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It has been more than a month since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the highly militarized and repressive police response to the rallies and demonstrations that came in its wake. The scenes still seem misplaced, as if taken from a history book illustrating the height of the Civil Rights Movement in Issue Call to Action for All U.

They also issued a challenge to all U. The foundations are members and allies of Families of people killed by the Albuquerque police department are campaigning for systemic reforms to the APD and to hold police officers accountable for their actions. The following email is from Ken Ellis, the father of a man killed by the police. FI for 4 years. FI was founded in , is based in Madison, WI and has used particularly creative and inspiring strategies to respond to oppression, racism and violence.

FI works to end violence within and against low and no income communities of color. They work at the intersection of prison abolition, LGBT rights, education rights, and reproductive justice. FI aims to challenge the fundamental root causes of violence through leadership development and community organizing in Black and Southeast Asian, particularly Ferguson City Council announced today that they are implementing several changes and new programs in response to community concerns. These new laws and policies are designed to reduce court fine revenue used for general city operations, reform court procedures, and establish a Citizen Review Board to provide citizen oversight and guidance for the police department.

Louis County. In support of the growing momentum across many philanthropic spaces, NFG reached out to four organizations deeply involved in Ferguson October for their viewpoint on the weekend of actions, this moment in organizing, what lies ahead, and what the critical resource needs are right now. What we received were accounts of the tremendously brave and incredibly creative organizing happening right now — and specific ways that philanthropy can be in solidarity through increased resources. Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in broad daylight, but his protectors used the thick of night to announce their decision to not indict.

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Our hearts were Read the interview below to learn more on October 27, , By the Annie E. She also advises the Foundation on investing in the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative, a major community and economic development project aimed at transforming an acre East Baltimore neighborhood. By Gordon Whitman, Deputy Director, PICO National Network If my son - who is 14 years old, has Autism and is hearing impaired - were African-American I would be worried every time he left the house to walk to school or the library, worried that he'd have a failed encounter with a teacher, school administrator or police officer that would result in him being hurt, psychologically or physically.

That anxiety - which I know many parents of African-American and Latino children have - is by no means irrational. Whites bring a host of unthinking stereotypes into their encounters with African Amid a flood of related reading, these articles and resources have stood out to me. I hope their insights will fuel your own discussions about Ferguson and the larger systems at play. Via: Ford Foundation Equals Change.

For Philanthropy, Time to Double Down to End Injustice January 10, By Jennifer Buffett, Peter Buffett, and Pamela Shifman of the NoVo Foundation As people across the country prepare for the White House transition next week, foundations and other nonprofits are grappling with the consequences of change for our collective future, especially as we have witnessed how deep a grip misogyny and racism hold over America.

To Whom It May Concern; This is an open letter from frontline leaders engaged in the struggle for justice in Ferguson and the larger fight against police brutality and Black dehumanization, to request real solidarity. This is a moment recorded for the future and we are writing this letter to open up ways for people to stand in solidarity. This is a historical moment that young people are leading, but that should come as no surprise because young people have always been the fuel of social movements.

Youth leaders recruiting, planning, living and creating the change we want to see and the world For the last 70 days the youth of Ferguson, Missouri have led protests and vigils every night in remembrance of 18 year old Michael Brown and the countless other black lives that are cut short at the rate of at least annually by police in the United States.

This past weekend protesters merged on Ferguson for a weekend of action called for by the youth of Ferguson with actions, protests and acts of civil disobedience taking place from Friday to Monday, October 10th to the 13th. Mustafa Abdullah is a community organizer originally from North Carolina who moved to St. Louis two years ago to The incident The election. In fact, Sharia law did not pose any real threat to communities, but these ballot measures introduced by conservatives tested whether Islamophobia mobilized voters. On election day in , voters in Oklahoma overwhelmingly Funding needs in Ferguson, MO, as compiled by Rev.

Starsky D. Funders engaged community-based leaders to delineate current efforts aimed at meeting the needs in the Ferguson area, as well as to identify gaps that present opportunities for additional investment. This document provides a snapshot of our environmental scan captured in the beginning of December It represents a broad spectrum of activity and ideology from a diverse set of local funders It's not too late to donate! Click here for more information and to donate. A Message from the Third Wave Fund : In July , over people from across the country gathered at the Movement for Black Lives meeting in Cleveland to reflect, grow, fellowship, and remember our fallen.

Three months later, there has been no justice in the city of Cleveland or in the state of Ohio for those who have been brutalized and killed at the hands of the state. Rather, the violence experienced by Black folks in Cleveland has escalated with the murders of trans women, the de-funding of health clinics such Click here to read more.

February 24, By Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Philanthropy The unprecedented sums individual donors have given to progressive nonprofits since the presidential election have drawn ample attention. But grant makers worried about how the change in leadership might affect the In addition to the recent deaths These two groups have inspired, mobilized, and supported hundreds of community members to call out and change police violence against people of color. Organizers on the ground are demanding that our law makers and other leaders address issues like criminalization, state violence, and public safety.

Young, queer, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are leading the movement by putting their bodies, often literally, on the I did this to focus the attention of the nation's largest gathering of progressive leaders and presidential hopefuls on the death of Sandra Bland and other black women killed while in police custody, because the most important and urgent issue of our day is structural violence and systemic racism that is oppressing and killing black women, men and children.

This is an emergency. Sandra Bland and I Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, in an interview with George Stephanopoulis, shared his belief that in the altercation with and subsequent killing of Michael Brown, "I did what I was paid to do. By Wesley Lowery and Arelis R. LOUIS — In a third day of civil disobedience, local and national clergy members with up-stretched arms cross police lines and were arrested during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department.

The planned act, which organizers called Moral Monday, featured a more-than-four-hour protest in which waves of clergy demanded to speak with Ferguson Police chief Tom Jackson and crossed police lines. Among those arrested in one of the first waves was Dr. Cornel West, an activist and scholar who declared We urge you to read how this project came together in collaboration between NPQ and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and about the ideology behind this series.

We intend to publish another 20 pieces in the upcoming months. Readers will be able to subscribe to an RSS feed to follow articles as they are published, approximately every two weeks. This civil disobedience The investigation will look for potential civil rights investigations in the July 17 death of Eric Garner, 43, who was confronted by the officer on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

A video shot by an By Tim Reid, Reuters, November 21, The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, We remember it was trans women of color who led the riots at Stonewall, catalyzing a national movement.

Before Stonewall, trans people who were getting arrested spurred the Compton Cafeteria Riots in We remember the White Night Riots Paul Airport. As proof that the airport action was planned and not just an adlib, Black Lives Matter points to a tweet with a video showing After hours of more than a thousand marching from Gilmor Homes to the Western District police station, to rally at City Hall, with no incident, a seemingly spontaneous march to Camden Yards during a baseball game triggered a series of events whose timeline journalists are still piecing together from video footage.

Many organizers at Alicia Garza and two friends first tweeted BlackLivesMatter to spark a conversation after the death of Trayvon Martin. Three years later, their hashtag has become a movement. Liz Pleasant, May 01, , Yes! We utilize media and grassroots organizing to transform the public discourse on systemic racism and white supremacy and build next generation human rights leaders with a network of concerned students and artists across the country.

This fundraiser will provide small organizing and campaign grants to Million Hoodies chapters at Last night, hundreds of protestors shut down a major highway in a bid for justice. Two officers say they were called to break up a domestic dispute between Clark and his girlfriend, and that he was interfering as EMTs were caring for her.

They maintain that Clark struggled with officers and one of them These laws, disproportionately enforced against people of color, had been criticized as "Minneapolis Black Codes. The Twin Cities' racial disparities, among the worst in the nation on Jay Nixon D issued an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency in Missouri as the nation awaits a grand jury decision in the case of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Citing "periods of unrest" in the city of Ferguson and other places in the St.

Louis area following Brown's Aug. But they knew they had to walk. And so do we. No more fake budgets?! Over the past 17 years, we have been seeking out ways to align our internal systems and practices with our racial justice values. Obama, unveiling the recommendations of a White House task force created in the wake of the killings, said local law enforcement agencies should consider requiring independent criminal investigations and independent prosecutors in cases where the use It is a manifestation of a system of policing that is unaccountable, out of control and acts from its worst impulses of racism and aggression.

It sees black and brown citizens as individual targets and whole communities as collective threats. The existing situation means that too frequently there will be Disruption can oftentimes be a very stressful thing. Disruption can cause nervousness and anxiety in the person doing the disruption, and tension and anger in the person being disrupted. Disruption can also be a source of movement and progress. Being disruptive may not always be polite and respectable, but it can make a statement and more importantly move your agenda.

It is with this in mind He won his campaign by echoing the words of protest movements and promising to help those most impacted by policing, poverty, and criminalization. Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will. On Saturday, I joined more than a million women in Washington, D.


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Like many other black women, I was conflicted about participating. That a group of December 17, The streets of Ferguson, Mo. The anger and frustration many people feel over those deaths and many others involving the excessive use of force by police is understandable, particularly when it comes to encounters with African-American men and boys. ProPublica, an investigative journalism The Deaconess Foundation seeks to shift public policy, mobilize community members, and strengthen advocacy efforts related to children and youth.

By Rev. Wilson Standford Social Innovation Review - Spring Few moments in life are filled with the hope and promise of a high school graduation.

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Reuters - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, kept alert on Thursday for signs of tension after arresting five people for blocking a street the night before in a protest demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis suburb has been bracing for months to learn whether a St. Louis County grand jury will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of year-old Michael Brown, a case that has become a flashpoint for often-troubled U. By Carey Gillam , Reuters. October 24, Reuters - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday.

The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U. By Ryan J. Reilly , Huffington Post, October 28, Louis County Police Department has stocked up on tear gas, less-lethal ammunition and plastic handcuffs in anticipation of massive protests in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, if a grand jury doesn't indict the police officer who killed year-old Michael Brown. The jury is expected to reach its decision sometime in November.

Many protesters in Ferguson do not believe that Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted and contend that recent grand jury leaks are meant to prepare the public for that January 9, Police reform organizers traveled to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to push for open access to the Internet, which they say is an increasingly vital organizing tool in the wake of the controversial deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The delegation met with black members of Congress including Rep. John Lewis D-Ga. They also met with one commissioner and staffers from the FCC, which will decide in February whether to classify broadband Internet as a public utility, a step By Drew Lindsay, Chronicle of Philanthropy July 19, In mid-April, a police-reform task force appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered a handsome page report, its cover adorned with photos of city residents and comforting words about "restoring trust.

A similar message is routinely delivered on the streets of Chicago with more raw power and emotion. Since the November release of video footage showing a police officer shooting year-old Laquan McDonald, protests have Homelessness is the tip of the iceberg of that crisis; but rather than address its causes, local authorities are treating it as a law enforcement problem. That has not only led to real tragedies, but violates the Constitution. On August 9, , Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot multiple times and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri.

This tragic act provoked grief and outrage in Ferguson and across the country. We mourned the loss of an innocent young man, taken before his time, and recognized that his killing was the latest in a long and rapidly growing succession of cases involving police use of lethal force against unarmed people of color. The disproportionate, militarized police response to subsequent community protests in Ferguson—including the use of tear Two Illinois Representatives are finally trying to change that. Read the full article.

Protestors say Ohio has its own examples of police force that ended in the deaths of young black people. It is painful to watch the final moments of Eric Garner's life: taken to the ground by New York City police, an officer's arm at his throat, as Garner gasps for air. Eleven times he chokes out his final, They don't have much time -- it's already , and Diane Amaya has to be back at work in the clerical office at the Denver Elections Division by -- so they're scouring the grass around the city's McNichols Civic Center.

The lawns are mostly empty, minus the police SUV blaring Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," but they're worried about crossing an invisible boundary. Andrew Cuomo their ally and an unlikely opponent. January 31, Final charges against Joseph Weekley, a police officer who shot dead a 7-year-old girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, in Detroit in May , were dismissed on Friday, leaving a family bereft and raising serious concern among national groups over an increasingly militarized —police force.

JC members and leaders are New Yorkers whose lives are impacted by police violence, including families who have lost loved ones to the New York Police Department. Since , Justice Committee We remember that at the center of this tragedy is an 18 year old young man, Mike Brown, and the tremendous loss his family will endure for the rest of their lives. We look to the residents of Ferguson, particularly young people, who peacefully took to the streets and organized every day to tell the world about Mike Brown, to proclaim that BlackLivesMatter, and to demand justice.

Yesterday, justice was not served. The criminal justice See the original post on the Audre Lorde Project website. We send our deepest condolences to all of the families, lovers, and friends of the victims and all of the Southern queer and trans organizers who continue to fight for liberation in their name. We are with you in solidarity. We are constantly reminded Now is the time for Mayor Rawlings Blake to put an end to Baltimore police militarization.

The response to the killing of Michael Brown last year in Ferguson opened up a national conversation around police militarization and how militarized police disproportionately affect communities of color.

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Thanks to the wars on drugs Donate now to support protesters. Watch videos of the protests here. Last updated December 2, Please check back regularly for updates. Then, on Monday night, in the wake of an ongoing peaceful occupation demanding justice for Jamar National awareness of police brutality and the need for policing reform is at an all-time high. Sustained attention to horrific moments has led to the birth of a movement, and a tipping point is in sight. Tides and its sister organization, The Advocacy Fund, work closely with funders and grassroots organizers to accelerate policing reform.

But these gestures, as sincere as they are, cannot by themselves In his very first address to Congress — in the speech where new presidents first detail their priorities for the nation — George W. Bush devoted a few moments to an unlikely topic: racial profiling. The national news was full of stories of doctors and lawyers and NFL players stopped for " National Bar Association, November 24, Department of Justice to pursue Even as protesters rallied against the police killings of unarmed black people like Michael Brown and Eric Garner in December, Rapid City police fired five bullets into Allen Locke, a year-old Lakota man living in South Dakota.

In a tragic bit of irony, it was later revealed that Locke had been at a demonstration against police killings of indigenous people just one day earlier. Yet while devastating for his family and community, Locke's death illustrates a much bigger problem As the Movement for Black Lives shines the light of justice on the crisis of police brutality plaguing Black communities across the country, powerful Arizona police unions used their influence to introduce SB During a weekend of protests two months after Michael Brown's death, clergy members speak out for unity and repentance.

Allen McDuffee Oct 13 Originally published in The Atlantic The weekend of demonstrations dubbed "FergusonOctober," two months after the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, came to a close with "Moral Monday," during which local and national religious leaders tried to help heal a badly damaged community in the absence of any forward movement on legal fronts. This fund supports urgent organizing, activism, and mobilization led by young women of color, queer, and transgender youth around the country who lead movements for justice and take on this country's most challenging issues.

Mobilize Power Fund The effort to end gender, racial, and economic oppression is long-term, yet there are critical moments that call for quick action. This fund was set up to support grassroots groups who are often the first to respond to issues of state-violence, reproductive The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project TGIJP , based in San Francisco, has been spearheading the efforts to mobilize resources to support a national delegation of 16 black trans, gender non-conforming and intersex leaders to be able to attend this historical national convening and hold a one day work meeting previous to the convening.

As an anchor organization with a long-term 12 years As you know, last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. Like many of you, we are saddened and angry, but unfortunately not surprised, given the long time crisis level of police violence against communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, and others across the country. NFG is committed to continuing this conversation and movement against systemic racism, in close partnership with our sister Last updated March 23, August 21, The US Human Rights Network's Coordinating Center extends our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the 18 transgender women, - primarily women of color, and specifically Black, - whose lives have been taken this year due to hate violence.

Along with our members, we raised this issue as a human rights crisis in March and have since seen the numbers increase at an alarming rate. These numbers are likely on the conservative end as they are only the reported cases. But our many stories usually boil down to just a few shared reasons. Safety, freedom, opportunity, and family. When immigrants get to America, we often find realizing our dreams harder than we imagined. But immigrants persevere, and we keep fighting for the dreams that inspired us to cross borders and oceans and continents.

Right to the City Alliance - March Wall Street, the financial center of the most powerful city in the world, was built and maintained through slave labor. The massive profiteering of big banks and private equity firms that prevails, rides on the backs of black and brown families. Movements across America confronting the crisis of foreclosure, gentrification and displacement, need to have black leaders who help define the vision for our right to the city.

Here in the United States, the recent momentum built in the fight against state violence and for a world where blacklivesmatter has Black trans people have been struggling for acceptance for 50 years. That was the basic attitude towards us trans women in the 60s. And it just happened to be everywhere. Some of the girls back then, like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P.

Johnson, tried to speak up for us, but just got laughed at. The Nation, November 25, Ferguson is on fire. Immediately after St.

Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury had failed to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, waves of unrest roiled the city. A dozen buildings were torched and looted, and two police cars were set ablaze. As President Obama appeared on TV urging calm, cops in Ferguson fired rounds of tear-gas canisters into crowds and deployed armored vehicles with gun turrets that were built for our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing , Jan 9, As we begin , we at the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing FCYO have been re-inspired by the undeniable potential for young people of color to play a transformative role in advancing social justice. Young people of color are demonstrating a readiness to organize that has not been seen in many years.

For funders and others who care about youth leadership and social and racial justice, it is an important time to support the actions taking place across the country to help them coalesce into a sustained movement. For funders Mon, August 10, By Darnell L. Moore Identities. Sat, April 11, Listen to the following conference call with Lisa Sharon Harper, Tue, September 30, Originally posted at byp Tue, April 28, Mon, June 23, Wed, April 08, Tue, February 23, From the Ford Foundation: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, explains how inequality and the abuse of power exploit people of color and the poor.

Tue, May 13, Sun, June 14, Mon, February 29, Tue, May 05, Mon, March 13, Sat, November 01, Mon, September 14, Mon, October 13, Tue, August 19, Ferguson Solidarity: Ways to Support the Fight All eyes are on the fight for justice for Michael Brown and the growing movement against the systematic targeting of Tue, May 03, Mon, November 07, Thu, May 19, Fri, December 16, Tue, March 01, Q : Why is new financial infrastructure needed? A : Social movements look different… Sat, March 14, Wed, April 20, Mon, May 18, Sat, April 28, Tue, November 25, Sat, January 28, By Lisa Ranghelli, January Tue, November 01, Living Resource Systems: A New Approach for Supporting Movement Networks 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.

Wed, February 25, Nat Chioke Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation The tragic killing of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri gave a new energy and national platform to the issue of police brutality and excessive force in the Black community. Tue, March 03, Sat, August 15, Fri, November 28, Thu, November 05, Emmett Till. Kerry Baxter Wed, December 10, The Center for Popular Democracy The killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson created a moment of moral outrage and mobilization that reverberated around the country.

Thu, June 29, Mon, March 06, Philanthropy, You in Danger, Girl! Fri, October 24, Amnesty International , October 24, Mon, August 15, Mon, December 01, Visit their website. Visit the Race Forward website. Reports from the Movement Strategy Center The Movement Strategy Center offers a plethora of resources that speak on transformative practices, collective impact, intersecting issues, and building progressive power.

Practices of Transformative Movement Building We need transformative strategies to generate exponential change. Fri, June 03, Wed, December 03, We are faced with the reality of a Mon, November 24, Dear friends, Last night, like many across the world who were watching, we experienced deep disappointment in the decision by the St.

Fri, June 27, Democracy Now! Mon, December 15, From Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity Many of us have watched or perhaps even marched, as community members mobilize to keep the nation's attention on the racial injustice so evident in the recent tragic police killings of unarmed Black men and boys, with outrage then exacerbated by the failures to indict the police responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Thu, December 11, Tue, August 26, The case addresses three interwoven questions: Why focus on anti-Black Fri, December 30, Mon, August 31, Tue, October 14, Executive summary In August , a Ferguson, Missouri, policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.

Mon, January 16, By Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Tue, June 23, Fri, September 05, Mon, September 08, By Eric Lui Originally published on cnn. This proliferation of Sat, May 31, This site will provide resources Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People documents how pervasive stigma and discrimination, biased enforcement of laws, and discriminatory policing strategies mean that LGBT people are disproportionately likely to interact with law enforcement and to have their lives criminalized.

LGBT people are also treated unfairly once they enter the system; the report shows how they overrepresented in jails and prisons and face abuse while incarcerated. Finally, the report sheds light on the fact that LGBT Tue, November 17, Due to technical difficulties, sound begins the video at Sun, February 21, Fri, December 05, Tue, November 24, Please watch and share these videos! The future of work is everywhere. In philanthropy, Future of Work. These days, between the news cycle and continued attacks on working families, it can feel overwhelming to push forward our agenda for justice.

Here, Caitlin Duffy , senior associate for learning and engagement at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy NCRP , reflects on leveraging privilege and dissent in the face of fear. People in the United States are scared. Some white people fear the loss of dominant social status, and they worry about the loss of good jobs or falling victim to terrorism and crime.

Donald Trump has spread and Louis local, reflects on the possibilities of shifting philanthropy's focus to long-term change. I had just missed the convening in Oakland and learned I had to wait another Louis, are some of Recently, a trusted social justice leader called me a philanthropic gatekeeper. And hearing those words stung — a lot. But once I got over my initial defensiveness, I realized it was true. Here, Rudi Navarra , Program Officer at The Solutions Project , reflects on the importance of investing time into learning and collaborating together.

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This week in Texas, "Road To Change" organizers and Parkland shooting survivors engaged pro-gun counter-protesters in an impromptu minute street town hall dialogue resulting in jaw-dropping and surprising general agreement on Red Flag Laws, background Often times in philanthropic spaces we are not encouraged to bring our whole selves—to share and reflect on how our identities and values as people and as funders intersect.

This year, during my first time attending the Neighborhood Funders Tue, June 12, Tue, November 22, Readings: Role for Funders Mon, June 12, Housing Justice. It is now moving into a new phase of work that will result in the creation and capitalization of a collaborative fund. Fri, March 13, This conference report provides an overview of the discussions that took place at this conference, including: lessons shared by experienced place-based funders; key challenges and By Dennis Quirin and Steve Patrick Today we see many local communities — urban, suburban and rural - swamped by historic disinvestment and the growing tide of economic and social inequality in our country.

Place-based grantmaking can play an important role in turning this tide, but not without addressing the core structural barriers that have produced and propelled it. In local communities, addressing the lived experiences of people who are marginalized by racism, poverty, immigration status, gender discrimination, homophobia and disability will require many funders to retool their approaches Fri, April 21, At the center of these shifts, philanthropy continues to play a critical role Tue, March 21, Fri, February 24, View materials from the webinar here Wed, February 15, Fri, May 02, Mon, April 14, Thu, December 03, We developed a Ramatu Bangura FFJ: The last year or couple years have been really the challenging ones in many parts of the country with After a long, bitter, and confusing election season, we have finally come to the other side.

Many of us are feeling a lot of hard emotions. Many of us are looking for answers to questions: How did this happen? What does this mean for our country, and the values of equity and justice that we hold dear? What can I do, or what can I do differently? What we know is that we have been in a real, powerful, hopeful, and evolving movement moment for the past few years. While what we thought we knew yesterday may now be in question, what is not in question is: If you believe in equity and justice, now Nominations are now open for Discount Foundation Legacy Award!

Launched in , the Discount Foundation Legacy Awards supports leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena. In partnership with Jobs with Justice and Funders for a Just Economy a program of Neighborhood Funders Group , the Discount Legacy Award honors and supports an exemplary individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership to the workers' rights movement in the U.

The Discount Foundation Legacy Award winner will be publicly recognized for their remarkable contributions to the The nominations are now open for the first annual Discount Legacy Award. The Discount Legacy Award Program is supported by the Discount Foundation, a foundation founded on making economic opportunity an achievable reality for all, especially underpaid Americans and Thu, September 22, The recent flooding disaster in Louisiana is responsible for loss of life, major destruction of property, and significant impacts on safety in a region already struggling with disinvestment.

Over 10, people are in shelters, and thousands more will return to damaged homes, neighborhoods, and communities. First responders have saved lives and served evacuees, and disaster agencies are assessing the recovery landscape. Meanwhile, philanthropic organizations—like NFG partner Groups that emerged after Ferguson are mobilizing thousands of people for protests that develop with lightning speed and have dramatic impact.

Their approach appeals to some grant makers. Published on July 19, and written by Drew Lindsey. Backing Protests If helping design police reform represents one philanthropic response to the shootings, activist movements that swelled following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. With a Dimple Abichandani, NFG member and Executive Director of the General Service Foundation , encourages colleagues to move from business as usual toward new practices of solidarity, including increased funder alignment and greater support of cross-issue movement building efforts that often struggle to raise funds.

This post originally appeared in Inside Philanthropy here. In fact, Sharia law Native Americans in Earlier this month, House Republicans released a new plan to fight poverty and social immobility. However, there is little mention of the role that place plays in perpetuating poverty or shaping economic opportunity. Growing research shows that geography plays a powerful role in determining life outcomes in the United States. This article from the Urban Institute discusses the importance of place on poverty and makes several policy recommendations. The Award will be received during the third UN Habitat global summit, which takes place every 20 years.

The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund will boost economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in Detroit by providing them with August 29, , Philanthropy News Digest - While challenges such as entrenched poverty and overincarceration remain, funder collaborations, cross-sectoral partnerships, and community-based leadership and participation have helped transform New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to the city, a paper from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network argues. The paper, Fulfilling the Promise, Making New Orleans a Just and Resilient City 16 pages, PDF , outlines the progress made and challenges that remain in areas where philanthropy has played an important role Is the philanthropic community poised to invest in these arenas so that we can maximize this moment of opportunity?

Whether your starting place is economic justice or climate resilience, the solutions to these global challenges Tuesday, May 12, New York, NY. Please join the Surdna Foundation and Neighborhood Funders Group in a special funder briefing and strategy session with water and wastewater utility leaders. Water is the backbone of sustainable communities and the lifeline of American prosperity.

It keeps our people healthy, our cities running, and our economies growing. This briefing with senior executives of water and wastewater agencies will showcase how public So many smiling faces from our friends in Arkansas! We share NFG's fundamental commitment to economic and social justice - to supporting people in low and bottom income communities, both urban and rural.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 15, The Battle for Racial Justice: Grant makers are uniting to address racial-justice issues as tensions remain high following the failure of grand juries to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo. Funders for Justice, a new group of about 30 foundations and other groups affiliated with the Neighborhood Funders Group, has set up a website to publicize activities and promote giving to community organizers working on issues like police accountability.

Lori Villarosa, executive director of the On December 3, a New York grand jury announced that no indictment would be delivered in the police killing of Eric Garner. Following the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot another unarmed black man, Michael Brown , in Ferguson, Missouri in August, this news set off protests across the country. But these deaths Mon, September 15, August 19, - A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80, lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.

Monday, February 1, - Monday, January 30, Overview Project Phoenix: Connecting Democracy, Economy, and Sustainability Phoenix was a year-long cohort collective learning program for funders. Wed, August 01, Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash Across the country, resident-led institutions and their allies continue to build organizing strategies that address housing, displacement, and gentrification at the local, regional, and state level.

Wed, March 08, There, Manisha helped build replicable job training and workforce models that have regional and national impact. Manisha joins Funders for a Just Economy Thu, May 24, Click here to participate in a matching gift challenge. JusticeforRoxsana Six months ago, our government murdered Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender woman and asylum-seeker from Honduras. Last month we put ICE on notice. Here, Dr. The NFG conference could not have come at a better time. We are at a critical juncture as a country, and the field of philanthropy has a number of hard truths to face if it hopes to realize a better tomorrow for everyone in the U.

We are living In the spring of , Funders for Justice FFJ launched its inaugural cohort of Advisors — nine field leaders recognized for their leadership in community power-building, racial and gender justice, police accountability campaigns, and anti-criminalization movements. We asked them to share their insights on the current political climate, how we can build a vision for the world we want, and what funders can do in this moment.

The Ella Baker Center is a leader in the Freedom In this era of political uncertainty, we as funders have one simple task: accelerate the pace of systemic change for poor communities and communities of color by taking collective action and funding grassroots efforts. NFG is the political home where funders collaborate to make this happen. Here we have an organizing space that is not only deeply helpful in moving She describes how NCF has built out its integrated framework and committed to expanding payouts in response to this political moment.

These are extraordinary times. Among those investments were funding for a heritage center, public housing, and GED programs. We all watched on Friday night as hundreds of white nationalists from around the country, marched on the University of Virginia , Fri, July 14, NFG's Project Phoenix and I felt Mon, January 09, Grantmakers for Southern Progress is a funder working group of NFG, comprised of Southern and national funders who are committed to advancing progress in the outcomes, conditions, and opportunities for those who are least well off socially, economically, and politically in the South.

Brown is a native of the south and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She brings to GSP deep experience in In October , some of philanthropy's top leaders came together for the launch of Philanthropy Forward, a new leadership fellowship for CEOs of progressive philanthropic institutions, hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group in partnership with The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions. Over the next eight months, this cohort will build and advance a shared vision for the future of philanthropy as a financial engine for equity and social justice.

Philanthropy Forward will provide opportunities to build deep relationships across foundations, learn what peers are grappling with, and work together Philanthropy Forward. Wed, May 31, Thank you for visiting Neighborhood Funders Group's new website! We've completely redesigned and improved how it works to make it easier than ever for our members to use as an online resource. What new features can you find on the site? Search the entire website for news, events, and resources using the search bar at the top of every page See where all of the members of our national network are based, right on our member map Discover more related content, tagged by topic and format, at the bottom of every page Look up NFG member organizations in our member directory Log in to get member Learning Tour.

Wednesday, November 8, Alabama can be described for many reasons as ground zero for historic and influential grassroots organizing, movement building, and successes in civil rights and economic policy. Decades of disinvestment and economic discrimination, changes in growth industries from agriculture to iron, steel and coal, to the auto, retail and service sectors, and deep structural racism and gender-based bias in the labor market has resulted in major challenges Committee Meeting.


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Tuesday, September 19, Oakland, CA. We hope you'll join us for these learning and networking opportunities. Thursday, September 7, Our speaker line-up and discussions were focused on local, regional, and statewide strategies, challenges, and opportunities that intersect issues of economic Monday, July 10, Today, however, they face a fast-growing threat. Since the midterm elections, state lawmakers have become more aggressive in their use of preemption to stop local lawmaking across a broad and expanding range of issues, including labor standards, civil rights, broadband, environmental protection, and public health.

Preemption is now being used to negate Thursday, June 8, Join in for program updates and strategic discussion about funder interests and needs. Please check back in August for a convening recap. If you have questions, write to us at fundersforjustice nfg. What makes communities safe? What models exist for creative, transformative solutions for community-based justice and safety?

How can restorative justice transform communities and block the school-to-prison pipeline? And how are these all connected? These conversations, the evolving organizing, Wednesday, April 5, Charleston, SC. April 5 - 7, Charleston, South Carolina In April , NFG's Grantmakers for Southern Progress working group is hosting a regional gathering of its members, funder partners, and practitioners to share and discuss the opportunities, challenges, and best strategies for supporting structural change and advancing progress in the South.

Registration is now open! Click here to RSVP and pay for registration. Registrants will receive a schedule-at-a-glance as well as hotel and meeting information in a confirmation email. If you have any questions, please contact Dani Johnson at dani Wednesday, March 29, Monday, February 27, Throughout the country, we also see a heightened increase of hate violence and racially charged rhetoric in the media against immigrants, including calls for banning Muslims, stronger immigration enforcement, and the Wednesday, February 15, You'll learn from experienced grant makers and organizers, including insight into internal processes for foundation staff and board.

With: Molly Schultz Hafid Thursday, December 8, Join Native Voices Rising for a web briefing that will highlight the critical need to strengthen support for indigenous community organizing and leadership development. The discussion will feature a diverse range of organizers and community leaders, and it will highlight the Native Voices Rising grant making initiative that is working to model Native-led grant making and bolster support for Wednesday, November 30, Please stay tuned for more programming and analysis from NFG soon.

NFG members are invited to a post-election conference call to discuss funder responses to the moment. We will invite members to share their analysis of the urgency of the moment and its impact on vulnerable communities, key issues, and particular Wednesday, November 16, Click here to register.

For more details, please visit the event page. This meeting is free of charge and open to foundation representatives and philanthropic advisors. Sometimes I think people just want to be witnessed in their struggle without being judged and condemned. But our intolerance for the intolerant may actually create more intolerance. Our tolerance for the intolerant may leave in place too much intolerance.

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That's the challenge. For many years now, America has been tying itself into an enormous Gordian Knot. In Phrygian mythology, this was an epic tangle of rope that no man could untie, despite great rewards, until Alexander the Great came along and cut it in half with his sword—or so the legend goes. Cutting the Gordian Knot is an expression that has come to mean thinking outside the box or finding a creative loophole when faced with a seemingly impossible problem. America is in one such impossible tangle right now, struck by political division that has bled into devastating social division.

He suggests having empathy and understanding for everyone who is affected by the march of progress—not just those who are gaining ground, but those who are losing it. If someone liked America "the way that it was," are they really a bigot? There is a limit to empathy, however: you cannot tolerate the intolerant for too long—but having empathy for those who interpret change as scary, and understanding why they think that way, may be the only inroad to untying this great mess. Scientists find that bursts of gamma rays may exceed the speed of light and cause time-reversibility.

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Sponsored by yes. How can the music industry inform the system of K education? Empathy, bigotry, and the tolerance paradox: Can America solve its social impasse? There are a lot of tough conversations that stand between where America is now and "liberty and justice for all," says Van Jones. Elon Musk warns 'advanced A. On Thursday, Musk tweeted about the potential dangers of advanced A. It's unclear what prompted Musk to tweet about advanced A. Musk has a history of being rather pessimistic about the future of A.

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