Fund the Long Game and Stay Bold: What’s Next for Astraea?

Fund the Long Game and Stay Bold: What’s Next for Astraea?

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an innovative global funder of frontline LGBTQI groups for more than 40 years, is undergoing a leadership change. Here’s how it’s both staying the course and adapting in a challenging time.

Read More

Beyond the (c)(3): Donors Change Tactics, Driving a New Era of Politicized Giving

Beyond the (c)(3): Donors Change Tactics, Driving a New Era of Politicized Giving

In an era of intense political conflict, donors are increasingly looking beyond c3 organizations, pouring record amounts of money into 501(c)(4)s. The trend is reshaping nonprofit advocacy and scrambling how organizations operate.

Read More

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.

Read More

A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has been paying attention to immigration issues at the border for years, starting long before the 2016 election. We talk to its CEO about what it's doing now and philanthropy’s role in this urgent area.

Read More

Community Food Funders: Seeding a Different Crop of Food Movement Leaders

Community Food Funders: Seeding a Different Crop of Food Movement Leaders

While there are hundreds of nonprofit groups working on issues of food justice and the food economy, many are not even aware of each other’s work—much less collaborating. In New York, a funding network is aiming to connect the dots.

Read More

Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Venture philanthropy has always been about scaling what works, with a focus on measurable outcomes. But New Profit wants to take a different approach with a new funding initiative aiming for systems-level change. What does that look like?

Read More

Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

New Media Ventures takes a VC-like approach to backing the “resistance,” providing early-stage support to organizations on the front lines that take a range of approaches—including nonprofit, for-profit, (c)3 and (c)4 outfits.

Read More

Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Philanthropy plays an important support role in climate action, but tends to favor moderate, incremental progress. A new pool of donors says it’s time to raise hell, backing disruptive activism, and hopes others will follow.

Read More

Echoing Green is Still Going Strong. What’s it Looking for in “Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Echoing Green is Still Going Strong. What’s it Looking for in “Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Over 30 years ago, Echoing Green helped pioneer venture philanthropy with grants to fledgling social entrepreneurs. Today, the group is better funded than ever and has stuck with its distinctive approach to ferreting out young change agents.

Read More

On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

The post-2016 “Trump bump” brought in lots of new progressive donors, and spurred others to ramp up their giving. But front-line organizations looking to get out the vote remain under-resourced. The Movement Voter Project aims to bridge that gap.

Read More

From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has been a consistent advocate for movement-friendly grantmaking. In a new initiative, it’s examining how funders are (or aren’t) supporting social movements today—and how they could do better.

Read More

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.

Read More

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.

Read More

How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

To make the best of its modest resources, the Solidago Foundation has been looking to go beyond grantmaking into organizing other funders, and experimenting with new ways to move wealth and build power. We get an inside view of how that’s working out.

Read More

Growing Up: How an Advocacy Group for Millennials Seeks to Expand Its Fundraising

Growing Up: How an Advocacy Group for Millennials Seeks to Expand Its Fundraising

Started in 2009 by five law students in a campus cafeteria, Young Invincibles has become an increasingly visible national organization engaging young people in policy issues. Already backed by top foundations, it’s now looking to engage more individual donors.

Read More

The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The 2016 election was a reckoning moment for a philanthropy sector long disconnected from rural America. A new funding initiative is looking to remedy that by supporting organizing and movement-building in neglected regions, focusing on the Midwest.

Read More