Dear LIFT community,

We wish you all the best in this late summer moment. Reflecting on the Labor Day holiday, we are in awe of the work of our incredible grantee partners that are shaping the 21st century’s worker movement in the U.S. –  like Adhikaar and Workers United’s work pushing forward the Nail Salon Minimum Standards Council Act and how Rural & Migrant Ministries, RWDSU, and UFCW Local 338 worked to ensure the passage and signing of the Farm Laborer Fair Labor Practices Act (FLFLPA) into law in New York State. As we head into the fall, we want to make sure that we share important LIFT Fund updates with you, and acknowledge how much of this work would not be possible without our valued funder partners’ support to advance the labor movement.

Since the beginning of 2022, we:

  • Welcomed Marjona Jones as the Director of Strategy and Programs and Melinda Wiggins as Director of Strategy and Operations. Their experience and capacity will be invaluable as we enter a phase of increased grantmaking and partnership development.



  • Hosted a two-day learning journey in Tennessee in May of 2022 for national and local funders as well as other partners with the goals of deepening alignment between philanthropic, community, and labor sectors.


  • Built up our language justice capacity by making key SWO grantmaking materials available in Spanish, offering a bilingual information session, and giving applicants the option to submit their proposals in Spanish or English.




  • Initiated this newsletter as a way of sharing information more regularly with you, and the rest of our community. We plan to keep this up every few months.

Please enjoy the images and summaries below, click on the links for more details, and reach out to us for more information about anything that you see.


The LIFT Fund Team

Jennifer Epps, Executive Director
Jennifer Muñoz, Program Coordinator
Marjona Jones, Director of Strategy and Programs
Melinda Wiggins, Director of Strategy and Operations