About Us

About Us

Our Mission...

The mission of The Needmor Fund is to work with others to bring about social justice. We support groups of people who come together to organize their community, build power, and challenge the social, economic, or political conditions that bar their access to participation in a democratic society.”

Our Vision...

Our work is informed by a vision of democracy and justice:

We strive to engage those whose participation in our democratic society has been systemically denied, because we believe our nation will operate most equitably when all of its people are actively involved in crafting the vision, values and policies that affect their lives. This includes, but is not limited to, those who have traditionally been marginalized – i.e., low- and moderate-income communities, people of color, the disabled, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.

We seek a just society in which all persons are treated with dignity and assured their fundamental rights, including equal access to the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, safety, health care, education, livable wages, and a clean environment.

We work to build a nation in which all citizens are free to exercise their rights regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, or religious persuasion.

We believe in the power of community and its ability to collectively determine the best strategies for improving the lives of its members.

Our Values...

Our work together is guided by the following beliefs:

Every individual has inherent worth and has the right to have his or her voice heard.

Community organizing is one of the most effective means to engage and lift the voices of those whose participation in our democratic society has been systematically denied.

Equality, equity, and inclusion of the diverse voices of our society are central to responsible deliberation and decision-making, within both our institutions and society-at-large.

Our Practices...

As a Board and in the field, we will be guided by the following principles of behavior:

  1. Open, honest and clear communication. Acknowledging that communication is not one-way, but interactive, we will maintain active, respectful dialogue to clarify issues and dispel confusion. We will be sensitive to the perspective of the audience, aware of our own and others’ biases, and open to disagreement and constructive criticism. We will mindfully address and resolve conflicts in a direct and professional manner.
  2. Humility, mutual respect and attention to relationships. We recognize that the best work comes from people working collaboratively, which requires being responsible and accountable to each other. We will respect and acknowledge the talents, time, and effort contributed by each of our working partners.
  3. Continual reflection and learning.  We recognize that our experiences as an organization and as individuals are invaluable. Our willingness to take risks and encourage innovation will be grounded in careful deliberation, evaluation and examination of our failures as well as our successes.
  4. Flexibility and responsiveness. We will strive to understand, accept and respond to changes in each other, the field of community organizing and society.

Taken from Needmor Operating Guidelines