Funding Alert: Social Change


A.J. MUSTE INSTITUTE

The Institute?s Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the U.S. and around the world. [More...]

A.J. MUSTE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE

The Institute’s Social Justice Fund supports grassroots activist projects in the United States and around the world. It gives priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. [More...]

ABELARD FOUNDATION EAST/WEST

The Foundation has a history of progressive grantmaking. The Foundation is committed to grassroots social change organizations that are committed to community organizing. [More...]

AKONADI FOUNDATION

Named after an oracle goddess of justice in Ghana, the Foundation’s mission is to work with others to eliminate racism. The Foundation seeks programs and projects that address institutional racism. [More...]

ANDRUS FAMILY FUND

The fund, an initiative of the Surdna Foundation, supports social change with an emphasis on "transition" models. Of particular interest are projects that assist clients in the transition from foster care to independence. [More...]

ARCA FOUNDATION

The Foundation, formerly the Nancy Reynolds Bagley Foundation, is dedicated to advancing social equity and justice. Domestically, the Foundation is focused on the promotion of a more equitable, accountable, and transparent economic recovery. [More...]

BEN & JERRY FOUNDATION

The Foundation?s Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to nonprofits throughout the United States to further social and environmental justice and to support sustainable and just food systems. The Foundation focuses on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing. [More...]

BEN & JERRY'S FOUNDATION

The Foundation doesn’t prioritize any particular issue area for funding, but it does focus on the types of activities and strategies that an organization uses for creating social change in various areas. The Foundation only considers proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are organizing for systemic social change. [More...]

BEN & JERRYS FOUNDATION

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on grassroots organizations, which facilitate progressive social change. Organizations must address the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. [More...]

BEN & JERRY’S FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s National Grassroots Grant program provides support to organizations that bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation’s broad goals are to further social justice, protect the environment, and support sustainable food systems. [More...]

BEN AND JERRY’S FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports organizations that work to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation believes that lasting change occurs when social justice movements are built from the ground up and grassroots groups come together across sectors and constituencies to work for the common principles of human rights and justice for all. [More...]

BOREALIS PHILANTHROPY

The Organization is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The Organization’s Immigration Litigation Fund believes that litigation is an essential tool in achieving public policy and social change on immigration issues. [More...]

CARETH FOUNDATION

The Foundation works “to promote a compassionate world of enduring and just peace with social, economic, and political equality for all.” A member of the Proteus family of funds, the Foundation’s Global Justice program seeks to establish human rights (as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) as a global standard by which to assess government and corporate action domestically and abroad. The Foundation does this through two ways. [More...]

CARMAX FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s grantmaking is targeted toward organizations that are either national in scope or have a presence in one or more of the Company’s corporate market areas. The Foundation makes grants on two topics: improving auto safety for families and children; and building a competitive workforce through technical training. [More...]

CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The Campaign, established by the Catholic bishops of the United States, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. The Campaign awards grants in three areas: Community Development grant program, Economic Development grant program, and Strategic National grant program. [More...]

CHANGEMAKERS

The Organization, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched a global collaborative competition to discover innovative solutions to entrenched, pernicious problems that keep young men from reaching their highest potential. Entries for the competition are posted transparently online and available for anyone to view and collaborate with. [More...]

CIVIC VENTURES

The Organization’s Purpose Prize rewards people over 60 who are addressing society’s biggest challenges. The Organization, a think tank and incubator, generates ideas and invents programs to help society achieve the greatest return on experience. [More...]

COMPTON FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s mission is to ignite change. It does this by supporting transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future. [More...]

CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s International Humanitarian Prize honors organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world. The $1.5 million prize is presented annually to an established nonprofit, charitable, or non-governmental organization. [More...]

DAVID BOHNETT FOUNDATION

The foundation's mission is to improve society through social activism. Of interest are the promotion of the positive portrayal of gays and lesbians n the media; voter registration activities; animal language research, animal companions, and eliminating the rare animal trade; environmental conservation, the reduction and elimination of the manufacture and sale of handguns in the United States; community-based social services that benefit gays and lesbians; and the development of mass transit and non-fossil fuel transportation. [More...]

DUNKIN’ BRANDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on supporting emergency response organizations so that they have the capacity and leadership to respond when their communities need them most. All grants meet the following criteria: significantly supporting the “Serving Those Who Serve in Our Communities – Especially in Times of Need” mission; support the areas or regions where the employees live and work; and have a track record of success. [More...]

EMERGENT FUND

The Fund was established after the 2016 election to help move quick resources to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities – women of color, immigrants, Muslim and Arab-American communities, African Americans, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer communities, and all people of color. The Fund focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. [More...]

ETHICS AND EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM FOUNDATION

The Foundation was established to support charitable and educational projects that promote excellence in journalism and instill and encourage high ethical standards. Funding is targeted for training and education of journalists; educating students; freedom of information; investigative reporting; diversity in the newsroom and the news; First Amendment issues; electronic and news media; and public interest/policy. [More...]

FOUNDATION OF THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF PHILADELPHIA

The Fund was established in 1981 as an outgrowth of the 125th anniversary celebration of the religious order. The Fund awards grants to organizations that address the basic causes of injustice and promote self-help and empowerment at local, national, or international levels. [More...]

GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s human rights and economic justice program supports efforts that protect, promote, and create good jobs with living wages for workers, including low-wage workers, in the United States and Mexico. The objective is to have workers on both sides of the border live and work in dignity. [More...]

GRANTHAM PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN REPORTING

The Prize honors outstanding reporting on the environment by journalists in the United States and Canada. Administered by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island, the annual prize honors an individual journalist or team of journalists in print, broadcast, or books, whose work exemplifies extraordinary coverage of environmental issues and helps lead to constructive social change to address them. [More...]

HARRY CHAPIN SELF-RELIANCE AWARDS

The Awards, a partnership between World Hunger Year and the Harry Chapin Foundation, distributes cash grants to outstanding U.S. grassroots organizations that have moved beyond charity to creating change in their communities. [More...]

HEADWATERS FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE

The Foundation supports grassroots groups working to address the root causes of injustice, defining the approach as social change, not social work. The Foundation encourages proposals from those historically excluded from resources and power. [More...]

HILL-SNOWDON FOUNDATION

The Foundation, a partner of the Tides Foundation, is grounded in a philosophy of justice and fairness for some of the most vulnerable members of society – low-income families, specifically low-income youth of color and low-wage workers. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on three programs: Youth Organizing, Economic Justice Organizing, and the Fund for DC. [More...]

IMPACT FUND

The Fund provides representation, technical assistance, and funding for complex public-interest litigation and funding for out-of-pocket expenses in cases with a potential broad impact and a demonstrated financial need. Grants are awarded to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms which seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. [More...]

INDEPENDENT SECTOR

The Organization’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award honors outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and ideals of John W. [More...]

INDIAN LAND TENURE FOUNDATION

The Foundation is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. The Foundation works to promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands. [More...]

JAZZ FOR PEACE

Founded by Rick DellaRatta, the band, Jazz for Peace, received acclaim for their concert at the United Nations on Sept. 25th 2002 which united Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians. [More...]

JEHT FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s acronym stands for Justice, Equality, Human Dignity, and Tolerance. The Foundation’s programs reflect these interests and values. [More...]

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic, and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Priority is given to programs and projects in environmental justice, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and reproductive rights. [More...]

JEWISH FUNDS FOR JUSTICE

The Funds, founded as the result of a merger between the Shefa Fund and the Jewish Fund for Justice, was founded to affirm the historic commitment of the Jewish people to work for social and economic justice in the United States. Believing in the power of community-driven social change, the Funds support grassroots efforts to strengthen lower income neighborhoods across the United States. [More...]

LIFE COMES FROM IT

The grantmaking Circle supports grassroots, movement building work rooted in lived experience and relationships for restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that offer approaches to address violence and repair harm rooted in community solutions. [More...]

MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT

The Project supports efforts, which foster measurable changes in U.S. public policy that lead to marijuana’s being regulated similarly to alcohol and to drug’s availability for medical use. [More...]

MERTZ GILMORE FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s Human Rights in the U.S. program explores the viability of the international human rights framework for the realization of social change and justice in the United States. [More...]

MORTON K. AND JANE BLAUSTEIN FOUNDATION

The Foundation’s Human Rights grants are earmarked for advancing fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad. Preference is given to grassroots efforts. [More...]

NEEDMOR FUND

The Fund’s objective is to empower those individuals whose basic rights to justice and opportunity are systematically ignored or denied. The Fund supports people who work together to change the social, economic, or political conditions which bar their access to participation in a democratic society. [More...]

NEW VOICES

New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Through 2008 the Program is helping to fund the start-up of 40 micro-local news projects with $12,000 grants; support them with an educational Web site; and help foster their sustainability through $5,000 matching grants. [More...]

NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST

The Trust helps meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human justice. It’s Social Work Education, Research, and Practice grant program is designed to build an evidence base for social work intervention; introduce innovations in the classroom and the field and connect training and research to communities; make macro practice a priority and improve training in policy, management, and leadership; and support research that helps social workers improve practice and addresses larger social issues. [More...]

NORMAN FOUNDATION

The Norman Foundation supports international grassroots and policy-oriented organizations working in the areas of economic justice, civil rights/individual liberties, and environmental justice. Funding is earmarked for general support, issue-specific projects, and for collaborations between local groups and national organizations. [More...]

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE

The Institute’s Documentary Photography Project seeks to partner with documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice and who are willing to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. All photographers must have another entity such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-based organization that will work with them to design an innovative distribution strategy that targets specific communities and advocates for social change. [More...]

OPEN TECHNOLOGY FUND

The Fund’s Internet Freedom Fund supports projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activities, and everyday people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online. Preference is given to organizations and individuals who have a deep understanding of the surveillance, censorship, and security issues affecting communities from the Global South living in repressive environments. [More...]

PARK FOUNDATION

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following areas: public broadcasting/media; higher education; environment; sustainable Ithaca; and Tompkins County, NY. Public broadcasting/media grants support a diverse and transparent media landscape. [More...]

PLAYBOY FOUNDATION

The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Playboy Enterprises, focuses its grantmaking on human rights and social justice. Its efforts are concentrated in the areas of reproductive health and rights, human sexuality, civil rights and civil liberties, and First Amendment rights. [More...]

PRESBYTERIAN COMMITTEE ON THE SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE

The Church’s SDOP is prepared to establish partnerships with groups in the United States who are oppressed by poverty and social systems; want to take charge of their own lives; have organized or are organizing to do something about their own conditions, and have decided that what they are going to do will produce long-term changes for their lives or communities. These groups will utilize some combination of SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, and advocate for economic equity and will control the programs they own and these programs will benefit them directly. [More...]

PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION

The Foundation seeks for carefully defined points where an infusion of energy, expertise, and funds can set in motion systemic changes leading to improvement in the lives of people in need. Beginning in 2008, the Foundation will focus on three programs where it is hoped that grantmaking can serve as a catalyst for strategic reforms that will impact many Americans. [More...]

PUFFIN FOUNDATION INVESTIGATIVE FUND

The Foundation’s Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute is dedicated to improving the scope and overall quality of investigative reporting in the independent press and beyond. The Fund seeks out reporting on important stories likely to be bypassed by the mainstream media and stories with the potential to have social impact. [More...]

RESIST

The Foundation offers support to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing for economic, social, and environmental justice in the United States. Grants are awarded in the following areas: community organizing, anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer rights, disability issues, labor organizing, and Native American organizing. [More...]

RICHARD DAVOUD DONCHIAN FOUNDATION

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on organizations whose programs result in strengthening the human spirit and enhancing personal integrity. The Foundation targets most of its grants to organizations that concentrate on character development with a special emphasis on those focusing on leadership training, literacy, primary education, business integrity, spiritual enrichment, and ethics. [More...]

RIGHTEOUS PERSONS FOUNDATION

The Foundation, created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg after directing his movie, Schindler’s List, seeks to support a flourishing and meaningful Jewish community. The Foundation has funded a broad range of innovative approaches to strengthening Jewish identity and community in the United States and to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. [More...]

RSF SOCIAL FINANCE

The Organization is a pioneering nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Originally the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, RSF Social Finance began making loans to Steiner-inspired organizations in 1984. [More...]

SAMUEL RUBIN FOUNDATION

The Foundation is the philanthropic legacy of the founder of Faberge Perfumes whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice and the search for an equitable reallocation of the world’s resources. The Foundation believes that these objectives can be achieved only through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil, and cultural rights for all the world’s people. [More...]

SEVENTH GENERATION FUND FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT

The Fund is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of tribal nations throughout the Americas. Grantmaking is focused on indigenous communities and organizations. [More...]

SILLERMAN CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PHILANTHROPY

The Center, located at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, is the creator of the Generous U competition, a national contest aimed at increasing philanthropy and philanthropic values on college campuses in the United States. The annual competition invites student groups to demonstrate a successful effort to engage a substantial number of their peers in charitable giving; increase philanthropic awareness and a culture of giving on their campuses; nurture the lifelong habit of charitable giving among their peers; and/or develop a philanthropic program model that can be replicated on other campuses. [More...]

SINGING FOR CHANGE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Created by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and initially funded with contributions from his summer concert tour, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofits that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively people can bring about positive social change. The Foundation focuses its resources on inclusive, grassroots organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts, where Foundation support makes a significant difference. [More...]

SOCIAL POLICY

The Foundation works for a more just and humane world based on diversity, equality, and fundamental respect. The Foundation’s U.S. [More...]

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

The Society is seeking nominations for its 2018Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award. [More...]

SOCIOLOGICAL INITIATIVES FOUNDATION

Research and social-action projects that focus on understanding and finding solutions to an array of social problems are the Foundation’s primary interest. Projects that address institutional rather than behavioral or individual change are of particular interest. [More...]

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

The Organization’s Strategic Litigation Grant program provides funds to cover out-of-pocket litigation costs including expert fees, depositions, etc., that will help attorneys bring civil rights and other important cases that otherwise might not move forward. Funds are available only for out-of-pocket case costs, not for attorney’s fees or overhead expenses. [More...]

THE ASTRAEA LESBIAN FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE

The Foundation is the only philanthropic organizations working exclusively to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex human rights around the globe. The Foundation supports partners in the U.S. [More...]

THE BARBARA MCDOWELL AND GERALD S. HARTMAN FOUNDATION

The Foundation was established in 2009 to honor and continue the work of social justice advocate, Barbara McDowell. The Foundation seeks to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States. [More...]

THE CIVIL JUSTICE FOUNDATION

The Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to safeguarding the intrinsic constitutional rights afforded to all Americans by the civil justice system. This preservation of justice is achieved by strengthening the alliance between trial attorneys and consumer advocacy organizations and by promoting public awareness and education. [More...]

THE FUND FOR NONVIOLENCE

The Fund cultivates and supports efforts to bring about social change that moves humanity toward a more just and compassionate coexistence. The Fund focuses its grantmaking on social justice for marginalized communities and, in particular, on elevating the voices and leadership of people from those communities. [More...]

THE IMPACT FUND

The Fund is a public foundation that provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms that seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Grants are targeted toward public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and/or raise public consciousness. [More...]

THE LIBRA FOUNDATION

The Foundation believes that all people are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms and have a right to live in a healthy environment and in peaceful, just and equitable societies. The Foundation is committed to enhancing the human rights movement and broadening it to include U.S. [More...]

THE LODESTAR FOUNDATION

The Foundation is one of the few that focus on process rather than on specific fields of interest. The Foundation was created to put into practice a set of five, interrelated, sequential principles. [More...]

THE NORMAN FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well being and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. Priority is given to projects and programs that promote economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building, and policy reform efforts. [More...]

THE POLLINATION PROJECT

The Project seeks to unleash goodness and expand compassion all over the world. The Project makes daily seed grants to inspiring social change-makers who are committed to a world that works for all. [More...]

THE SUSAN A. AND DONALD P. BABSON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the enrichment and empowerment of people of all ages around the world with the goal of preventing exploitation, poverty, and injustice. The Foundation has two grant programs: competitive and discretionary. [More...]

TIET FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports organizations that maximize impact and create change. Grantmaking is focused on high-impact, low-cost solutions to the world’s toughest problems, in particular, social injustices. [More...]

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION

The Association’s Fund for a Just Society provides grants to nonprofits in the United States and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. Preference is given to organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. [More...]

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONS

The Association’s Fund for a Just Society funds non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self determination, and have an active, focused campaign to create systemic change. [More...]

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST VEATCH PROGRAM AT SHELTER ROCK

The Program at Shelter Rock supports projects and programs throughout the United States that foster the growth and development of the denomination and that increase the involvement of Unitarian Universalists in action. The Program supports Unitarian Universalist and community organizations working on a variety of issues in different parts of the country. [More...]

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND

The Fund was inspired by the progressive vision of its initial founder, Henry A. Wallace, the former Vice President of the United States in 1942. [More...]

WILD GEESE FOUNDATION

The Foundation works to defend human rights and to promote food sovereignty. Grants are awarded for work that supports equality and respects the diversity of human expression and identity. [More...]

WORLD WE WANT FOUNDATION

The Foundation promotes young global citizens making positive social change in their communities around the world. The Foundation partners with nonprofit educational, charitable, community, or faith-based organizations including public and private schools, youth organizations and clubs, civil society organizations, and other foundations who are devoted to youth leadership and empowerment. [More...]



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