For years, a small band of grantmakers has seen the power in asking people closest to the problems to make funding decisions. New research suggests participatory grantmaking is gaining traction, and holds potential solutions to deep problems in philanthropy.
It has been 400 years since slavery began in the U.S. How can funders address slavery’s many legacies, like the racial wealth gap? What should a foundation with historic ties to slavery do? How can funders support black-led change?
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.
A $10 million, multi-funder initiative that launched this summer seeks to cultivate gender justice through cultural change. It’s part of a broader movement that focuses on the day-to-day stories of people experiencing gender oppression.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A growing array of grantmaking funds are offering connections to the grassroots and underfunded arenas of climate action. We look at the key players in this expanding space, along with who’s backing them and where grants are going.
Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.
A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.
Translating early energy and activism into long-term change is a persistent challenge of social movements. A major new funding collaborative seeks to keep the momentum of #MeToo alive with millions in grants to challenge workplace harassment.
While sex work or trafficking occasionally make headlines, sex workers and their rights have been largely ignored by the public and by philanthropy. But new funding movements, giving circles, and collaboratives are seeking to change that.
Rapid response funding will always be necessary for a community that often finds itself under political attack. But the Pillars Fund wants to go beyond that, changing how American Muslims are seen and building capacity from the ground up.
The Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of grants—its biggest yet. Who’s behind the fund, and where’s the money going?
A host of new efforts are under way to expand a “portfolio approach” to giving that can help individual donors—big and small—be more effective funders. Here’s a look at some of the key players leading the charge.
The Third Wave Fund almost shut down a few years ago. Now, back from the brink and with two new leaders taking the reins, it’s dedicated to empowering those who’ve been locked out of mainstream philanthropy.
Ise Bosch’s giving takes plenty of cues from American philanthropy. But in work that spans several continents, she’s also advancing the role of the “donor activist” in a way that’s rare in the U.S. and often unheard of abroad.
Its assets may come from one of the nation’s wealthiest families, but the Libra Foundation takes empowering the grassroots seriously, and it’s stepping up its work with new staff and strategies.
The Giving Project is energizing diverse small donors who are not well-represented in philanthropy. And it’s moving money to the kind of community-led organizing work that’s underfunded by larger foundations.
The Arnold Foundation is unusual in the way it's less interested in moving the needle on specific issues than on improving the quality of all social interventions. Now it's looking at mental health.