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 info@thirdwavefund.org. 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
January 13, 2022

Saying ‘no’ and rest as resistance: NFG's December 2021 Newsletter

At the beginning of this month, Neighborhood Funders Group hosted our final Member Connection Call of 2021. These calls are informal virtual spaces for grantmakers to truly connect and co-conspire; if you haven't joined one yet, we hope that you will in 2022 — register here for our next call on January 26!

On this year's Member Connection Calls, we've talked about how we're infusing care into our organizations and grantmaking, racial capitalism, racial justice organizing in specific places (and how philanthropy must move more + more + more money to BIPOC and low-income communities), rapid response funding, and lessons revealed to us by the pandemic on how to be better grantmakers and liberate all philanthropic assets.

We've shared the things that never fail to bring us comfort, offered tips for harnessing joy in all of the seasons, and taken each other on trips through our memories to our favorite vacation spots.

After co-hosting Member Connection Calls with NFG's President, Adriana Rocha, for well over a year, I've found that something that someone shares at each call resonates deeply for me. On this December call, it was:

'No' creates space to be a whole person at and outside of work.

It feels fitting to me to be putting the finishing touches on this message to you on NFG's final workday of the year. Beginning tomorrow (December 15), NFG will be closed for a three-week paid administrative break. We're saying 'no' to more meetings, more emails, and more work in favor of pausing, stopping, and creating the space to rest. Because we know from Tricia Hersey at The Nap Ministry that REST IS RESISTANCE.

The NFG team will return to our respective home offices on Wednesday, January 5. Here's a sneak peek into NFG's 2022: we'll be sharing our new theory of change, updating our website and brand, and announcing plans for our 2022 National Convening. And we'll continue sharing how we're centering our culture of care in our efforts to shift power in philanthropy towards justice and liberation.

Truthfully, I don't expect us to feel fully rested when we return — if 'feeling fully rested' is even a possibility in a capitalist world that values grind culture and all too often uplifts white supremacy culture characteristics of perfectionism, urgency, and quantity vs. quality. But I do know that this team-wide break moves us closer to a vision where all of our communities thrive in a liberated world where we are all well, where we are all cared for, and where there is abundance for all —and NFG is invested in this vision.

We look forward to co-conspiring with you to move money to racial, gender, economic, and climate justice in 2022. And we hope that you too say 'no' to what you need to and rest in any & every way that you're able.

Cheers!
Courtney Banayad
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Director of Membership and Communications

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January 12, 2022

2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award: Call for Nominations

The nominations are now open for the 2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award!

The Discount Foundation Legacy Award annually identifies, supports, and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to workers’ rights movements in the United States and/or globally. Through public recognition and a $20,000 stipend, we hope to recognize and amplify the work of individuals at the intersections leading the way toward justice for low-wage workers of color. This is a one of a kind opportunity to recognize the often unheard voices of worker movements — that includes volunteers, members, workplace leaders, and more who are transforming the lives and rights of their fellow low-wage workers of color.

To be eligible for the Award, a nominee must be active in worker justice, including but not limited to organizing and advocacy-related work. Additionally, nominees do not have to be employed at an organization or institution whose mission is to advance worker justice — they can be volunteers, members or other leaders at an organization or workplace organizing effort. We will not be asking questions regarding immigration or other legal status, and nominees do not have to reside in the US.

Nominees need to be nominated by someone other than themselves, through a simple, quick and accessible application process found here. The Award is meant only for individuals. Organizations, groups of individuals or institutions are not eligible for consideration. If you know anyone who you think should be recognized for their significant commitment to worker justice at any level — from a workplace to the neighborhood to the nation — this is your chance to provide them a powerful boost and real resources they can use in whatever way they choose! 

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In addition to being publicly recognized for their remarkable contributions to the movement, the 2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award winner will receive a $20,000 stipend to provide them with the flexibility to expand upon their professional activities and achievements They will not be asked for any reporting requirements, and the funding has no specific strings attached or other specific obligations. The winner of the 2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award will be invited to be honored at a virtual event in 2022. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination process, please see our FAQs here — and please spread the word about this opportunity to your networks, colleagues and friends!

All nominations must be received by 11:59pm ET on March 7, 2022 through the online nomination form. We’re happy to help answer questions about the award, or support with any trouble you have with the application — please reach out to emily@jwj.org.

Created in partnership with Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy, the Discount Foundation Legacy Award was launched in 2015 to commemorate and carry on the legacy of the Foundation’s decades-long history of supporting leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena beyond its spend down as a foundation in 2014. Learn more about the Discount Foundation Legacy Award.
 

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