April 30, 2020

2020 National Convening update & more: NFG's April 2020 Newsletter

We hope that you are safe, supported, and healthy in this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. The NFG team has spent the last several weeks adjusting to this altered way of life — providing time off for staff, calling for social solidarity, urging funders to scale up and move money to communities of color on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking ways to highlight the particular impact of this moment on communities of color, low-wage workers, disabled, Deaf, and ill communities — and thoughtfully considering how to shift our work and programs.

We had looked forward to bringing hundreds of funders from across the country together in Washington, D.C. for our 2020 National Convening to celebrate four decades of mobilizing philanthropy, as well as collectively look toward the future and what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy.

With this message, we’re announcing that NFG will be pivoting to virtual offerings for our 2020 National Convening. While we are sad we won’t be gathering in-person, we made this decision because the health and safety of the NFG community is paramount and we have deepened our understanding of the disability justice practice to resist the pull and pressure of productivity at any cost. We are also mindful that community organizations and funders are working hard to respond in this moment.

Keep reading for more details on NFG’s 2020 Virtual Convening: 40 Years Strong.


Since 1980, NFG has been a ‘political home’ for people in philanthropy: a place to connect, strengthen your analysis, and take action. We are committed to bringing funders together online with the same warm and inspiring spirit that is at the core of NFG gatherings, while accelerating our commitment to accessibility in virtual spaces. While we won’t be gathering in our founding city, Washington, D.C., to honor our original ‘Homecoming’ convening theme, we are still commemorating NFG’s 40th anniversary!

We will kickoff our virtual convening series with plenaries on our original dates: Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1. These plenaries will focus on 40 years of power building and the current political moment and shifting accountability in philanthropy from boards to communities. We will also host additional convening webinars featuring member-led content throughout the rest of the year.



If you’ve already registered for our convening and are in a position to donate your registration fees to NFG, this gesture will help us shift our programming to a virtual format and offset convening costs already incurred. We understand that not all of you are able to donate your registration fees and will issue a full refund to anyone who makes this request. To request a refund, please contact our Convening Logistics Consultants at registration@girlfridayevents.com by Friday, May 15. No additional action is needed to convert your registration fees to a donation.

If you haven’t yet registered but would like to participate in our virtual convening series, please stay tuned for updates in May.

For questions about sponsorships or accommodations, please visit our convening website for more details.



Our celebrations of NFG’s 40th anniversary as a space to draw support as we propel philanthropy to shift power and money towards justice and equity will continue virtually!

To help us look back on our 40 dynamic years, we are collecting stories and memories from the NFG community to share at the end of 2020. If you have a story about how NFG has supported your philanthropic leadership, how our programming has deepened your political education, or how you found co-conspirators to move more resources to racial, economic, gender, and climate justice through the NFG community, we would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form to share your story.


Thank you for being part of the NFG community when moving resources to communities that disproportionately bear the brunt of this public health and economic disaster is vital — now and into the future.

In solidarity,

Adriana Rocha, Interim Co-Director

Shona Chakravartty, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Convening Co-Chair and NFG Board Member

Mary Sobecki, Needmor Fund, Convening Co-Chair and NFG Board Member


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April 27, 2021

Building rural power for racial, economic, gender, & climate justice: NFG's April 2021 Newsletter

At Neighborhood Funders Group, we know that local grassroots organizing is key to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities building power to influence decision-making about the places where they live, work, learn, and play. It’s how we can make sure our communities have access to clean water, stable housing, and economies that sustain people and planet. Power building is also how we will achieve community safety models that do not perpetuate violence against and criminalize Indigenous women and girls, migrants, those living in poverty, and Black and Brown people living in rural communities.

With nearly 1 of every 5 people in the U.S. living in a rural area, the trajectory of rural America is tied to the entire country’s future regarding democracy, healthcare, workers’ rights, food systems, climate change, immigration, and more. We have seen the influence and impact that rural communities have in designing and implementing progressive policy solutions that benefit all communities, regardless of their zip code. And yet, rural communities receive a sliver of philanthropic resources, with very little of this funding going to support community organizing and power building work — particularly that led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in rural areas.

NFG launched the Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG) four years ago in partnership with funders who needed a space to learn, connect, strategize, and move resources in support of multiracial community power building in rural places. As part of our commitment to building power in place, IRSG partnered with Engage New York to commission a landscape scan of the community organizing infrastructure in New York State. Rural organizers in New York contributed to the recent passage of statewide policies, which provide critical support and solutions to BIPOC and low-income communities — in both rural and urban places. These successes were accomplished in the face of significant challenges — challenges that can be addressed if philanthropy recognized and fully resourced the power and potential of rural communities.

The community organizers and advocates interviewed for the scan have called for funders to support transformative movements to build rural power, instead of transactional models that perpetuate the status quo. The scan offers three overarching recommendations for grantmakers to take action and resource multiracial rural organizing infrastructure.

read the report!

We invite you to take a look at the report and at our launch event on May 20, explore with us how your foundation can invest in a future for rural communities and the rest of the country that is grounded in a multiracial democracy, sustainable agroecology and economies, decriminalization, and the abolition of the prison industrial complex. This new stage for IRSG's work parallels an exciting era for investments in rural communities coming from the federal level. Connect with me and IRSG funder members and sign up for IRSG’s newsletter to learn more about how your grantmaking can support rural communities to build power and thrive.

In solidarity,

Lindsay Ryder
Senior Program Manager
Integrated Rural Strategies Group

Domenico Romero
IRSG Co-Chair
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Allistair Mallillan
IRSG Co-Chair
Common Counsel Foundation

May 4, 2021

Introducing Philanthropy Foward: Cohort 3


We are excited to announce the launch of Philanthropy Forward's Cohort 3 in partnership with The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions!

Philanthropy Forward is a CEO fellowship community for visionary leaders who center racial and gender justice and community power building to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy. This fellowship brings together CEOs of foundations who are supporting racial & gender justice and community power building to make deeper change at the individual, organizational, and philanthropic field levels.

  • ALEYAMMA MATHEW, she/her — Collective Future Fund
  • AMORETTA MORRIS, she/her — Borealis Philanthropy
  • ANA CONNER, they/she — Third Wave Fund
  • CARLA FREDERICKS, she/her — The Christensen Fund
  • CRAIG DRINKARD, he/him — Victoria Foundation
  • JENNIFER CHING, she/her — North Star Fund
  • JOHN BROTHERS, he/him — T. Rowe Price Foundation
  • KIYOMI FUJIKAWA, she/her — Third Wave Fund
  • LISA OWENS, she/her — Hyams Foundation
  • MOLLY SCHULTZ HAFID, she/her — Butler Family Fund
  • NICK DONOHUE, he/him — Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • NICOLE PITTMAN, she/her — Just Beginnings Collaborative
  • PHILIP LI, he/him — Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • RAJASVINI BHANSALI, she/they — Solidaire Network & Solidaire Action Fund
  • RINI BANERJEE, she/her — Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • TANUJA DEHNE, she/her — Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • YANIQUE REDWOOD, she/her — Consumer Health Foundation

learn more about each Fellow!

With a framework focused on liberated gatekeeping, accountability practices, and strategic risk taking, Philanthropy Forward is a dedicated space for leaders to organize together and boldly advance the transformed future of the sector. This growing fellowship of visionary CEOs from progressive philanthropic institutions is aligning to to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy.

Philanthropy Forward is a joint initiative started in 2018 by Neighborhood Funders Group and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Learn more about the fellowship here.