COMPILATION OF RESOURCES


Please note that this compilation of resources is provided by the Bay Area Justice Funders Network to support, inform, and educate social justice funders. The content on the linked websites or contained in the resource materials are the sole responsibility of their respective copyright owners.

COMMUNICATIONS

"Communications as if Movement Mattered" by Makani Themba

How we communicate and how we build base and power are inextricably linked. Efforts to separate communications out into some separate process of persuasion disconnected from organizing strategy is just as problematic as organizing without any integrated communications strategy. In order to get to transformation, we need both aspects of work operating synergistically . . .

"Echoing Justice: Communications Strategies for Community Organizing in the 21st Century" by Julie Quiroz

An action research report by the Echo Collaborative that offers a landscape analysis and field assessment, as well as recommendations to grassroots organizing groups, alliances and foundations on how to strengthen, resource and support communications for grassroots organizing and base building. 

EVALUATION & METRICS

"Transactions-Transformations-Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements" by USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Transactions-Transformations-Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling and Funding Social Movements provides an evaluative framework and key milestones to gauge movement building. Aiming to bridge the gap between the field of community organizing that relies on the one-on-one epiphanies of leaders and the growing philanthropic emphasis on evidence-based giving.


"Evaluating Social Justice Advocacy: A Values Based Approach" by Barbara Klugman

This brief offers ideas on how to incorporate the concept of social justice and its underlying values into advocacy evaluation. It points to ways in which social justice values should influence what evaluators examine in terms of advocacy goals, theories of change, outcomes, and strategies. It also considers how the evaluation process itself can promote social justice values.
In a media environment dominated by stereotypes and special interests, network driven communications strategies powered by grassroots organizing are more vital than ever. Use the share button to join the conversation on narrative strategy, infrastructure and resources to win the framing contests of the 21st century. - See more at: http://centerformediajustice.org/echoing-justice/#sthash.s19DBtkC.dpuf
In a media environment dominated by stereotypes and special interests, network driven communications strategies powered by grassroots organizing are more vital than ever. Use the share button to join the conversation on narrative strategy, infrastructure and resources to win the framing contests of the 21st century. - See more at: http://centerformediajustice.org/echoing-justice/#sthash.s19DBtkC.dpuf
In a media environment dominated by stereotypes and special interests, network driven communications strategies powered by grassroots organizing are more vital than ever. Use the share button to join the conversation on narrative strategy, infrastructure and resources to win the framing contests of the 21st century. - See more at: http://centerformediajustice.org/echoing-justice/#sthash.s19DBtkC.dpuf

FUNDER-GRANTEE PARTNERSHIP

"Summary of National BAJFN Survey: Improving Funder-Grantee Partnership"

10 Funds/Foundations in the BAJFN Network surveyed their grantees for feedback and recommendations on how to improve funder-grantee partnership.

"Foundation-Nonprofit "Partnerships" -- Fact or Fiction?" by Jan Masaoka via Blue Avocado

Is it possible for a foundation and a grantee to have an honest, real partnership?

ORGANIZING

"Building a Pipeline for Justice: Understanding Youth Organizing and the Leadership Pipeline" via Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing

 This paper captures the challenges and opportunities of building a Leadership Pipeline, with youth organizing as a critical starting point, for a more robust and sustainable social justice movement.

"Funding Community Organizing: Social Change Through Civic Participation" via Grant Craft

Grantmakers who fund community organizing say it's the best option when you want to promote civic engagement and support lasting solutions to a community's problems. Yet many funders, concerned about the ability to measure its impact and effectiveness, hesitate to take up community organizing as a strategy. In this guide, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker's special role in fostering change.

"Sustaining Organizing: A Survey of Organizations During the Economic Downturn" via The Data Center

This report was based on a national survey of 203 organizations to assess the impact of the economic downturn on community organizing. The survey was conducted between November 2009 and February 2010.

RACIAL JUSTICE GRANTMAKING/PHILANTHROPY

"Moving Forward on Racial Justice Philanthropy" via the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Grantmaking with a structural racialization lens is complex and evolving. Within this volume, we address the concept, the dynamics of structural interventions, the challenges of measurement and the lessons that some funders and activists have gleaned.

"Catalytic Change: Lessons Learned from the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment." via The Applied Research Center

Catalytic Change: Lessons Learned from the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment. The Applied Research Center (ARC) and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) developed the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment following ARC’s 2004 publication of Short Changed: Foundation Giving in Communities of Color. Short Changed documented, as recent reports have confirmed, decreasing  grantmaking with clear racial justice impacts, as well as decreasing support for organizations led by people of color. As foundation executives grapple with the meaning of racial disparities in philanthropy and how to remedy them, we hope that the ARC-PRE assessment will help all of us understand how foundations can advance racial equity more effectively.

"Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity" via The Center for Assessment & Policy Development

Resources that can support your group to set up inclusive processes, create shared understandings about race, racism, privilege, power and inclusion, learn from others doing similar work locally and nationally and learn more about the value of evaluation for your work.

"Marking Progess: Movement Toward Racial Justice" via the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

9 authors tackle the problems and prospects of evaluating racial justice work, raising some of the key issues they feel the field and its funders need to consider and explore further in order to understand the true impact of our work.

"Racial Equity Online Toolkit" via Funders for LGBTQ Issues

The Racial Equity Online Toolkit provides a range of grantmaking tools, commentaries and best practices to support grantmakers in implementing an LGBTQ racial equity lens into their grantmaking and internal operations.

SOCIAL JUSTICE GRANTMAKING/PHILANTHROPY

"Diminished Dollars: Analyzing the Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy" via Foundation Center

Examines the assets, spending and giving for 60 foundations known to be active in the social justice sector and explains how the sector was affected by the crisis.  The report also forecasts what the future of funding social justice philanthropy might look like.

"Making Change: How Social Movements Work and How to Support Them" via USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Social movements are a hidden underpinning of the American story. Using the tools of relationship-building, community mobilization, and symbolic protest, they have helped bring us civil rights, labor protections, and even a healthier environment, sparking people’s aspirations, imaginations, and actions for a better nation.  Why then has funding of these movements been difficult to obtain and sustain? Some suggest that funders often want more immediate and measurable outcomes – moving a nation to live up to its promise is important but hard to quantify. And yet in recent years, there has been renewed philanthropic interest and openness to investing in social movements, community organizing and policy change, and an understanding that this will require a new level of patience and a new set of relationships with grantees.  This document seeks to provide a guidepost to both funders and the field by detailing what makes for a successful social movement, what capacities need to be developed, and what funding opportunities might exist.

"Social Justice Grantmaking II" via Foundation Center

Social Justice Grantmaking II: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends provides a comprehensive overview of social justice–related funding by the nation’s foundation community. It is designed to further both the understanding and practice of social justice philanthropy. The report includes perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing social justice funders, insight on emerging strategies in the fi eld, and detailed quantitative benchmarking of changes in social justice funding, ranging from principal grantmaking priorities to the geographic distribution of funding.

"Social Justice Philanthropy: An Initial Framework for Positioning This Work" via the Working Group for Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace

A paper by Albert Ruesga and Deborah Puntenney discussing eight different (and overlapping) traditions of social justice on which philanthropic practitioners base their practice.

"Social Justice Philanthropy: Lasting Trend or a Lasting Lens for Grantmaking?" via the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

A report that defines and discusses the concept of social justice philanthropy and provides an assessment of its future in philanthropy.

"Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy" via the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

This report examines the meaning of social justice philanthropy based on literature reviews and conversations with grantmakers, academics and nonprofit practitioners. What are the main elements of social justice philanthropy? What are the contradictions?

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