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  • August 25, 2017 9:00 AM | Allistair Mallillin

    On August 24, Bay Area Justice Funders Network was invited by AAPIP and CHANGE Philanthropy to share wisdom from "The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy", with participants from its Harmony Initiative, and members of their network.

    To view the recording, click here. 

    What can we do to increase the amount of philanthropic resources going to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities? What strategies could we employ within our organization, chapter and giving circles to:

    • Make accessing our resources less restrictive;
    • Center movement priorities in our grantmaking; and
    • Increase participation in our giving circles?

    Elaine Mui, Grants Manager of the General Service Foundation will share her foundation's work to minimize the burden placed on grantees through their grantmaking processes; Alexander Saingchin, Program Director of the Common Counsel Foundation who will share some effective strategies in aligning donors with the priorities of movements; and Sara Velten, Vice President at the Latino Community Foundation will share how the deepening of relationships allowed them to grow a giving circle to more than 500 members! This webinar will explore how to deepen philanthropic practices towards greater equity.


    • Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network
    • Elaine Mui, Grants & Operations Manager of the General Service Foundation
    • Alexander Saingchin, Program Director of the Common Counsel Foundation
    • Sara Velten, Vice President, Latino Community Foundation

  • February 08, 2017 12:00 PM | Allistair Mallillin

    The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change is aimed at large foundations, social change grantmakers and Black charitable organizations. The case statement, coauthored by ABFE President and CEO Susan Taylor Batten and Hill-Snowdon Executive Director Nat Chioke Williams, indicates that less than 2 percent of funding by the nation’s largest foundations is specifically targeted to the Black community. Calling investment in Black-led social change a “moral imperative,” they recommend at least a 25 percent increase in giving by the nation’s largest foundations over the next five years, with emphasis on strengthening the infrastructure for Black-led social change.

    Click here to access the full report

  • October 04, 2016 4:00 PM | Allistair Mallillin
    The checklist is intended to provide actionable ideas on how to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in grant-making processes. Ideas were gathered based on Arabella Advisors’ experiences with grant making, as well as research posted on the D5 Coalition website, feedback from many philanthropists (such as members of EPIP, AAPIP, HIP, and BAPIP), and other resources (including the Bay Area Justice Funders Network’s Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy).

    Click here for the checklist as well as other materials.

  • October 01, 2016 3:51 PM | Allistair Mallillin

    This report, by Kristen Zimmerman and Julie Quiroz of Movement Strategy Center, captures the ways that groups and networks were evolving, experimenting, and strengthening strategies for social transformation by bringing collective transformative practice into their work. 

    Love With Power tells the story of change-makers – like #BlackLivesMatter, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Movement Generation, OUR Walmart and Forward Together –  who are rising to meet this moment with deep courage and love. They are charting a way forward that is driven by purpose, sustained by practice, and exponential in impact. They are embracing the human superpowers of love, imagination, connection and courage to break through fear, doubt and delusion.

    Click here to access the report and introduction. 

  • September 09, 2016 3:00 PM | Allistair Mallillin

    On September 7, 2016, a webinar was hosted to launch the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit. 

    In the last few years, there has been a growing need to address racial justice and equity issues in working class Asian Pacific American communities. The toolkit highlights the work and efforts of 15 grassroots organizations that organize in working class Asian communities from across the country. Members include Asian refugee families, low-income workers, working class queer and trans youth from New York to Madison to San Francisco. 

    The following speakers presented during the launch around their experiences with the issues and how specific organizations are using the trainings and tools from this project:

    • Sarath Suong, Providence Youth Student Movement (Providence ,RI)

    • Ashley Uyeda, Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach, CA)

    • Inhe Choi, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (Chicago, IL)

    • Cathy Dang, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (New York, NY)

    If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the webinar here
  • June 27, 2016 4:32 PM | Allistair Mallillin

    Whether it is the mass murder of nearly 50 LGBT Latino/a/x youth in Orlando or the violent break-up of a Trans Pride March by riot police in Istanbul, recent events remind us just how much work is ahead of us when it comes to securing equality for and enhancing the wellbeing of LGBTI communities.

    As Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project both aim to increase philanthropic resources for LGBTI communities, we are pleased to share with you The 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This first-of-its-kind report captures data on 9,347 grants awarded by 406 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 13 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2013-2014. It provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a baseline for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding.

    The report finds:

    • Over the two-year period of 2013-2014, government and philanthropic support for LGBTI issues totaled US$ 424 million. (Or US$ 208 million excluding the United States)
    • During the same period, foundations awarded a total of US$ 251 billion while governments and multilateral agencies US$ 272 billion. As such, for every U$ 100 awarded by foundations, only 13 cents benefits LGBTI communities. For every US$ 100 awarded by government and multilateral agencies, only 4 cents benefited LGBTI communities.
    • Fifty-seven percent of the funding went to the Global North (Canada and the United States; and Western Europe), thirty percent went to the Global South and East (Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa), and thirteen percent was awarded for international work that cut across regions.
    • No region outside of the United States received more than US$ 50 million over the two-year period of 2013-2014.

    Explore the full report here

  • June 27, 2016 4:30 PM | Allistair Mallillin

    The #PopJustice series of reports is intended for funders, advocates, and entertainment industry professionals interested in the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change.

    Liz Manne Strategies has released six reports on various topics related to #PopJustice:

    • Volume 1: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies
    • Volume 2: Mapping the Players

    • Volume 3: Pop Culture, Perceptions, and Social Change

    • Volume 4: Understanding the Entertainment Industry

    • Volume 5: Creative Voices & Professional Perspectives

    • Volume 6: Economic Data & Foundation Grantmaking

    Please visit the #PopJustice website for more information and to view/download the reports.
  • July 29, 2015 9:00 AM | Dana Kawaoka-Chen (Administrator)

    On July 23, 2015, the Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN), along with our partners, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Northern California Grantmakers co-hosted "Building Power in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities.

    Speakers for the program included:

    • Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network
    • Cathy Cha, Haas Jr. Fund
    • Amado Uno, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
    • Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association
    • DJ Yoon, Korean Resource Center
    • Lillian Galledo, Filipino Advocates for Justice

    This program featured the public launch of AAPI's for Civic Empowerment, a new statewide initiative formed by Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Chinese Progressive Association, Korean Resource Center, and Filipino Advocates for Justice to build grassroots infrastructure for civic engagement, coordinate statewide field and member leadership development and education.

    This is a link to a summary of this program captured via social media.

  • March 31, 2015 9:00 AM | Dana Kawaoka-Chen (Administrator)

    The San Joaquin Valley (also referred to as “SJV” and “the Valley”) is recognized as the “food basket of the nation” due to its leadership and record-breaking revenues in agricultural production; meanwhile, it is also a region with poverty and pollution levels that rival the hardest hit areas
    in California and the nation. The cities of the SJV have the worst air quality in the U.S., its groundwater is widely contaminated and being so rapidly depleted that parts of the area are literally sinking about a foot per year, and it has some of the state’s highest poverty rates.

    Politically, SJV representatives have the potential to transform—or block—California’s ability to pass progressive public policy. Faced with a political landscape has remained incredibly challenging over time, local communities and organizations have over 40 years of successful organizing and movement building expertise in the SJV and are now poised to escalate our political power and influence to more effectively catalyze greater change regionally and statewide. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach, Valley groups recognize the need for urgent action to build power.

    The time to invest in change is now. The author organizations are committed to creating a sustainable food system, yet this paper consciously and explicitly does not focus on advocacy around a particular set of issues or policy solutions; rather, our goal is to outline the strategies and tactics that will build significant power in the SJV to produce the political shifts necessary to catalyze
    change across all issues.

    San Joaquin Valley Power Building Report 2014.pdf

  • October 29, 2014 9:00 AM | Dana Kawaoka-Chen (Administrator)

    On October 28, 2014, BAJFN was pleased to partner with Northern California Grantmakers to host a three-way look at, Building the Bench: How Philanthropy can Sustain Nonprofit (Movement) Organizations.”  Research from Rusty Stahl of Talent Philanthropy and Margi Clarke of RoadMap Consulting grounded the conversation.  And lessons learned from funders: Linda Wood of the Haas Jr. Fund and Holly Bartling of the General Service Foundation complimented the examples from social justice organizations: East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas. For those that missed this really content-rich program, please find the links to presentations from Rusty and Margi below:

    Talent Philanthropy Presentation.pdf

    RoadMap Building the Bench _ Salary Survey.pdf

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