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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

30 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.

Hazel G.

Former staff

Rating: 5

My name is Hazel and I was a former intern at UFE. I worked under an awesome supervisor, De'en Tarkpor, who was not only helpful and instructional but also amiable and relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed working for her. Beyond that, I also had the opportunity to interact with the inspiring individuals that worked at UFE (some who, years later, are still there). They were all really passionate about their work, and that really carries forward to the mission they are working to accomplish. Thank you, UFE, for giving me the chance to work for you. Best of luck and best wishes!

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an outgoing Board member and have been connected to the project in various ways since 1996. First as Education Director for the North Carolina Council of the American Postal Workers Union, then as Workers School Coordinator for the Black Workers for Justice and more recently as Outreach Coordinator for the Workers Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center. All of the collaborations have used popular education to highlight income and wealth inequality or problems of disparities with the tax system in states and in our country. As a popular educator I can't remember doing any workshops or facilitation that didn't include exercises or materials created by UFE. As recently as last month their research and materials were part of my workshop on Black Workers, Jobs and Climate Justice. The current focus on strengthening the work of low wage workers and people of color organizing is on time and represents an excellent grasp of what it is we need to facilitate meaningful and lasting change.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Name is Jose Palma and I work as community organizer in the Boston Area. As a person who struggle to understand how the Unites States economy work. I am happy that people at the United for a Fair Economy work hard to make it easy for me and many other people in our community to understand not only how the economy work but also help us to understand the impact of the economy in our lives.

United For a Fair Economy is doing a great job braking the complicated economy terminology to an easy to understand for anybody. I have had the beautiful experience of participating and a "train for trainers" this past summer and it was a grate place to be. I learned about the economy and after that training I have a better understanding of how popular education work.

Thanks to the United for a Fair Economy team.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a donor to UFE because it is an effective change agent. We empower organizers at many levels to confront the intentional racism present in our economic system and to build a fair economy which values and provides enrichment for all.
If you have not taken a look at www.faireconomy.org I encourage you to see for yourself. I am proud to be a volunteer and a donor. UFE represents my vision for a better, more inclusive society.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

UFE educates and equips national and regional leaders with tools to call out the harmful economic policies that further the racial wealth divide in the US. For more than two years I have served as a board member and I am profoundly energized to see the impact UFEs leadership is making. This is an organization worthy of your support. As treasurer I can only ensure donors that we take our role as a board--and your generosity--very seriously. Our finance team meets monthly with an eye to efficiently investing every dollar entrusted to us - to create needed change. And I should say that I am a donor and though my pockets aren't deep, this organization is at the top of my list!

ajoseph

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve as a Board member for an organization that is addressing the fundamental economic inequality of our society. Employing a language justice approach in our popular economic education reflects our commitment to empower all voices as we work - together - to build a better world.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the Board for two years now. The staff - and Board - are comprised of intelligent, hard working women and men who are trying to educate people about the extreme economic inequality and racial injustice that is prevalent in our society. But more - they are supporting grass-roots movements that will change people's lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are indebted to UFE for their fabulous popular economics education work. United Methodist Women is a faith-based women's organization of 800,000 members. UFE is partnering with us to develop a curriculum to educate our members about Economic Inequality and the Racial Wealth Divide, with a focus on gender as well. They worked with us in design of a workshop and trained some of our members as trainers. They have given us great accompaniment. We value their deep respect for trainers and participants' knowledge, their wisdom about the systemic nature of inequality, their grasp of facts, their accessibility, and their focus on movement-building to get us out of this mess! Thank you, UFE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an economic, racial and social justice activist for decades. UFE has been extraordinarily helpful to me in my work through great "Train the Trainer" events, sharing ideas about how to improve my work, and excellent easy-to-understand written materials on their website. I consider them the best economic justice training organization in the country. If you want to understand better the fight for economic and social justice and become a more effective activist, UFE is the group that can help you grow. I have been a faithful small donor and urge you to support their work.

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.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked as UFE's development intern this past summer. I had an incredible experience where I learned so much about economic and racial inequality. UFE's mission is important, as it addresses the fundamental problems with our society today. Popular education is a unique and inspiring way to strengthen the grassroots movements fighting for basic economic rights.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with UFE for a year and a half as an intern—the people I have met have been warm, welcoming, and dedicated to the movement! I believe the work UFE is doing deeply impacts all of their partners and is crucial in building a stronger movement for justice. Thank you to UFE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended UFE's Training of the Trainers Conference last Spring and walked away inspired, with new skill sets, and with a deeper understanding about the fight for economic justice in our country. I am amazed at the way UFE gets at the root causes - the issues from which all other issues stem - and how they use incredibly creative activities and visuals to communicate and convey their message. More people need to hear UFE's message and attend these trainings - because economic justice is an issue that affects us all, regardless of how much we make or how much we have in the bank. UFE was transformative for me, and I hope it can continue to be transformative for many others so that together we can transform society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a development intern at UFE I had the valuable experienece of channeling my skills towards a noble and important cause. As a student, I was looking for an internship experience that would transform me as much as it did my resume. UFE did that. While meeting dedicated and amazing people, I also developed my research skills and polished my presentation skills. I was given independence to develop my own ideas, but still had an involved and supportive supervisor in the person if Jamie Goldring. It was great to be able bond with the other interns, eating lunch together everyday and sharing our indvidual experiences together. The UFE staff truly believes in the fight for equality and it shows in everything they do; work-related or not.

Bill65

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a regular supporter of UFE for most of the past 15 years. I have been a member of the board for the past 4, and current am serving as chair. Simply put, UFE is a member of the growing chorus of voices calling out to shift the dominant paradigm of wealth concentration (and the associated undemocratic power concentration) towards a more sustainable, resilient, and humane expression of the broad social economic contract.

To quote Louis Brandeis: "We can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a a few, or we can have democracy, but we can't have both."

UFE is a complex entity. We are a diverse group of individuals, coming from a wide array of backgrounds. The challenges we face internally are a reflection of the challenges that we face in the broader society around us. And we are "leaning into" those challenges with a shared desire to gain strength from our efforts. Our relationship with money (both as individuals and as a society) is at least as complicated as our relationships with gender, race, and sexuality. The whole damn mix comes into play when it comes to our national "economy"...

This is important work... in more ways than can be listed here. We do it on a shoestring budget. Your support, in whatever form, will help to move us towards a day when those with money do not have ALL the power.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked for over 40 years in the fields of social and economic justice, much of that time as a Supervisor or ED. Now I am devoting my time to actively participating on several national boards that share my values.

UFE is serious about supporting worker and community led efforts toward a more just economy. To accomplish this we need analysis, avenues for promulgating it, constituents who are able to build power and allies of wealth who oppose the rapidly increasing economic inequality. We need to work with all of the groups marginalized by economic inequality with particular attention to women, people of color, immigrants and low wage workers. I am so proud that UFE is doing just this.

The diversity of our donor base reflects their trust in our programmatic commitment.

Working with Robert Reich to preview his recently released film, is an example of the high regard with which UFE is held by nationally known critics of the economic status-quo.

Developing tax fairness legislation supported by former President Jimmy Carter and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin speaks volumes for our capacity to leverage support from people who command national attention.

And being of critical support to the Occupy movement by providing easy to understand economic information via popular education methodologies is but one example of the breadth of our reach.

I am proud to be a member of such a diverse board who bring vision, experience, progressive values and commitment to our shared goals.

UFE is the real deal!