Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 08:00 AM

    Decriminalization and Community-Led Safety and Justice Models in Communities of Color

     Thursday, June 8, 2017 8am - 5pm | New York, NY (location tbd)


    Decriminalization and Community-Led Safety and Justice Models in Communities of Color

    What makes communities safe? What models exist for creative, transformative solutions for community-based justice and safety? How can restorative justice transform communities and block the school-to-prison pipeline? And how are these all connected? 

    These conversations, the evolving organizing, and scaling-up many long-time models have become especially urgent over the last several months. At the local level, communities are fighting back against a number of violent and criminalizing measures, including anti-trans “bathroom bills”, anti-abortion bills created to stop reproductive health choices and criminalize women of color, voter suppression, Blue Lives Matter bills, travel and migration bans, police attacks on Native communities fighting for land sovereignty, and anti-immigrant “show me your papers” collaboration with ICE, among many, many others. Additionally, organized white supremacist groups and hate violence have been on the rise, and have gone largely unchecked by local law enforcement or elected leaders. At the same time, communities are creating Hate Free Zones, visioning Freedom Cities, and pushing back on school policies that designate school children as felons. 

    Join Funders for Justice and community partners for a day of joint learning and strategizing for mobilizing resources to grow the scale and reach of these critical visionary and defense strategies.  

    We also encourage you to join our partners, Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), on Wednesday, June 7th, for their convening on Reimaging Safety: An urgent conversation with and about girls or color in America today. You can learn more about the G4GC convening and RSVP for it here: http://www.grantmakersforgirlsofcolor.org/second-national-convening-rsvp. Funders for Justice is partnering with G4GC to design these back-to-back convenings, with a shared analysis and goals to move resources towards movements that will create safety for communities of color. Funders are encouraged to attend both convenings, and should RSVP for each convening separately to secure a spot at both gatherings.

    This event is now full. Please RSVP below to be placed on the waitlist. If you have any questions, write to us at fundersforjustice@nfg.org.

    This convening is for grantmakers, donor networks, and funder affinity groups. For inquiries, e-mail fundersforjustice@nfg.org 

    Funders for Justice is a national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizations addressing the intersection of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and policing. 

  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 01:30 PM

    Democratizing Development Program Monthly Meetings

    Upcoming WGPBCC and DemDev Program Monthly Meetings:


    Thursday, June 8, 2017


    Meeting Times: 10:30 - noon PT / 11:30 - 1 pm MT / 12:30 - 2 pm CT / 1:30 - 3 pm ET

    NFG's Working Group on Place-Based Community Change (WGPBCC) and Democratizing Development Program (DDP) will be holding monthly calls on the second Thursday of each month. Join in for program updates and strategic discussion about funder interests and needs.

    Please contact Nile Malloy, Senior Program Manager of the Democratizing Development Program, at nile@nfg.org for more information on how to participate.


  • Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $100.00 USD

    Strategy in Action Learning Tour: Equitable Revitalization and Regional Power-Building in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania

    Neighborhood Funders Group, The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh United,
    the Ford Foundation, and The Colorado Trust

    are pleased to invite you to:

    Photo by Matthew Field / CC

    After decades of disinvestment and loss of manufacturing, Pittsburgh’s economy is resurging, bringing new opportunities and threats to low-income communities of color. With aligned progressive strength across the organizing community, elected leadership, and philanthropy, Pittsburgh is striving to be a model of equitable revitalization—not another story of displacement—and to use local power to build toward regional and state change. This Pittsburgh Moment offers tough questions and critical lessons to inform the work of NFG’s Democratizing Development Program.

    Monday, June 19, 2017 — Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA



    This two-day convening will bring together the Democratizing Development Program working group of national and local foundations to explore, deepen, and refine our collective strategies, including:

    • Stabilizing communities in revitalizing cities that are facing gentrification and displacement while still struggling with entrenched poverty and disinvestment.
    • Community and worker power-building through sustained, nimble, multi-issue coalitions, and the philanthropic strategies needed to invest in such coalitions in this political moment.
    • Regional and state multi-racial organizing to build regional and state power for expanding the ability of cities to implement progressive policies. 
    • Equity metrics for grantmaking and public investments.
    • Critical role of local foundations to fund organizing groups that protects the most vulnerable and our social safety net as they are attacked through federal action.

    We hope you will join us in Pittsburgh in June to enhance our proactive strategies and move this critical work forward.

    Draft Agenda:

    Monday, June 19, 2017

        • Please arrive by 4:00 pm 
        • Reception & Welcome (5:00 – 7:00 pm)

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

        • Morning Session and Tour (9:00 am) 
        • Lunch (12:00 pm) 
        • Afternoon Session and Tour (1:00 pm) 
        • Evening Reception (5:00 – 7:00 pm) 

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

        • Morning Session (9:00 am) 
        • Lunch (12:00 pm) 
        • Closing & Adjourn (1:00 pm)

    The Heinz Endowments is devoted to improving the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and addressing challenges the region shares with communities across the United States. While that fundamental mission never changes, we also have been committed to using the most dynamic and transformative approaches in achieving our objectives and keeping pace with evolving societal needs and pressures.

    Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. Pittsburgh United aspires to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

    NFG's Democratizing Development Program engages funders and field leaders to harness the values of community residents and institutions organizing deeper together to create a people-powered alternative vision for local development. This vision is not driven by profit, speculation, or the influx of new corporate capital, but is centered on community needs. At the heart of this shift are grassroots groups that are partnering in new ways with advocates and intermediaries to build community power in local economic decision-making. The program provides space for funders and field leaders to share strategies and tools from around the country, and set the stage for advancing and scaling efforts to democratize development.

    The Colorado Trust works closely with communities and nonprofit organizations in every county across the state to the improve health and well-being of Coloradans, ranging from bringing 9-1-1 emergency medical care to 38 Colorado counties to helping foster the development of the state's second largest regional transportation district in the Roaring Fork Valley, and much more. More recently, The Trust began a new strategy aimed at empowering resident-led initiatives to advance health equity at the community level.

    The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Its goals for more than half a century have been to strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; and advance human achievement. Through its engagement with change makers, the Ford Foundation seeks to ensure that all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect their lives. 

    Registration and Hotel Reservations

    We have reserved a room block at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel at a group rate of $169.00 per night. Rooms must be reserved no later than May 29.

    Click here to book online no later than May 29 to receive this special group rate. 
    You may also call 1-866-915-0479 and mention Neighborhood Funders Group to receive the group rate. 

    Additional information about the learning tour agenda will be shared to those that register and other interested participants. For more information, contact Nile Malloy, Senior Program Manager, at nile@nfg.org or (323) 596-0979.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM

    Save the Date: CHANGE Philanthropy Convening

    September 19 - 21, 2017 | New Orleans, LA

    NFG is part of CHANGE Philanthropy (formerly Joint Affinity Groups). CHANGE will hold its next UNITY Summit this September, providing an opportunity for members of social justice and population-focused affinity groups to connect and collaborate on cross-community strategies.

    Click here to learn more.