COFI is a catalyst for positive change.
It is a center and a resource for family focused organizing, leadership development and community building focused on the well being of children, youth and families. Founded in 1995, COFI is driven by a deep commitment to social justice, and grounded in the time-tested principles, strategies, accomplishments, and approaches of community organizing.
COFI helps to build family-supportive communities by developing parents’ capacities to lead—to improve their lives, strengthen their families and better their communities.
By encouraging parents—primarily mothers—first to address their personal goals and dreams, COFI helps parents recognize that skills honed as a parent can translate to leadership skills in the larger community. It helps them realize that many day-to-day family struggles are rooted in public policies that have public remedies. Parents who become leaders can create change within themselves, apply what they have learned to their communities, then to the larger systems that affect families, and beyond.