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Amy T. Morris
Amplify believes that community power is the key driver of just and equitable development. As a funder collaborative, Amplify Fund supports Black, Indigenous, people of color and low-income communities to build power and to influence decision about the places they live and work. Amplify centers racial justice and believes in following the wisdom and guidance of local leaders. In addition to guiding our strategies and grantmaking, we are committed to living these values through our internal operations, administrative functions, and behavioral norms to the fullest extent possible. Amplify:
- Distributes resources to local organizations through general operating support grants and wrap-around support for grantee-driven learning, and capacity building
- Engages local, regional, and national funders to foster opportunities for the work to be supported in the long-term.
We fund in 8 places -- Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and in California (via the Fund for an Inclusive California). We selected these places because of: 1) the prioritization of power building work led by people of color and low-income people, and focused on equitable development; 2) the relative absence of national philanthropy; 3) the potential to mobilize local philanthropic dollars. In each place we followed the guidance of local advisors and the wisdom of those with lived experience to develop context-specific strategies.
Launched as the first, and only, grantmaking fund at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), Amplify is managed by NFG staff and connected to NFG’s Democratizing Development Program. JustFund is Amplify’s grants portal and Amalgamated Charitable Foundation (ACF) holds Amplify’s funds, and conducts grantmaking due diligence. Amplify is governed by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from member foundations and grantmaking strategies were designed by Local Strategy Advisors.
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Amplify members to date include: Ford Foundation, General Service Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Kolibri Foundation, Laughing Gull Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Moriah Fund, Open Society Foundations, Raikes Foundation, Resourcing Justice Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Susan Sandler Fund, The California Endowment, The Cricket Island Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Threshold Philanthropy, Z Smith Reynolds Foundation and Anonymous.
To learn about our 2 membership types -- Steering Committee and Learning -- contact us directly via email. For more general information about Amplify, download our Theory of Change and current two-page summary.