The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice.
In solidarity with the National Day of Action and Resistance, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation will close its office on May 1st, 2017 – May Day. The Majority is comprised of faith communities, unions, Movement for Black Lives, Mijente and other migrant rights organizations, climate justice groups, indigenous networks, and a spectrum of progressive allies that are coordinating efforts in over 100 cities on May 1st to stand up for justice and equity.
Given our office closure and the work that will be happening on the ground on May 1st, we are extending the deadline for our Defending the Dream Fund from May 1st to May 3rd.
Featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Bay Area Justice Funders Network’s blog ‘What is a Justice Funder?’, Funders for Justice, and the The Daily Wrag, Nat Chioke Williams, executive director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, shares his thoughts on what philanthropy can do to make black lives matter more:
“…the question for the country — and especially for all of us in philanthropy — is not, Do black lives matter?, but rather, How can we make black lives matter and provide the best opportunities for the black community to thrive? And can philanthropy help ensure we don’t squander the advances that the broader movement has made in the past year?
The answer to this question is complex, but it ultimately boils down to power.
To make black lives matter more, philanthropy needs to do all it can to ensure that the black community builds the social, institutional, and political power it needs to directly challenge and dismantle the policies and systems that enable structural racism.”
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. HSF will commit $900,000 in new funds over the next three years to support Black-led organizing, Black leadership development and strategic convenings for Black racial and social justice leaders. In partnership with the Association of Black Funding Executives (ABFE), HSF will also host and convene a table of funders to coordinate and align our grantmaking and strategies in order to maximize our efforts to strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community to make Black lives matter and for the Black community to thrive.