Edge Fund was initiated by a small group of philanthropists and activists in early 2012. We wanted to explore how funds could be given out in a way that both devolves the power of donors and creates real and systemic social change. From that point we organised several meetings, attended by over 50 participants representing different communities and issues such as racism, climate change, mining, Palestine, migrants, disabled people, Travellers, corporate power, Occupy and LGBTQI and covering all levels of wealth, backgrounds and passions.
During the process of setting up we researched other funders with similar aims. We learned a lot from a number of inspiring social justice funds around the world, including Resist, Social Justice Fund Northwest, XminY, Global Greengrants Fund, FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Funding Exchange to learn how they achieve their goals.
Our first year was an exciting time. You can see a timeline of the major milestones below. We now have 104 members and invite others who share our aims and values to join us. We hope to build a membership which is truly representative of all the people, communities and injustices that exist in the UK, although we appreciate it will take us some time to get there.