BAY AREA JUSTICE FUNDERS NETWORK



Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) is a regional community for learning and action. BAJFN is also the former name of Justice Funders. The Network first emerged in 2009, as local funders sought spaces to bring the philanthropic community together with front-line leaders following the murder of Oscar Grant by BART Police. Over the next seven years, our work broadened in scope and reach beyond the local network. After having tested and incubated successful interventions to re-imagine philanthropic practices, we evolved the organizational structure beyond the local network to reflect this expansion. Today, Bay Area Justice Funders Network is one of several areas of programming of Justice Funders.

Membership in the Bay Area Justice Funders Network is open to all grant-makers who support the vision of Justice Funders to transform philanthropy, and are either located in or conduct grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Members of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network receive:

  • Discounts on program fees, such as Harmony Initiative and Maestro
  • Convened spaces to engage and collaborate with philanthropic peers;
  • Opportunities to share grant making practices, skills, ideas, innovations, tools & lessons learned;
  • Opportunities to deepen understanding and explore intersectional approaches to justice issues;
  • Opportunities to create and participate in working groups specific to interests;
  • Opportunities to develop shared justice frameworks/agendas;
  • Opportunities to leverage resources for justice issues
  • Regular communications on relevant social justice/philanthropic happenings.


Learn more about becoming a member of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network.


Want the latest news in social justice philanthropy? Need a platform to amplify your foundation’s work?

BAJFN has built a robust e-network of more than 400 progressive grantmaking individuals who are either based in the Bay Area or have portfolios in the Bay Area. Regular communications of curated content from all of our members has served to increase the level of awareness of each other’s work.

To join the email list or share something of interest, contact Maria Nakae, Engagement Director at maria@justicefunders.org.




is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf

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