Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders, #3

On a panel at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference in April, I presented four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Previously, I wrote about the first two of these, Find a Political Home and Build the Vehicles to Move us Forward.  Below, I share the third of four suggestions. 3) Develop your Skills as an Organizer …

Update: That One Day All Work will be Valued Equally

Alison Julien (left) of Domestic Workers United at the U.S. Social Forum Dream the impossible and organize your heart out. – Priscilla Gonzalez, Director, DWU On June 4th, I wrote here about the organizing work of domestic workers in New York and their efforts to pass the first ever state-wide Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Today, I’m elated to share with …

2010 US Social Forum

I was an open skeptic of this year’s US Social Forum.  I crossed my arms and huffed when anyone mentioned it.  I imagined an event teetering between Woodstock and the WTO protests in Seattle and although I loved Seattle, I wanted to make sure I stayed good and far away from Woodstock 2010.   I’m working on respecting process and consensus …

Interview on OaklandSeen

Over the last couple of years the city of Oakland has become home to numerous blogs discussing the pressing political, community, and economic issues of the day.  These include Oakland Focus, A Better Oakland, Oakland Local, and Living in the O.  These blogs provide a much needed space for everyday people in the city to connect to each other, engage …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders, #2

On a panel at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference in April, I presented four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Last month, I wrote about the first of these, Find a Political Home.  Below, I share the second of four suggestions. 2.  Build the Vehicles to Move us Forward The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott …

That One Day All Work will be Valued Equally

Seven years ago, I was brought into the field of community organizing as a volunteer with Domestic Workers United (DWU).  At that time, DWU’s organizing efforts were among the most inspired and strategic in New York City, fresh off the passage of a city-wide domestic workers bill of rights.  Seven years later, the domestic workers movement – at the intersection …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders

On a panel last month at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference, I presented  four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll write on each of these four and hope you’ll share your own thoughts with us. Of the many approaches to social change, I turn most towards movement-building strategies.  As …

“A Voice of Reason”

Congrats to Demos, which was praised in last Friday’s New York Times for their critical public policy and advocacy work from a progressive perspective. Demos, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month, was one of our first grant recipients when we launched the civic engagement focus area in 2007. They remain one of our key grant partner organizations, mostly …

How Much is Your Census Form Worth?

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to send in your census form and it’s not too late to remind your friends and family to do the same. Do you already know how important it is for people of color and low-income communities to send back their census forms, but still need some talking points to convince everyone around …

Racism & Reform

I’m sure you’ve all read the articles, seen a bit of the video footage, or caught a blog or two on the linkage between racism and reform on the heels of the passage of the Health Care Bill last week. The shift from accusing President Obama of not being a U.S. citizen and forcing Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to publicly …

Grant Opportunities Still Exist

We’ve just completed a process to identify new key partner organizations. And while the bulk of our funding will support this cohort, I want to reiterate to the broader community that we are still able to consider quarterly grant requests for special opportunities and efforts like convenings and tech-related work. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to …

Us & the Census

Just got word from Dion Ward at Northern California Grantmakers that the Kapor Foundation was mentioned (among others) in today’s Chronicle of Philanthropy for supporting Census outreach efforts. In the coming weeks we hope to sponsor a funder briefing with NCG on the Census. Stay tuned for that announcement. Meanwhile, I’m glad the buzz is growing around the importance of …