San Francisco (CA) – The Libra Foundation has approved $12.4 million in grants to social justice organizations during the first half of 2019. The foundation’s latest docket includes $8.1 million to 31 existing grantee partners and $3.4 million to 23 organizations new to the Foundation.
This slate of grants also includes two sets of responsive grants: $550,000 to support the work of 8 organizations fighting the recent abortion bans in the South and $475,000 to 6 pooled funds working on Census 2020 outreach in hard to count communities statewide and nationally.
In addition to responding to urgent needs, The Libra Foundation prioritizes providing support to organizations that build power through grassroots community organizing, coalition building, and advocacy. The Foundation also focuses on organizations led by and for those most impacted by systemic injustice, largely low-income people and communities of color, who are best suited to build their own solutions. The new organizations in this set of grants also center approaches that take into account the myriad challenges marginalized people face across issue areas and identities.
“The link is clearer than ever—when we dehumanize our neighbors, we destroy the basic fabric of our society,” said Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. “Attacks on reproductive care, the denial of rights of LGBTQ folks, attempts to suppress the Census count of Black and Brown communities—these actions diminish us all.”
The Foundation continues to believe in the importance of tapping into the wisdom of trust-based networks by funding organizations that are in deep partnership with one another. This docket was shaped by conversations with existing grantee partners, other social justice funders, and movement leaders.
|Grants to fight Abortion Bans
||Census pooled funds
The Libra Foundation is a family foundation with an endowment of $480 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 reform, environmental justice, and gender justice. Over the past decade, The Libra Foundation has granted more than $60 million to 192 grantee partners.