Funders for Justice


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Funders for Justice (FFJ) is a national funder organizing platform focused on grassroots organizing at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and criminalization. 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.

Our goal is to enable 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, National Director of BYP100 and FFJ Advisor

This site 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. Here, you will find 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.

FFJ lifts up funding needs and opportunities directly from the field, and also helps connect its members to funding collaboratives. Click here to learn more. Email us at to receive funding recommendations directly from FFJ staff and join our email list.


Funders for Justice Co-Chairs


Luna Yasui, Ford Foundation | Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation | Molly Schultz Hafid, TCC Group


Meet our program leaders.

Fahd Ahmed
FFJ Advisor
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
FFJ Advisor
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. 

Program Associate
Vice President of Operations
Faron Mclurkin
Program Officer
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Faron is a Co-Chair of the Integrated Rural Strategies Group. He is a seasoned social justice advocate with over 15 years of experience working for social, racial, and economic justice.

Dennis Quirin
Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Senior Program Officer, Sustainable Environments
Surdna Foundation
Senior Program Manager, Democratizing Development Program
Michael Brown
Civic Architect, Civic Commons
Seattle Foundation
Matthew Barron
Program Officer, Sustainability
The Heinz Endowments

Matt’s work addresses community and economic development as well as environmental issues, with a focus on economic and environmental justice.

Senior Program Manager, Funders for a Just Economy

Manisha Vaze joined NFG in February 2017 as the Senior Program Manager for Funders for a Just Economy (FJE). Manisha has more than 12 years’ experience as a community organizer. Before joining FJE, Manisha was the Director of Organizing at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) based in South Los Angeles. At SCOPE she managed its grassroots voter engagement and community organizing strategy, and co-led its campaign activities to build power alongside residents of South LA. Her work at SCOPE helped advance an agenda to eliminate structural barriers to social and...

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