Building Power at the Local Level

Conceived and developed in 2002 as a donor and foundation collaborative, the New Majority Fund seeks to claim a powerful place at decision-making levels to affect policy at the city, county, and state levels.


The New Majority Fund began in eight key states (Arkansas, California, Colorado Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia) and has become a national fund that continues to support community-based infrastructure, diverse constituencies and pays special attention to the establishment and nurturing of state-based alliances between local organizations cooperating to achieve their shared purposes.

The New Majority Fund, in close partnership with the Foundation’s Phoenix Fund for Workers and Communities, has been a pioneer funder of the workers center movement in the U.S. This Foundation commitment has led to grantmaking in support of new labor organizing, and the closely related work in immigrant communities where labor exploitation, poor working conditions, and uncertain residence (threats of deportation, status challenges, and workplace vulnerability) has intensified the historic corporate assault on labor in recent years. Some of the work we’ve supported includes: