The New Community Project
Offering resources that challenge us
experiences that change us
and a community that gives us hope
Who We Are:
Launched in August 2003, the New Community Project is a small nonprofit organization with a big goal: to change the world. 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 considers the spiritual dimension of our lives to be important, and seeks to bring about deep inner change in our personal and societal values. However, we welcome and work with anyone who shares our commitment to a world of peace and justice and sustainability.
- Here's a podcast of an interview with NCP director David Radcliff talking about who we are and what we do
- Here's a brief photo tour of our work from a presentation at Elizabethtown (PA) Church of the Brethren
- Here's a recent edition of As the World Turns, NCP's bi-annual newsletter
We have partnerships around the world, but a primary focus is the USA, where we have a national network of some 11,000 people. There are Sustainable Living Centers in Vermont (coordinator Pete Antos-Ketcham) and Virginia (coordinator Tom Benevento), which put our ideals into action and host visitors, volunteers and interns. And director David Radcliff speaks regularly around the country in schools, colleges, community gatherings and congregations.
Our partnerships are with grassroots groups in East and Southern Africa (South Sudan, Rwanda, Zambia, the Congo and Malawi); Nepal and Myanmar in South Asia; the Dominican Republic; and native communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Alaska and the Dine Reservation in New Mexico. (See the Partners page for more info on all these partnerships.)
NCP is registered as a tax exempt nonprofit organization in Arizona, with director David Radcliff working out of his home in Virginia. The majority of financial support comes from individual donations; however many congregations contribute to our work, and there are grants from foundations and honorarium for speaking.
The work of NCP is overseen by an Advisory Board. Current membership is Robbie Miller (chair), Jerry O'Donnell (vice-chair), Greg Davidson-Laszakovits, Linetta Ballew, Kim McDowell (a founding member and first chairperson of the NCP Advisory Board), Steve Brady, Hope Steele, Alex Murphy, Taona Makunje (Malawi) and Tim McElwee.
Kim Chaffin publishes our monthly earth care email, Juliana Pitruzzello is our database manager and financial secretary, and Hollinger Services in Elizabethtown, PA handles NCP's financial record-keeping. In Harrisonburg, Missy and Irma oversee hospitality, collaboration and community life, and Kathy Yoder runs garden education programs.
Here's our 2019 federal 990 form with details of income and expense.