May 26, 2016

Action Alert: Flush Transphobia Fund

From Third Wave Fund:

Yesterday, eleven states sued the Obama Administration over their mandate that states allow transgender students to use the restroom that fits their gender identity. Today, we're announcing the #FlushTransphobia Fund to fuel the grassroots movement working to combat these horrific bills, and we invite you to join us!

Bathroom bills are about more than just bathrooms. They exploit transphobia and violence experienced by women to gain support for sweeping anti-LGBTQ bills while doing nothing to address the real causes of violence against women. If you're concerned about the harm these bills cause to trans, gender non-conforming and intersex communities -- particularly women, folks of color, and youth -- we need your support. If you're angry that conservative men created bathroom bills in the name of women's safety while doing nothing for actual survivors of sexual violence and working consistently against women's rights -- we need your support.

We're asking everyone who stands for gender justice to donate $25, $50, or whatever you can, and to share this campaign widely. We will put 100% of your gift into rapid response grants over the next year, and because our grants are made each month, monthly gifts are a great form of support. Each grants will fuel efforts led by trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people who are leading powerful responses to bathroom bills with very few resources.

Your gift will be used to fund bold activism, and is a form of activism itself. It sends the message that we resist gender based violence, and we need solutions that address the root causes of inequity experienced by women, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.

Thank you for putting your values into practice, and for being a part of this with us. We're grateful for your support!

In solidarity,

Rye Young
Executive Director

P.S. Your voice is powerful and can move others to give. Share this link on social media with hashtag #FlushTransphobia: Thank you!

P.P.S. We'd like to thank our growing list of partners: the Ms Foundation for Women, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the Groundswell Fund. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email

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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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