Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar: Why Should Social Justice Funders Care About Impact Investing?

    A Project Phoenix Webinar

    Co-Sponsored by Funders for a Just Economy


    May 9, 2017 | 10am PT / 11am MT / noon CT / 1pm ET
    (90 minutes)


    — RSVP to Sanetra Richards at sanetra@nfg.org —

    With Leading Expert: David Wood, Ph.D., Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment
    Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University 

    For many years, foundations, unions, and individual investors have prioritized social screens and risk averse strategies with the intention to indirectly move investments toward social justice values. Screened and intentional investments can support advocacy to change corporate and industry behavior, and can have significant impact on the issues of environmental and social justice that many funders address through grant making. Additionally, there are intentional efforts to divest from fossil fuels, private prisons, and other extractive industries and attempt to redirect those investments to more social justice and transformative systems change projects. While significant, these types of efforts targeting companies have not necessarily buoyed enterprises that share economic justice and community values.  

    Within the broad definition of impact investing, there is an emergent conversation that looks to the definition of impact that is embedded in progressive theories of change. Funders who have long provided grants to seed social change efforts are now interested in ways to move beyond traditional corporate accountability and disinvestment strategies to consider the emerging kinds of deeply aligned and impactful investment, alongside of grant making.  

    But what is impactful investing? And how is it being deployed in strategies that range from assuring market rate returns, to those that subordinate return, to targeting the systemic change we are tackling with our grant making strategies? And what can we, as Program Officers, do to maximize our mission driven impact using impact investing? 

    The purpose of this webinar is to illuminate what the current landscape of “impact” investing looks like and how Program Officers who shepherd grant making portfolios can think about aligning our work with social movements and supporting projects to absorb both grant resources and investment capital.

    — RSVP to Sanetra Richards at sanetra@nfg.org —

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Hope in the Heartland: Racial Justice and the White Working Class

    Thursday, May 11, 2017


    9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / noon ET



    The current debates within progressive circles about the importance of “winning over” the white working class often fail to directly address the need for honest conversations about race, racism and xenophobia. It is tempting for many political strategists and funders to think that we can find and fund a short cut—better candidates, better field canvassing, better television ads, better framing etc... And, that these solutions will influence white, working class voters to (re)align with progressive candidates and causes.

    These interventions are doomed from the start because they often focus on how to influence short-term behavior (voting) and fail to engage people in the honest conversations about how the race, racism, and xenophobia are being used to scapegoat their neighbors and divide them from other working-class communities.

    Join us for a funder webinar in which Tarso Luis Ramos of Political Research Associates will have a conversation with Mark Schultz from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota and Rhonda Perry of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center. Tarso will provide an overview of xenophobic, white nationalist, and “alt-right” groups in the U.S. We will then discuss successful models for organizing thousands of rural, white, working-class community members using explicit conversations about race and racism.

    Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.


    • Tarso Luís Ramos is the Executive Director of Political Research Associates, a social justice think-tank that studies the entire spectrum of the U.S. right. Tarso is a nationally recognized political strategist, who uses his expertise to help progressives understand the political context in which they operate. 
    • Rhonda Perry is a livestock and grain farmer in Howard County, MO, and has been the Program Director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) for 26 years. MRCC is a statewide farm and rural membership organization that is leading the fight to address social and economic justice in rural America through democratic engagement and advocacy. Through MRCC, thousands of rural Missourians are empowered by increased opportunities to participate in public policy formation and to advocate for a more just and democratic society. 
    • Mark Schultz is the Executive Director of the Land Stewardship Project (Minnesota). LSP is one of the country’s leading sustainable agriculture organizations, with a proven track record in community organizing, policy change, farm research, and promoting local democracy.  Over their 30-year history, LSP has helped stop proposed corporate-backed factory farms influenced federal farm policy, won multiple state investments in sustainable family farming, and helped stop all major frac sand mining in Southeast Minnesota. 
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM · $125.00 USD

    Funders for a Just Economy 2017 Policy Briefing

    In a fundamentally shifting political and power map, Funders for a Just Economy’s annual policy briefing will update our most current understanding of the major forces and players that impact worker justice; explore the offensive opportunities and defensive needs on federal, state and local levels; and identify how funders can best support them. With exciting keynote speakers and discussion-based panels that unpack corporate power and offensive campaigns, run down the policy fights on the move on the state level, dig into migrant and immigrant workers’ issues, and explore litigation strategies, this urgent and timely briefing will build hope about where we can lean in for worker justice in the short and long haul, and yield concrete strategies for funders to respond to the current times.

    DATE: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (11:30am-5pm) — Friday, May 19, 2017 (9am-5pm)

    LOCATION: Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

    — RSVP BELOW — 

    May 19th Keynote Address by Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California
    Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

    Panels & Discussions:

    • Ideas and Provocations on Strategies for Worker Justice
    • Fighting Corporate Power for Worker Justice
    • What’s on the Move, and What’s at Stake
    • The Frontlines: Migrant and Immigrant Workers
    • Staying the Course or Shifting Up
    • Evolving Resistance Strategies: Litigation, Organizing, and Narrative


    • Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
    • Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
    • Javier Morillo, SEIU Local 26, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy
    • Wendy Chun Hoon, Family Values at Work
    • Amisha Patel, Grassroots Collaborative
    • Peggy Shorey, AFL-CIO
    • Cathy Ruckelshaus, National Employment Law Project
    • Haeyoung Yoon, National Employment Law Project
    • Kamal Essaheb, National Immigration Law Center
    • Daniel Costa, Economic Policy Institute
    • Sharon Block, Harvard University, formerly Department of Labor
    • Deepak Gupta, Gupta Wessler PLLC, formerly of Public Citizen
    • Jon Liss, New Virginia Majority
    • Alan Jenkins, Opportunity Agenda
    • and many more

    2017 Policy Briefing Host Committee:

    • William Cordery, Surdna Foundation
    • Anna Lefer Kuhn, Arca Foundation
    • Emma Oppenheim, Open Society Foundations
    • Bob Shull, Public Welfare Foundation












    Participants are also invited to a reception honoring Luna Ranjit, Co-founder of Adhikaar, as the winner of the 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award. The celebration will be held after the first day of the policy briefing on May 18 from 5:30-7:30pm at a location near the Public Welfare Foundation. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP for the reception after completing your registration for the policy briefing below.

    For any questions, please contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager of Funders for a Just Economy, at manisha@nfg.org.

  • 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, May 11, 2017


    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:

    Photo by PublicSource

    • 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.

    Photo by PublicSourceThe 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. (Photos courtesy of PublicSource)

    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. 

    Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017. Additional information regarding travel, accommodations, and the convening 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.