The LIFT Fund is an initiative designed to build greater alignment and synergy between the labor movement and philanthropic interests. It supports innovative work that strengthens and reinvigorates a movement for workers’ rights, decent jobs, and a fair economy for the 21st century. The LIFT Fund looks to bridge traditional divides between the philanthropic and labor sectors and build a common agenda by investing resources in new forms of organizing, and innovative approaches that broaden alliances by energizing community-labor alliances. By deepening the alignment between labor, philanthropy and worker centers, we have the potential to build a common agenda for social change and a stronger progressive movement to meet the challenges of our times.
The LIFT Fund offers grants for project-based work that promotes collaborative and innovative cross-sector learning between communities, the labor movement, and organizations working for fair economy. The Fund works to document and disseminate new strategies and promotes advocacy within labor, philanthropy and other sectors working to build worker power.
Strength in partnership
The LIFT Fund is structured as a collaborative with a Steering Committee composed of representatives from labor, philanthropy, academia, and the field/worker centers. The Fund also receives strategic input from other partners and allies in each of these sectors. Deepening cross-sector relationships is critical to effectively support innovation and collaboration within the labor movement.
Areas of work
The LIFT Fund supports the following areas of work:
The Fund offers one time strategic investments in projects that demonstrate a commitment to collaboration in order to bolster new innovations in labor organizing.
We bring together the grantees, their labor partners, funders and other allies to engage in deeper relationship building, collective learning, and strategy development.
The Fund believes that documenting key learnings and sharing them within each of the sectors builds and further amplifies innovation within the labor movement.
We use the learnings from the grants, convenings, and documentation process to advocate on behalf of this work via our website, blogs, and media.