Organization Name: National Domestic Workers Alliance

Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Adult Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2020
Status: Alumni
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. NDWA is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations and local chapters and by a growing membership base of nannies, house cleaners and care workers in more than 20 states. NDWA has created Alia, an online platform to help domestic workers access benefits, not otherwise granted to them, in addition to proposing a National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Why We Invested

At the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, Imaginable Futures took quick action to support child care providers and families. From increased business costs associated with more rigorous santitation processes and loss of payments tied to attendance to the growing need for emergency child care due to school closures, the implications of the COVID-19 on the care economy are far-reaching and complex. The structural flaws in our care system are being exacerbated by this unprecedented pandemic, with child care providers being some of the most vulnerable and highest-risk workers. Our funding to NDWA supports initiatives to raise awareness about child care workers, and more broadly about structural policy change needed in the care economy coming out of this crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the gaping holes in our social safety net. Low wage workers, including nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, have always done crucial work without affordable healthcare, job security or paid time off. Everyone must have basic workplace rights and protections, including the right to paid sick time. When any of us don’t, it affects all of us.
Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance