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.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
FFJ Advisor
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Highlander Research & Education Center

Ash-Lee is the first black woman Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, a social justice leadership training school and cultural center. Through popular education, language justice, participatory research, and cultural work, they help create spaces where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. 

Celeste Faison
Celeste Faison
FFJ Advisor
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National Domestic Workers Alliance

Celeste Faison is a strategist and trainer who cut her teeth organizing in the Blackbelt. She's been active ever since, working around issues of labor, electoral justice and policing. She is currently the Director of Black Organizing for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she launched a multi-state initiative increasing the leadership capacity of Black workers organizing for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections.

Charlene Carruthers
FFJ Advisor
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BYP100

Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, author and a leading organizer in today’s Black liberation movement. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. 

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

Fahd Ahmed is the Executive Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving. Within DRUM, Fahd has brought together coalitions working on Muslim, Arab, and South Asian surveillance, stop and frisk, and immigrant detention. He has been a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, police accountability, national security, surveillance, workers’ rights, and educational justice over the last 18 years.

Jenny Arwade
Jenny Arwade
FFJ Advisor
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Communities United

Jenny Arwade is Co-Executive Director of Chicago-based Communities United (CU), a racial justice organization that builds community power to advance social change through a healing justice approach. She has led groundbreaking reforms to expand health access, preserve affordable housing, and further policies that address an invest/divest framework and center approaches focused on healing and transformation.

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

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Director of Law for Black Lives, works closely with organizers and communities across the country to advance and actualize radical policy. Marbre is currently a member of the National Bail Out Collective. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Movement For Black Lives Policy Table and helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform.

Mark-Anthony Johnson
Mark-Anthony Johnson
FFJ Advisor
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Resilient Strategies

As a licensed acupuncturist and an experienced organizer, Mark-Anthony Johnson served as the Director of Health and Wellness at Dignity and Power Now. He founded the Frontline Wellness Network, a network of health care providers working to end the public health crisis of incarceration through action-oriented political education and bridging relationships between providers and grassroots campaigns against state violence.

Mary Hooks
Mary Hooks
FFJ Advisor
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Southerners On New Ground

Mary Hooks is a 36 year old, Black, lesbian, feminist, mother, organizer and co-director of Southerners on New Ground. SONG is a political home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. They build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns.

Morning Star Gali
Morning Star Gali
FFJ Advisor
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Native Justice Now

Morning Star Gali is a member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River located in Northeastern California. Ms. Gali serves as the California Tribal and Community Liaison for the International Indian Treaty Council, working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

Ola Osaze
FFJ Advisor
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Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project

Ola Osifo Osaze is a trans masculine queer of Edo and Yoruba descent. Ola is the Project Director for the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project and has been a community organizer for many years, including working with Transgender Law Center, the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in the US), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Priscilla González
Priscilla González
FFJ Advisor
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Mijente

Priscilla González is Campaigns Director at Mijente, the leading digital and grassroots hub for Latinx/Chicanx organizing and movement building. From working to pass the nation’s first Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights to helping to drive the largest unprecedented campaign/coalition for police accountability in NYC, she has much experience with grassroots-led organizing and making change happen.

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

Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center empowering local community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. He is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, which works to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic.

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