We’re a national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizations addressing the intersection of racial 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

By Drew Lindsa, Chronicle of Philanthropy July 19, 2016 In mid-April, a police-reform task force appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered a handsome 183-page report, its cover adorned with photos of city residents and [...]

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


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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 [...]

Foundation for Louisiana Supports Baton Rouge Organizing with Rapid Response Fund

September 12th, 2016|Funding Needs and Opportunities|

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) stands in solidarity with the Baton Rouge community and people across Louisiana and across the nation who are outraged, hurt and engaged by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling, Deputy Brad Garafola with East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson of the Baton Rouge Police Department — as well as the three other injured police officers.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice Relaunches Emergency Fund for Black Lives

September 12th, 2016|Funding Needs and Opportunities|

Headwaters has developed three action steps that provide immediate and long- term support to movement leaders.

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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.

As We #SayHerName, 7 Policy Paths to Stop Police Violence Against Black Girls and Women

May 19th, 2016|Analysis, Criminalization of Communities of Color|

Of course, changing police policies is not a panacea to police violence against Black girls, women and gender nonconforming people. In order to to strike at the root of the issue, we need to transform our responses to poverty, violence and mental health crises in ways that center the safety and humanity of Black women and our communities. Still, taking action in these seven areas would go a long way to reducing harm while we work toward deeper systemic change.

From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

May 4th, 2016|Analysis, Reports and Case Studies|

By Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Let's Talk: At the Heart of Movement-Building - A Blog of the Movement Strategy Center January 26, 2016 One morning last December, I found myself at the Ford Foundation watching Anna Galland, [...]

Is Democracy Funding Undemocratic? Funding Civic Engagement in an Era of Protest

March 24th, 2016|Analysis, Opportunities for Funders|

The United States is on the verge of an upsurge in democratic participation in cities and communities across the country, but will traditional civic engagement funders take notice?

Chicago Has Spent Half a Billion Dollars on Police Brutality Cases—And It’s Impoverishing the Victims’ Communities

March 11th, 2016|Analysis, Reports and Case Studies|

Settlement generally come out of city budgets, not police budgets, and in Chicago these payouts compound the city’s financial distress, leaving less money for public services and forcing cuts.