COFI trains parents to be powerful leaders...


and COFI-trained parents accomplish great things.



The COFI Way builds parent power

Our mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income and working families at all levels of civic life—from local institutions and communities to local, state, and federal policy arenas.

COFI has trained and organized thousands of parents in some of the toughest neighborhoods anywhere. These leaders, primarily mothers and grandmothers, are winning improvements in their schools and communities, creating their own organizations and programs, and changing policies on critical issues that affect families.

The work is taking root around the country, attracting national attention to parent-led innovative policy solutions. COFI supports partner organizations to learn and put into action the key organizing steps of the COFI Way.

Welcome to COFI!


Have we met?

Watch this short video to get to know us. The COFI Way video celebrates...


Meet the Parents

Maria Leticia Patiño

“Getting involved in a school in this country seemed impossible, and even more impossible if we add the language barrier...

Karen Lynn Morton

“That day when I sat in circle was the day it all changed. I knew my life would be spent...

Liliana Olayo

“This is my passion now. With COFI, I’ve found a family that accepts me where I am. I am part...