Welcome to the IAF Northwest!
The IAF Northwest is a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Canada and Australia. Each alliance’s goals are to build individual civic leadership, strengthen its member organizations, and to serve as a vehicle for these members to act in the public arena with sufficient power for the common good.
The IAF Northwest is part of the larger Industrial Areas Foundation which has affiliates in 19 additional states, the United Kingdom and Germany. Started in 1940, the IAF is the oldest and most widely recognized network of its kind. The IAF Northwest consists of eight established local Alliances and four start-up Alliances.
Each of the Alliances is a broad-based organization made up of a diverse group of resourceful, passionate everyday people—united through their religious, education, labor and community organizations.
The Alliances create opportunities for these people to connect and act powerfully and creatively as leaders - to bring about practical solutions to the challenges facing their families and communities. The IAF Northwest is nonideological and strictly nonpartisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political.
October 2016 -- The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.
October, 2016 -- MACG’s affordable housing work continues to grow with 250 leaders in attendance at a September 29th assembly in Portland, and 160 total at two recent assemblies in Clackamas County.
Come join us for an Action Assembly in the Kent area! Out meeting agenda will include sharing stories of vital services that are funded by our state's budget and revenue system, asking Senator Joe Fain to meet with us to discuss options that will meet our community's needs, and talking with school board members about our vision for Kent schools.
Can diverse organizations work together? Can they find common ground? Will their members support each other? Come find out at the Sound Alliance Northeast Seattle Action Assembly. The agenda will include meeting with State legislators from the 46th district about changing our state's budget and revenue system to sustain critical services, and meeting with Seattle school board members to discuss increasing physical education time.
Join us for a Community Conversation Assembly with County Commissioner and State Legislator candidates! We've done a lot of work with our All in For Washington campaign, educating approximately 1,500 people across Washington state. It's time to show what we've learned and find new allies we can work together with, both locally and statewide.