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Funding networks and orgs

UK funding networks and organisations

Also, visit the Help with Fundraising page for a list of funders that support social justice and campaigning work.

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Inspiration from overseas (* indicates grantmakers)

  • * A.J Muste Memorial Institute – funds grassroots groups around the world to end war, oppose nuclear power, halt environmental racism, stop death penalty, defend labour rights, fight for racial, sexual equality and for immigrant rights, promote non-violent action.
  • * Arcus Foundation – global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes.
  • Association of Black Foundation Executives – promoting effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.
  • Bolder Giving – inspiring and supporting people to give at their full lifetime potential.
  • Changemakers – transforming the values and practices of philanthropy, in order to assure more equitable and accountable distribution of resources for creating positive social change.
  • * Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – supporting global efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society through programme areas of civil society, environment, poverty.
  • Common Counsel Foundation – partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements, prioritizing support for community-based organizations engaged directly with low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working to advance justice, equity, and build a healthy, sustainable environment.
  • Council on Foundations – US national association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations striving to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of the sector while providing members with the services and support they need to advance the common good.
  • * Community Investment Network – inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.
  • D5 (Diversity in Philanthropy Project) – five-year coalition to grow philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy – develops extraordinary new leaders to enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities.
  • Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) Funders Alliance – community of donors, foundation officers and advisors across the international philanthropic landscape sharing knowledge, tools and approaches working to addresses the systemic nature of the social, economic and ecological crises threatening the future of our planet.
  • * Flow Funding – donors entrust their money to social innovators and visionaries to give away.
  • * Foundation for Deep Ecology – supports efforts to protect wilderness and wildlife, promote ecological agriculture, and oppose destructive mega-technologies that are accelerating the extinction crisis.
  • * Ford Foundation– supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide, aims to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.
  • * FRIDA: the young feminist’s fund – supports initiatives led by young feminist women and transgender youth as a means of ensuring that the views, voices, needs and priorities of these individuals are supported.
  • * Fund for Wild Nature – invests in cutting-edge grassroots campaigns and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness in North America.
  • Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing – collection of US national, regional and local grantmakers and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social transformation.
  • Funders for LGBT Issues – working side-by-side with funders and our movement’s organizations, Funders for LGBTQ Issues remains the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving to LGBTQ communities.
  • * Funding Exchange – network of community foundations engaging activists to determine which organizations and issues need financial support. Also see list of Funding Exchange member foundations.
  • * Global Fund for Women – grantmaking foundation that advances women’s human rights worldwide that brings grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.
  • * Global Greengrants Fund – providing small grants to grassroots groups working on environmental sustainability and social justice through activist-led grantmaking.
  • Grantmakers Without Borders – now EDGE Funders Alliance (see above).
  • Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training – multiracial organisation that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building with the belief that social justice organisations are more effective when they have a broad base of individual donors.
  • International Funders for Indigenous Peoples – transforming philanthropy globally through encouraging and facilitating partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to further vision, imagination, and responsibility to tackle the challenges of our times.
  • * Isvara Foundation – progressive trust that awards grants to civil society organisations working to halt the unsustainable and socially destructive neo-liberal policies that characterize the currently dominant process of corporate-led globalisation.
  • * Mama Cash – supporting feminist and women’s rights organisations around the world
  • * Minor Foundation for Major Challenges – Norwegian trust that funds communication projects around the world which mitigate anthropogenic climate change and that have the greatest impact on influencing public opinion and increasing political support for cutting green house gas emissions.
  • * Mulago Foundation – focused on four elements of a lasting better life – livelihood, health, education and conservation – in the places that need it the most, by giving unrestricted funding with minimum hassle.
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy – promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.
  • New York City Collaborative for Fairness and Equity in Philanthropy – collaborative of nonprofits of color and foundations to give voice to Asian, Black, Latino and Native American communities in current discussions about fairness and equity in the foundation sector.
  • * Next Generation of African American Philanthropists – African-American men and women from diverse backgrounds with a broad spectrum of experiences who are interested in becoming strategic philanthropists and promoting collective giving of time, talent and treasure.
  • Occupy Philanthropy – provides a space for donors and funders to share and develop strategies for supporting Occupy and related organizing efforts, and to move philanthropy towards being more responsive to calls for social and economic justice articulated by the Occupy moment.
  • * Open Society Foundations– works to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people, with programme areas including LGBT rights, Burma, Roma inclusion, migration and racism.
  • * Pangea – international giving circle that supports grassroots community development in the Global South and creates direct learning experiences for engaged donors.
  • * Patagonia – clothing company funding environmental campaigns.
  • Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace – global network of philanthropy practitioners working to increase the impact of grantmaking for social justice and peace.
  • * Rainforest Action Network Protect-an-Acre Program – grants to frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure protection for millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world.
  • * Resist – funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change.
  • Resource Generation – organizes young people with financial wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change.
  • * Social Justice Fund Northwest – member driven foundation working at the frontlines of social change, addressing the root causes of injustice and leveraging the resources of members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
  • * Southern Partners Fund – serving rural Southeastern communities and organizations seeking social, economic and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance, training and access to systems of information and power.
  • * Terre Humaine – making grants to defend the natural environment and biodiversity and combat poverty and exclusion, especially concerning food safety, together with access to quality health care.
  • * Threshold Foundation – progressive foundation and a community of individuals united through wealth, funding innovative national and international organizations working to further the causes of social justice, environmental preservation, humane economic systems and the peaceful coexistence of individuals, communities and cultures.
  • * Tides – promotes change toward a healthy society, one which is founded on principles of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process, and sustainable environmental practices.
  • * Wallace Global Fund – promoting an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends.
  • * Western North Carolina Self Development Fund – provides direct funding for small, community-led organizations and their projects, including seed funding and matching for grassroots fundraising.
  • * XMinusY Solidarity Fund – Dutch progressive funding organisation supporting social movements and organisations all over the world focusing on organizing activities aimed at social justice and political emancipation.
  • Yes! – connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all.

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