The Bay Area Justice Funders Network engages in a range of programs and activities that help the philanthropic community to become more active, coordinated, and accountable partner in efforts to grow and advance movements for justice. The Network is a platform for convening and encouraging relationships among funders, as well as strengthening relationships and communication between the philanthropic community and community-based organizations. BAJFN provides a venue for educational opportunities that allow funders to deepen their knowledge on social justice issues/campaigns, organizing strategies, and to share practices for social justice grantmaking. BAJFN supports funders to deepen their effectiveness through coordinated grantmaking strategies. Examples of our work include:
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR FUNDERS
In September 2015, BAJFN launched the Harmony Initiative, a 100 hour action-learning, leadership development program designed by and for philanthropists to give grantmakers the cutting edge tools, training and knowledge they need to partner with grassroots communities, select impactful grantees, evaluate social change work, and collaborate within philanthropy. Class of 2016 Harmony Initiative participant, Padmini Parthasarthy of the California Wellness Foundation said, "The Harmony Initiative has helped me to understand my place in philanthropy--what I can bring to the field to advance equity and social justice. The program's facilitators are thoughtful and responsive, and being part of a cohort of grantmakers focused on social justice is invaluable. Through the Harmony Initiative, I developed relationships I can rely on and gained a safe space to share successes and address challenges. The combination of in-person meetings over 10 months, paired with regular individual coaching sessions, is unique.”
For more information about the Harmony Initiative, please visit the webpage.
COMMUNITY FUNDER COLLABORATIVES
The Bay Area Justice Funders Network has been working with Oakland Rising, San Francisco Rising and Working Partnerships USA to develop a Community and Funder Collaborative to support the development of Bay Rising (BR), a regional alliance of community-led organizations working to address the crisis of inequality by strengthening the voice and the impact of low-income communities and communities of color in the civic and public policy arenas throughout the Bay Area.
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Additionally, after the 2016 elections, BAJFN has continued to organize within philanthropy. As we chart a path in an uncertain future, BAJFN is pleased to partner with the Common Counsel Foundation to mobilize resources for two parallel efforts to support vulnerable communities nationwide as we prepare for a new administration, focused on 1) strengthening resiliency of grassroots organizations to effectively respond to hate attacks through training and technical assistance, and 2) providing responsive direct funding to grassroots organizations to strategize and develop movement priorities in this new political landscape. The Still We Rise Fund is designed to be a nimble pooled fund that is facilitating, scaling and accelerating the delivery of responsive funding to a diverse range of community-based organizations across the country.
Funders interested in contributing can either make a donation online (designate Still We Rise Fund) or contact Alex Saingchin.
WORKING GROUPS AND LEADER CIRCLES
BAJFN has hosted working groups for members focused on: Organizing within Philanthropy, Grassroots Partnership, Arts, Culture Justice Funders, Executive Circle which are convened spaces designed to explore shared affinities.
For more information about the learning circles, please e-mail: email@example.com
Intentional spaces for funders and movement leaders that work to build shared analysis, explore intersections and create dialogue around the tensions of resourcing movement.
BAJFN has built a robust e-network of more than 275 progressive grantmaking individuals who are either based in the Bay Area or have portfolios in the Bay Area. Regular communications of curated content from all of our members has served to increase the level of awareness of each other’s work.
To join the mailing list or share something of interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.