Funders for Justice - National Funder Organizing Meeting

Join a hundred of your fellow funders and field leaders for FFJ's third National Member Organizing Meeting. At this political moment, with attacks on Black, Native, and other communities of color escalating every day, it is critical that we learn, build with each other, and commit to moving new resources to the field to support power-building and creative grassroots organizing. 

Participants will spend the morning listening to field partners and fellow funders take a deep dive into grassroots organizing strategies and victories at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, criminalization, and models for community safety & justice. Morning panelists will discuss building solidarity to end criminalization across communities of color, including Black migrants, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities, transgender folks, and Native communities. Panelists will also explore how the field and philanthropy can partner effectively. 

We’ll spend the second half of the day in issue-focused breakout groups, identifying collaborative tactics to mobilize resources to the ground. Breakout group topics include criminalization & housing justice, grassroot organizing against police unions, healing justice, bail reform, the intersections of sexual and gender-based violence and criminalization, Black liberation and global solidarity, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

Following the tradition of Funders for Justice meetings, we’ll open and close the day with each participant making commitments to move new funding and organize their peers to additionally resource the work. At each of our past two convenings, participants have collectively committed to move over ten million dollars, and we anticipate surpassing that this year.  

Program Overview    

Funding for Black Migrant Safety & Power-Building - Moderated by Manuela Arciniegas, Andrus Family Fund 

Ola Osaze, Black LGBTQ Migrant Project (national) & Janis Rosheuvel, Solidaire Network, in conversation 

Building Solidarity Across Communities of Color to End Criminalization - Moderated by Joy Messinger, Third Wave Fund  

  • Fahd Ahmed, DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving (Queens, NY) 
  • Emanuel Brown, Strategies for Freedom, and Just Beginnings Collaborative (Atlanta, GA) 
  • Charlene Carruthers, author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation (Chicago, IL) 
  • Daroneshia Duncan, Trans United, and founder and former executive director, TAKE Resource Center (Alabama / national) 
  • Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples (west/southwest) 

Afternoon Breakout Conversations: 

Bail Reform: Rachel Fagiano, Nathan Cummings Foundation; Stacey Posey, Arca Foundation; Erica Perry, Law 4 Black Lives 

Healing Justice: Mark-Anthony Johnson, Resilient Strategies; Shaena Johnson, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice 

'me too.' in Philanthopy - Intersections of Sexual & Gender-based Violence and Criminalization: Ignacio Rivera, The HEAL Project (national); Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Fund for Trans Generations, at Borealis Philanthropy 

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women: Morning Star Gali, Restoring Justice for Indigenous Peoples (west/southwest); Tia Oros Peters, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples 

Grassroots Organizing to Hold Police Unions Accountable: Ken Chapman, Poder in Action (Phoenix, AZ); Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition (Austin, TX); Lavastian Glenn, Nathan Cummings Foundation  

Black Liberation & Global Solidarity: Thenjiwe McHarris, Blackbird / Movement for Black Lives (national); Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation  

Democratic Development & Criminalization: Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Ironbound Community Corporation (New Jersey); Elizabeth Posey, Marguerite Casey Foundation  


Please note that this meeting is intended for grantmakers, donors, and staff and board of funder affinity groups. For more information, and potential sliding scale registration fee, contact Lorraine Ramirez, Senior Program Manager of Funders for Justice at Neighborhood Funders Group, at


Funders for Justice is a national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizing addressing the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, criminalization, and models for community safety and justice.