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Most grants from the McCune Foundation help pay the salaries of community organizers — the activists who recruit and mobilize residents to improve their communities.

An organizer builds trust and helps grow social capital in the community. Their role is to develop grassroots leaders, help residents recognize their own power, and identify leadership roles for people to step into. While there are many strategies for advancing social justice, the McCune Foundation has chosen to invest in community organizing.

These profiles of accomplished organizers help illustrate the type of work we strive to support.