Funder Coalition Calls for Building a Just and Resilient New Orleans

August 29, 2015, Philanthropy News Digest - While challenges such as entrenched poverty and overincarceration remain, funder collaborations, cross-sectoral partnerships, and community-based leadership and participation have helped transform New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to the city, a paper from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network argues.

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New Groundbreaking Reports: And Still I Rise/#BlackWorkersMatter

Check out this webinar from May 11th featuring the authors of the report, Kimberly Freeman Brown and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld!

Two new cutting edge and groundbreaking reports looking at the nexus of work, race, gender, and class were recently released at the conference State of Black Workers in America at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The first report, And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power, and Promise is a photo-journalistic report written by Kimberly Freeman Brown designed to engage black women labor leaders and activists in exploring ways to leverage their organizing expertise for the preservation of the labor movement and the economic advancement of the black community. The heart of And Still I Rise is a collection of over 25 extensive interviews/oral histories with black women labor leaders, organizers, and rank-and-file union members and workers at different stages of their careers.  

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VICTORY: HUD Program Changes to Reduce Foreclosures and Increase Affordable Housing

April 24, 2015 - Exciting news from our partners at Right to the City, Center for Popular Democracy, and Alliance for Community Empowerment:

Following a six month campaign led by the community groups working with the Right to the City Alliance (RTC) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) of HUD announced significant changes to the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP).

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On Earth Day, Empowering Allies for the Year Ahead

People, Place and the Pope offer new hope for environmental progress

Rachel Leon, Environmental Grantmakers Association
Dennis Quirin, Neighborhood Funders Group

There is new hope for sustaining people, place, and planet on Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, as burgeoning voices for equity, community, and faith are rising to the forefront of the environmental movement. Is the philanthropic community poised to invest in these arenas so that we can maximize this moment of opportunity?

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Water Works: Building Partnerships to Create Jobs and Transform Communities

Please join the Surdna Foundation and the Neighborhood Funders Group in a special funder briefing and strategy session with water and wastewater utility leaders.

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Can place-based grantmaking help turn the tide of inequality?

By Dennis Quirin and Steve Patrick

Today we see many local communities – urban, suburban and rural - swamped by historic disinvestment and the growing tide of economic and social inequality in our country. Place-based grantmaking can play an important role in turning this tide,
but not without addressing the core structural barriers that have produced and propelled it. In local communities, addressing the lived experiences of people who are marginalized by racism, poverty, immigration status, gender discrimination, homophobia and disability will require many funders to retool their approaches to understanding and solving systemic community problems.

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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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