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.
Alliance Building for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has released Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Communities: Alliance Building for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice. Produced with support from the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Open Society Institute and Public Interest Projects, this new report includes detailed case studies of organizations that are forging effective cross racial alliances between immigrant and native-born communities in order to build power and win just policies and practices in their regions. The report features current and former HSF grantee partners, such as CASA de Maryland, Highlander Research and Education Center, the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. A tool for both funders and practitioners, this report documents the range of creative strategies being employed to create authentic relationships between diverse constituents. It concludes with recommendations aimed attracting more resources for this innovative, yet under-funded, community strengthening strategy.