builds infrastructure.
builds power.

We invest year-round in local community organizing. With a primary focus on Appalachia, the Deep South, and the Plains, we show up to help build durable civic infrastructure in places progressives have gotten used to writing off. Why? Because we believe these sustained local investments are the single best way to remedy injustice, build power in disenfranchised communities – and win elections.



Founded by Joe Kennedy, we support community organizers, advocates, and activists working year-round in places traditionally under-resourced, excluded, and ignored. We invest in hyperlocal efforts that build sustainable political infrastructure, engage and educate voters, and build power for the underrepresented and disenfranchised.

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Alabama’s rich political history features some of the most history-changing local organizing of the Civil Rights Era as well as the most stark setbacks. Reckoning with this juxtaposition offers a path to durable and equitable change.

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Local leaders in Mississippi have spent the last five years building critical infrastructure. But real resources are needed to overcome generations of racial segregation and disenfranchisement.

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West Virginia

The roots of the Democratic Party run through West Virginia. But to win again, we have to build back trust, with rural voters in particular. And you can’t do that with just one election cycle or one campaign.

Our Story

Groundwork Project began with a simple question: When it comes to creating sustainable and long-term progressive change, what is the most effective way to make an impact?

Over four terms in Congress, Joe Kennedy built a powerful network of supporters and volunteers across the country, as well as some of the largest digital platforms in the Democratic Party. After closing his Congressional career, he was determined to not let them sit idle but instead to redirect them towards a place where they could make a difference for years to come. A place where their support could be channeled to the people doing the foundational progressive work on the most pressing issues we face.

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