• Faith

    Our work is rooted in the common prophetic call of our diverse religious traditions.


  • Democracy

    We believe that people working together have the power to change their communities and their country for the better.


  • Relationships

    We believe in developing trust and building community across the lines that usually divide us. [Photo Credit: Today’s Catholic]


  • Leadership

    We work with people who want to transform the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.


  • Impact

    We have seven decades of experience winning tough battles across the nation – from universal health care in Massachusetts to school reform in Texas to green job creation in Seattle.


Who We Are

Founded in 1940, the Industrial Areas Foundation is the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations.

The IAF partners with religious congregations and civic organizations at the local level to build broad-based organizing projects, which create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities.

The IAF created the modern model of faith- and broad-based organizing and is widely recognized as having the strongest track record in the nation for citizen leadership development and for helping congregations and other civic organizations act on their missions to achieve lasting change in the world.

The IAF, which includes the West / Southwest IAF and Metro IAF, currently works with thousands of religious congregations, non-profits, civic organizations and unions, in more than sixty-five cities across the United States and in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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