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Finding Progressive Funders


How do you find grantmakers that support small progressive groups? With the most recent data showing that only 12 percent of grant funds support social justice (http://blog.ncrp.org/2013/07/7-ways-to-maximize-your-social-justice.html), it's a good question.
 
To start, using the GPA GrantStation database member benefit, I searched for some relevant areas of interest and targeted populations, and came up with the following funders:

Abelard Foundation East (civil/human rights east of the Mississippi)
http://fdnweb.org/abelardeast
 
Andrus Family Fund (youth impacted by the foster care/juvenile justice systems)
http://www.affund.org
 
Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation (human rights/progressive Jewish life)
http://www.blaufund.org/foundations/jacobandhilda_f.html
 
Brett Family Foundation (democracy/inclusiveness/equal rights, Colorado)
http://www.brettfoundation.org/
 
Center for Arab American Philanthropy
http://www.centeraap.org/grants/competitive-grantmaking-programs/
 
The Elias Foundation (community leadership networks)
http://www.eliasfoundation.org/
 
The Fledgling Fund (documentary films)
http://www.thefledglingfund.org/
 
Ittleson Foundation (AIDS/mental health/environment)
http://www.ittlesonfoundation.org
 
Left Tilt Fund (community-based organizing/education/legal advocacy)
http://www.lefttiltfund.org/
 
The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation (environment/democracy/civil and human rights/ immigration/drug policy/media/leadership development/Jewish issues)
http://www.levinsonfoundation.org/
 
McCune Foundation(community organizing in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, California)
http://mccunefoundation.org/
 
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute (nonviolent action)
http://www.ajmuste.org/ajgrants.html
 
Open Meadows Foundation (women/girls)
https://sites.google.com/site/openmeadowsfoundation/

PFund (Philanthrofund Foundation) (LGBT, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
http://pfundfoundation.org

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (criminal justice/women/immigrants/democracy/environment/
LGBT, North Carolina)
http://www.zsr.org
 
Roth Family Foundation (environment/food security/global programs/reproductive health/economic development/girls' education, Los Angeles)
http://www.rothfamilyfoundation.org
 
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock (democracy/civil rights/economic equity)
http://www.uucsr.org/faithinaction/unitarian-universalist-veatch-program-at-shelter-rock/
 
Wolcott Family Foundation (social change/environmental stewardship, Colorado)
http://www.wolffoundation.org/
 
WOMEN'S WAY (women/girls, Philadelphia)
https://www.womensway.org
 
The Lenny Zakim Fund (Eastern Massachusetts)
http://www.thelennyzakimfund.org/home/
 
 
Several additional resources include:
 
Members of the Funding Exchange (http://fex.org/memberfoundations), which promote “Change, Not Charity”
 
 
Philanthropy's Promise (underserved communities/advocacy/community organizing/civic engagement)
http://www.ncrp.org/philanthropys-promise/who
 
National Organizers Alliance
http://noacentral.org/page.php?id=22&subid=29
 
OutRight Action International (formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission)
https://www.outrightinternational.org/CONTENT/FUNDING-OPPORTUNITIES
 
These have some focus on Michigan:
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2commdev.htm (Community Development)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2disabled.htm (People with Disabilities)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2env.htm (Environment)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2glbt.htm (LGBT)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2minor.htm (Minorities (sic))
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2religio.htm (Religion/Social Change)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2women.htm (Women)
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2wid.htm (Women in International Development)
 
 
One way to find larger progressive funders is by checking the membership lists of affinity groups (http://www.cof.org/search/site/affinity groups) of the Council on Foundations. The affinity groups are not grantmakers themselves but their members are.
 
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
http://aapip.org/who-we-are/institutional-members-and-partners
 
Confluence Philanthropy (mission-related investing)
http://www.confluencephilanthropy.org/New-Members
 
Environmental Grantmakers Association
https://ega.org/collaborate/grant-seekers and https://ega.org/collaborate/affinity-groups
 
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
http://www.funderscommittee.org/about_us/member_organizations/member_organizations
 
Funders Concerned About AIDS
http://www.fcaaids.org/AIDSFunding/2012GlobalHIVAIDSFunders/tabid/190/Default.aspx

 

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

http://www.lgbtfunders.org/seekers/community.cfm
 
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
http://www.fundersnetwork.org/connect
 
Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health, and Rights
http://www.fundersnet.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=58
 
Funders Together to End Homelessness
http://www.funderstogether.org/members
 
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
https://www.gcir.org/ (no membership list)
 
Grantmakers Income Security Task Force
http://www.gistfunders.org/about/foundations.php
 
Grassroots Grantmakers
http://www.grassrootsgrantmakers.org/about-us/members/
 
Hispanics in Philanthropy
http://www.hiponline.org/membership/member-directory
 
International Funders for Indigenous People
http://www.internationalfunders.org/ (no membership list)
 
International Human Rights Funders Group
https://www.ihrfg.org/funder-directory
 
Media Impact Funders
http://mediaimpactfunders.org/network-members/
 
Native Americans in Philanthropy
http://www.nativephilanthropy.org/ (no membership list)
 
Neighborhood Funders Group
www.nfg.org
 
Peace and Security Funders Group
http://peaceandsecurity.org/members/
 
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
http://www.pacefunders.org/members.html
 
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
http://www.safsf.org/who/members/
 
Women's Funding Network
http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/membership/member-directory/
 
 
This list is certainly not all-inclusive but it offers a starting point. The revolution will be funded!
 
 
This article was adapted, revised, and updated from a longer one that appeared in the January/February 2015 Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Sheryl A. Kaplan is a national Grants Consultant based in Los Angeles. She can be reached at Sheryl@skaplangrants.com or www.skaplangrants.com.
 

 

Comments

 
By: Michael Wells
On: 11/17/2015 15:59:57
You can add Social Justice Fund NW, in Seattle, formerly A Territory Resource.

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