We’re a national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizations addressing the intersection of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and policing.


The Mandate: A Call and Response from Black Lives Matter Atlanta

On July 13, 2016, members of Black Lives Matter Atlanta (BLM ATL) organized civil disobedience to amplify the call for long standing local demands in light of the police killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Jerry Williams.

August 23rd, 2016|

More is required of us

Today, I raise the question for philanthropy, particularly for white and non-black people of color donors and foundation staff: what more is required of us to advance racial justice? It is a question I have been grappling with as a biracial Sri Lankan/white American working in philanthropy.

August 15th, 2016|

Police Shootings Since Ferguson Put Foundations to the Test

In cities hit by such crises, one wing of philanthropy is often at the center of reform and policy efforts, while another is supporting activists applying pressure from outside the process. The two sides don’t always work in isolation; some grant makers back both approaches. Still, there are tensions over strategy and tactics, and questions about philanthropy’s proper role in the push for change.

July 19th, 2016|
Learn about opportunities for funders to support organizing at the intersection of police accountability and racial justice.


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Grassroots Racial Justice Funding Opportunities

December 16th, 2016|Funding Needs and Opportunities|

Rapid Response Funds - foundations and donors can contribute support to these funding efforts.

Support Organizers in North Carolina

October 7th, 2016|Funding Needs and Opportunities|

Check out these three ways to support organizers in North Carolina: Freedom Fighter Bond Fund, at the Durham Solidarity Center, is accepting donations to support legal costs for people demonstrating against the police killing of [...]

Statement from Within Our Lifetime

October 7th, 2016|Funding Needs and Opportunities|

within our lifetime rapid response statement 9/29/2016 Within Our Lifetime (WOL) supports the families of Alfred Olango, Keith Scott, Terence Crutcher, Terrence Sterling, and Tyre King (among many others) and all the people grieving, organizing [...]

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Making Change: How Social Movements Work – and How to Support Them

November 8th, 2016|Analysis, Reports and Case Studies, Understanding Social Movements|

by Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz, originally published in March 2009 Social movements are a hidden underpinning of the American story. Using the tools of relationship building, community mobilization, and symbolic protest, they have helped [...]

From Protest to Power – Behind the scenes of disruptive social movements

November 8th, 2016|Philanthropy Takes a Stand, Reports and Case Studies|

We live in a political era defined by crisis, but also great promise. The effects of climate change, economic inequality, and racial injustice threaten our future. Yet in the face of these challenges, there’s a [...]

Living Resource Systems: A New Approach for Supporting Movement Networks

November 1st, 2016|Analysis, Reports and Case Studies, Understanding Social Movements|

article and photo provided by the Movement Net Lab In tandem with the many movement networks of the last decade, innovative funding channels and configurations have emerged to support them. These changes are part of the [...]

Reports from the Movement Strategy Center

November 1st, 2016|Analysis, Reports and Case Studies, Understanding Social Movements|

The Movement Strategy Center offers a plethora of resources that speak on transformative practices, collective impact, intersecting issues, and building progressive power. Below is a curated list. Practices of Transformative Movement Building We need transformative strategies to [...]

Race and Policing – A Resource from IssueLab

August 15th, 2016|Criminalization of Communities of Color, Reports and Case Studies|

This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.

Resourcing the Movement for Black Lives

June 3rd, 2016|Analysis|

The Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter have afforded philanthropy an opportunity to rethink how to be more helpful to communities in peril. Over the past few years, we’ve seen notable shifts in how donors and institutional funders move money to crises and burgeoning movements.