Bringing Our Whole Selves to Philanthropy and Our Grantmaking

In June 2018, Neighborhood Funders Group convened hundreds of local, regional, and national funders for the NFG 2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice. Here, Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Program Officer for the Fund for Trans Generations at Borealis Philanthropy, reflects on ways funders can live their values in their work.

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Facing and Recovering from Soul Trauma

In June 2018, Neighborhood Funders Group convened hundreds of local, regional, and national funders for the NFG 2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice. Here, Andrea Dobson, NFG Board Member and Chief Operating & Financial Officer of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, reflects on the realities of philanthropy's role in building community change.

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NFG 2018 Award for Excellence & Discount Foundation Legacy Award

Neighborhood Funders Group honored and celebrated two inspiring leaders in philanthropy and organizing: Molly Schultz Hafid, recipient of the NFG Award for Excellence, and Enrique "Kike" Balcazar, winner of the Discount Foundation Legacy Award, at the NFG 2018 National Convening, Raise Up: Moving Money for Justice.

 

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FFJ Advisor Discussion Series: Stephanie Guilloud

Our discussion series with Funders for Justice’s Field Advisors continues with Stephanie Guilloud, Co-Director of Project South. Stephanie asks us, "If you could stop a lynching today, would you?" Guilloud describes the grand opening of the Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial and how the museum can be “a tool and weapon of truth in our long-term struggle to defeat white supremacy and win freedom and justice for us all."

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NFG Member Spotlight: Tremaine Foundation

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, based in New Haven, CT, does grantmaking through a national lens in niche areas of Art, Environment, and Learning Differences. One of their recent initiatives that may be of special interest to the NFG membership is Sustainable CT (Connecticut).

We asked Tremaine Foundation staff Michelle Knapick, President, and Nicole Chevalier, Program Director, to respond to a few questions about their work, and how their membership with NFG is shaping their thinking.

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How Philanthropy Can Promote Equity through Community Engagement

When NFG members Nexus Community Partners and The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota heard that there was a light rail extension planned to connect Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park, they knew there was an opportunity to leverage their resources to support community power in the process. 

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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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Michael Brown and Alison Corwin discuss why NFG membership is so critical for funders in this political climate

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 shares the Ella Baker Center's vision for Truth and Reinvestment

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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