The Libra Foundation approves $20.325 million in grants for social justice organizations

San Francisco, CA – In the second half of 2021, The Libra Foundation has approved $20.325 million in unrestricted grants supporting 56 organizations strengthening political power and advancing liberation for communities of color. This slate includes 31 renewing grants, and features Libra’s latest grantmaking initiatives that focus on intermediaries and civic engagement groups that are led by and for directly impacted communities.

“Intermediaries are catalytic to power-building because they reach across issues and geographies”, said Crystal Hayling, the Executive Director of The Libra Foundation. “They build strong partnerships that reflect a deep understanding of groups in the community and their needs.”

The 14 intermediaries the Foundation is supporting are led by and for frontline communities. They provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration, and prioritize trust and relationships (read Libra’s latest blog on intermediaries here). The eight civic engagement groups are laser focused on protecting democracy and fighting voter suppression, never more timely for the health of our society. With both sets of grants, Libra centers grantees that are made up of those disproportionately harmed by systemic injustice, and therefore best suited to design solutions that work for all. 

Earlier this year, the Foundation moved $10.2 million in grants with the same intention. Last year, Libra announced it was doubling its grantmaking to $50 million, and launched the Democracy Frontlines Fund, an aligned giving strategy and donor organizing strategy that leveraged $36 million in multi-year, unrestricted support for a slate of 10 Black-led racial justice organizations. 

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A New Way of Life

ACCE Institute

BVM Capacity Building Institute 

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Story-based Strategy

Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women

Common Future 

Common Justice, Inc.

Community Change

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

EarthRights International

Environmental Health Coalition

Florida Rising Together

Freedom to Thrive 

Global Greengrants Fund

Grassroots International

Green 2.0

Highlander Research & Education Center

Indian Law Resource Center

Justice Funders

Movement Voter Fund

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Network on Women in Prison 

Northwestern University’s School of Law – Children & Family Justice Center at the Bluhm Legal Clinic

OLE Education Fund

Partners for Dignity & Rights

PICO California


Texas Organizing Project Education Fund

The Opportunity Agenda



Black Feminist Fund 

Black Girls Dream Fund

Black Liberation Pooled Fund

California Black Freedom Fund

Emergent Fund 

Gulf South for a Green New Deal

Life Comes From It 

Native Voices Rising 

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Southern Power Fund 

Spark Justice Fund

The Solutions Project

Trans Justice Funding Project

United Frontline Table

Civic Engagement

Center for Working Families Fund 

Democracy and Power Innovation Fund 

Florida Rising Together

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund

Movement Voter Fund 

New Georgia Project

People’s Action Institute

State Voices


Black Feminist Future 

Greenlining Institute

One Arizona

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