Funding the InterValley Project
IVP has received significant grant support for our work from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Public Welfare Foundation.
IVP works to raise significant funds from individuals who want to support broad-based organizing and economic development to increase the voice of poor, working poor and middle class families and individuals in decisions that shape their lives. These include winning better job training and jobs, access to decent affordable housing, education and healthcare, and immigrant services, at a time of rising income inequality and the risk of falling participation in public life.
In addition, IVP member groups have received monies from some of these sources, the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, the Norman Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Endowment for Health in New Hampshire, as well as from local and national Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), and Unitarian Universalist funds, and local foundations, such as the the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the New Hampshire Charitable Trust.
Each of our member organizations raises funds locally every year. Nearly half of the IVP budget comes from member organizations' dues payments to IVP and our own annual fundraising campaigns.
IVP and Community Organizing
IVP believes in organizing that is regional, broad-based (including congregations, labor union locals, community and ethnic organizations), centered on relationship building, story telling, leadership and staff development, and supported by a network controlled by its local member organizations. We share our stories to shape our story.
We further believe that organizations that focus on workplace as well as community issues, combine organizing and democratic economic strategies for a voice and a stake in civic and economic power, and fight to save, strengthen and create the critical resources of land, jobs and investment for the well-being of each of their communities, best represent the strength of community organizing.
We are organizing in former major industrial valleys that might be called "Brownfield Regions," not just because of their literal status as the site of numerous wasted industrial sites, but more importantly because they are areas that can be re-organized and brought back to vigorous life. They have assets of manufacturing space, rich community, religious, labor and business history, location, and hard working native-born and new immigrant groups.
They are areas in which many of the most pressing urban, rural and regional issues are dramatically played out. We see in them sites that are responding to the IVP model of organizing and democratic economic development.
As importantly, we believe these are areas in which we can make significant progress organizing on a comprehensive basis to deal with social and economic issues affecting millions of Americans living in neglected industrial areas across the country.
As seven organizations pursuing IVP's unique national model of economic organizing in our New England region, we believe we are in a particularly advantageous position to strengthen our local communities, and take a lead in building organizations on a New England-wide basis, and in collaborating with others, to fight for social and economic justice throughout our region and the nation.