A team of organizers, strategists, and technologists dedicated to building transformative political power with BIPOC communities.
A cornerstone of the progressive movement, re:power Fund believes that by partnering with individuals, organizations, and coalitions across the country, they can uncover leaders within communities to create radical change. They envision a future of inclusive politics where decisions about our communities are made by our communities at every level.
re:power Fund exists to strengthen the progressive movement’s skills and infrastructure. It has a two-decade history of providing training to grassroots groups, organizations, and progressive candidates that are all designed to build long-term power, including training on digital organizing, movement technology, running a campaign, and governing once you’re elected. With over 100,000 alumni and 250 partner organizations, it is the progressive movement’s largest capacity-building and training organization.
re:power Fund was founded in 2003 as Wellstone Action Fund. As many predominantly white and white-led organizations in the progressive movement eventually do, re:power faced an internal reckoning over its identity and racial justice stance. After a challenging period that included a rebrand and significant turnover of both board and staff, new executive director Karundi Williams took the helm in 2019 and began to rebuild the organization. Under her leadership, re:power has integrated a racial and gender justice lens into all of its programming, and focuses intentionally on training and strategic support that builds inclusive and long-term political power for the movement.
The arc of re:power’s story is a testament to the importance of funding organizations going through challenging transformations, investing in infrastructure for the movement, and supporting new leaders with a strong vision for change and progress. To that end, we have also supported a new ad hoc network of more than a dozen young executive directors of color—including Karundi—who have recently stepped up into leadership so they could build relationships, share strategy, and provide mutual support.
Recent grant history
|2020||General Support||$100,000 over 2 years|