“Working with Justice Funders 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

Coaching & Consulting

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.

"Rachel helped me clarify my own goals. These conversations helped me understand how to approach each challenge in a way that was best for both the organization and for the organization's grantees and beneficiaries. Her questions helped me understand and see the impacts of everyone's choices." - David Gordon, Co-Director of Programs, International Rivers, former Executive Director of The Goldman Environmental Foundation

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
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association
  • Four Freedoms Fund
  • 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
  • Tides