September 1, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership on Labor and Economic Justice

This Labor Day, we are celebrating a milestone—the 20th anniversary of the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships (WGLCP). What a feat!

Since 1996, the working group has kept a revolving circle of funders engaged, informed, and organized around funding strategies that expand access to quality employment with higher wages, better working conditions, comprehensive benefits, organizing opportunities, and financial stability for working families.

Check out this fabulous 10-minute video recounting the working group’s history and impact, and how the funder/field landscape has changed since its founding. The video features past and present members of the working group, as well as leaders in the worker rights field. You may see some familiar faces! 

"The working group is still the only home for funders who are dedicated to workers’ rights, labor, and making jobs better... As individual funders, some of us might have some access; some of us might not. But as a body of funders, we’re a force.” — Co-Chair Bob Shull, Public Welfare Foundation

In celebration of this 20th anniversary milestone, the working group is re-launching under a new name: Funders for a Just Economy (FJE). The new name was chosen to reflect an expanded focus on new challenges for workers, addressing income inequality more systemically, and aligning strategies with others in the movement to build both economic and political power.

The working group continues to organize meetings, briefings, and learning tours that help funders to learn, share, collaborate, and align funding around economic justice issues. It remains a member-driven project, and new participants are always welcome. If you’d like to learn more about FJE or get involved, please contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager, at

FJE’s next program is a post-election briefing in collaboration with Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) this November in DC. To learn more, click here.

February 28, 2020

NFG Newsletter - February 2020

February is Black History Month and, in this newsletter, NFG honors Black resistance. Given the persistence of structural racism and the legacies of segregation, NFG has mobilized philanthropy to support POC-led organizing for equitable development since our start 40 years ago. Through our member-led and local advisor-led programming, we are lifting up how Black communities are reclaiming land ownership and addressing the racial wealth gap through grassroots power building.

At the beginning of the month, NFG’s Amplify Fund staff and steering committee spent a day with local organizers, non-profit leaders, and organizations in Charleston and Edisto Island, South Carolina — one of Amplify’s eight sites. Both national and local grantmakers learned alongside some of Amplify’s grantees, including the Center for Heirs’ Property PreservationLow Country Alliance for Model CommunitiesCarolina Youth Action Project, and South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, which are bringing together Black, Latinx communities and youth in the region to fight for community power, land rights, and environmental justice in the face of corporate power, criminalization of communities of color due to gentrification, and land theft.

This week, NFG’s Democratizing Development Program (DDP) hosted a two-day Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, California. Over 100 participants grappled with how anti-Blackness and xenophobia fuel the complex housing & health crisis and community trauma, and heard examples of concrete organizing wins led by Black women from Moms 4 Housing and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Organizers from around the country urged grantmakers to significantly invest in long-term general operating support, community ownership models, POC leadership, and 501(c)4 funding for Black, Indigenous, and POC communities engaging in policy and systems change around housing affordability and justice. 

From Amplify’s funder collaborative to the DDP convening’s planning committee, funders organizing other funders has been a key part of our work. Funder members: how are you stepping up as an organizer and moving more resources for power building in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities? We invite you to connect with NFG staffprograms, and upcoming events — including our National Convening — and be part of our community where we bring funders together to learn, connect, and mobilize resources with an intersectional and place-based focus. 

The NFG team

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January 23, 2020

NFG Newsletter - January 2020

Animated fireworks with the text "40 Years Strong"

This year marks NFG's 40th anniversary. During our early years, NFG was one of the few spaces in philanthropy specifically focused on people of color-led, grassroots organizing, and power building as the key to effective social change strategies. Today, NFG continues to be many funders' political home at a time when moving resources to struggles for justice is critically important: communities of color are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis, growing wealth and income inequality, and climate change; white nationalist backlash is rising; and our democracy is profoundly threatened. NFG is a space to draw support, deepen relationships, and find co-conspirators as we propel philanthropy to shift power and money towards justice and equity.

In 2020, the NFG network is continuing to explore structural racism in health and housing, racial capitalism, migrant worker justice in rural areas, reimagining community safety and justice, and more. We will also return ‘home’ to NFG’s founding city — Washington, D.C. — for our 2020 National Convening.

As we celebrate 40 years, our dynamic community of grantmakers and grassroots leaders is what makes us strong. This newsletter spotlights The Libra Foundation, an NFG member that shares our commitment to organizing funders in moving more resources to frontline communities and movements.

Keep reading below for more opportunities to engage with NFG. Whether you are new to NFG or a long-time member, we look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate racial, gender, economic, and climate justice.
The NFG team

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