican Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa signed into law a bill that will appropriate $100,000 per year for Project IOWA for the next two years.
Seven moderate Republicans broke ranks during a late night vote, ushering Medicaid expansion into Arizona and expanding access to 300,000 vulnerable poor.
Governor Brian Sandoval signed ground breaking anti-sex trafficking legislation in the presence of ‘Nevadans for the Common Good.’ Leaders had fought hard to crack down on the pimps that recruit young people into pro
Fri Feb 1, 2013 -New York Daily News
Mayor Bloomberg promised Thursday to eliminate a stunning backlog of 420,000 public housing apartment repairs by the end of the year. But critics were skeptical the city could meet its goals. “Today marks the beginning of the end of this problem,” the mayor declared at a press conference in the Drew-Hamilton Houses in East Harlem.
Thu Jan 24, 2013 -The New York Times
This year’s campaign for New York City mayor was expected to turn on police tactics, education policy and economic development. On Thursday, six of the leading candidates in the race found themselves discussing something different: mold.