At a Glance: The Impact of Solidaire’s Movement Protection Fund
In September 2020, Solidaire launched the Janisha R. Gabriel Movement Protection Fund in direct response to listening to our movement partners tell us about the urgent and immediate needs of movement leaders who were facing heightened risks, threats of violence and increased dangers due to the U.S. political climate in 2020. The fund was closed in December 2020 and reactivated in January 2021 in response to the rise in hate crimes following the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol before closing again.
As of March 31, 2021, we have moved over $3 million to 86 grantees with an average grant size of $37,000 through the Movement Protection Fund. Over 140 organizations and individuals applied for funding.
We think it is critical to share the results and lessons learned from the grantmaking process. Below, you can read some highlights from what our fund has accomplished and learn more about why it’s so necessary to fund this work year round and protect our movement organizers on the ground.