$12.5 million in grants supporting social justice organizations

San Francisco, CA – In the final docket of 2019, The Libra Foundation approved $12.5 million in grants to organizations led by and for those most impacted by systemic injustice–largely low-income communities of color–that are building power through grassroots community organizing to tackle society’s most pressing problems.

The Foundation’s latest docket includes $8.7 million to existing grantee partners and $3.8 million to 41 organizations new to the Foundation. This brings The Libra Foundation’s total 2019 giving to an all-time high of $25 million.

“As we enter 2020, we in philanthropy must get real about investing in power-building,” said Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. “The groups in this latest docket are ensuring communities have the resources they need to build a better future where we can all be free, healthy and thriving.”

The Libra Foundation funds in the areas of criminal justice and social justice, environmental and climate justice, and gender justice. 

The Foundation taps into the wisdom of networks by funding organizations that are in deep partnership with one another. This docket was shaped by recommendations from existing grantee partners, other social justice funders, and movement leaders.

For more information on this docket, please explore this deck.

New Grantees

  • A La Defensa
  • ACRE Institute (Action Center on Race and the Economy)
  • APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)
  • Black Census & Redistricting Hub
  • BYP100 Education Fund
  • CCWP (California Coalition for Women Prisoners)
  • CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
  • CCAEJ (Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice)
  • Choose1
  • Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ)
  • Center for Working Families
  • Critical Resistance
  • CRPE (The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment)
  • Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
  • Electoral Justice Fund
  • Equality Labs
  • Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM)
  • Institute for Strategic & Equitable Development
  • Jolt Initiative 
  • Justice for Migrant Women
  • Native Organizers Alliance
  • NDN Collective
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Operation Restoration
  • ¡PODER! (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice)
  • Prism
  • RISE Together Fund
  • PSR-LA (Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles)
  • Seventh Generation Fund
  • SisterSong
  • Southern Movement Assembly
  • Southern Vision Alliance
  • Sovereign Bodies Institute
  • Success Stories
  • Transgender Gender-variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
  • The Afiya Center
  • Trans Justice Funding Project
  • Trans United
  • Verde
Existing Grantees

  • A New Way of Life
  • ACCE Institute
  • Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Center for Story-Based Strategy
  • Ceres, Inc.
  • Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
  • Common Future
  • Common Justice, Inc.
  • Community Change
  • Community Coalition of Los Angeles
  • EarthRights International
  • Environmental Health Coalition
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Freedom to Thrive
  • Global Greengrants Fund
  • Grassroots International 
  • Green 2.0
  • Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Ignite
  • Indian Law Resource Center
  • International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • Initiate Justice 
  • Justice Funders
  • Movement Generation 
  • Movement Voter Fund
  • Native Voices Rising
  • National Advocates for Pregnant Women
  • National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
  • Network on Women in Prison
  • New Florida Majority Education Fund
  • Olé Education Fund
  • PICO California
  • ROC United
  • She the People
  • Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
  • The Opportunity Agenda
  • US Human Rights Network
  • We Got Us Now
  • WITNESS

The Libra Foundation’s guiding principle is that those who are closest to the issues understand those issues the best. They are not only the most equipped to build solutions, they are the most effective at implementing those solutions. The Libra Foundation is a family foundation with an endowment of $500 million invested for impact. Over the past decade, the Foundation has granted over $76 million to 234 grantee partners in the areas of criminal justice, environmental justice, and gender justice.