Lake County United is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest institution for professional organizing in the United States. IAF-affiliated organizations have been successful in passing legislation that extends affordable, quality healthcare to over 300,000 people in Massachusetts; getting 3,000 affordable housing units built in New York; instituting school reform and effective job training in Texas; spurring hundreds of millions of dollars in urban reinvestment in Washington, DC and many other issue campaigns.
Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the first and largest network of multi-faith, broad-based citizen organizations, which has seven decades of experience winning tough battles on housing, health care, education, living wages, immigration rights, and other issues in the US and abroad. Metro IAF’s 22 affiliates are in the East, Midwest, and Southeast United States (CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WI). To gain a sense of the effectiveness of Metro IAF, please read a summary of their 2016 victories (594KB .pdf)
IAF-affiliated organizations in Illinois and Wisconsin include United Power for Action and Justice (in Cook County); DuPage United (in DuPage County) and Southwestern Wisconsin Common Ground (in metropolitan Milwaukee) and at the national level Democratic Faith - Citizen leadership in predatory times.