Funding Exchange has supported innovative activism for decades. In spring 2012, we awarded $108,500 in grants to groups across the country organizing for justice in their communities. Our most recent grants are listed below. (A list detailing Funding Exchange’s past grants, from June 30th 2010 – July 1st 2011, is available here.)
The Fort Hood Support Network (FHSN) operates an outreach center called Under the Hood in Killeen, Texas near Fort Hood. The soldiers at Fort Hood (Texas), the nation’s largest military base, have been deployed repeatedly and their struggles with addiction, violence and suicide are ignored and understated by most institutions and the media. Under the Hood creates opportunities for fellowship and dialog through a coffeehouse…
The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless (OH) is a unified social action agency, fully committed to its ultimate goal: the eradication of homelessness with respect for the dignity and diversity of its membership, the homeless and the community. The Coalition works towards this goal by coordinating services, educating the public, and engaging in grassroots organizing…
The Seattle Young People’s Project (WA) is a youth-led, adult supported social justice organization that empowers youth (ages 13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. Society continually blames youth for dropping out, running away, gang violence, and other issues, but does not address their roots causes nor allow youth to participate in the problem solving.
Gender Justice LA (GJLA) is a 10-year old non-profit organization working to elevate the collective power of the Los Angeles transgender community, with the end goal of eliminating gender-based oppression. They are building a strong grassroots organization that changes policies and legislation, hold elected officials accountable and secures funding for programs and services that improve the lives of trans people.
The Human Rights Defense Center (Brattleboro, VT) advocates on behalf of the human rights of those detained against their will by the United States government and its agents. This includes people in state and federal prisons, jails, immigration detention, civil commitment, American Indian Jails, juvenile and military prisons among others.
People’s Production House (New York, NY) is a media arts and journalism institute that pairs artists and journalists with low-wage workers, immigrants, and young people to produce ground-breaking stories presented to a general audience through cultural venues (museums, festivals) and diverse media outlets (The Nation, The New York Times, BBC, PBS Newshour, Australian Broadcast Corporation, NPR, and more). They’re partnering with Domestic Workers United and the Media Literacy Project in New Mexico.
Jordan/Rustin Coalition (Los Angeles, CA) is a non-profit advocacy organization created in response to the lack of outreach to African Americans in the campaign against Proposition 22, the anti-gay marriage initiative in 2000.
The University Sin Fronteras (San Antonio, TX) was born from the movement building work of Southwest Workers Union, a twenty-three year old grassroots membership based social movement organizing for environmental and climate justice, low-income worker and migrant organizing, community civic engagement and youth organizing and leadership development through political and popular education.
The Workers’ Dignity Project (Nashville, TN) is a worker-led workers’ center acting collectively for economic justice. The were founded on the belief in the dignity and respect of all people.
The Urban EpiCenter (Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee) is an African-American-led grassroots organization that organizes and develops cross-cultural leadership throughout economically disadvantaged communities in middle Tennessee. Founded in 2007, Urban EpiCenter focuses on people not affiliated with the three traditional centers of power within the African-American community – Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Black church or historic civil rights institutions.
Pan Left Productions (Tucson, AZ) is a membership-driven collective of progressive artists and activists who believe in the positive use of media for social and environmental justice and social change. Their mission is to amplify progressive stories and voices by providing access to equipment and resources, increasing the capability of individuals and organizations to use and make media, and promoting equity in media distribution.
As Arizona’s only worker rights center, AIAWJ (Phoenix, AZ) is a place where Arizona’s working women and men are able to take charge of solving their own workplace issues. Many of these same individuals have emerged as the center’s strongest worker leaders, board members, volunteers, and staff.
Action Resources International (Laramie, WY) is an organization dedicated to serving victims and survivors of sexual violence, with a special focus on women and girls who have survived family-based and sexual violence and gone on to become anti-violence activists. Action…