June 29, 2017

Staff Transitions at NFG

It's an exciting time here at Neighborhood Funders Group, and our staff team is growing and shifting.

Adriana Rocha and Lindsay RyderWe are sad to say goodbye to Yolanda Hippensteele as our Director of Member Engagement, but delighted to welcome Adriana Rocha as NFG's new Vice President of Programs, and Lindsay Ryder as our new Membership Manager as well as congratulate Sarita Ahuja into a new role as Vice President of Operations.

Adriana has worked in the social justice field for over 20 years, bringing great expertise in organizational and network capacity building. Prior to joining NFG, she led a variety of organizational development and strategy projects as a senior manager at CompassPoint. She also served as a program officer for several years with the New York Foundation.

Lindsay is joining NFG after having served as a program officer for the Security & Rights Collaborative at the Proteus Fund. She brings much experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields to support leadership development, communications advocacy, and grassroots advocacy for racial justice, civil liberties, and human rights.

Sarita Ahuja and Yolanda HippensteeleAlong with these new staff members, Sarita Ahuja is now NFG's Vice President of Operations. She will oversee NFG’s organizational development, finance, and fundraising. In this elevated role, Sarita will be a part of a senior team along with Adriana and NFG President Dennis Quirin to move forward with an integrated approach to organizational growth.

These additions to our staff bolster our team as we bid farewell to Yolanda Hippensteele, NFG’s Director of Member Engagement, who will be transitioning off staff in early July. Over the past two and a half years, Yolanda has spearheaded NFG's successful 2016 National Convening, helped to launch the California Funders Working Group on Gentrification and Displacement, supported the launch of Project Phoenix, and made many other significant contributions to NFG. Yolanda has been a critical part of the NFG team at a key moment in it its growth and rebirth, and her impact has been meaningful and deeply appreciated. Please join us in offering a huge thanks for all her contributions to NFG, and wishing her well in her return to her consulting practice. 

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February 28, 2020

NFG Newsletter - February 2020

February is Black History Month and, in this newsletter, NFG honors Black resistance. Given the persistence of structural racism and the legacies of segregation, NFG has mobilized philanthropy to support POC-led organizing for equitable development since our start 40 years ago. Through our member-led and local advisor-led programming, we are lifting up how Black communities are reclaiming land ownership and addressing the racial wealth gap through grassroots power building.

At the beginning of the month, NFG’s Amplify Fund staff and steering committee spent a day with local organizers, non-profit leaders, and organizations in Charleston and Edisto Island, South Carolina — one of Amplify’s eight sites. Both national and local grantmakers learned alongside some of Amplify’s grantees, including the Center for Heirs’ Property PreservationLow Country Alliance for Model CommunitiesCarolina Youth Action Project, and South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, which are bringing together Black, Latinx communities and youth in the region to fight for community power, land rights, and environmental justice in the face of corporate power, criminalization of communities of color due to gentrification, and land theft.

This week, NFG’s Democratizing Development Program (DDP) hosted a two-day Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, California. Over 100 participants grappled with how anti-Blackness and xenophobia fuel the complex housing & health crisis and community trauma, and heard examples of concrete organizing wins led by Black women from Moms 4 Housing and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Organizers from around the country urged grantmakers to significantly invest in long-term general operating support, community ownership models, POC leadership, and 501(c)4 funding for Black, Indigenous, and POC communities engaging in policy and systems change around housing affordability and justice. 

From Amplify’s funder collaborative to the DDP convening’s planning committee, funders organizing other funders has been a key part of our work. Funder members: how are you stepping up as an organizer and moving more resources for power building in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities? We invite you to connect with NFG staffprograms, and upcoming events — including our National Convening — and be part of our community where we bring funders together to learn, connect, and mobilize resources with an intersectional and place-based focus. 

The NFG team

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January 23, 2020

NFG Newsletter - January 2020

Animated fireworks with the text "40 Years Strong"

This year marks NFG's 40th anniversary. During our early years, NFG was one of the few spaces in philanthropy specifically focused on people of color-led, grassroots organizing, and power building as the key to effective social change strategies. Today, NFG continues to be many funders' political home at a time when moving resources to struggles for justice is critically important: communities of color are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis, growing wealth and income inequality, and climate change; white nationalist backlash is rising; and our democracy is profoundly threatened. NFG is a space to draw support, deepen relationships, and find co-conspirators as we propel philanthropy to shift power and money towards justice and equity.

In 2020, the NFG network is continuing to explore structural racism in health and housing, racial capitalism, migrant worker justice in rural areas, reimagining community safety and justice, and more. We will also return ‘home’ to NFG’s founding city — Washington, D.C. — for our 2020 National Convening.

As we celebrate 40 years, our dynamic community of grantmakers and grassroots leaders is what makes us strong. This newsletter spotlights The Libra Foundation, an NFG member that shares our commitment to organizing funders in moving more resources to frontline communities and movements.

Keep reading below for more opportunities to engage with NFG. Whether you are new to NFG or a long-time member, we look forward to collaborating with you to accelerate racial, gender, economic, and climate justice.
The NFG team

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