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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“Advancing Together” the Democratizing Development Program

We launched NFG’s new Democratizing Development Program this summer with the goal of supporting our network to help create a shift in how development happens in cities and towns across the country. We are working toward a vision where low-income people and communities of color have actual decision-making ability to say what development looks like in their neighborhoods, and to define where and how they want to live. Here is a short list of what we have been up to.

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Nominate Labor Movement Leaders for the 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award!

Nominations are now open for 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award! Launched in 2015, 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.S. and abroad.

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Uprisings and Funding Needs

The past several days have brought more police killing of black people, more unjust court rulings, and more cities and communities rising up in collective power to demand justice. Say their names:

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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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