The work of the Industrial Areas Foundation flows directly from a commitment to Judeo Christian and democratic values.  This angle of vision has led in turn to the development of organizational relationships that grow the voices of families and communities that have little power over decisions that impact their own lives.

The measure of success is the extent to which IAF organizations contribute to human flourishing in communities where human development is often devalued and human dignity trampled.  These successes, when they occur, take the form of imaginative responses to seemingly intractable problems, new relationships overcoming racial, religious and socio-economic divisions and immediate, concrete victories that change communities for the better and inspire hope in the future.

In seeking to embody Judeo Christian and democratic values IAF invests heavily in the identification, training and connecting of leaders whose capacities and skills may be further developed with careful mentoring and challenge.