The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice.
In solidarity with the National Day of Action and Resistance, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation will close its office on May 1st, 2017 – May Day. The Majority is comprised of faith communities, unions, Movement for Black Lives, Mijente and other migrant rights organizations, climate justice groups, indigenous networks, and a spectrum of progressive allies that are coordinating efforts in over 100 cities on May 1st to stand up for justice and equity.
Given our office closure and the work that will be happening on the ground on May 1st, we are extending the deadline for our Defending the Dream Fund from May 1st to May 3rd.
In 2011, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation signed onto the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) initiative, Philanthropy’s Promise.
Philanthropy’s Promise celebrates foundations that intentionally:
Joining the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in the promise, are over 100 other foundations, representing a diverse group of funders. A full list of participating foundations can be found here.
Participating grantmakers voluntarily offer public statements affirming and explaining their commitment to these two high impact strategies at the center of the initiative:
Hill Snowdon Foundation’s Pledge and Commitment to Social Justice Grantmaking
For the majority of its fifty year existence, the Hill Snowdon Foundation operated as a typical
informal family foundation, making grants in support of a variety of issues with a focus on social
services as a strategy. As the assets of the Foundation increased, the trustees wanted to be
more strategic in their grantmaking in order to have a greater impact. Through an intensive
process of consultation, research and experiential learning, the trustees adopted a social justice
frame for its grantmaking, with community organizing as the core strategy.
The Board firmly believes that community organizing is the most cost effective and strategic
means to create the necessary changes in low‐income and marginalized communities.
Accordingly, our revised mission is to work with low‐income families and communities to create a fair
and just society by helping them develop the capacity and leadership skills necessary to influence the
decisions that shape their lives. We believe that it is essential for people to proactively define the type of
society in which they want to live and then work collectively to achieve this vision. HSF seeks to
accomplish this mission by providing grants to organizations that work directly to build the power of low‐
income families; leveraging our and others’ resources; and promoting opportunities for learning and