Justice Funders coordinates two Community and Funder Collaboratives to re-orient philanthropic resources to be aligned with local movement priorities and support regional power-building. Over the last 4 years, we have successfully aligned more than $1.5 million in grants to Bay Rising and Lift Up Contra Costa – two powerful civic engagement alliances comprised of frontline groups organizing for racial and economic justice.
In this new political era, it is more evident than ever that philanthropy must intentionally deploy its resources in support of social justice organizations and movements that are building power in marginalized communities to advance systemic change. However, the reality of our sector is that less than 3% of philanthropic resources support grassroots organizing. Meanwhile, grassroots groups have identified a clear need for dedicated resources to deepen and strengthen regional power building infrastructure.
Justice Funders’ work to align philanthropic resources in support of Bay Rising and Lift Up Contra Costa has provided much-needed capacity to ignite new work led by experienced base building organizations that are building power in Bay Area communities of color and low-income communities. We play a critical role in facilitating the processes that enable a variety of funders to support movement-identified priorities, coordinate their grantmaking and amplify their impact.