Funders for Justice

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Lorraine Ramirez
LORRAINE RAMIREZ
Senior Program Manager, Funders for Justice
fundersforjustice [at] nfg.org
(510) 444-6063
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Funders for Justice (FFJ) is a national funder organizing platform focused on grassroots organizing led by and for people of color at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, criminalization, and models for community safety and justice. FFJ launched in late 2014 to mobilize funding resources in solidarity with the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri, and communities of color resisting state violence and criminalization around the country.

Funders for Justice enables philanthropy’s role in partnering with communities of color towards creating and living with dignity, free from state, interpersonal, and systemic violence. We know that models and frameworks of community safety and justice cross many places, identities, lived experiences, and movements; are decided by communities most impacted by violence; and are deeply informed by the place in which people live.

“We keep each other safe. When governments, schools and the healthcare system fail communities — everyday people take action to create safety. It is my deepest desire to live in a world where safety can be realized without punishment. When we get to that world, the possibilities for transformation will become endless.”

— Charlene Carruthers, FFJ Advisor

Visit FFJ’s main website at fundersforjustice.org for more thought leadership from the field as well as your funder peers; toolkits and resources to share with your colleagues; and funding needs and opportunities from the field. Fundersforjustice.org serves as a jump-off point for FFJ’s virtual organizing community – where funders learn together and organize to move resources to grassroots organizing led by and for communities of color. 

FFJ lifts up funding needs and opportunities directly from the field, and also helps connect its members to partnership opportunities with peer funders. Email us at fundersforjustice@nfg.org to receive funding recommendations directly from FFJ staff and to join our email list.

 

Funders for Justice Co-Chairs

        Molly Schultz Hafid, Tynesha McHarris, and Manuela Arciniegas

Molly Schultz Hafid, TCC Group  |  Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation  |  Manuela Arciniegas, Andrus Family Fund

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Meet our Field Advisors.

Fahd Ahmed
Fahd Ahmed
FFJ Advisor
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DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving

Fahd is the Executive Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving. He has been a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, and police accountability over the last 18 years.

Jenny Arwade
Jenny Arwade
FFJ Advisor
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Communities United

Jenny is Co-Executive Director of Chicago-based Communities United (CU), a racial justice organization which brings together young people and adult allies to advance social change and systems transformation. 

Charlene Carruthers
FFJ Advisor
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BYP100

Charlene is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. 

Morning Star Gali
Morning Star Gali
FFJ Advisor
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Native Justice Now

Morning Star, a member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River located in Northeastern California, is a Leading Edge Fellow focusing on the disproportionate impact of the criminal and juvenile justice systems on Native Americans.

Mary Hooks
Mary Hooks
FFJ Advisor
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Southerners On New Ground

Mary joined the SONG team as a field organizer for the state of Alabama in March 2011. Her passion for helping people is reflected in her years of community service and mentoring. 

Mark-Anthony Johnson
Mark-Anthony Johnson
FFJ Advisor
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Frontline Wellness Project

Mark-Anthony is an organizer, licensed acupuncturist, and a 2017 Soros Justice Fellow. He is the Founder of Frontline Wellness Network, a California statewide network of health care providers working to end the public health crisis of incarceration.

Zachary Norris
Zachary Norris
FFJ Advisor
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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Zachary is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center and a former director of our Books Not Bars campaign. He co-founded and co-directed Justice for Families, a national alliance working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic.

Marbre Stahly-Butts
Marbre Stahly-Butts
FFJ Advisor
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Law for Black Lives

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Co-Director of Law for Black Lives, works closely with organizers and communities across the country to advance and actualize radical policy. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Movement For Black Lives Policy Table.

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