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 Hill-Snowdon Foundation is committed to working with low income families and communities to create a fair and just society. HSF’s Board is deeply concerned with the growing gap between the rich and the poor, as well as the decreasing role and influence that regular people have in the daily practice of democracy in this country.
Fundamentally, we are interested in improving the concrete material conditions for low income families and communities such that they are thriving economically and also where these families and communities are more central actors in the decisions that impact their communities and the nation as a whole. We believe that the most sustainable way of achieving this is for low income families and communities to build the power necessary to move them from the political, economic and social margins of this society. Consequently, we have chosen community organizing as our core strategy because it has proven effective at securing concrete material improvements for low income families and communities by decreasing their social and political marginalization.
HSF has three grantmaking program areas that are all grounded in the practice of community organizing and social justice: Youth Organizing, Economic Justice Organizing and the Fund for DC. We also support a project that seeks to raise awareness of and leverage greater support for social justice work in the US South: the Grantmakers for Southern Progress (formerly SOWG).