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.
Hill-Snowdon Foundation on Making Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement – grounded in the devastating history and current events of explicit and implicit racially motivated state violence against the Black community – has created an important opportunity to address racial justice in the US today. The movement has touched every aspect of our society with its unflinching call for justice, respect and opportunity for the Black community.
Nat Williams, Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, offers some thoughts on how the philanthropic and social justice community might make Black Lives Matter as an enduring political and social imperative in this country. In short, he believes that in order to make Black Lives Matter we need to significantly strengthen and build the infrastructure for Black-led institutional and political power, in order to dismantle the system of structural racism and provide real opportunities for the Black community to thrive. He offers this report as a contribution to the reflective dialogues and organizing that are taking place to make Black Lives Matter more and the foundation looks forward to partnering with those who are engaged in this essential work.