At The Libra Foundation, we know that relationships are the heart of social movements. To build the world we dream of, we need to build relationships and deepen trust, educate each other about practices that strengthen support to grassroots organizations, and of course, have time to eat, drink, and be merry with one another in a beautiful space.
Anchored at our office-home on Ramaytush Ohlone land (The Presidio) in San Francisco, we offer our space to movement partners, bring funders together to learn, and host events to build community, dream together, and of course, celebrate.
In light of Covid-19, we can’t bring people together in person, so we wanted to share our intention with our community and what we’ve done so far.
Welcome home! Although the team is working remotely and we’re not open to the public right now, Libra’s office is a home for our community, and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.
The house is light and art-filled, with creaky doors and encouraged porch hangs. It’s a place for serenity amidst the chaos of our world, and a place for loud debates and even louder belly laughs.
In the words of Toni Cade Bambara, “the role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” Art expands our imaginations to dream up innovative solutions to society’s greatest problems. That’s why we worked with two incredible women, Rachel Konte, designer extraordinaire at Red Bay Coffee and Owlnwood and Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee, founder of Art is Luv, to curate a rotating gallery at our space that showcases local artists. View the gallery here.
At our office-home, we have hosted events that bring our community together. Here’s a look at some of what we’ve done so far and why we do it:
- Funder organizing – We bring funder allies and social justice leaders together to learn and grow together, so more support can flow to the movements we need most. For example, we have hosted salons with leaders like Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance and Favianna Rodriguez, Executive Director of The Center for Cultural Power.
- Supporting emerging leaders – Libra believes that those who work in philanthropy, especially young people of color, need support, encouragement, and opportunities to grow so the field has generations of people who are committed to transformational change. That’s why we partner with EPIP Bay Area to host candid conversations with BIPOC leaders in philanthropy to learn from their journeys advocating for racial equity in the field.
- Providing space for our partners – In the Bay Area, space for critical conversations can be hard to come by. Our doors are open for our movement partners to use our home as their own. We have a separate conference room, living room, and kitchen, and we’re glad to help folks get set up for the meetings they need. Sadly we can’t host right now, but we’re excited to open our doors when we can.
- Gathering & celebrating – Last but certainly not least, and probably our favorite use for the space, is bringing people together to share food and drink, get to know each other, and have some fun. Over the last two years, we’ve loved bringing the Libra family together for open houses, summer happy hours, and even an outdoor screening of The North Pole with Movement Generation!