Upcoming Events

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

    CHANGE Philanthropy Convening

    Neighborhood Funders Group is proud to be a collaborative partner of CHANGE Philanthropy and a member of the planning committee for the 2017 UNITY Summit. We hope you'll join us for these learning and networking opportunities.

    Tuesday, September 19th

    » Session: What Keeps Communities Safe? Divesting from Mass Criminalization
    10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon D, Third Floor

    » Workshop: Practicing Philanthropic Solidarity
    10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon A, Third Floor

    » Luncheon Plenary: Funding Power 
    11:30 - 1:00 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

    » NFG Member Reception
    5:00 - 6:30 pm | Riverview, 41st Floor

    Wednesday, September 20th

    » Morning Plenary: Addressing Criminalization and Policing of Our Communities
    8:30 - 9:30 am | Bissonet Ballroom

    » Closing Luncheon Plenary: Movement Building Call to Action
    12:00 - 1:30 pm
     | Bissonet Ballroom

    Tuesday, September 19th

    » Session: What Keeps Communities Safe? Divesting from Mass Criminalization
    10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon D, Third Floor

    • Local campaigns across the country are fighting for cities and counties to divest from the criminalization of their residents and redirect public resources to invest in the needs and the dreams of communities who currently have the least access to public resources and benefits. Participants will learn about campaigns in Atlanta and New Orleans, how to instead increase dollars to public schools and other meaningful public investments, and specific ways to apply the invest/divest framework to their own grantmaking practices.
    • Speakers:
      • Kung Li, NEO Philanthropy and Funders for Justice's “What Keeps Communities Safe” invest/divest project
      • Stephanie Guilloud, Project South
      • Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE)
    • Moderator:
      • Tynesha McHarrisNoVo Foundation and Funders for Justice

    » Workshop: Practicing Philanthropic Solidarity
    10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon A, Third Floor

    • Deploying resources to protect and empower communities, as well as support resistance work, funders are faced with multiple dilemmas: simultaneously advance a long-term strategy on short grant timelines, managing support for organizations in different states of “readiness,” and collaboration with peer philanthropies. In these moments, how can savvy grantmakers align their values with their practice? Drawing from the lived experiences of staff from the Akonadi Foundation, California Endowment, and Groundswell Fund, participants will explore different models of philanthropic solidarity and be introduced to the Bay Area Justice Funders Network’s The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy.
    • Speakers:
      • Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN)
      • Iris GarciaAkonadi Foundation
      • Vanessa DanielGroundswell Fund
      • Nile MalloyDemocratizing Development Program, Neighborhood Funders Group

    » Luncheon Plenary: Funding Power 
    11:30 - 1:00 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

    • What do funders need to do more of or less of to support and leverage critical  social and racial justice leadership? Most of us believe, or at least voice, that social change work should be led by the communities most impacted, however there are also some calls for funders to lean into a greater activist role. What role can they play in enhancing power beyond direct resourcing? We will explore strategies on how foundations and donors can invest to build and sustain community, electoral, and cultural power.
    • Presented by:
      • Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative For Racial Equity (PRE)
    • Supporting partner:
      • Adriana RochaNeighborhood Funders Group

    » NFG Member Reception
    5:00 - 6:30 pm | Riverview, 41st Floor

    • Join the NFG board, program leadership, and members to hear about our strategic direction and upcoming cross-programming in 2018, with a chance to connect with peers from across the country in social justice philanthropy. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. RSVP to membership@nfg.org, and we welcome you to bring a friend!    

    Wednesday, September 20th

    » Morning Plenary: Addressing Criminalization and Policing of Our Communities
    8:30 - 9:30 am | Bissonet Ballroom

    • In the current political climate, policing and criminalization are intensifying on every front. The federal government has declared its intention to criminalize and exclude immigrants, Muslims, and transgender people; ramp up the war on drugs; pour resources into “law and order” policing and targeting of communities of color nationwide; and further criminalize protest and dissent. Black and Native communities have been policed, criminalized, and imprisoned on this land for centuries, and it is only intensifying with limited gains being rolled back at the federal level. Local grassroots fights are the reason and the place for any current progress—their success is critical for all of us. There is an urgent need for comprehensive field and philanthropic responses that bridge communities and issues, break down silos, and recognize how criminalization affects our communities.
    • Speakers:
      • Dagoberto Bailon, Trans Queer Pueblo
      • Julia Beatty, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
      • George Galvis, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
      • Gina Womack, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
      • Arjun SethiSecurity and Rights Collaborative, Proteus Fund
    • Moderator:
      • Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, Criminal Justice Initiative

    » Closing Luncheon Plenary: Movement Building Call to Action
    12:00 - 1:30 pm
    | Bissonet Ballroom

    • Throughout the Unity Summit, we’ll have heard powerful ideas about how we can advance equity within and through our institutions. Implementing these ideas, however, can be challenging. We will close the Summit with practical guidance from the CHANGE Philanthropy Partners on how we can implement the calls to action we’ve heard over the preceding days.


    — Click here to see the full summit schedule —

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    Webinar — Native Communities, Policing, and Mass Criminalization


    Native Americans and Black communities are the two populations most impacted by mass criminalization and incarceration in the US. The criminalization of indigenous people on this continent began with genocide and slavery on the Spanish missions in California and the forced removal of Native people onto reservations. Today, Native people have the highest percentage of people shot by the police annually. For Native people who are in prison and separated from their families and communities, their faith practices are ignored or punished as chaplains often have no knowledge or cultural context for Native spiritual practices. This has created deep historical and intergenerational trauma.

    Yet there is historical intergenerational wisdom that guides not only Native communities and nations, but also models for social change across the US. For example, restorative justice is rooted in indigenous traditions.

    Despite this history, current conditions, and strengths, only a tiny amount of funding goes to Native communities. An even tinier amount to grassroots native organizations addressing these issues. Government funding is the primary source of funding for Native communities, which serves to maintain the status quo and does not support building any capacity for resisting US government state violence.

    Join us to learn more about the policing and mass criminalization of Native communities, as well as their organizing and resistance struggles—and how your funding can effectively support this work.



    Hosted by NFG’s Funders for Justice initiative. Co-sponsored by Common Counsel Foundation, Criminal Justice Initiative, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Native Voices Rising

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 03:00 PM

    Webinar — Power Research

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017


    12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET


       — REGISTER HERE —    

    Power research is a key strategy used by the most effective grassroots organizers and movements in the struggle for justice.

    By definition, this strategy utilizes research, mapping and analysis to connect the dots between regressive policies and the corporations, powerful individuals, organizations, and policy makers who benefit both financially and politically from their enforcement.

    As an offensive tool, power research guides the development of strategic campaigns that target and expose the drivers of racism and racial division that perpetuate structural inequality. Grassroots racial, economic and environmental justice organizations use power mapping and research to take on police brutality and mass incarceration, school privatization, gentrification, predatory debt and the fossil fuel industry. Furthermore, as networks of state-based grassroots organizations collectively build independent political power and shape a progressive racial and economic justice agenda, power research is increasingly a central component of long-term and ongoing strategy and campaign development.

    Join this webinar to learn more about power research and how it is being used by grassroots organizations and networks to build power and win campaigns! 

    Co-hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group, Solidaire NetworkArca Foundation, and Funder's Committee for Civic Participation


  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    Funder Briefing: Freedom Cities

    Thursday, October 26, 2017


     1 - 2 PM ET / 12 - 1 PM CT / 11 - 12 PM MT / 10 - 11 AM PT


    NoVo Foundation - 535 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10017



    We cordially invite you to join us for a briefing to learn more about the Freedom Cities Movement.


    Recognizing the need for a visionary approach to the challenges facing all communities under attack by the new political regime, Enlace, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Black Alliance for Just Immigration - organizations with decades of experience organizing and advocating for women, Black and immigrant families, and poor and low-wage workers - have come together to initiate the Freedom Cities Movement. Launched on inauguration day by multiracial immigrant workers and allies, this emerging movement has articulated an innovative, intersectional analysis and model that seeks to make entire cities, towns, rural areas, and communities safe for all oppressed people in the U.S.

    The briefing will include:

    • an overview of our strategy
    • recent accomplishments and impact thus far
    • plans for the coming year
    • ways to partner with Freedom Cities

    To attend in person, please RSVP by writing to us at fundersforjustice@nfg.org. Note that space is very limited. Please register now to ensure that you have a spot.

    To join via webinar: For those of you who will not be able to attend in person, please note that we will host a webinar of the briefing at the same time. Please register here for the webinar.

    This briefing is co-hosted by Enlace, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, NFG’s Funders for Justice, and NoVo Foundation.


  • Monday, November 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $199.00 USD

    Funders for a Just Economy - Alabama Learning Tour

    Monday, November 6th — Wednesday, November 8th, 2017   


    Alabama can be described for many reasons as ground zero for historic and influential grassroots organizing, movement building, and successes in civil rights and economic policy. Decades of disinvestment and economic discrimination, changes in growth industries from agriculture to iron, steel and coal, to the auto, retail and service sectors, and deep structural racism and gender-based bias in the labor market has resulted in major challenges to the economic stability of low-income families and communities of color. Additionally, adoption of right-to-work laws (in Alabama by statute in 1953, and by constitutional provision in 2016), has contributed to lower wages and less worker benefits compared to other states . This history of economic discrimination, structural racism, xenophobia and gender bias has left many Alabama residents locked out of economic stability through job opportunities, a strong social safety net, access to health, and economic security.

    While structural racism and discriminatory economic policies have shaped much of Alabama’s history, history also shows us that there is much to be learned from Alabama’s social change movements. From the Montgomery bus boycotts in 1955, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 for voting rights, to more recently the city of Birmingham being among the first cities to adopt a path towards a $15 minimum wage beginning in 2015 , leaders in the movement for justice in Alabama come from a fierce and mighty lineage. Examples of resistance strategies come from advocacy and organizing, policy campaigns, and entrepreneurial efforts that seed small businesses, cooperatives, and other ventures, revitalizing and developing neighborhoods and communities across the state.

    On November 6-8, Neighborhood Funders Group's Funders for a Just Economy will bring funders from across the US to Alabama to meet with local and regional funders, community organizations, unions and worker centers to experience, appreciate, and learn about the movement building strategies workers and communities are implementing to advocate for economic justice. Funders will learn about the immense history, culture, and narrative story of the people of Alabama and how this rich history connects to current campaigns and resistance efforts with low-wage workers, women, immigrants and communities of color leading the charge. FJE will also explore how people have built power and economic stability through economic models that shift assets to community members, and traditionally unorganized and migrant workers.

    By connecting FJE members to local foundations and organizations, participants of Alabama Learning Tour will:

    • Engage with local funders to understand the regional politics and grassroots efforts that relate to larger national narratives and campaigns advancing workers’ rights.
    • Increase their knowledge about local union campaigns in Alabama, and how organized labor thrives when in partnership with community groups to build collective power.
    • Learn how grassroots power is being built in the region to advance economic policies with low wage workers & workers of color leading the charge.
    • Understand the links between urban, suburban, and rural areas in Alabama by tying them together culturally and economically.
    • Learn about economic models that shift assets to community and build wealth and economic stability.

    We hope you will be able to join us in Alabama this November! For any questions, please contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager of Funders for a Just Economy, at manisha@nfg.org.

    Tour Itinerary


    » Day 1 — Monday 11/6

    Fly into MONTGOMERY by 2pm

      • Civil Rights Memorial Museum & Walking Tour of Montgomery
      • Understanding Systemic Racism and Labor’s History in Alabama
      • Dinner Conversation: Impactful Philanthropy in Alabama

    » Day 2 — Tuesday 11/7

    Shuttle to SELMA

      • Workforce and Economic Development in the Black Belt
      • Walking Tour of Selma
      • Farm Workers, Household Workers, Health and Safety, and Immigration Policy

    Shuttle to BIRMINGHAM

      • Dinner Conversation: Gender Justice and Economic Discrimination

    » Day 3 — Wednesday 11/8

      • Economic Policies in the New South: Power Building through Litigation, Leadership Development, and Economic Self-Determination
      • Closing Discussion & Lessons Learned
        • Grab & Go Lunch

    Fly out of BIRMINGHAM after 2pm

    Click here to download the tour itinerary.