State of the Movement 2019: Deepening our shared practice towards a Just Transition

If you missed State of the Movement or want to experience it all over again, please check out the video on YouTube, event recap on Wakelet and write-up in Nonprofit Quarterly.


With so much division, hate and violence permeating our society in recent months, focusing our energy on combating the day to day injustices is a matter of survival for many of our communities. At the same time, it is clear that we will never achieve justice and liberation through resistance alone. But what does it look like to not only allow ourselves the freedom to radically re-imagine an alternative, but to actively build a new world that works for all of us?

On the one-year anniversary of our expansion to becoming Justice Funders, please join us for a series of paired conversations between philanthropic and movement leaders who are doing the work of ushering a Just Transition from an economy based in extraction, exploitation and domination to one rooted in resilience, regeneration and interdependence.

We will explore questions such as…

  • How do we get beyond “equity” as an end goal, and challenge ourselves to think of equity as a means toward building power, winning, and governing in ways that align with our values?
  • How do we create transformative solutions that repair structural harms and address the root causes of racial and economic injustice?
  • How do we practice regenerative approaches of philanthropy and finance to support resilient, local economies that build wealth in low-income communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color?


  • Jess Jollett, Lift Up Contra Costa
  • James Head, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Aaron Tanaka, Center for Economic Democracy
  • David Moy, The Hyams Foundation
  • Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth
  • Crystal Hayling, The Libra Foundation
  • Nina Robinson, Thousand Currents
  • Sonja Swift, Swift Foundation

Opening remarks by Christine Cordero.

Justice Funders will also debut our newest resource, Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation and announce the launch of Maestra, our new leadership program for philanthropic executives seeking to guide their institutions through a Just Transition.

Lunch will be served.

Register here.

Sponsored by The 11th Hour Project, Swift Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation.


Date: January 31, 2019
Address: The California Endowment, Laurel Conference Room (1 FL)
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland CA, 94612
Time: 12:30pm-4:00pm (Lunch will be provided)