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.
HSF adopts an integrated strategy to our work that combines grantmaking, leveraging and learning.
Grantmaking: The core of our work is making grants to help organizations achieve social justice for their constituents. Through our grantmaking we provide funds to help organizations do their work; learn about a range of issues impacting low-income families, and build relationships with leaders across the country. In our grantmaking, we strive to be responsive, take risks, innovate, and be a strategic partner that supports under-funded areas and stays the course with our partners because we recognize that structural change requires a long-term investment of resources, perseverance and creativity to be successful.
Leveraging: We try to leverage our position within philanthropy by strategically working with other funders to increase resources and opportunities for issues and organizations that are related to our interests. On occasion, HSF will lend our voice in support of efforts that advocate for specific policy and/or institutional practice changes.