Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership on Labor and Economic Justice

This Labor Day, we are celebrating a milestone—the 20th anniversary of the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships (WGLCP). What a feat!

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A Community-Centered Philanthropic Response to Louisiana Flooding

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 10,000 people are in shelters, and thousands more will return to damaged homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

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Backing Protests: Funders for Justice Answer Activist Movements' Call

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.

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Leading with Power: #NFG2016 Conference Recap

Last month, over 300 funders and field leaders joined Neighborhood Funders Group in Oakland, CA, making it NFG's largest convening ever. Grounded by frontline leaders and organizers in social movements for racial and economic justice, the conference provided a dynamic space where funders listened deeply and talked frankly about how best to resource meaningful social change with community power building and innovative partnerships in the heart of these discussions. 

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Can you tackle poverty without taking on place?

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 discusses the importance of place on poverty and makes several policy recommendations.

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Shifting Gears for Racial Justice

A funder’s tale in re-envisioning grantmaking strategy and developing innovative programming to meet the needs of the current moment. 

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Innovative community land trust from Puerto Rico wins 2015-16 UN World Habitat Award

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña, a community land trust from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, won the 2015-16 UN World Habitat Award, which honors innovative and replicable initiatives that address issues affecting human settlements.  The Award will be received during the third UN Habitat global summit, which takes place every 20 years.

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California Funders’ Convening on Gentrification and Displacement

On July 20, 2015, NFG partnered with the California Endowment, Ford Foundation, Common Counsel Foundation, and Smart Growth California to convene a day-long meeting for 70 funders and practitioners working on gentrification and displacement issues in California.

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JPMorgan Chase, Detroit Development Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announce $6.5 Million Loan Fund for Detroit’s Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund will provide greater economic opportunity for small businesses that lack access to credit and primarily serve Detroit’s neighborhoods.

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Funder Coalition Calls for Building a Just and Resilient New Orleans

August 29, 2015, 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.

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