The Defending the Dream Fund partnership, made up of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation and other partners, came together this spring to support grassroots organizing in under-resourced areas to protect targeted communities, resist the draconian and destructive policies of the Trump era and work towards a hopeful dream of a just, equitable and caring society.
We are very excited to announce the 19 organizations selected in the first round of grants.
In response to this unique moment and opportunity, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation has developed the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.
The Defending the Dream Fund Announces Second Round RFP Release
September 7 – Langston Hughes’ classic poem, Let America Be America Again, could be considered a prescient reflection of our current times, but it is also a reminder of the long tumultuous struggle to achieve the idyllic dream of America. This hopeful dream and prospect of a fair, just, inclusive and equitable America has been usurped by a frightening and cynical nightmare with the election of the 45th President of the United States. We are in for the fight of our lives to defend the dreams of a more just and equitable America that is in severe jeopardy in our present social and political reality.
In response to these challenging times, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation, Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and the Whitman Institute and our other partners are pleased to announce the 2nd round of the Defending the Dream Fund. The Defending the Dream Fund supports organizing to address deleterious policies and institutional practices that are either the direct result of or that have been emboldened, aided and abetted by the policies and positions of the new federal administration.