NFG Moves into Grantmaking with a Multimillion-Dollar Collaborative Fund

Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) steps into the role of collaborative grantmaker with The Amplify Fund—a new, multimillion-dollar pooled fund focused on investing in equitable, community-led development. The fund, which is seeded by Surdna Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, is an opportunity for funders to support work to shift local power structures and put decisions about local development in the hands of residents.

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Now is the Time

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.

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FFJ Advisor Discussion Series: Zachary Norris

In the spring of 2017, Funders for Justice (FFJ) launched its inaugural advisory committeenine 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. This month, FFJ staff interviewed Zachary Norris, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. (The Ella Baker Center is a leader in the Freedom Cities Movement. In case you missed last month's funder briefing and webinar, check out our recap.) 

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FJE Alabama Learning Tour: Live Streaming Times

Funders for a Just Economy's Alabama Learning Tour is taking place next week in Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. For everyone who isn't able to join, we will be live streaming select sessions on November 6-8 and digitizing highlights from the learning tour.

See below for times to tune in on the Neighborhood Funders Group Facebook page each day of the tour, starting Monday, November 6th.

You can also keep up with the discussions on the Funders for a Just Economy Twitter feed (@FundJustEconomy)with  and .

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NoVo Foundation + Freedom Cities Funder Briefing

In October 2017, Funders for Justice (FFJ), a program of Neighborhood Funders Group, hosted a funder briefing on the Freedom Cities Movement at the NoVo Foundation office in New York City. FFJ got the chance to sit down and talk with NoVo's Ramatu Bangura, Program Officer for Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights, and Jesenia Santana, Program Officer for the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women, about the foundation's vision and funding of the movement. Below is an excerpt from their conversation and a recap of the briefing.

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Reflections on Labor Day from Funders for a Just Economy

Alejandra L. Ibañez, Chair of NFG's Funders for a Just Economy and Lead Program Officer at Woods Fund Chicago, urges colleagues to defend the past achievements for workers' rights that are now being threatened by unprecedented attacks, and to be bold in pushing towards a more just economy.

As we prepare for the Labor Day weekend, which celebrates the strength, resilience, and achievements of workers in this country, I am reminded of the history of organized labor in shaping progressive social movements. And where organized labor has not gone, we see a flourishing of worker centers and the development of cooperatives and small businesses that provide a path towards the economic self-determination for communities of color.

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Our Work Today

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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