Discount Foundation Legacy Award

  The Discount Legacy Award annually identifies, supports, and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to workers’ rights movements in the United States and/or globally. Through public recognition and a $20,000 stipend, we hope to recognize and amplify the work of individuals at the intersections leading the way toward justice…

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Connection: NFG’s 2023 National Convening

Neighborhood Funders Group is shifting the timing of our National Convening in Wilmington, North Carolina from June 2022 to Spring 2023 (the convening had been planned in this same location for June 14-16, 2022). It’s with mixed emotions and deep commitment to the NFG community that I share this update with you, while also holding…

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2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award: Call for Nominations

The nominations are now open for the 2022 Discount Foundation Legacy Award! The Discount Foundation Legacy Award annually identifies, supports, and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to workers’ rights movements in the United States and/or globally. Through public recognition and a $20,000 stipend, we hope to recognize and amplify…

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Campaign to Support Black Farmers

  Photos courtesy of Black Oaks Center. Connect with NFG about contributing Neighborhood Funders Group and Wieboldt Foundation invite you to support racial justice and reparations for Black farmers who are crucial to our fight for just food systems, economic justice, and climate justice. We have launched a campaign to support the farmers of Pembroke Township, Illinois and Black Oaks Center, in…

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Welcoming IRSG’s Movement Advisors

NFG’s Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG) launched its inaugural committee of Movement Advisors in August 2021. These Advisors will deepen IRSG’s work to increase philanthropy’s accountability to rural movement leaders. These seven rural leaders reflect the powerful and broad diversity of rural communities, representing a range of geographies, issues, races, cultures, and more. What these leaders…

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Reflections on Labor Day with Larry Williams, Jr. of UnionBase

This Labor Day, NFG’s Director of the Funders for a Just Economy program, Manisha Vaze, met with Larry Williams, Jr., Cofounder of UnionBase, and formerly a Labor and Just Transition Coordinator at the Sierra Club and President of the Progressive Workers Union. In this interview, Manisha and Larry talked about Larry’s work and his vision…

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Statement on President Trumka’s Passing

With heavy hearts, Neighborhood Funders Group and The LIFT Fund are in solidarity with the AFL-CIO and the labor movement to honor President Richard Trumka. President Trumka dedicated his life to fighting for workers, from his beginnings with the United Mine Workers of America, to global solidarity efforts with workers in South Africa, and through…

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Introducing Philanthropy Foward: Cohort 3

  We are excited to announce the launch of Philanthropy Forward’s Cohort 3 in partnership with The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions! Philanthropy Forward is a CEO fellowship community for visionary leaders who center racial and gender justice and community power building to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy. This fellowship brings together…

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#StopAsianHate and Connect with NFG

At Neighborhood Funders Group, our hearts are heavy and our rage is mighty after learning about the murder of eight people — including six Asian American women — in separate incidents in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night. These hate crimes follow a rise of violence targeting Asian American Pacific Islander communities — especially elders, women,…

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A Warm Farewell & A Warm Welcome

Neighborhood Funders Group is a place for meaning-making in philanthropy. We offer funders a political home: a place to connect, strategize, and take action. A big part of how we make meaning and take action is incubating spaces for funders to organize and grow new initiatives — all toward the ultimate goal of shifting money…

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The Road Ahead

Neighborhood Funders Group is a place for meaning-making in philanthropy. We offer funders a political home: a place to connect, strategize, and take action. We are about to usher in a new Presidential administration. With it comes hopes and possibilities for a country in which Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities, queer and transgender…

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Surdna Foundation Stepping Up for Racial Justice

Don Chen, President of Surdna Foundation, announces the foundation’s plans to increase its grantmaking by $36 million to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders, organizations, and networks most affected by systemic racism. This post was originally published here on the foundation’s website. Don was part of the 2019-2020 Philanthropy Forward: Leadership for Change Fellowship cohort, a joint initiative of Neighborhood…

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A Letter from IRSG Members in Honor of Isabel Arrollo

Dear Friends, On May 16, 2020, we lost a fierce, beloved leader in California’s Central Valley, Isabel Arrollo. Isabel was the Executive Director of El Quinto Sol de America, an organization founded by her mother, Irma Medellin, based in Lindsay, California. Isabel’s passion and strong strategic lens helped grow El Quinto Sol into a driving…

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Highlights from Amplify this July

“We’ve been busy in these internet streets,” as Melody Baker, Amplify’s Senior Program Officer said on a recent staff call.  We were thrilled to end June and begin July with so many of you at the start of NFG’s 2020 virtual convening series: 40 Years Strong. On the fourth day of programming, on Thursday, July…

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NFG Announces New President: Adriana Rocha

For Immediate Release May 21, 2020 OAKLAND, CA —  Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), a national affinity group that organizes philanthropy to support grassroots power building so that communities of color and low-income communities thrive, is excited to name Adriana Rocha as its next leader.  After a nationwide search, Rocha will become the 6th President in…

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A Call for Social Solidarity: COVID-19 Response from NFG’s Programs

In the midst of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, NFG stands with our communities and workers who are in crisis. As we help organize with frontline leaders and philanthropy to meet the immediate needs of our communities at this time, NFG also remains committed to long-term transformation towards a just and equitable society. Funders must listen…

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Meet the First Philanthropy Forward CEO Leadership Cohort

  In October 2018, some of philanthropy’s top leaders came together for the launch of Philanthropy Forward, a new leadership fellowship for CEOs of progressive philanthropic institutions, hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group in partnership with The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions. Over the next eight months, this cohort will build and advance a shared vision…

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Introducing the 2019-2020 Philanthropy Forward Fellows

  Neighborhood Funders Group and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions are excited to announce the second cohort of Philanthropy Forward. Launching in September 2019, this dynamic group will add to the program’s first cohort in a growing network of visionary CEO leaders focused on supporting grassroots power building for racial equity and social justice. Philanthropy…

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