Funding Opportunity: Protesters in Cleveland

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A Message from the Third Wave Fund:
In July 2015, over 1600 people from across the country gathered at the Movement for Black Lives meeting in Cleveland to reflect, grow, fellowship, and remember our fallen. Three months later, there has been no justice in the city of Cleveland or in the state of Ohio for those who have been brutalized and killed at the hands of the state. Rather, the violence experienced by Black folks in Cleveland has escalated with the murders of trans women, the de-funding of health clinics such as Planned Parenthood, and worsening economic conditions. November 2015 is the first anniversary of a bloody month in Cleveland. Both Tanisha Anderson and Tamir Rice lost their lives last November -- and the city of Cleveland has chosen to draw out the grief and pain of their families and the greater community rather than respond to demands for justice. This November weekend of action is a crucial component of the broader movement for Black liberation to show solidarity across geography, to highlight the ways in which Black people across the country consistently face loss and grief, and to connect Cleveland’s story to those in Chicago, Charleston, Baltimore,Yellow Springs, Beaver Creek, New York City, and other national examples of the ways that anti-Blackness manifests in our country. Details: This project is a collaboration between GetEQUAL, Black Lives Matter, The Movement for Black Lives, and other local Ohio partners. Elle Hearns, a Black trans organizer, is the lead organizer alongside Tamir's cousin and other family members of people killed by state violence. Actions will take place in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy, Yellow Springs, and Dayton. Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of it will be given as a grant to GetEQUAL for this specific project. Third Wave Fund, a gender justice youth funder, is supporting this project with a $6,000 Mobilize Power Fund grant, and set up this fundraising campaign to help the coalition reach their budget goal before the actions begin on November 20th. We believe this campaign will increase awareness about community and police violence faced by Black people, especially those who are women, transgender and gender non-conforming. The campaign will elevate these conversations to the statewide and national levels to connect to broader movement building and mobilization related to ending police violence against Black women and girls and all Black people. Expenses include: Lead Organizer - $8,000 Organizer Stipends - $4,000 Food and Buses for Attendees - $14,100 Materials - $4,000 Administrative Support - $1,500 To learn more, please email  
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May 21, 2021

Redefining the social & employment contract: NFG's May 2021 Newsletter

The imagination, ingenuity, and power of workers, neighbors, and organizers in regions across the country are bigger than the crises they face. NFG’s Building Power in Place (BPP) project bridges organizers and funders with place-specific research highlighting groundbreaking community and worker organizer strategies. BPP showcases the realities of what building power in place looks like and offers funder recommendations for supporting the work.

Photo courtesy of Workers Defense Project.

In Houston, Texas, communities face climate change-fueled hurricanes and disastrous freezes. Shameless voter suppression. Runaway speculation on development. Unchecked evictions. Giant corporate tax havens that allow companies off the hook — even for worker’s compensation.

Houston’s grassroots organizations are holding corporate developers, city and county officials, fossil fuel companies, land-grabbing universities and more to task for creating a haven for low-wage work, climate insecurity and displacement. Spurred by turning points like Hurricane Harvey, new coalitions have solidified that are connecting the dots between issues like voter’s rights, speculation-driven construction, gutted public services, and xenophobia targeting migrants. Movements are successfully shifting power at the county level and on contracting while piloting a new generation of green infrastructure and just transition from fossil fuels.

Following the model set by Houston funders, NFG’s Funders for a Just Economy program is bringing together funders across economic justice, civic engagement, housing, immigration, environmental justice and more. We are organizing grantmakers to join us next Thursday, May 27th at 12-1:30pm CDT to learn more and strategize about the expanding movement infrastructure redefining the social and employment contract in Houston. We’ll dialogue directly about where funders can develop local partnerships that carry a national impact. See more information in the newsletter, and register today for this dynamic meeting.

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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
  • 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 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.