Transformative change, rooted in place: NFG's July 2021 Newsletter
Can you imagine what New York would look like if private equity funds weren’t evicting low-income renters? What about, if in the Washington, DC area, historically Black neighborhoods were not being gentrified by wealthy white people and behemoth-tech corporations like Amazon? What if, in Southern California, essential workers had the power to set policies that limit the environmental and health & safety impacts of warehousing?
These aren’t just dreams — Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led movements in New York, the DC area, Southern California, and beyond have imbued these visions for racial, gender, economic, and climate justice in their work towards transformative change. And in each place, local grassroots organizers are leading the way to ensure that our communities can thrive — with homes that working families can afford, jobs with livable wages, neighborhoods with clean air and access to water, and genuinely democratic systems.
We at NFG know that in order to achieve transformative and lasting social change, philanthropy must mobilize resources to Black, Indigenous, people of color, and migrant-led movements that are rooted in place. And funders at the national, regional, and local levels all have a role to play. There are no federal, state, Southern, or Midwestern strategies without supporting local action.
Learn and strategize alongside NFG about how your grantmaking can help build power in place:
- July 21: Maximizing the Moment: Strategies & Successes in Power Building from Metro Washington, DC
- July 22: The Urgency of Now: What Funders Need to Know About the Housing Crisis
- July 27-29: Southern California’s Inland Region Learning Visit
- August 12: Sustainable Housing Solutions: Effective Interventions and Long-term Strategies
- Read about how NFG's Amplify Fund and ArchCity Defenders partnered together in St. Louis, Missouri.
- See how rural communities of color are building organizing infrastructure in New York State.
- Learn how Black women-led organizations are winning political and economic results in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Listen to our conversation with Houston organizers and funders, transforming whole strategic sectors like construction while redefining civic power beyond election seasons.
- Then, join our partners at Grantmakers for Southern Progress on August 17-18 where we'll share our latest Building Power in Place research for a continued conversation on investing to win in Texas!
Keep reading for full descriptions of these events and more resources from your community of co-conspirators at NFG.
The NFG team