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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive funding recommendations directly from FFJ staff and to join our email list.
Funders for Justice Co-Chairs
Molly Schultz Hafid, TCC Group | Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation | Manuela Arciniegas, Andrus Family Fund