Despite significant progress, structural inequality based on gender, race, and ethnicity persists. And it is compounded and complicated by today’s challenges: People of color are disproportionately policed and incarcerated. Immigrants and LGBT people are targeted simply because of who they are. Laws are aimed at curtailing women’s reproductive rights.
But challenging realities have given birth to vibrant new leaders and movements that are creating fresh, innovative advocacy methods, forging unexpected alliances, and reframing narratives. Our work is to support courageous people and organizations in their efforts to harness this new energy for political and social change.
This means recognizing that race, gender, and ethnic identity are deeply connected—often inextricably so—and making sure that efforts to address them are rooted in this understanding. We support efforts to strengthen the rights and influence of those who are most affected by violence and suppression, and to shift repressive power dynamics. We also seek to promote alternative models of justice, change public perception, and shape policy.
What we don’t fund
We know nonprofit staff’s time is valuable, so we discourage using it to submit proposals that don’t fall within funding guidelines. In this spirit, we aim to be transparent about what our grant making does not support.
We do not fund standalone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support, and we do not fund individual degrees and fellowships. We also do not support work on juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, prisoner re-entry services, employment and civic engagement of formerly incarcerated people, indigent defense reform, civil access to justice, conditions of confinement, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions.
We do not make grants in support of broad-based strategies to achieve comprehensive immigration reform, immigrant labor issues, naturalization and civic engagement of immigrants, educational and health access for immigrants, refugee resettlement or refugee humanitarian assistance work, language access, spatial segregation, voting rights, employment inequality, the wealth gap, and educational attainment/affirmative action. We also do not fund direct services (legal or otherwise) except as connected to a larger systemic reform strategy.
We do not fund work on sexuality education, gender-based violence, human trafficking, and sex trafficking.