Founded in August 2003, the New Community Project is a small nonprofit organization with a big goal: to change the world. Toward this end, we provide resources that challenge us, experiences that change us, and a community that gives us hope. Our focus is environmental sustainability and social justice, both of which are essential for a peaceful human community.
NCP was begun out of the interest and support of people from across the US, and continues to attract people from across the age spectrum and with a broad array of perspectives. Our approach is somewhat unique: While some groups try to affect the government or focus on doing good for our neighbors, we invite our network to make changes in themselves and their communities, and then move out from there.
NCP's current director (David Radcliff) was a central figure in bringing the organization into being, as he had worked at these issues for many years in a national church organization. Along with him, individuals from across the country provided moral and monetary support for the launching of NCP, and by October 2003 the first Advisory Board meeting was held at University Park Church of the Brethren, whose pastor, Kim McDowell, was a key collaborator and became the first board chair. By year's end, NCP had registered as a nonprofit organization and had enough funds on hand to pay staff and provide a cushion for the next year. The original board consisted of: Kim McDowell, Al Hansell, Larry Lesh, Matt Boyer, Megan Siegel, Andy Loomis, and Robert Neff.
With its headquarters (the director's home office) in Peoria, AZ, some of the main features of NCP work include:
NCP has a special interest in connecting with youth and young adults, offering speakers at schools and colleges, a Solidarity Workers program for overseas involvement, seats on our Advisory Board for a youth and young adult member, and the opportunity for apprenticeships.
NCP is not directly affiliated with any larger institution or agency, but works collaboratively with various local, regional and national groups, both religious and secular. NCP receives the majority of its financial support from individual contributions, along with service fees and grants from congregations or other institutions.