POWER: An Interfaith Movement – a multi-racial organization comprised of 37 congregations from across Philadelphia – has received a $10,000 grant from the Ada Wessel Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation to bolster its Justice for Immigrants Campaign. Announcement of the grant was made by R. Andrew Swinney, President of the Philadelphia Foundation, whose Board of Managers approved the grant on August 3, 2012.
Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER, said the grant will be used to bring together immigrant leaders from within POWER congregations to promote improved treatment and inclusion of, and just policies affecting, their communities. “These funds will enable us to more effectively empower new Philadelphians who seek to play a role in our democracy and to help move our city forward. This grant is a big boost, it will help us move this work to the next level” said Royster. POWER is working closely with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on this Campaign and seeks new alliances with immigrant groups in the coming year. “This grant will help POWER strengthen such partnerships” said Sol Cotto, the POWER organizer helping lead the Campaign.
POWER: An Interfaith Movement was formally launched in September 2011 at its 2,000-person Founding Convention. POWER’s goal is to democratize public decision-making by bringing together Philadelphians from across lines of race, class, neighborhood and faith tradition to promote policies that are just. In June, POWER gathered more than 1,000 Philadelphians at four Economic Justice Forums held across the city to lift up a policy proposal for increased local hiring and living wages for all jobs created by large city-supported projects and contracts. POWER is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that depends on membership dues, foundation grants and individual donors to operate.
About the Philadelphia Foundation
Since 1918, the Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It links those with financial recourses to those who serve societal needs. The foundation grows the more than 800 charitable funds established by its donors and distributes about $20 million annually in grants and scholarships to about 1,000 effective non-profit organizations. Through this support, the Foundation builds healthy communities, strengthens children and families, advances economic opportunities and enhances culture and recretion. For more informatio, please visit www.philafound.org.