Our Grantees

We see our grantees as our partners in the broader movements that we are building together. Below, you’ll find information on what kind of work we support and a list of the organizations we have the honor to work with, whose activism and organizing inspire us, and whose courage is changing the world.

If you are an organization seeking funding, please view our Grant-Seeker Fact Sheet for an overview of our funding opportunities. Our Movement R&D Cycle is currently open from September 12 – October 13. Click here to view our full criteria and apply! Thank you for all you do!

What We Support

In everything we do, we seek to support organizations that are:

  • Collaborative and have an intersectional analysis on the relationship between economics, racism, climate, gender and sexual orientation.
  • Working for systemic change through an understanding of the deep causes of social symptoms.
  • Building power in communities and using that power to create change.

More specifically, we understand movement organizations to be those who engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • Organizing and Base-building
  • Direct Action and Protest
  • Leadership Development
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Alliance Building and Convenings

Our goal is to direct more resources to these organizations, understanding that social change requires a complex interplay of forces, including policy change, the transformation of ideas, and the cultivation of popular power.

Pooled Fund

for Movement R&D

Our Pooled Giving process is one of the ways we take collective action as a community. Through this fund, we support Movement R&D: the upstart, innovative experiments in movement-building. Silicon Valley knows that breakthroughs emerge when there is space to be creative and try new things, and thus, by pooling our resources, we provide risk capital for leaders on the ground striving to create social change. Click on the links below to learn more about our grantees.


2017

WINTER CYCLE

  • The deadline to apply was October 13, 2017. Our committee is currently reviewing the 330 applications we accepted and will be making decisions and disbursing funds by mid-December.
  • Email info@solidairenetwork.org to join our list for notifications about our upcoming cycle in the spring.


2016


2015

Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity
M Power Change
Florida Alignment Table
Southern Vision Alliance
Black Youth Project 100
Undocumented and Black Convening
BlackRoots Alliance
Mijente
#IfNotNow
LeftRoots
Movement Mash-up
Black Out Collective
Combahee Alliance
Action Now
UnKoch Campus
Climate Disruption Center
New York Renews
Solutions for Survival
OUR Walmart
Momentum Trainings
Rise Up Georgia
Black Lives Matter Network
Movement for Black Lives Convening
Debt Collective
Mass Incarceration Convening
Gulf South Rising
Rising Tide North America
Extreme Energy Action Collaborative
Natural History Museum
This Changes Everything
Lead Locally

2014

#Not1More Deportation
Dream Defenders
Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund
Idle No More
Local Principal Reduction Campaign
Ohio Student Association
OPEN Fund
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Warehouse Workers Justice Center
Wildfire Project
Hands Up United
Organization for Black Struggle / Missourians for Reform and Empowerment
Movement Net Labs

Rapid Response

for Movement Moments

Rapid Response funding is our most nimble way to fund opportunities that might otherwise not have access to resources because they are too new, too small, or too urgent. Sometimes these are crises or uprisings; at other times, they are creative ideas.

We have two vehicles for our Rapid Response work. The grantees below were funded through an informal process within our membership. Our Rapid Response process is member-led, and so the large majority of our requests are initiated directly by members. However, in special circumstances, Solidaire staff will post requests on behalf of organizations that are doing vital work in need of immediate assistance. If you’d like to be considered, please read our Rapid Response Criteria for Organizations.

In the wake of the 2016 election, we created a new vehicle in partnership with the Women Donors Network and Threshold Foundation to address the immediate threats that were presented to a wide range of communities: immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. The Emergent Fund provides a way for individuals at all levels to join us and contribute their money strategically in this critical moment. To learn more, make a donation, or submit a nomination visit: emergentfund.net.


2017

QUARTER 1: 1/01 – 3/31
Black Land & Liberation Initiative MLK Day Actions
Black Liberation Collective Student Convening
Catalyst Project: National Convening
Center for Media Justice
Community & Movement Self-Defense Convening:
• AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center)
• IJAN (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network)
• MXGM (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement)
Down Home North Carolina
Freedom Cities NYC Convening
Government Sachs Encampment
IfNotNow AIPAC Action
#ItTakesRoots to Grow the Resistance
#KnockEveryDoor
Liberatory Leadership Project
M Power Change
MAN MADE Documentary Film
Native Nations Rise
Paul Engler’s “Resistance Guide”
Protect & Support Linda Sarsour
Refugee Ban Immigrant Organizing through ACT (African Communities Together)
Support Black Trans Leadership at ICOPA (International Conference on Penal Abolition)
Texas Rapid Response Project
QUARTER 2: 4/01 – 6/30
About Face Veterans Action Camp
Alerta Migratoria Retreat
The Alliance for a Better Georgia
BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)
Black Snake Killaz: A #NODAPL Documentary
BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity)
The Call to Reclaim (Black Land and Liberation Initiative)
Color of Change Education Fund
EmpowerBR (Baton Rouge)
Families United for Justice Convening
Keystone XL Emergency Appeal (Bold Education Fund)
National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day
New Generation Health Clinic
People’s Climate Candidate Training (Lead Locally)
Secwepemc’ulecw Assembly
UPROSE Climate Youth Justice Summit

2016

Whose Streets
Flint Rising
Honor The Earth
New York Renews
Independent Political Organizing in Chicago
Movement Net Labs
Ayni Institute
New Lease on Life in the Gulf of Mexico
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Democracy Spring
Local Water Alliance
Southern Vision Alliance
Grassroots International
Athabasca Chipewyan Fire Relief
Flush Transphobia Fund
Movement for Black Lives Direct Action Table
Orlando Pulse Shooting Response
Common Bound
Social Justice Leadership Academy
Baton Rouge Legal Defense Fund
Support for Minneapolis Protesters
Georgia Civil Disobedience & Atlanta Reparations Funds
Law for Black Lives
Ruckus Society
Black Girlz Rulez
Korryn Gaines Response
All Of Us
Kenney Watkins Response
Grassroots Global Justice
Other Worlds
No Dakota Access Pipeline Actions
Indigenous Rising
Charlotte Uprising
Debt Collective
Grassroots International
Independent Political Power in New York
Ramapough Mountain Indians
Women of Color 100 Days
Indigenous People’s Power Project
New Florida Majority Education Fund
Buffalo 25
Standing Rock Women’s Clinic
Water Protector Legal Collective
Political Research Associates
Power Coalition
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Crow Creek Spirit Riders
Cosecha
If Not Now
Momentum Convening
Tef Poe Legal Support
OUR Wal-Mart
Showing Up for Racial Justice

2015

National LGBTQ Task Force
Debt Collective
Natural History Museum – Get Koch Off the Board
This Changes Everything (Convening)
Baltimore United For Change, in response to the Baltimore uprising
Baltimore Algebra Project, in response to the Baltimore uprising
Movement Generation’s Gulf South Training
Shell No
Get Equal
Black Lives Matter Charleston
Bank Worker Organizing in Minnesota
OUR Walmart
Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland
Trans Leader Delegation to Movement for Black Lives Convening
Millions March
Paddle in Seattle in Portland
Rise Up Georgia – in response to a pro-confederate backlash in the south
Our Climate Our Future
Keep Our Homes Detroit
Beautiful Solutions Retreat
Black Youth Project’s mobilization in Chicago

2014

Bail Fund for Hands-Off Appalachia
Blackbird
Boston Climate Justice Hub
Climate Summit Mobilization
Common Justice
Debt Collective
Dream Defenders
Momentum Training
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
Millions March
Freedom Side
GritTV for Jackson Rising
Illuminator
Natural History Museum
NC Moral Mondays Youth Organizing
Organization for Black Struggle
Owe Aku
Racial Justice Rapid Response Fund
Rockaway Wildfire
Student Power Convergence
TPP Fast-Track
Take Back St. Louis
Tar Sands Blockade
Yes Lab Action Switchboard
UPROSE

Aligned Giving

for Movement Infrastructure
alignedgiving.org

Our Purpose

The Aligned Giving Strategy for the Movement for Black Lives is an attempt, initiated by Solidaire in partnership with other donors and philanthropists, to collectively create sustained support for the Movement for Black Lives. Over the next five years, we pledge to work in partnership with the movement to ensure that Black-led organizations working to build power in their communities have the financial resources they need to stand for justice and dignity for all. Learn more in our AGS Participant Brief.

We recently launched an Aligned Giving Portal where you can:

  • Read overviews of our four strategies, as well as our Inspired Giving option
  • View proposals, summaries, and contact information for organizations in the M4BL ecosystem
  • Access resources, recorded webinars, and testimonials
  • Set your intentions and manage your giving online!

We invite you to join us as a Solidaire member or campaign partner. This is an opportunity to be a part of history in the making!
Visit the Portal to get started: alignedgiving.org

Background

Why is investing in black-led organizing important?
Our nation is on the verge of significant transformation. For hundreds of years, we have been a society defined by race and class. At certain points – when large numbers of people have come together and put their lives on the line to demand change – we have made progress. But that progress has been slow. Today, we are on the edge of another great transition in the way we think about who we are, who deserves to flourish, and how we can ensure that every individual in our society lives in safety and dignity.

What is “Black-led organizing”? As DeAngelo Bester and Valery Jean put it, “Black organizing [is] the recruitment, consciousness-raising, skill-building and leadership development of Black people, conducted by Black people, in order to collectively challenge anti-Black racism and fight for civil, political, economic, gender, social and cultural rights.”1 The definition of black-led organizing indicates not only what population is being organized, but who is doing the organizing, crafting the purpose and issue campaigns, and starting and building the institutions.

There are many reasons that this field is important to invest in right now. The systematic violence and oppression – physical, cultural, legal and financial – suffered by Black people in America from the nation’s founding to the present day is extreme. Wealth, access to education, access to healthcare and jobs, all continue to be marred by severe racial disparities. And as many scholars and public intellectuals have noted, the systematic, legalized dehumanization of Black people in America, from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration, is both the “original sin” of our republic, and a key pillar that upholds all of its oppressive functions. Tackling this oppression benefits not only Black people in America, but also all the other groups whose subjugation relies on tactics of dehumanization and marginalization. In addition, investing in black-led organizing plays a strategic role in that it enables us to challenge political strategies that have racialized government in the eyes of middle-class white America, which strategies have depressed support for everything from healthcare to minimum wage to environmental justice by suggesting that these actions constitute an “unfair” transfer of wealth to poor people of color. In short, this approach is carefully targeted, while also benefitting the interests of the range of groups and issues that we care passionately about.

We are also committed to supporting black-led organizing in recognition of the fact that philanthropy has played a role in perpetuating aspects of systemic racism.2 On this issue, dollars have not flowed in proportion to professed funder enthusiasm for the movement. We call on our community of donors to invest in reparations for historical divestment from communities of color, which has directly benefitted the sources from which we draw our wealth.

The Aligned Giving strategy focuses funding on the Movement for Black Lives, which has been challenging the ongoing role of racism in America, creating a national dialogue that we have not had in decades. This movement is deeply connected to other social movements, as it contains intersections with gender rights, economic inequality, education, immigration, and politics. In its short few years of existence, this vibrant social movement has transformed the American conversation about race, galvanized many thousands of participants, shifted political priorities, and impacted policy discussions at all levels of government. At this juncture, significant funding is required to sustain, mature, and grow the movement, and we invite you to join us in meeting this call.

1 Strengthening Black Organizing in the United States
2 We will be co-funding some research to show how much of private philanthropy is going to white-led organizations v black-led organizations.

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