Consistent with our mission, with our seven Unitarian Universalist principles, and with our goal of building a movement for social change, we fund organizational infrastructure/capacity building as well as specific program initiatives in the following thirteen “Program Areas,” arranged in six “Clusters”:
CLUSTER 1: UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM
Supporting the growth of Unitarian Universalism in meaning and in numbers, and sustaining Unitarian Universalist social justice work.
Program Area: Unitarian Universalism
CLUSTER 2: MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK
Supporting grassroots community organizing that builds democracy from the bottom up through multi-issue, multi-constituency organizations that deliver concrete benefits to communities, help their members become civic leaders, and promote an inclusive vision of social justice. This cluster also supports statewide organizations and coalitions working to make state legislatures and other policymakers consider the voice, concerns and interests of working people.
Program Areas: Community Organizing, Democratic Participation
CLUSTER 3: CIVIL RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Supporting efforts to build a sustainable, interdependent world through the protection of civil liberties of individuals and communities, the development of just environmental and economic institutions, and the pursuit of democratic accountability.
Program Areas: Civil and Constitutional Rights, Environmental Justice, Global Democracy
CLUSTER 4: ECONOMIC EQUITY AND FAIRNESS
Supporting efforts to challenge and change the systems, policies and institutions that keep communities in poverty and deny workers the right to organize, receive living wages and work in safe working conditions. This cluster also supports efforts to increase grassroots impact on governmental decision-makingÑlocal, regional and national-to improve the economic well-being of communities.
Program Areas: Economic Equity and Democracy, Workplace Organizing
CLUSTER 5: CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Strengthening the fabric of social justice work by building the organizational capacity of our grantees through technical assistance and support, through promoting democratic access and leadership in alternative and mainstream media, through enhancing the communication capacities of grantees, and through efforts to make philanthropy more responsive to progressive organizations working for social and economic justice.
Program Areas: Infrastructure, Media and Communications, Progressive Philanthropy
CLUSTER 6: NEW YORK METRO REGION
Advancing economic and social equity on Long Island, in New York City, and in New York state by fostering collaboration among organizations, leveraging increased philanthropic support for local community-organizing efforts, promoting progressive public policies at local, county, and municipal levels, and strengthening relationships between the Shelter Rock congregation and our local and regional neighbors.