Philanthropy’s Response to Ferguson and Related Movements

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, Staten Island, New York, Cleveland and Beavercreek, Ohio, along with the responses from people around the country, have compelled members of the philanthropic community to take action.

The Neighborhood Funders Group, in partnership with NFG’s members, sister affinity groups, and partners in the field, has collected information via an online survey about how philanthropic institutions are responding to this movement.

These are some of the aggregate survey responses collected before July 6th, 2015. If you would like to get involved with NFG’s ongoing conversations about these issues, email us at or give us a call at (510) 444-6063.

19 people from 19 institutions completed the survey.


institutions report that their giving has changed as a result of Ferguson.

Institutions that reported that their grant making had not changed also noted that their foundation was already supporting police accountability organizing.

Together, they have given

0 grants

totalling over

0 million dollars.

institutions anticipate making additional grants of at least

0 million dollars.

institutions report they have participated in gatherings and meetings.

Organizations participating in the survey include:

  • The Andrus Family Fund
  • The Arca Foundation
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • California Community Foundation
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Edward Hazen Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gund Foundation
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  • New York Foundation
  • North Star Fund
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • Security & Rights Collaborative, Proteus Fund
  • Solidaire
  • Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Add your organization’s name.

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