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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July 7th, 2016|

Headwaters Foundation for Justice mourns the death of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a St. Anthony police officer. And we cry, “enough.”

Action Alert: Flush Transphobia Fund

May 26th, 2016|

Today, we're announcing the #FlushTransphobia Fund to fuel the grassroots movement working to combat these horrific bills, and we invite you to join us!

A Message From FFJ Leadership: In Solidarity With Chicago & Minneapolis

March 9th, 2016|

While the shooting in Minneapolis is in itself an abhorrent act, we see it as part of escalating harassment and violence against social movements and social inclusion. Such a trend of activities are abhorrent but not surprising. What is in fact most concerning is the virtual silence by government institutions and leaders. The failure of government agencies to take action reveals a severe lack of accountability to the people.

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Race and Policing – A Resource from IssueLab

August 15th, 2016|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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.