October 12, 2015

The 2016 Discount Legacy Award Nominations Are Open!

The nominations are now open for the first annual Discount Legacy Award. Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Neighborhood Funders Group recently launched the Discount Legacy Award Program to honor and support an exemplary individual from the worker justice movement. The selected awardee will be granted a $20,000 stipend, providing them with the flexibility to expand on their work.

The Discount Legacy Award Program is supported by the Discount Foundation, a foundation founded on making economic opportunity an achievable reality for all, especially underpaid Americans and communities of color. Through almost four decades of grantmaking, the foundation supported community organizing groups across the country working with people living in poverty and struggling to sustain their families to improve their communities and lives. The Discount Foundation officially closed its doors in 2015. To extend the work and legacy of the Discount Foundation and further its vision for worker justice organizing, the foundation created the Discount Legacy Award Program.

To be eligible for consideration for the award, a nominee must be on staff at an organization engaged directly in organizing workers – this could be a union, a worker center or a community organization that includes worker organizing in its activities. Volunteers and non-paid staff of these organizations are also eligible to apply if their primary engagement with the organization is around advancing worker justice organizing campaigns.

The winner of the 2016 Discount Legacy Award will be honored at the Jobs With Justice Education Fund’s 12th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration on February 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  

To learn more about the eligibility and nomination process, please see our FAQs here. You can also access the online nomination form here. 

All nominations must be received by 11:59p.m. PST on January 10, 2015.

Please consider nominating a deserving individual and forwarding this announcement to your colleagues and networks to spread the word about this special leadership opportunity.

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February 28, 2020

NFG Newsletter - February 2020

February is Black History Month and, in this newsletter, NFG honors Black resistance. Given the persistence of structural racism and the legacies of segregation, NFG has mobilized philanthropy to support POC-led organizing for equitable development since our start 40 years ago. Through our member-led and local advisor-led programming, we are lifting up how Black communities are reclaiming land ownership and addressing the racial wealth gap through grassroots power building.

At the beginning of the month, NFG’s Amplify Fund staff and steering committee spent a day with local organizers, non-profit leaders, and organizations in Charleston and Edisto Island, South Carolina — one of Amplify’s eight sites. Both national and local grantmakers learned alongside some of Amplify’s grantees, including the Center for Heirs’ Property PreservationLow Country Alliance for Model CommunitiesCarolina Youth Action Project, and South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, which are bringing together Black, Latinx communities and youth in the region to fight for community power, land rights, and environmental justice in the face of corporate power, criminalization of communities of color due to gentrification, and land theft.

This week, NFG’s Democratizing Development Program (DDP) hosted a two-day Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, California. Over 100 participants grappled with how anti-Blackness and xenophobia fuel the complex housing & health crisis and community trauma, and heard examples of concrete organizing wins led by Black women from Moms 4 Housing and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Organizers from around the country urged grantmakers to significantly invest in long-term general operating support, community ownership models, POC leadership, and 501(c)4 funding for Black, Indigenous, and POC communities engaging in policy and systems change around housing affordability and justice. 

From Amplify’s funder collaborative to the DDP convening’s planning committee, funders organizing other funders has been a key part of our work. Funder members: how are you stepping up as an organizer and moving more resources for power building in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities? We invite you to connect with NFG staffprograms, and upcoming events — including our National Convening — and be part of our community where we bring funders together to learn, connect, and mobilize resources with an intersectional and place-based focus. 

The NFG team

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January 23, 2020

NFG Newsletter - January 2020

Animated fireworks with the text "40 Years Strong"

This year marks NFG's 40th anniversary. During our early years, NFG was one of the few spaces in philanthropy specifically focused on people of color-led, grassroots organizing, and power building as the key to effective social change strategies. Today, NFG continues to be many funders' political home at a time when moving resources to struggles for justice is critically important: communities of color are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis, growing wealth and income inequality, and climate change; white nationalist backlash is rising; and our democracy is profoundly threatened. NFG is a space to draw support, deepen relationships, and find co-conspirators as we propel philanthropy to shift power and money towards justice and equity.

In 2020, the NFG network is continuing to explore structural racism in health and housing, racial capitalism, migrant worker justice in rural areas, reimagining community safety and justice, and more. We will also return ‘home’ to NFG’s founding city — Washington, D.C. — for our 2020 National Convening.

As we celebrate 40 years, our dynamic community of grantmakers and grassroots leaders is what makes us strong. This newsletter spotlights The Libra Foundation, an NFG member that shares our commitment to organizing funders in moving more resources to frontline communities and movements.

Keep reading below for more opportunities to engage with NFG. Whether you are new to NFG or a long-time member, we look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate racial, gender, economic, and climate justice.
The NFG team

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