Our Grantees

We see our grantees as our partners in the broader movements that we are building together. The following is 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.

Pooled Fund

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.


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

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.  We also created a new vehicle in the wake of the 2016 election, in partnership with the Women Donors Network, 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.


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

The Solidaire Aligned Giving Strategy is an effort to move long-term financial resources to support 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. We invite you to review our strategy and join us as a Solidaire member or campaign partner. This is an opportunity to be a part of history in the making.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved, please email:
leah@solidairenetwork.org

 

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Focus Area: Black-led Organizing

For our 2016 Aligned Giving strategy, we will focus our funding on Black-led organizing and the Movement for Black Lives in particular.

Why start with black-led organizing?  First, this is one of the most vibrant movement spaces in America right now.  The Movement for Black Lives has created a focus on race and racism that has not been seen since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, breaking open the mirage that America has achieved a post-racial society.  The movement has build its own policy platform and is intentionally growing its infrastructure, and investments here are likely to get traction.  

Second, 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.   One in four black men will go to prison.  A Pew research study noted that the typical black household had just $5,677 in wealth in 2009 while the typical white household had $113,149.

Third, 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 dehumanizating and marginalization.

Fourth, investing in black-led organizing 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 Solidaire members care passionately about.

Minnesota-Lynx-640x463What 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.” 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.  

Separate from the above rationales, we are committed to supporting black-led organizing in recognition of the fact that philanthropy has perpetuated aspects of systemic racism.  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.  

 

For more resources, please see:

Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow

Ian Haney-Lopez: Dog Whistle Politics

The Movement for Black Lives: A Vision for Black Lives

Writings by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Demos: Various Publications