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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public Finance, Taxation & Monetary Policy

Mission: United for a Fair Economy (UFE) challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide, and tears communities apart. We use popular economics education, trainings, and creative communications to support social movements working for a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy.

Results: For almost two decades, UFE has engaged in state and federal policy debates, provided trainings and support for organizers across the nation, and published illuminating reports, such as our annual State of the Dream highlighting the true consequences of economic inequality and the racial wealth divide. Our unique popular economics education trainings and curricula provide essential resources and tools for grassroots organizers. And our creative communications engage people through culture, values, storytelling, and art. One of UFE’s most notable accomplishments is the Responsible Estate Tax in late 2012 that resulted in the first increase in the federal estate tax rate in 28 years. This was the culmination of almost 10 years of advocacy, beginning during the Bush administration, to preserve and return some progressivity to the federal estate tax.

Target demographics: UFE exposes and challenges the deep-seated systemic causes of inequality: institutionalized racism, low wages, exorbitant CEO compensation, regressive tax policies, and more. We engage in state and federal policy debates, provide trainings and support for organizers across the nation, and publish illuminating reports. UFE’s goal is to build a vibrant economic justice movement, help people “connect the dots,” and work towards solutions that address inequality at its roots.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, UFE led workshops and trainings for 2,329 participants in 13 states and Ontario, and 115 people from 28 states downloaded training materials from our website for use in high schools, colleges and universities and labor education programs. Our most popular workshops are “The Growing Divide” and “Closing the Racial Wealth Divide.”

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: • UFE’s signature Economics for Everyone programs use popular education methodology to strengthen grassroots power by sharing an interactive and accessible analysis of the economy. • Our Inclusive Economy Network brings together grassroots groups in strategic states to push for progressive and equitable public policy. • We use creative communications to challenge popularly-held myths about wealth creation and expose the structures of power and policies that maintain extreme economic inequality. • Our Responsible Wealth project organizes wealthy progressives and business owners – those in the top 5% of income and assets in this country – to use their influential voices in the fight for a fair economy. UFE believes in a broad-based movement to build power from the bottom up and unite the many voices speaking out against inequality. We seek opportunities to connect low-wage worker networks to broader state and national economic justice coalitions in support of progressive taxes and a robust public sector, critical strategies against rising inequality.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am so thankful to have attended the Liberation Economics training with United for a Fair Economy!! They successfully facilitated conversations about race and history, and the implications of each on our existing economic conditions both nationally and internationally. They demonstrated an effective use of language justice practice, which allowed a group of mixed language speakers to share, learn and teach with each other without the barrier of language to prevent valuable connections. They also modeled the use of popular education and helped participants to understand the benefits of such practice.

I was able to implement some of the learning that I received at the training immediately in my work, and continue to build on the resources that I was given by the UFE team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This year our organization began working this UFE, and they have truly been a breath of fresh air, with their commitment to providing real popular education for individuals in our movement. They combine vision and analysis with a strong orientation towards people that is empowering and energizing. We were most pleased to collaborate in training program for grassroots leaders and members alike, and I feel confident more confident in our coalition's ability to connect with the broader public and change hearts and minds as we move forward because UFE is helping our organizing become more effective at actually affecting the cultural shifts we need for long-term change. We are eager to take our next steps with UFE!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UFE has been crucial partner for our organization. For years we have used UFE' materials, invite staff to facilitate popular education workshops and have had multiple collaborations.
Many organizers and leaders in our organization had benefit from UFE's expertise and work.
Personally, I think that the expertise of today's UFE's director in Popular Education methodologies and her commitment to bring that expertise to low income people have made a big impact in communities of color around Boston and the country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Susan Williams and I have known of and supported United for a Fair Economy for many years, and are very glad that they are still around. They have resolutely focused on the shocking wealth gap in this country and worked to help people understand and connect their work and organizing to these problems. This topic is now public debate and UFE continues to encourage grassroots organizing to connect with this debate and push to change the situation. This is critical for our country and the world. They have been a tremendous resource and inspiration for me for many years, and I have used and shared their educational workshops and reports with many other people and groups working on a broad cross section of issues.

Meizhu L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UFE has been ahead of the curve. It began exposing the alarming trend in growing economic inequality in the early 1990's, using popular education that armed ordinary working people with the facts, the analysis - and the rage! Now that issue is on center stage; even the Republican candidates have to give it a nod. The original mission of UFE has been achieved. Now, it is working with lower income worker organizations and immigrant groups - important and growing populations - to understand why inequality has grown and to use methodologies for critical thinking to develop organizing strategize to reverse the trend. It's an appropriate focus for UFE, which is now just one part of a growing movement that they can say they kick-started!

Lisa Husniyyah O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am indebted to UFE's popular education work. I use their resources in my college classrooms, adult education classes and grassroots political education workshops. Their materials are accessible, relevant and are designed to support community organizing! What a terrific resource.

Sayra P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In this day and age, it is difficult to arrive at and sustain a thorough structural critique of wealth manufacturing in this society. Places like UFE are critical in the ongoing effort to maintain and expand this critical social critique and movement building resource.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UFE is great. I don't particularly want to write a longer review.