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This statement was originally posted here by Funders for Justice. FFJ is a project of Neighborhood Funders Group, in partnership with NFG's members, sister affinity groups, and partners in the field. FFJ is a national organizing platform for grantmakers, donor networks, and funder affinity groups, moving resources at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and criminalization.

Just several days ago, the city council of Charlottesville, VA, voted to sell the Robert E. Lee statue and to create a reparations fund for Black residents, or an “equity package” which will invest $4 million in Black people of Charlottesville. Among those investments were funding for a heritage center, public housing, and GED programs. White nationalist leaders called for a national mobilization to protest the city’s historic move towards structural equity. 

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Webinar Recap: Why Should Social Justice Funders Care About Impact Investing?

Funders who have long provided grants to seed social change efforts are becoming interested in fundamental shifts in traditional corporate accountability and disinvestment strategies to consider developing strategies for more values aligned and socially impactful investment alongside grantmaking. These strategies have the potential to help the philanthropic sector invest at scale to change the economy regionally and contribute towards community renewal, power building, and seeding systemic change. 

NFG's Project Phoenix and Funders for a Just Economy co-hosted a webinar to discuss the current landscape of impact investing and highlight examples of how philanthropic institutions are supporting social movements through impact investing strategies. 

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Funders for Justice (FFJ) Announces Inaugural Advisory Committee of Field Leaders

Since we were founded three years ago, a pillar of FFJ has always been close partnership and guidance from field partners. We are incredibly proud to announce our inaugural cohort of FFJ Advisors. These nine leaders were selected in recognition of their expertise and leadership in movements for racial and gender justice, in police accountability campaigns and anti-criminalization movements, and efforts to inform more impactful grantmaking for community power-building.

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Staff Transitions at NFG

It's an exciting time here at Neighborhood Funders Group, and our staff team is growing and shifting.

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Webinar Resources - Hope in the Heartland: Racial Justice and the White Working Class

The current debates within progressive circles about the importance of “winning over” the white working class often fail to directly address the need for honest conversations about race, racism and xenophobia. It is tempting for many political strategists and funders to think that we can find and fund a short cut—better candidates, better field canvassing, better television ads, better framing etc... And, that these solutions will influence white, working class voters to (re)align with progressive candidates and causes.

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Recap: GSP 2017 Annual Spring Convening

In bayous, hollers, cities, and small towns across the American South, visionary leaders have long pioneered cutting edge, successful strategies to build lasting change in their communities and beyond. These leaders have the skills and expertise necessary to navigate an inclusive way forward for everyone in this era of unprecedented political, economic, and demographic shifts. Yet philanthropy—for reasons both mundane and profound—hasn't kept up. How can Southern and national philanthropists alike change this trend and help advance progress in the region and the nation overall?

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Webinar Recap - Stabilizing Communities: Advancing Housing Justice Organizing and Policy Strategies in This Political Moment

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. Strategies and solutions to gentrification and displacement like rent control measures, passing local ballot initiatives for renter protections, developing community land trusts, and financing affordable housing has had some success, but the demographics of many communities are still rapidly changing.

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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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