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An Open Letter

An Open Letter to Philanthropy, from People of Color-led, Movement-Accountable Public Foundations

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List of POC-Led, Movement-Accountable Public Foundations

 

Dear Colleagues, 

The uprisings of 2020 sparked historic levels of philanthropic giving to address racial injustice. For philanthropy, this signals a tremendous and unprecedented opportunity to dismantle white supremacy in both our country (who we fund) and our sector (how we fund). In both contexts, the cornerstone of white supremacy is dominance and control. By contrast, the cornerstone of racial equity is sharing resources and decision-making power in a way that fundamentally supports the self-determination of people of color. Racial healing and justice in the United States will take all of us working together – white people and people of color. We all have a place in this work. But how we do the work matters. We will not get to a different destination by working in the same way.

The “different way” must include a significant transfer of resources into the control of institutions where people of color, who are primarily accountable to their communities, have the ultimate decision-making power over where dollars go. This includes certain grassroots organizations with the capacity to receive dollars and redistribute them to key leaders and organizations (for example, the Movement for Black Lives) and certain public foundations that are led by people of color who come out of grassroots movements.  As Executive Directors and CEOs of the nation’s foremost people of color-led, movement-accountable public foundations, we support both models. We write this open letter from our own experience, as an invitation to colleagues from private and family foundations and the individual donor community, to disrupt a growing trend that is reinforcing, rather than transgressing, the “same old way” of doing philanthropy.

In the decades leading up to this moment, when talking about race was still largely unpopular in philanthropy, the leading funders of racial justice in the United States were often public foundations like ours, led by people of color who came out of grassroots movements. Rarely endowed, raising what we give out each year, and with staff and boards composed largely of people from the communities we support, we are distinct in philanthropy: while we partner with wealthy individuals and institutions, in every aspect of our work and strategy, we are values aligned with, and primarily accountable to, grassroots movements. We don’t lead or engineer movements; we follow and flank them with giving strategies that are not extracted from but co-created, vetted, and approved by grassroots leaders who have actual decision-making power within our institutions. We hold deep and trust-based relationships with the communities we support. Communities know that when we ask, we’re listening.

From this center of gravity, we have played an outsized role in changing the weather of philanthropy itself to be more favorable to racial and gender justice and grassroots power building. Our voices have often been the loudest to call for increased funding to grassroots organizing, local and state-level work, underfunded regions like the U.S. South, racial and gender justice, and strategic work led by those most impacted – particularly people of color. Turning the conventional philanthropic logic about risk on its head, we have long argued that it is riskier NOT to fund promising start-ups, bold organizing campaigns, people of color-led work, and durable infrastructure. We were early advocates for general support and multi-year funding. And we have been leaders in the practice of nimble, trust-based, culturally competent grantmaking, finding ways to ensure that effective grantees can access resources without being overly burdened. By leveraging our proximity to the grassroots, we can move money fast and strategically in critical moments.

We have also modeled racial equity in the very structure of our institutions. Representation matters and majority people of color staff and board teams are important. The issues that impact communities of color – police brutality, disparities in maternal mortality, deportation, environmental racism – are not theoretical or academic concepts to us. They affect our children, siblings, and elders — the neighborhoods we live and organize in. The vibrant communities that have grown within foundations like ours have also become places to practice new ways of being together across race, class, and gender. Our boards of directors include formerly incarcerated and homeless people who sit alongside billionaires with equal power to shape the giving strategies of our institutions. We are proof that wealthy individuals and institutions (the majority white-led) can partner with, rather than control and dominate grassroots communities of color; and that a more democratic control of money is possible.

Over the years, billions of dollars that would not otherwise have reached impactful work at the grassroots made it there because we stood in the gap. Because we operated, not as gatekeepers but as gate openers, enabling resources to reach organizations that private foundations and major donors did not have the staff time, expertise, or relationships to fund directly, and then amplifying those organizations within philanthropy at large.

Many of the grassroots leaders and organizations most celebrated for their impact (including in the 2020 elections) received their first grants, and their most consistent and flexible funding, from public foundations like ours. They were able to grow and scale with the support of our capacity-building and organizational development programs, the introductions we brokered with other donors and foundations, and the platforms that we helped create to share their work with larger philanthropic audiences.

The current surge in giving to racial justice (thank you Black organizing) has thrown open gates that many of us have been diligently prying open for our communities for decades. Countless foundations are waking up and looking to fund racial justice. This is a very good thing! What’s not good is that vast amounts of these new resources are moving through white-led foundations and institutions where the ultimate decision-makers lack authentic relationships with and deep accountability to communities of color. History tells us this means fewer dollars will make it to the organizations that communities of color trust and need to build actual power (as opposed to the ones deemed “credible” by white decision-makers). As a result, giving will likely be volatile & unpredictable rather than solid and sustained. It also signals a doubling down on white supremacy in our sector by bypassing structures where movement-accountable people of color have the ultimate decision-making power in favor of those where white people hold that power.

Many white-led institutions are attempting to plug the holes from lack of relationships, expertise, and cultural competency, with extraction and gentrification by doing two things: first, sapping the precious time of people of color movement leaders as grantmaking advisors within structures where white people have the ultimate decision-making power. The amount of time philanthropy already drains from these leaders through onerous and extractive grant applications and reporting processes already constitutes a theft. Now it is demanding more. Second, gentrifying the work of foundations like ours. Our phones have been ringing for months with requests from white-led foundations and intermediaries to download (almost always for free) how we do our work so that they can attempt to replicate our models instead of just funding us; as if there were even a formula we could provide that could substitute for actual relationships in communities.

It’s time that philanthropy acknowledges the essential role that people of color-led, movement-accountable foundations play in the larger philanthropic ecosystem. Investments in these institutions are a key strategy for advancing racial justice and self-determination. Therefore, it is critical that foundations like ours not just exist but be well-resourced and treated with respect.

We know and appreciate the many allies we have throughout private foundation, family foundation, and individual donor communities. We’re calling on you to stand with us now in disrupting the current trend in racial justice funding by signing onto this statement as a supporter and voicing the following statements and questions in philanthropic spaces:

  1. The gold standard of racial justice giving is to move flexible resources on a large scale to people of color-led organizations that are primarily accountable to movements in their communities and capable of redistributing these funds. This includes grassroots organizations like M4BL with the capacity to re-grant and public foundations led by people of color who come out of grassroots movements. This type of giving supports the self-determination of people of color.
  2. If you are a white donor or white-led institution building new infrastructure to resource people of color, and that infrastructure is virtually identical to the infrastructure of existing public foundations led by people of color, why are you not just funding these public foundations? Is it due to a lack of trust? A need to maintain ownership and control? And if you are tapping these public foundations to teach you how to build this new infrastructure because you admire how well they have built theirs, why not just fund what they have already built? (Helpful article from Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity)

Our liberation is bound to one another’s, and the surest way to freedom is to follow, and fund, those who know the way. Join us in our vision for the path forward. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a full list of people of color-led, movement accountable public foundations. 

Signed, 

  • EunSook Lee, Director, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
  • Margo Miller, Executive Director, Appalachian Community Fund
  • Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn, Acting Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Amoretta Morris, President, Borealis Philanthropy
  • Crystal Middlestadt, Executive Director, Chinook Fund
  • Peggy Saika, Executive Director, Common Counsel Foundation
  • Chi-Ante Singletary, Chief Reparations Officer, Cypress Fund
  • Board of Instigators, Diverse City Fund
  • alicia sanchez gill, Executive Director, Emergent Fund
  • Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director, Groundswell Fund
  • Maria De La Cruz, President, Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Edgar Villanueva, Principal, Liberated Capital x Decolonizing Wealth Project 
  • Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Jennifer Ching, Executive Director, North Star Fund
  • Erika Anthony, Executive Director, Ohio Transformation Fund
  • Tia Oros Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
  • Ana Luiza Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation
  • Erin Dale Byrd, Executive Director, The Partnership Funds
  • Rob Cato, Interim Executive Director, Social Justice Fund NW
  • Gloria Walton, CEO and President, The Solutions Project
  • Ana Conner & Kiyomi Fujikawa, Co-Directors, Third Wave Fund
  • Surina Khan, CEO,  Women’s Foundation California
  • Alejandra Ruiz, Executive Director, Youth Engagement Fund

Funders & Individual Donors Who Have Signed On

  • Kristi Petrie, Executive Director, AJL Foundation
  • Quinn Delaney, Founder & Board Chair, Akonadi Foundation
  • Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation 
  • Allison Thomas,  Allison Thomas Racial Justice Fund
  • Anna Fink, Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation
  • Catherine Gund, Governing Board, Art for Justice Fund
  • Sharlene Chiu, Senior Manager, Audience Development & Insights, BAM
  • Jessica Bearman, Principal/Cross-Pollinator, Bearman Consulting, LLC
  • Nashira Baril, Co-Director, Birth Center Equity
  • Tynesha Mcharris, Principal, Black Harvest 
  • Mandy Van Deven, Both/And Solutions
  • Miguel Gavaldon, Trustee, Buck Family Fund at Marin Community Foundation
  • Molly Schultz Hafid, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund
  • Tracy Mack Parker, Founder, Principal, Citizen Philanthropy
  • Aleyamma Mathew, Executive Director, COLLECTIVE Future Fund 
  • Cheri Dubiel, Executive Director, Community Shares Of Wisconsin Inc
  • Tracey Greens-Washington, Founder, CoThinkk
  • Gara Lamarche, President, Democracy Alliance
  • Ashindi Maxton, Executive Director, Donors of Color Network
  • Emily Galpern, Public Health Consultant, Emily Galpern Consulting
  • Arrington Chambliss, The Reverend, Episcopal City Mission
  • Pamela Shifman, Feminist Imagination
  • Fleur Larsen, Fleur Larsen Facilitation
  • Jen Shore, Executive Director, Focus for Health Foundation
  • Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice-President of Programs, Ford Foundation
  • Laura Wernick, Associate Professor, Fordham University
  • Nicky Mcintyre, CEI, Foundation for a Just Society
  • Maria Cherry Rangel, Director Of Strategic Initiatives, Foundation for Louisiana
  • Taj James, Full Spectrum Foundation
  • John Barnes, Executive Director, Funders Concerned About AIDS
  • Lorraine Ramirez, Executive Director, Funders for Justice
  • Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director, General Service Foundation
  • Nathalie Tejada, Founder & CEO, Generating Results LLC
  • Mallory Mitchell, Fundraising Coach, GiveMN
  • Kathryn Dilworth, Founder, GoodRuption
  • Ciorsdan Brown, Co-Founder/Organiser, Grant Givers’ Movement 
  • Karen Grove, Board Member & Donor, Groundswell Fund; Chair, Grove Foundation and President, Grove Action Fund
  • Rebekah Saul Butler and Leslie Dorosin, Co-Executive Directors, Grove Foundation
  • Akilah S. Wallace, Founder & Chair, HERitage Giving Fund
  • Supriya Lopez Pillai, Executive Director, Hidden Leaf Foundation 
  • Nat Chioke Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation 
  • Ana Argilagos, President and CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • Michael O’Bryan, Founder/Principal, Humanature 
  • Lisa Owens, Executive Director, Hyams Foundation
  • Jennifer Astone, Principal, Integrated Capital Investing
  • Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri, Program Officer, Irving Harris Foundation
  • Danielle West, Director of Projects, JG3: Jacobs Grounded Guided Giving
  • Iara Peng, Founder and CEO, JustFund
  • Jason Mcgill, Founder And Principal, Justice Associates, LLC
  • Nwamaka Agbo, CEO of the Kataly Foundation and Managing Director of the Restorative Economies Fund, Kataly Foundation
  • Eileen Farbman, President, Kolibri Foundation 
  • Liana Krupp, President, Krupp Family Foundation
  • Ricardo Benavidez, Senior Associate, Ktisis Capital
  • Jason Franklin, Principal, Ktisis Capital
  • Carlos Marinez, President/CEO, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
  • Julio Marcial, Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Mac Liman, Trustee, Liman/Twin Enviro Fund
  • Margaret Northrup, Director, Mardi Gras Fund
  • Cecilia Wessinger, Founder/Ecosystem Builder, Mass Collaboration 
  • Henry A J Ramos, Principal, Mauer Kunst Consulting
  • Taij Moteelall, Principal, Media Sutra, Inc.
  • Michelle J. Depass, President and CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Mijo Lee, Principal, Mijo Consulting
  • Elizabeth Speck, Principal, MindOpen Learning Strategies, LLC
  • Sarah Deluca, Money and Philanthropy Coach, Move Money, Shift Power
  • Lisa Beem, Donor Advisor And Organizer, Movement Voter Project
  • Zakiya Lord, Sr Philanthropic Advisor, Movement Voter Project
  • Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Board Chair, Movement Voter Project / Racial Equity & Democracy Fellow At The Amalgamated Foundation, Movement Voter Project  / Amalgamated Foundation / Chicana Empowerment and Climate Justice Fund
  • Aparna Rae, Founder, Moving Beyond
  • Alicia Lara, Chair, Board Of Directors, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Susan Dickler, Member, Board Of Directors, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Susan Balbas, Executive Director, Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Aaron Dorfman, President & CEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  • Melody Baker, Amy Morris, Renata Peralta, And Nicole Washington, The Amplify Fund Team, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Sarah Ghiorse, Executive Director, NewMexicoWomen.Org
  • Caitlin Brune, Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Joy Persall, Owner & Principal, Northern Star Consulting
  • Jacob Immel, Donor Engagement & Grants Manager, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Jill Soffer, Founder, Our Part Foundation
  • Vivian Stockman, co-director, OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
  • Nicole Baran, Executive Director, Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation
  • Anuja Mendiratta, Principal + Founder, Philanthropic + Nonprofit Consulting
  • Annie Mahon, Paul Mahon & Luke Newton, Pink House Foundation
  • Marj Plumb, Owner/CEO, Plumbline Coaching and Consulting, Inc.
  • Nora Bashir, Principal Owner, Praxis
  • Louise Davis, President, PRBB Foundation
  • Manami Kano, Sr Advisor, Racial Equity In Journalism Fund, Principal, Kano Advising
  • Lisa Silverberg, Principal, ProcessMatters, LLC
  • Anuja Mendiratta, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund
  • Radha Friedman, SHEO, Radha Friedman Consulting
  • Dennis Quirin, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation
  • Molly Smith, Member, Resource Generation
  • Iimay Ho, Executive Director, Resource Generation
  • Adam Roberts, Membership Director, Resource Generation
  • Rye Young, Rye Young Consulting
  • Saundra Davis, Founder + Executive Director, Sage Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Deborah Sagner, President, Sagner Family Foundation
  • Julia Baer-Cooper, Philanthropic Advisor, SARC Consulting
  • Kim Elzen
  • Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, Solidaire Network
  • Whitney Brimfield, CEO, Spark Point Fundraising
  • Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Principal, SRT Advising & Consulting
  • Lawanna Kimbro, Managing Director, Stardust Fund
  • Jarrett Lucas, Executive Director, Stonewall Community Foundation
  • Belinda Munoz, Executive Director, Susie T. Buell Foundation
  • Natanja Oquendo, Executive Director, The Boston women’s fund
  • Crystal Hayling, Executive Director, The Libra Foundation
  • Sadye Paez, Senior Research Associate, The Rockefeller University
  • Renee Rubin Ross, Founder & Principal, The Ross Collective
  • Kelli King-Jackson, Vice President Of Programs & Community Engagement, The Simmons Foundation
  • Amanda Cloud, CEO, The Simmons Foundation 
  • William Moore, Principal, The Strategy Group
  • Denise Littlefield Sobel, President, Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc.
  • Naomi Sobel, Treasurer, Tikkun Olam Foundation, inc.
  • Chad Poitra, Executive Director, Tiwahe Foundation
  • Tracy Gary, Philanthropic & Legacy Advisor & Donor Activist!, Unleashing Generosity, The Women’s Foundation of CA, and Earth Legacy Alliance
  • Brenda Sears, CEO, Voqal
  • Margaret Gifford, Principal/Founder, Watervine Impact
  • Michelle Swenson, Member, Way to Win, Women Donors Network
  • Najee Jones, Receptionist, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Ian Fuller, Managing Director, WestFuller Advisors
  • Althea Anderson, Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Aimee Bruederle, Grants Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Akaya Windwood, Principal, Windwise 
  • Donna Hall, President & CEO, Women Donors Network and WDN Action
  • Women’s Catalytic Fund
  • Will Guerra, Board Member, Women’s Foundation California
  • Liza Siegler, Director, Individual Partnerships, Women’s Foundation California
  • Beatriz (Bia) Vieira, Chief Strategist, Programs, Women’s Foundation California 
  • Quency Phillips, Board Of Directors, Women’s Foundation of California
  • Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, President and CEO , Women’s Funding Network
  • Michelle Morales, President, Woods Fund Chicago
  • David Risher, Cofounder & CEO, Worldreader
  • Alyssa Wright, CEO, Wright Collective
  • You Have Our Trust Fund
  • Glenda Love, Chairman, Zarrow Commemoration Fund
  • Andru Defeye, Sacramento Poet Laureate, Zero Forbidden Goals
  • Sonia Kowal, President, Zevin Asset Management
  • Beatriz Abascal
  • Kareem Alston
  • Lucy Bernholz
  • Owen Berson
  • Colleen Beye
  • Ruth Brandwein
  • Anne & Noah Brown
  • Michelle Cale
  • Shena Cavallo
  • Aaron Chandler
  • Sarah Clyne
  • Alison Conant
  • Alexande Cuff
  • Hyacinth Diehl
  • Kirsten Erkfritz
  • Gaye Evans
  • Sandra Flores
  • Jennye Garibaldi
  • Michael Gast
  • Sarah Gunther
  • Susannah Hale
  • Savanna Hanson
  • Katherine Harper
  • Barbara “Jamie” Harris
  • Pan Haskins
  • Kris Helé
  • Hannah Helms
  • Eric Howard
  • Tisha Hyter
  • Sunita Iqbal
  • Marianna Islam
  • Brook Kelly-Green
  • Maryfrances Kelly-Poh
  • Victoria Kirby
  • Torin Lee
  • Jai Lee Wong
  • Yin Ling Leung
  • Richard Magleo 
  • Amy Mandel
  • Ike Mccreery
  • Molly McShane
  • Michelle Mercer
  • Twyla Meyer
  • Gerry Milliken
  • William Mudd
  • Khayriyyah Muhammadsmith
  • Peggy Newell
  • Chris Newton
  • Elaine Nonneman
  • Joan Ohlson
  • Karishma Oza
  • Kia Pankey
  • Pamela Perry
  • Susan Pritzker
  • Elvira Ramos
  • Nicolle Richards
  • Jennifer Risher
  • Kerry Ann Rockquemore
  • Mikaela Romero
  • Patti Saunders
  • Jenna Scanlan
  • Cori Schmanke Parrish
  • Elizabeth Scott,
  • Brandi Shah
  • Becky Silverstein
  • Erin Elizabeth Smith
  • Megan Sullivan
  • Bailey Sutter
  • Nina Sweeney
  • Nina Toft Djanegara
  • Millie Troll
  • Charise Van Liew
  • Sam Vinal
  • Gail Wasserman
  • Patience Yi

Movement Organizations Who Have Signed On

  • Dennis Maurice Dumpson, Principal, #InvwstBLK
  • May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org
  • Jessica Pinckney, Executive Director, ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
  • Lauren Weston, Executive Director, Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
  • Anathea Chino, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Advance Native Political Leadership
  • Mutale Nkonde, Founding CEO, AI for the People
  • Evan Milligan, Executive Director, Alabama Forward
  • J. Parker Dockray, Executive Director, All-Options
  • Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Hasan Noor Ibriil, Chairman, Bilan Awdal Organization
  • Felecia Lucky, President, Black Belt Community Foundation
  • Denise Perry, Director, BOLD
  • Charlene Bencomo, Executive Director, Bold Futures NM
  • Chrissie Castro, Executive Director, California Native Vote Project 
  • Chera Reid, Co-Executive Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation 
  • Laura Ferretti, Co-Founder, ChangeRaiser$ Academy
  • Marinah V Farrell, Executive Director, Changing Woman Initiative
  • Cynthia Freeman, Senior Program Director, Community Partners
  • Irene Kao, Executive Director, Courage California
  • Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Frank Ramirez, CEO, East Boston Community Council
  • Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
  • Iliana Santillan, Executive Director, El Pueblo
  • Indra Lusero, Director, Elephant Circle
  • Dawn Brown, CEO, EmpowHer Institute
  • Kemone Hendricks, Executive Director, Evanston Present and Future 
  • Raymond Foxworth, Vice President, First Nations Development Institute 
  • Anita Khashu, Director, Four Freedoms Fund and Four Freedoms Action Fund
  • Ezak Perez, Executive Director, Gender Justice LA
  • Joanne Smith, Founder/President, Girls for Gender Equity
  • Krista Potter, Communications and Editorial Manager, Global Fund for Women
  • Marissa Tirona, President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Hailee Bland-Walsh, Interim Executive Director, Transformations Youth Organization, Hailee Bland-Walsh
  • Celeste Headlee, President, Headway DEI 
  • Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Co-Founder, HERitage Giving Circle
  • Alex Santiago, Executive Director, I Am Human Foundation
  • Sona Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Crystal Echo Hawk, Executive Director, IllumiNative
  • Alice Belcher, Founding CEO, Impact Coalition for Families Inc.
  • Michelle Magat, Director Of Development + Communications, La Cocina, Inc.
  • Lucy Herrera, Leadership Director, Legacy LA
  • Toni Newman, Interim President, LYRIC
  • Esra’a Al Shafei, Executive Director, Majal
  • Steven Renderos, Executive Director, MediaJustice
  • Pamela Merritt, Executive Director, Medical Students for Choice
  • Tequion Brookins, Founder, Minority Freedom Community Fund
  • Amita Swadhin, Founding Co-Director, Mirror Memoirs
  • Vanessa Terán, Policy & Communications Associate, Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project
  • Jodi Jacobson, Senior Donor Advisor; Senior Director Of Foundation Relations, Movement Voter Project
  • Billy Wimsatt, Executive Director, Movement Voter Project
  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director, MPower Change
  • Ella Mahler, Development Manager, Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Carly Bad Heart Bull, Executive Director, Native Ways Federation 
  • Alicia Ortega, Co-Director/ Co-Founder, Native Women Lead
  • Vanessa Roanhorse, Co-Founder, Native Women Lead
  • Ahtza D. Chavez, Executive Director, NAVA Education Project & NM Native Vote
  • Lynn Wenzel, Director Of Communications, Nevada County Citizens for Choice
  • Eddy Zheng, President & Founder, New Breath Foundation
  • Raul Alvarez, Communications Manager, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Rebecca Brown, Development Fundraising Manager, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Lori Villarosa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
  • Sara Lomelin, Executive Director, Philanthropy Together
  • Isabel Lopez, Executive Director, Raizes Collective 
  • Chris Peters, Principal, Red Deer Center
  • Erin Matson, Executive Director, Reproaction
  • Josie Pinto, Executive Director, Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire 
  • Marissa Finn Hersh, Chapter Leader, Resource Generation NYC
  • Dorian L. Wingard, MPA, Partner, Restoring Our Own Through Transformation
  • Claudia Horwitz, Project Director, Rise Up
  • Margaret Unohwaye Taylor, Executive Director, Rural Women Empowerment Network
  • Holli Holliday, President, Sisters Lead Sisters Vote
  • Jodie Tonita, Executive Director, Social Transformation Project
  • Colleen Kazemi, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Denver
  • Joshua Vincent, Executive Director, Southern Vision Allianxs
  • Louis King, President, Summit Academy
  • Flor Hunt, Executive Director, TEACH (Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare)
  • Dannese Mapanda, Chief Operating Officer, The Gathering for Justice
  • Carmen Perez, CEO & President, The Gathering for Justice
  • Dannese Mapanda, Chief Operating Officer, The Gathering for Justice
  • Rebecca Tong, Development Officer, The Land Institute
  • Starita Ansari, Ph.D., Founder/Director of Social Innovation, The New 3Rs
  • Paul Di Donato, President & CEO, The Proteus Fund
  • Simone Gbolo, Executive Director, The Public Policy & International Affairs Program
  • Bamby Salcedo, President/CEO, The TransLatin@ Coalition
  • Romilda Avila, CEO, Tides Advocacy 
  • Merrique Jenson, Director, Transformations Youth Organization
  • Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, Executive Director, Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering ( TAKE Resource Center)
  • Nancy Nangeroni, Board Secretary, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  • Hakima Payne, CEO, Uzazi Village
  • Maria Lemus, Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso
  • Luz Rodriguez, Founder, Visionary Allies
  • Nancy Rodriguez, Board Secretary, Viviana Enrique Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan
  • Emma Fox, Creator, Wild Rice Collective
  • John Stewart, Chairperson, Williamsburg Action Team Inc.
  • Sarah Haacke Byrd, Executive Director, Women Moving Millions
  • Ellie Brown, Director of Development and Operations, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

U.S.-Focused, POC-Led, Movement-Accountable Public Foundations

(*Note: this is not an exhaustive list, but includes foundations surfaced by the funders who collaborated on this statement.)

  • AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
  • Appalachian Community Fund
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Borealis Philanthropy
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Chinook Fund
  • Common Counsel Foundation
  • Contigo Fund
  • Cypress Fund
  • Diverse City Fund
  • Emergent Fund
  • Groundswell Fund & Groundswell Action Fund
  • Hawai’i People’s Fund
  • Liberated Capital, Decolonizing Wealth Project
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • North Star Fund
  • Ohio Transformation Fund
  • Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
  • Social Justice Fund NW
  • Southern Partners Fund
  • The New York Women’s Foundation
  • The Partnership Funds
  • The Solutions Project
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
  • Third Wave Fund
  • Trans Justice Funding Project
  • Way to Win
  • Women’s Foundation California
  • Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
  • Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
  • Youth Engagement Fund and Youth Engagement Action Fund

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