- Assets: $239,017 (2009)
- Grants Received: $386,800 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $0 (2009)
Created in 1980, the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is a national network of foundations and philanthropic organizations whose mission is “to strengthen the capacity of organized philanthropy to ... support community-based efforts to organize and improve the economic and social fabric of low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities … [and to] encourage the support of policies and practices that advance economic and social justice.” NFG contends that true justice can be achieved only through the "collective action" of community organizations and individuals committed to radically transforming the country's social and economic institutions. According to its own literature, NFG earmarks many of its grants specifically for recipient groups whose membership and leadership are characterized by racial and ethnic "diversity."
NFG laments that “vast numbers of America's workers struggle to survive in part-time, seasonal, or minimum-wage jobs with few or no benefits,” and that “[w]orking families are increasingly likely to lack health care coverage, an affordable place to live, an opportunity for career advancement and a decent education for their children.” NFG further professes to be “deeply concerned about America's widening gap in wealth, income and political influence, and the deterioration of conditions for immigrant workers vulnerable to the most extreme forms of exploitation.” Thus it supports organizations that favor income redistribution and the expansion of civil rights and liberties for illegal aliens.
NFG has co-funded various projects and grantees with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and numerous others.
NFG's steering committee consists of members of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the New World Foundation, the Wiebolt Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Recent recipients of NFG philanthropy include such organizations as the Threshold Foundation Member Meetings.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Neighborhood Funders Group, click here.
NFG co-sponsored a July 2004 Voter Mobilization campaign whose aim was to register as many new voters as possible.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)