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Grantmaking Criteria

Youth Organizing

Beginning in Fall 2012, we will prioritize the following criteria when considering new groups for funding:

  • Model MGOs are youth or adult organizing groups that:
    • Are committed to and have well defined and effective models of multi-generational organizing;
    • Have had a more significant policy impact because of youth and adults working together;
    • Hold leadership roles in MGO coalitions & alliances.
  • Emerging MGO are youth or adult organizing groups that:
    • Have a track record and commitment to multi-generational organizing, but are still developing their MGO model.
    • Have a track record of organizing wins and that have the potential to secure broader scale change.
    • Work in coalition with other social justice organizing groups.
  • Primarily located in the US South
  • Must employ a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change (we do not support youth leadership, advocacy, service programs that are not grounded in a community organizing model).
  • Engage in multi-issue organizing
  • Employ civic engagement as a strategy
  • Employ a sophisticated racial and gender justice frame

 

Economic Justice Organizing

Beginning in Fall 2012, we will prioritize the following criteria when considering new groups for funding:

  • Based in the South or Southwest
  • Must employ a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change (we do not support research, advocacy, service programs that are not grounded in a community organizing model).
  • Use a cross-racial or multi-ethnic alliance building strategy to build power
  • Engage in multi-generational organizing, involving young people in leadership roles
  • Integrate civic participation or voter engagement strategies into their ongoing efforts wherever possible.
  • Employ a sophisticated racial and gender justice frame

 

Fund for DC

For the most part, we will not have the resources to make grants to new community organizing groups in DC over the next three years. Instead, we will focus our efforts on strengthening the capacity of existing Fund for DC partners. However, we will endeavor to connect with new groups as they emerge and foster a supportive relationship. We plan to launch the Community Organizing Capacity Building Program in summer 2012 focusing on integrated voter engagement.

 

Consideration for funding with the Hill Snowdon Foundation is by invitation only.  

Due to budget constraints, consideration for new grants will be extremely competitive over the next three years.