From Sanctuary to Freedom: Cities in Resistance — Webinar Recap

While the frame of sanctuary cities is designed as protection for undocumented and migrant residents, it also offers an opportunity to engage us all in critical questions about how we shape our democracy and local places: What makes a city a sanctuary? Sanctuary for whom and from what?

Immediately after the presidential election, mayors across the country took a bold public stance, declaring their cities to be “sanctuary cities,” and vowing to protect their cities' residents against the potential harsh policies that are anticipated to come from the new federal administration and Congress. Many community organizations are using a broader Rebel Cities framework, as well as the newly-launched #FreedomCities, which redefines what safety and freedom truly mean for communities. 

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Welcome Manisha Vaze, Sr. Program Manager, Funders for a Just Economy

Manisha Vaze has joined NFG’s staff as new Senior Program Manager for our Funders for a Just Economy (FJE) program. She comes to NFG with more than 12 years’ experience in grassroots organizing. Most recently, she was the Director of Organizing at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) in Los Angeles to help advance an agenda to eliminate structural barriers to social and economic barriers for residents of South L.A. There, Manisha helped build replicable job training and workforce models that have regional and national impact.  

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Webinar Recap: How to Creatively Fund Social Movements

Neighborhood Funders Group and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) co-hosted "How to Creatively Fund Social Movements," a webinar that explored how foundations can be more flexible in supporting grassroots groups and leaders. Experienced grantmakers and organizers shared strategies for responding to this movement moment's critical need for resources to frontline social change actors.

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Welcome New NFG Board Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest board members, who will help guide NFG in the coming years:

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FFJ Call Recap: Policing and Criminalization in the Trump Era

“This is a time for you and for us to be fearless; to find ways and resources to fund organizing and base building.”
— Marielena Hincapie, National Immigration Law Center

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GSP Post-Election Webinar Recap

Moving the South Forward in the New Reality:
A Post-Election Funder Briefing

On December 16, 2016, NFG's Grantmakers for Southern Progress working group, along with the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Out in the South Initiative, co-hosted a conference call for funders to explore the impact of the 2016 election results in Southern communities.

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Post-Election Resources

Social justice organizers, advocates, and the funders who support their work are all grappling with how to move forward in the new social and political moment we find ourselves in. NFG has pulled together a short list of post-election readings and tools you may find useful. We all have a responsibility to go deeper in the weeks, months and years ahead. If you’d like to share information or analysis with us, please write to nfg@nfg.org.

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We are the ones we’ve been waiting for

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?

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Webinar Recap: Governance, Participatory Budgeting, and Grantmaking

Last week, Neighborhood Funders Group held a webinar on Governance, Participatory Budgeting, and Grantmaking to plant a seed and spark a conversation amongst funders about democratic and participatory models where community stakeholders are involved in deciding how public and philanthropic resources should be allocated. Here is a recap of the lessons learned, along with the video recording and slides from the webinar. 

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Towards a More Resilient Place: Voices from the Convening

Last month, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened 100 local, regional, and national funders for Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. This convening builds on our 2014 Towards a Better Place convening and our 2015 convening with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Is This a Better Place?, all intended to explore best practices in funding place-based community change. 

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