$8.4 million in grants to support power-building social justice organizations

Building on a strong fifteen-year legacy of grantmaking to progressive causes and movements with a focus on social justice organizations that integrate human rights into their work, The Libra Foundation recently approved $8.4 million in grants, including $2.9 million to 25 new organizations and $5.5 million to 27 existing grantee partners.

With these new grants, The Foundation prioritized providing support to organizations that build power through grassroots community organizing, coalition building and partnerships, and advocacy. The Foundation also focused on organizations led by and for those most impacted by systemic injustice, largely low-income communities of color, because they are best suited to create their own solutions. Another key criterion for this set of grants – organizations at the intersection of multiple challenges communities face.

“We’re being told we should fear that ‘dangerous other’ — immigrants, Black people, Latinx folks, transgender people – but that fear-based rhetoric is a mechanism to keep us divided.” said Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. “We need to organize to build strong, safe, and loving communities. And that’s the brilliant work of these organizations.”

The Foundation continued to streamline its application process and no-proposal process for first-time grantees. Foundation staff will learn from this process and continue to iterate improvements. Finally, the Foundation believes in the importance of tapping into the wisdom of its community and funding organizations that are in deep partnership with one another. This fall docket was shaped by conversations with existing grantee partners and other social justice funders, as well as, interactions with movement leaders at convenings earlier this year such as Facing Race, EGA’s Fall Retreat, and BALLE’s Shift Capital Summit.

Learn more here about the following remarkable organizations that The Libra Foundation is proud to support.

New Organizations

  • ACCE Institute
  • A New Way of Life
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
  • BVM Capacity Building Institute
  • Center for Community Change
  • Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
  • Community Coalition
  • Green 2.0
  • Grist
  • Highlander Research and Education Center
  • IGNITE
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Movement for Family Power (formerly Nat’l Family Defense Project)
  • Movement Voter Fund
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Network on Women in Prison
  • New Florida Majority Education Fund
  • OLÉ Education Fund
  • PICO California
  • Project South
  • ROC United
  • She the People
  • Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
  • Voice of the Experienced (VOTE)
  • We Got Us Now

Renewing Organizations

  • 350.org
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
  • Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Univ.
  • BOLD: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity
  • California Urban Partnership
  • Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Climate Justice Alliance
  • Color of Change Education Fund, Inc.
  • Community Works West
  • Demos
  • Earthjustice
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Essie Justice Group
  • Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • Forward Together
  • Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
  • International Indian Treaty Council
  • Movement Generation
  • Native Voices Rising
  • Our Children’s Trust
  • Pesticide Action Network North America
  • Transform Finance
  • US Human Rights Network
  • Washington Office on Latin America

The Libra Foundation is a family foundation with an endowment of $320 million invested for impact. The Foundation is committed to social justice work in the United States in the areas of criminal justice and drug policy, environmental justice, and gender justice. Over the past decade, The Libra Foundation has granted $50 million to more than 140 grantee partners.

Contact: Laurie Kappei.e. communications.