October 17, 2018

NFG Member Spotlight: The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation

The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation focuses on health and well-being, prioritizing correctional health issues along with chronic violence and community health.

We asked Langeloth's President, Scott Moyer, to talk about their work and how membership with NFG is shaping their thinking.


The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation logo

Langeloth is part of a number of funder collaboratives, including the Fund for a Safer Future (addressing gun violence), Four Freedoms Fund (supporting immigrant rights), and the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing/Youth for Safety and Justice Fund (rapid response funding to youth-led safety and justice organizing), among others. How does Langeloth see collaborative funds as valuable pathways to learning about entering these funding spaces?

Funder collaboratives are a useful vehicle for entering a funding area in which we don’t have a lot of knowledge or exposure. In addition to ensuring that funding goes to organizations in need, they also provide access to other funders and a community to learn more about a particular field. We are a better grantmaker as a result of being part of these collaboratives.

Can you share more about Langeloth’s rapid response work, including why rapid response funding is so critical at this moment?

Langeloth established a rapid response fund for urgent needs related to politically-motivated actions. We only have two Board meetings per year and some work can’t wait months to be funded. For example, the foundation coordinated with other funders from the Fund for a Safer Future to identify organizations poised to act after the Parkland, FL shooting.  We made several grants to organizations serving youth of color, as well as one to conduct voter registration at the marches across the county. More recently, with guidance from the Four Freedoms Fund, we awarded several grants to organizations responding to the immigrant detention and family separation crisis in the border states.

In what ways has Langeloth increased its focus on supporting organizations from directly impacted communities – and what has the result been in terms of the impact of Langeloth’s funding?

This is an area of funding to which we have recently dedicated more time. We have been looking more intentionally at funding organizations serving men and boys of color as part of our community violence programming. Our focus recently has been on youth leadership development, as well as initiatives seeking to change the narrative around violence and the portrayal of men and boys of color. We are early on in this journey but believe that it is critical to support directly impacted communities as part of the solution.

Finally, share a bit about Langeloth’s history with NFG – how has NFG membership enhanced Langeloth’s learning and influenced the way you do your funding?

We were introduced to NFG [and its program] Funders for Justice by a colleague in health philanthropy. NFG and FFJ have the connections to organizations that are deeply entrenched in the justice realm with a focus on communities of color. NFG and FFJ have helped us to think about ways that Langeloth can be responsive to community needs, and has exposed us to areas and fields that we haven’t traditionally waded into, such as policing

October 24, 2019

Reflections from Philanthropy Forward's First Cohort

Philanthropy Forward: Leadership for Change is a CEO fellowship program created by Neighborhood Funders Group and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. The program's first cohort started in October 2018 in furtherance of building and advancing a shared vision for the future of philanthropy.

Hear perspectives from members of the first cohort as they reflect in this video on their work together as strategic thought partners, addressing philanthropy's most challenging issues and aligning to build a financial engine for social change.

2018 - 2019 Philanthropy Forward Cohort

A grid with individual photos of each of the 20 members of Philanthropy Forward's 2018-2918 cohort..

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  • Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation
  • Sharon Alpert, Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, Solidago Foundation
  • Ned Calonge, The Colorado Trust
  • Irene Cooper-Basch, Victoria Foundation
  • Farhad A. Ebrahimi, The Chorus Foundation
  • Nicky Goren, Meyer Foundation
  • Justin Maxson, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Joan Minieri, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
  • Maria Mottola, New York Foundation
  • Mike Pratt, Scherman Foundation
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Hyams Foundation
  • Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation
  • Starsky D. Wilson, Deaconess Foundation
  • Steve Patrick, Aspen Institute Forum for Community solutions
  • Dennis Quirin, Raikes Foundation
September 10, 2019

For Love of Humankind: A Call to Action for Southern Philanthropy

Justin Maxson, Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, calls on fellow funding organizations based in the South to respond to the federal government's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies with three concrete actions. This post was originally published here on the foundation's website.

Justin was part of the first Philanthropy Forward: Leadership for Change Fellowship cohort, a joint initiative of Neighborhood Funders Group and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, which strives to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice, is a member of NFG.


 

Justin MaxsonWe are issuing a clarion call to Southern philanthropic organizations to respond to the manic drumbeat of anti-immigrant rhetoric and cruelty coming from the White House. This month began with a mass shooting targeting the Latinx community. Days later, massive raids tore apart hundreds of families and destabilized Mississippi communities but levied no consequences for the corporate leadership that lures vulnerable people to work in grueling, dangerous conditions. It is astounding that since those events, with the resulting fear and trauma still reverberating through immigrant communities across America, the administration has: 

  • repeated its intention to end birthright citizenship, a 14th Amendment guarantee that babies born on American soil are citizens. 
  • attempted to terminate the Flores Agreement, which sets standards for the care of children in custody. This would allow the administration to detain migrant families indefinitely in facilities where children are dying of influenza, yet flu shots are not administrated, where children are sexually assaulted, where soap, toothbrushes, human contact and play are not standard, and where breastfeeding babies are taken from their mothers. Child separation is known to cause permanent psychological trauma and brain damage.
  • announced changes to the so-called “public charge rule” to make it harder for legal immigrants to secure citizenship if they use public assistance. As our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argue, this change would cause many to “forgo assistance altogether, resulting in more economic insecurity and hardship, with long-term negative consequences, particularly for children.” Further, the decision “rests on the erroneous assumption that immigrants currently of modest means are harmful to our nation and our economy, devaluing their work and contributions and discounting the upward mobility immigrant families demonstrate.”

There was also a recent effort to effectively end asylum altogether at the southern border. And despite the Supreme Court ruling blocking the citizenship question from the 2020 census, advocates believe the debate will depress response rates. As we wrote earlier this month, this administration’s animus against immigrants and increasingly aggressive ICE actions are compounding the devastating effects on communities across the country. 

Why Southern philanthropy? 

An analysis of recent grantmaking by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy found our region has deportation rates five times higher than the rest of the country, yet Southern pro-immigrant organizations receive paltry philanthropic funding. Barely one percent of all money granted by the 1,000 largest foundations benefits immigrants and refugees, and even that money doesn’t go to state and local groups that are accountable to grassroots and immigrant communities. Organizations in Southern states receive less than half of the state and local funding of California, New York and Illinois. 

Where to begin? 

Speak up. As Desmund Tutu taught us, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Use your institutional voice to influence decisionmakers.

Examine your foundation’s policies. Find out if your endowment is invested in private detention centers. Consider how supporting organizing, power building and policy advocacy could advance your mission. NCRP has more recommendations in its report.

Give generously. Our partners at Hispanics in Philanthropy have curated a list of organizations helping the families affected by the raids across Mississippi. Our partners at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees have compiled a list of ways to help, from rapid response grants to long-term strategies. 

Many of the Babcock Foundation’s grantee partners are doing more and more immediate protection work, stretching themselves thin and often putting themselves at risk. They are keeping families intact in the short term while building power for the long term, so history will stop repeating: 

If you know of more resources, please share them. If you’d like to learn more about the organizations on the ground across the South – or think about ways we can do more together – contact us. We are always looking to learn and act in alignment with our fellow funders toward a shared vision of a strong, safe, welcoming and equitable region. 

Activist Jane Addams said, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us.” Regardless of a foundation’s mission, abject cruelty surely undermines it. It also undermines the most basic tenet of philanthropy, which literally means “love for humankind.” We see no love in this administration. It’s up to all of us to spread it.