More About Funders for a Just Economy

Discount Foundation Legacy Award

Funders for a Just Economy


NFG's Funders for a Just Economy (formerly known as the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships - WGLCP) is a national network of funders committed to advancing the philanthropic conversation about economic and social justice, and the centrality of unions in those efforts. 

Since 1996, Funders for a Just Economy (FJE) has provided high quality programming, activities and events that strengthened the relationships between organized labor and philanthropy to narrow the wealth gap and improve conditions for low-wage workers. In philanthropy, FJE is the main “home” for progressive conversations about working conditions for low-wage workers, workers’ health and safety, community-based anti-poverty efforts and, improving the quality of jobs and building an economy that works for all.

FJE promotes funding strategies that expand access to higher quality employment, with higher wages, better working conditions, comprehensive benefits, organizing opportunities, community asset building and financial stability for working families. At each of the Funders for a Just Economy’s (FJE) program activities, field leaders and grant makers have the important opportunity to align their grant-making strategies with one another and to be in better coordination with the field. These activities allow for broader foundation-community partnerships on policy issues and campaigns that seek to protect the rights and improve the economic well-being of low-income and working class people.

 To get involved with Funders for a Just Economy, contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager, at


FJE Leadership

  • Shona Chakravartty, Hill Snowdon Foundation (FJE Co-Chair)
  • José García, Ford Foundation
  • Alejandra Ibañez, The Woods Fund (FJE Co-Chair)
  • Marjona Jones, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
  • Emma Oppenheim, Open Society Foundations
  • Anna Quinn, NoVo Foundation
  • Adriana Rocha, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Bob Shull, Public Welfare Foundation
  • Manisha Vaze, Neighborhood Funders Group