Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy (FORGE) is a collaborative of philanthropic donors, working together towards a global economy that works for all people and the planet, shaped by and accountable to worker- and community-led movements.
Business-as-usual is fundamentally broken.
FORGE funders work to support reforms that are grounded in the rights and power of communities and workers, strengthen accountability, and seek to address underlying flaws in the financial system.
Shifting the balance of power within the global economy involves collective, intersectional responses that build across constituencies and up to strategic pressure points.
Together to support changes!
Worldwide, people are experiencing an economic race to the bottom and growing inequality,
the erosion of democracy, and the climate crisis.
At the same time, there is unprecedented momentum to change the direction of the global economy
so that it works for everyone and the planet.
Worldwide, people are experiencing an economic race to the bottom and growing inequality, the erosion of democracy, and the climate crisis.
At the same time, there is unprecedented momentum to change the direction of the global economy so that it works for everyone and the planet.
FORGE partners collaborate in the following ways:
Participate in an active learning agenda through virtual and in-person convenings and the sharing of resources.
Align funding strategically around field-building efforts and targeted strategies.
Pool funds, to harness and scale opportunities.
FORGE’s strength lies in the breadth of issues its funders are focused on – including natural resources and climate change, labor rights, migrant rights, women’s rights, human rights, and corporate accountability – enabling exploration of how these issues intersect with one another.
Dynamic learning agenda
FORGE participants understand the value of sharing insights, strategies and knowledge developed with and for the field – including known and new voices. They identify and scope emerging issues, opportunities, and needs in the field. Participants engage, share and learn through regular video and in-person exchanges.
There is potential for greater impact by coming together, sharing approaches and in some cases aligning funding more strategically. Aligned funding can also explore new opportunities and seed efforts that may warrant scaling in future.
Individually, philanthropic institutions may not be able to support the full range of necessary interventions in an agile and strategic way. Participants can also pool resources into the FORGE Response and Vision Fund – established as the COVID-19 pandemic elevated many of the issues at the heart of FORGE’s work.