Giving Compass’ Take:
• Justice Funders highlights learnings from a survey of movement building funding efforts in the Bay Area.
• How can learnings be spread to other communities? What ongoing movements would benefit from additional philanthropic support?
• Read more about advancing social change through movement building.
In 2013, Justice Funders produced “Funding Movement Building: Bay Area Approaches” which detailed the findings from our 2012 survey of Bay Area Social Justice philanthropies.
The survey sought to answer one of the single most important questions facing members of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network – Justice Funders’ regional community for learning and action: “How do we fund social justice movement building?”
Our goals were to learn about what issues, work or geographies are prioritized, where there may be opportunities for coordination, and to establish a baseline for the amount of philanthropic dollars granted by Bay Area philanthropies to advance social justice issues and movements.
The stories and case studies shared in this report offer paths forward for foundations to intentionally and strategically increase their investment in social justice movement building.
Overall, BAFJN member grantmaking consciously links movements and issues, and is driven by values rather than traditional issue categories.