5 Hot Causes for Donors in 2015

Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 15, 2015 - The Battle for Racial Justice: Grant makers are uniting to address racial-justice issues as tensions remain high following the failure of grand juries to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Funders for Justice, a new group of about 30 foundations and other groups affiliated with the Neighborhood Funders Group, has set up a website to publicize activities and promote giving to community organizers working on issues like police accountability. Lori Villarosa, executive director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, expects more philanthropic attention to changing demographics, for example the growing black populations in inner suburbs, and "implicit racial bias," or the negative associations people hold unconsciously about other races.

 

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Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Asks: What is NFG?

Longtime NFG member and leader asked an important question: What is NFG? See how they answered. So many smiling faces from our friends in Arkansas!

"Like NFG, we see the need for philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. We share NFG's fundamental commitment to economic and social justice - to supporting people in low and bottom income communities, both urban and rural."

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Towards A Better Place: Resources for Effective Grantmaking & Comm

Check out this working document, curated by the Movement Strategy Center, Neighborhood Funders Group, and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Write to us at nfg@nfg.org if you have additional resources to recommend. We also recommend a number of other place-based community change resources for grantmakers.

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Police Accountability: Organizing and Philanthropic Strategies

We have posted a number of resources for funders interested in learning more about the police accountability movement, related organizing and advocacy, and ways that funders might consider supporting the work. If you have questions or would like to recommend or offer additional postings, please write to us at nfg@nfg.org

 

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Unions, Activists Align on Affordable Housing

August 19, 2014 - A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.

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7/23: Webinar on Climate Change


Webinar: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Noon-1:00 PM EDT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

 

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Announcing Victor Quintana's Retirement and Open Position at the UU Veatch Program

Victor Quintana, who has worked with the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock since 1998, will retire as the Senior Program Officer/Assistant Director at the end of August 2014.

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Rise of the Renter Nation: Activists continue protest over housing access

By Jacqueline Tempera, Globe Correspondent - The Boston Globe, June 11, 2014. A coalition of community groups protested outside a foreclosed Dorchester home Tuesday and called for more affordable housing in Boston.

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Work and Place - Where you live may be hazardous to your health

Two reports show “place matters”. Elizabeth Grossman - June 4, 2014.

Where you live may be hazardous to your health. This is the conclusion of several recent reports and studies, among them a supplement to the most recent examination of health disparities by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an analysis by the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Reform of those who live in communities most vulnerable to hazardous chemical exposures. Together the two paint a disturbing picture of how the neighborhoods in which Americans live and work play a significant role in determining their residents’ health. There should be no doubt about the prevalence of the health threat. Read the full article.

 

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Dark Money, Dirty War: The Corporate Crusade Against Low-Wage Workers

Public Research Associates has released a groundbreaking report, Dark Money, Dirty War: The Corporate Crusade Against Low-Wage Workers, and an accompanying timeline.

Corporate interests have taken credit for reducing private-sector unions to a fraction of their former strength, and for eroding public-sector collective bargaining, especially since the  2010 “Tea Party midterms.” A resurgence in low-wage worker organizing, sparked by growing inequality in the United States, promises to help defend the rights—and paychecks—of vulnerable workers. But corporations and their paid shills aim to snuff out the movement before it catches fire.

During an April 16 event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Joe Kefauver—a lobbyist and PR man for the National Restaurant Association and the Convenience Store Association—warned the audience of business leaders about an emerging challenge to their corporate dominance. The threat comes, he said, from groups that “have the ability to leverage infrastructure to bring a multi-pronged attack, and force internal corporate changes [that] they wouldn’t have been able to get through [union] collective bargaining.”Though the organizing efforts the Chamber warns about take many forms, corporate PR lumps them together under the label “worker centers.”

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