Towards A Better Place: Resources for Effective Grantmaking & Community Partnerships

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened over 100 funders and leaders from the field in September 2014 for Towards a Better Place: A Conversation About Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy. Read the summary, download the report and the accompanying resource guide.


Police Accountability: Organizing and Philanthropic Strategies

For resources about the Ferguson uprisings and philanthropic support to organizing for racial justice and police accountability, visit this section of our website.



Just as the #BlackLivesMatter movement has emerged as part of a renewed spirit of black activism, this #BlackWorkersMatter report unveils the harsh economic reality of a job market that relegates African Americans to the lowest rungs of the employment ladder, and an economy in black communities that is permanently in recession. This report’s findings reflect the longstanding concerns of many social scientists, community organizers, and everyday workers who are seeing the toll that the jobs crisis and low wages are having on black workers and their families.

#BlackWorkersMatter is a joint report from the Discount Foundation and the Neighborhood Funders Group. We are excited to partner with Algernon Austin, Marc Bayard, Linda Burnham, Steven Pitts, and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld to share new research on the economic and employment barriers facing black workers and the grassroots organizing to build the political power of black workers to transform these conditions.

Download the full report. Find more information by visiting the Discount Foundation online.


Left Behind: How LGBT Young People Are Excluded from Economic Prosperity 

The combination of identity-linked discrimination and the overall weakness of the job market for young workers has not only led to high barriers of entry into the workplace but has also created a system that lacks fairness and equality for LGBT young people. This report outlines some of the problems faced by young people in the current job market and the added challenges LGBT young people encounter as they attempt to enter the workforce. This report also outlines policy recommendations to ensure that the basic bargain of upward economic mobility is attainable for LGBT young people. These policies will strengthen the middle class, lower poverty and homelessness for LGBT youth, and enhance job security for millions of young people.

For more information and to download a copy of the report, visit CAP online.


Rise of the Renter Nation

The crisis of affordable housing over the next generation will be concentrated among renters. At the center of this crisis are low-income people of color living in urban areas. Households from these communities have been overrepresented among renters for decades, and in the recent housing market collapse, they have been disproportionately the victims of foreclosure and foreclosure-related evictions. Historically, these are also the same populations that have been uprooted from their homes and had their communities torn apart — by urban renewal in the post–World War II era and by gentrification and federal poverty deconcentration programs more recently. Federal housing policy and the private housing market, rather than providing social and economic stability for historically marginalized households, have instead been the cause of chronic housing insecurity.

Download the executive summary report. Access the full report and other information about the Rise of the Renter Nation.


Native Voices Rising: A Case For Funding Native-Led Change

Native Voices Rising funding is informed by its report “A Case For Funding Native-Led Change,” released in June 2013, which identified 146 non-profit social change organizations led by Native Americans to benefit Native communities. Of the 146 organizations identified, 49 groups participated with in-depth NVR surveys. Data and conclusions were drawn from the responses to the survey questions.

The report provides a set of case studies highlighting the diversity of strategies and issues that Native groups are utilizing to have positive impact in their communities — these include promoting laws to provide greater environmental protections; gaining management control over food resources; ensuring racial equity in government programs; extending broadband into rural communities; and guaranteeing full access to the vote.

Access the full report and more information on Native Voices Rising


ROC-United 2014 Diners Guide 

The 2014 National Diners Guide to Ethical Eating is now available. Remember, this isn't about boycotting any restaurant... stand with workers by speaking up for living wages and fair labor conditions like paid sick days and internal advancement opportunities whenever and wherever you eat!  Get the guide as an app or PDF here.