Third Wave Fund Launches Mobilize Power Fund for Urgent Gender Justice Activism

Third Wave Fund's new Mobilize Power Fund is now accepting proposals! This fund supports urgent organizing, activism, and mobilization led by young women of color, queer, and transgender youth around the country who lead movements for justice and take on this country's most challenging issues.

Mobilize Power Fund

The effort to end gender, racial, and economic oppression is long-term, yet there are critical moments that call for quick action. This fund was set up to support grassroots groups who are often the first to respond to issues of state-violence, reproductive oppression, and attacks on women of color, queer, and trans communities--and the last to receive foundation funding. The Mobilize Power Fund provides flexible and responsive funding that supports youth leaders as they respond to immediate threats and opportunities. Grants will be made up to $3,000 to groups with or without a 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsor with larger grants made on a case-by-case basis. Coalitions are may apply for larger grants (up to $3,000 per group). We strongly encourage grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply. We will fund projects that are:
  • Community-Led & Accountable
  • Strategic
  • Timely & Urgent
  • Led by Young Women, Trans, GNC or Intersex Youth
  • Under-Resourced
Proposals will be reviewed on the 15th of each month, and grants will be awarded in under 2 weeks. The proposal and reporting process is simple and flexible to encourage young people, and under-resourced organizations to apply. Proposals can range from a word document, to a phone interview, or a video. Check out our website for detailed application instructions.

Crowdfunding Quadrupled Our Inaugural Grant to Black Youth Project 100

The Mobilize Power Fund is as much about supporting organizing on the ground as it is about fueling intergenerational donor activism. When our inaugural grant to Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), we set out to crowdfund a $3,000 match. After one week, over 155 donor activists collectively quadrupled our grant! We can now grant over $13,000 to BYP100's critical #SayHerName campaign which challenges state violence against Black communities and lifts up women and girls who are often invisibilized in the struggle. BYP100 will use this funding to conduct leadership development trainings for #SayHerName organizers across the country. Our crowdfunding campaign launched a day before we heard of the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell. While we couldn't have anticipated this, it speaks to the systemic crisis of state-violence against Black communities which we feel confident BYP100 will effectively address. To learn more about the fund, please visit our website or email us at We'd like to thank our donors and foundation supporters who made this fund possible including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, Tov Adama Foundation, Craigslist Charitable Trust, Joshua Mailman Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Agnes Gund Foundation, and Unfettered Fund.   Sincerely, Rye Young Executive Director Third Wave Fund
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.