Supporting Grassroots Change

The People’s Alliance Fund is a nonprofit organization that supports progressive educational, research, and service activities conducted by organizations in Durham and other North Carolina communities, principally other communities in the Greater Triangle area. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, making contributions to it tax-deductible.

The People’s Alliance Fund is currently focused on two priorities:

  • The Fund sponsors the Durham Living Wage Project, a successful volunteer-run campaign launched in March 2015 that to date has certified 151 businesses and nonprofits committed to paying their approximately 3,500 workers a living wage.  Visit the DLWP website to learn which employers deserve your support and to donate to the project.
  • The Fund also provides small, quickly-decided Micro-grants to volunteer-led progressive efforts in Durham and the greater Triangle area. When an organization sees the need for an educational forum or an organizing activity on an issue and its staff and volunteers are willing to devote hours of time to the effort, the Fund can help cover the cost of materials, room rental, and other basic expenses so the group can focus on substance.

The People's Alliance Fund sponsored the voter education and registration project You Can Vote for over five years and then encouraged and supported its transition to become an independent nonprofit this year.  During You Can Vote's time as a PA Fund project, from its first full year of 2014 through July, 2019, it grew from a part-time staff of one, Kate Fellman, organizing activities only in Durham to a large fulltime staff working to register and turn out voters across most of North Carolina.  You Can Vote registered over 30,000 voters during its time under the Fund's wing, thanks largely to its success in attracting and training some 2500 volunteers and finding high-traffic venues for them to engage under-registered populations.  A large part of the Fund's support was provided by longtime Fund treasurer Jennifer McGovern, who managed You Can Vote's finances on a volunteer basis as its budget grew from less than $20,000 to over $500,000.  

In addition to individual donations, The People’s Alliance Fund receives and administers grants from foundations and other nonprofits for projects in Durham and across the state. 

To learn about our sister organization, People’s Alliance, go to durhampa.org