NFG at the 2019 CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit

Neighborhood Funders Group is proud to be a collaborative partner of CHANGE Philanthropy and a member of the 2019 Unity Summit planning committee. NFG's staff and members will be hosting several great sessions at the summit, including a pre-conference Healing Justice Institute, workshops on 'me too.' in philanthropy and rural organizing for racial and economic equity, plenaries on migrant justice and the leadership of women of color in movements, and more!

Logo of the CHANGE Unity Summit: Building & Bridging Power

View the full UNITY Summit agenda here.




Funders for Justice's Healing Justice Institute

Monday, November 18th | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spend the day learning and strategizing with healing justice leaders in the field and funders who are supporting their work. Learn and strategize with other grantmakers about how you might integrate this lens into your own grantmaking.


Philanthropy Forward Fellows Cohort I & II Gathering

Tuesday, November 19th | 8:00 - 11:00 am

NFG and Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions are excited to gather our two Leadership for Change Cohorts — a growing network of visionary CEO leaders who share a belief in a model of community partnership that centers racial justice, community knowledge, and power building. Our pre-conference session (for Fellows only) will expand the network of the Philanthropy Forward Fellows.



Women of Color: Movement Leaders, Power Brokers, Game Changers

Tuesday, November 19th | 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Women of color are building mass power for large-scale social change. They are leading the way for all of us in ending gender-based violence, establishing a more representative democracy, fighting for migrant rights and native rights, and making a world that is more accessible for all. This plenary will be a conversation featuring some of the most visionary leaders of today’s movements for justice.


Power Building for Migrant Justice: Moving Beyond Established Frameworks to Grow our Movement

Wednesday, November 20th | 8:30 - 9:30 am

Migrant justice is impacted by a history of systemic oppression of people of color, women, LGBTQI, and indigenous folks. Pro-migrant, pro-refugee, pro-asylum movements offer a foundational lens for all of our work. In this plenary, grassroots organizers will graciously offer their expertise, and we will explore what it means for anyone in philanthropy to strengthen their respective place in this movement ecosystem, from grants and assets to funders’ public voice and power.



Rural Racial and Economic Equity Rising

Wednesday, November 20th | 10:00 - 11:15 am

Rural communities are offering dynamic solutions to today’s most pressing problems at the local, state, and national levels. Philanthropy's long withdrawal from rural communities has widened a structural and narrative divide along racial, geographic, and voter lines. This session will share how funders and rural organizations are building bridges across racial and geographic divides. It will highlight the importance of including rural communities in progressive change efforts and share examples of collaboration-driven rural strategies.


Divest/Invest: From Criminalization to Thriving Communities

Wednesday, November 20th | 11:30 - 12:45 pm

Funders for Justice believes that our collective investments in housing, education, health, transportation, food security, and jobs will fail if we do not also proactively work to divest this nation’s resources from criminalization.


‘me too.' in Philanthropy: How Funders Can Support Grantees & Each Other

Wednesday, November 20th | 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Funders are deeply concerned about their grantees and their own work places, and about people facing sexual and gender-based violence with little or no protections from the community around them. Funders will hear from leaders in the field, and be part of a conversation about how to support grantees and how to bring change to their own institutions. The conversation will address building support and power for survivors with solutions that do not rely on the criminal justice system.