The southern United States has long been dismissed as an economic backwater, a bastion of cheap labor, antiquated industry, and slow growth. This perception dates back to the antebellum period, and has been reinforced by more recent narratives of southern distinctiveness and southern exceptionalism.
Funders for a Just Economy started the Working at the Intersections group to create a supportive community in which funders could learn about intersectional grant-making together and create the beginnings of a central framework on economic justice grantmaking through an intersectional lens.
In late 2017, the group interviewed a dozen philanthropic leaders and key thought partners to inform their understanding of intersectional grant-making. The approach was an appreciative inquiry to affirm that there is a great deal of expertise in the field...
In response to a resurgence of interest in place-based grantmaking, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened over 100 funders and leaders from the field in September 2014 for Towards a Better Place: A Conversation About Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy. This conference report provides an overview of the discussions that took place at this conference, including:
lessons shared by experienced place-based funders;
key challenges and...
Across the country, resident-led institutions and their allies continue to build organizing strategies that address housing, displacement, and gentrification at the local, regional, and state level. Strategies and solutions to gentrification and displacement like rent control measures, passing local ballot initiatives for renter protections, developing community land trusts, and financing affordable housing has had some success, but the demographics of many communities are still rapidly changing.
At the center of these shifts, philanthropy continues to play a critical role...
“This is a time for you and for us to be fearless; to find ways and resources to fund organizing and base building.” — Marielena Hincapie, National Immigration Law Center
Over the course of these past few weeks, marginalized communities have been relentlessly targeted and criminalized by the new federal administration. These include immigrants, with an executive order to begin building a wall along the southern...