COACHING & CONSULTING



“Working with (Justice Funders staff) Rachel and Dana has enabled us to deepen our leadership development offerings and move further in our commitment to elevating equity and justice in philanthropy.”

-Kathy Sessions

Executive Director, Health and Environmental Funders Network

Justice Funders guides and supports philanthropic institutions in aligning practices with social justice values.  We work with you to:

  • Strengthen your organizational culture, systems and practices to be aligned with equity and justice.
  • Develop your leadership skills to lead from your values and have a greater impact in social justice grantmaking.
  • Design your programmatic and organizational strategies for achieving incremental and transformative change.
  • Manage periods of intense change in responsive and values-aligned ways.

Through our custom training, coaching and consulting services, we help individuals, networks, and organizations begin a process of making their grantmaking more equitable, and support others in taking a big transformative leap as they strive for a just transition. 

We deliver all of our services in a highly collaborative, participatory, and facilitative manner, to ensure ownership, follow-through, and that we leverage the strengths, knowledge, and culture of our clients for their envisioned success. A participatory approach results in a level of ownership and buy-in that supports successful implementation and sustainability of solutions.

We bring coaching methods to all of our engagements, designing processes for inclusive participation, critical reflection and learning, and effective collaboration. We approach each engagement first with deep listening skills to be able to develop a project design that is customized, flexible, and appropriate. Based on what we decide, we may use a variety of facilitation, research and assessment methods.

Justice Funders is known for being able to meet clients “where they are” – our trainers and consultants are equally able to support foundations making their first foray into equity work as those on the leading edge of experimentation. Justice Funders’ focus on tangible, specific action makes big changes feel both inspiring and possible. We are also known for dynamic and interactive meetings that greatly prioritize inquiry over didactic approaches.

Past & current clients include:

  • Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
  • Chorus Foundation
  • Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association
  • Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
  • Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
  • Health and Environmental Funders Network
  • International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
  • Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Northern California Grantmakers
  • Open Society Foundation
  • Skoll Global Threats
  • Swift Foundation
  • The Christensen Fund
  • The San Francisco Foundation

For information on consulting and training services, contact Rachel Humphrey, Program Director at rachel@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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