The Libra Foundation approves $13.5 million in sustained core support grants for social justice organizations

San Francisco, CA – On November 5, The Libra Foundation approved $13.5 million in unrestricted grants supporting 69 existing partners at the forefront of social justice movements for transformative change. The Foundation is providing sustained funding to grantee partners that are creating strategies and implementing solutions that advance justice and liberation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color around the country. 

“BIPOC groups have led the fight for democracy during 2020, resulting in a record voter turnout even in a time of voter suppression, as well as the ravages of COVID and economic recession,” said Crystal Hayling, the Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. “For groups on the frontlines of systemic oppression, this is the beginning of the struggle, not the end – and they need to be adequately resourced as we move forward.”

The overlapping crises of 2020 have further illuminated the need for philanthropy to show up with rigor and persistence. In light of multiple crises this year, Libra committed to doubling its grantmaking budget to $50 million in 2020, $25 million more than 2019. In September, Libra announced the launch of the Democracy Frontlines Fund, an aligned giving strategy that leveraged $36 million in multi-year, unrestricted support from 12 foundations for a slate of 10 Black-led racial justice organizations.

Libra believes that funders need to be adaptive and responsive to the needs of their grantees – which includes getting funds quickly into the hands of those who need it most and with minimal red tape. To meet this need, the Foundation has partnered with Amalgamated Foundation – learn more about this relationship and Amalgamated’s practices here.

Renewing Grantees

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350.org

A La Defensa

Action Center on Race and the Economy Institute (ACRE)

APANO Communities United Fund

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

Black Census & Redistricting Hub

BOLD: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity

BYP100 Education Fund

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Californians United for a Responsible Budget

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ)

Center for Working Families Fund

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

Choose1

Climate Justice Alliance

Color of Change Education Fund Inc.

Community Works West

Critical Resistance

Demos

Earthjustice

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Equal Justice Initiative

Equality Labs

Essie Justice Group

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM)

Forward Together

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Grist Magazine Inc.

Ignite

Indigenous Environmental Network

Institute for Strategic and Equitable Development

International Indian Treaty Council

Jolt Initiative

Justice for Migrant Women

Movement for Family Power

Movement Generation

National Domestic Workers Alliance Inc.

Native Organizers Alliance

Native Voices Rising

NDN Collective Inc.

Operation Restoration

Our Children’s Trust

Pesticide Action Network North America

Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA)

Prism

Project South

Restaurant Opportunities Centers ROC United Inc.

Rise Together Fund

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Inc.

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Southern Movement Assembly

Southern Vision Alliance

Sovereign Bodies Institute

Success Stories

TGI Justice Project

The Afiya Center

The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE)

The Electoral Justice Voter Fund

Trans Justice Funding Project

Transform Finance

US Human Rights Network

Verde

Voice of the Experienced (VOTE)

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

We Got Us Now Inc.

The Libra Foundation funds in the areas of criminal justice and social justice, environmental and climate justice, and gender justice. This docket was shaped by an approach that uses program areas to more clearly see the overlaps of injustice and implement a more intersectional analysis. The Foundation prioritizes its network of movement leaders and social justice funders by valuing collaboration, shared learning, and partnership.