About Us

Gamaliel was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders in building political power and creating organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.


Mission

Our mission is to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.


Our work falls into three main areas:


1. We build strong local organizations

With 44 affiliates and 7 state offices in 17 states, Gamaliel works to build strong metropolitan and statewide organizations. National staff provides consulting, training and support to leaders and staff in local organizations. A survey of organizers and lead staff across the network found that Gamaliel’s national staff is majority women: People of color are about 40 percent of organizers, lead organizers, and directors across the network (56% of organizers across the network are women; 26% are women of color). Learn about our affiliates here.


2. We develop powerful leaders through training

Gamaliel organizes: three national weeklong trainings per year, an advanced leadership/strategic campaigns training every other year, Ntosake women's leadership development training once a year, a biennial Race and Power training, African American Leadership Commission, National Clergy Caucus, and national leadership conferences across the country. These events reach more than 1,000 people in a typical year. Learn about our training here.


3. We run influential advocacy & nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns

15 years ago Gamaliel helped pioneer advocacy and organizing on regional equity, working with partners like John Powell and others. This work continues to be foundational to our policy and issue organizing. Recognizing the job-creation potential of developing and maintaining good infrastructure, and building on local affiliates worker rights’ advocacy, Gamaliel has focused its campaign and jobs work on increasing access to jobs and job training. This is a major focus of current work along with our issue campaigns: criminal justice reform, integrated voter engagement, racial equity, and immigration reform. Learn about our current campaigns here.

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Network Updates

Join the GNRLC for Inauguration Eve Prayers of, by and for the People
Join the Gamaliel National Religious Leaders Caucus (GNRLC) on January 19 at 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT) for an evening of prayer and personal commitment before the inauguration of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. GNRLC leaders will offer prayers of healing for our nation and for the President-…
Save the date: We Are Gamaliel – Passport to Power!
Save the date for Gamaliel’s first virtual fundraiser! Join us February 27 at 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) for a virtual tour through Gamaliel. We’ll share stories about our work and share ways for our audience to invest long-term in our work – whether that be an investment of time, money, or…
Gamaliel Statement on the Exoneration of Rusten Sheskey
The following is a statement issued by the Gamaliel Network and Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH), our affiliate in Kenosha, Wisconsin. You can download the statement here: Gamaliel Statement on the Exoneration of Rusten Shesky The members of the Gamaliel Network stand with our brothers and sisters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.    Once again, a…
Gamaliel Statement on the Display of White Power and Supremacy in the U.S. Capitol
The following is Gamaliel’s statement on the white power and white supremacy on display at the United States Capitol on January 6. Download the press release here: Gamaliel Statement on the Blatant White Supremacy on Display in the U.S. Capitol Attack As  we continue to mourn the seditious attack on the United States Capitol Building,…