September 1, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership on Labor and Economic Justice

This Labor Day, we are celebrating a milestone—the 20th anniversary of the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships (WGLCP). What a feat!

Since 1996, the working group has kept a revolving circle of funders engaged, informed, and organized around funding strategies that expand access to quality employment with higher wages, better working conditions, comprehensive benefits, organizing opportunities, and financial stability for working families.

Check out this fabulous 10-minute video recounting the working group’s history and impact, and how the funder/field landscape has changed since its founding. The video features past and present members of the working group, as well as leaders in the worker rights field. You may see some familiar faces! 

"The working group is still the only home for funders who are dedicated to workers’ rights, labor, and making jobs better... As individual funders, some of us might have some access; some of us might not. But as a body of funders, we’re a force.” — Co-Chair Bob Shull, Public Welfare Foundation

In celebration of this 20th anniversary milestone, the working group is re-launching under a new name: Funders for a Just Economy (FJE). The new name was chosen to reflect an expanded focus on new challenges for workers, addressing income inequality more systemically, and aligning strategies with others in the movement to build both economic and political power.

The working group continues to organize meetings, briefings, and learning tours that help funders to learn, share, collaborate, and align funding around economic justice issues. It remains a member-driven project, and new participants are always welcome. If you’d like to learn more about FJE or get involved, please contact Monique Mehta at

FJE’s next program is a post-election briefing in collaboration with Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) this November in DC. To learn more, click here.

December 10, 2018

Welcome to the new NFG website!

Thank you for visiting Neighborhood Funders Group's new website! We've completely redesigned and improved how it works to make it easier than ever for our members to use as an online resource.

We're currently in soft launch mode before we publicly announce the new site in 2019, so thanks for taking an initial sneak peek! Please excuse our digital dust as we finish testing all of the features of our new website. You can find a temporary archive of our old site at

What new features can you find on the site?

  • Search the entire website for news, events, and resources using the search bar at the top of every page
  • See where all of the members of our national network are based, right on our member map 
  • Discover more related content, tagged by topic and format, at the bottom of every page
  • Look up NFG member organizations in our member directory
  • Log in to view individual contacts in the member directory and register for events in the future

If your organization is an NFG member, first check to see if your account has already been created for you. Click "Forgot Password" on the log in page and try entering your work email address to activate your account and set your password.

Let us know at if you come across any issues logging in, or anywhere else on the site. Stay tuned for our official launch announcement, and thanks for visiting!

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January 22, 2019

Welcome Faron McLurkin, Sr. Program Manager of the Integrated Rural Strategies Group

Faron McLurkinFaron McLurkin has joined NFG’s staff as the Senior Program Manager for the Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG), which brings together funders working to build long-term support for rural organizing infrastructure that centers values of racial justice and builds sustainable power in rural communities. 

Faron was a founding member of IRSG in his former role as Program Officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock (Veatch). During his time at Veatch, Faron oversaw its New York state and Environmental Justice portfolios. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing, one of the oldest racial justice organizations in the country, and as a national organizing director for several unions.

In his new role leading IRSG, Faron will utilize his background in political education, philanthropic grantmaking, and organizing for social change to help drive the growth and advancement of the group’s programming. His focus will include developing programming for funder audiences to promote rural organizing opportunities; creating vehicles for moving resources to support rural communities; and identifying grantmaking strategies, grantees, and partners in the field to inform this group’s work.

To learn more about IRSG and how to get involved, get in touch with Faron at

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