Investing in a just and equitable future.

Our Approach

We are committed to supporting organizations led by those most impacted by systemic oppression – largely low-income communities of color. 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.  We focus on frontline organizations led by people of color transforming the criminal justice system and advancing environmental and climate justice and gender justice.

Our Program Areas

Criminal Justice & Social Justice

Libra’s Criminal Justice and Social Justice portfolio invests in an ecosystem of organizations transforming the criminal justice system through bold community organizing, policy reform, and storytelling.

 We support organizations reimagining safety by centering Black, Brown, Indigenous, trans, and directly impacted individuals and their families whose lives are hit the hardest by an unjust system. Libra’s grantees focus on community driven alternatives to punishment, structural and individual transformation, and the disproportionate surveillance of low income communities of color

Grantee Examples

When Black voters matter, progressives win. Black Voters Matter’s goal is to increase power and self determination in Black communities through voter registration, policy advocacy, and organizational development.

Operation Restoration supports women and girls impacted by incarceration to recognize their full potential, restore their lives, and discover new possibilities.

Environmental & Climate Justice

Environmental and climate justice means centering and supporting organizations led by and for people and communities who are directly impacted or on the frontlines of climate change and environmental harm. 

We prioritize community-powered organizations and formations of organizations working together to organize locally, trans-locally, and beyond.

Grantee Examples

It Takes Roots is a multiracial, multicultural, multi-generational alliance of climate and environmental justice networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in over 50 states, provinces, territories and Native lands in the U.S. and Canada, and is led by women, gender nonconforming people, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples.

The California Environmental Justice Alliance is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. CEJA unites the powerful local organizing of its members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level.

Gender Justice

We believe in supporting organizations that are led by and for the communities most impacted by gender-based structural oppression, including women and girls, and queer, gender nonconforming, and trans individuals.

We prioritize organizations that use movement-building, organizing, advocacy and culture change at the intersections of multiple forms of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexuality, etc. to achieve gender justice for all.

Grantee Examples

URGE envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships, and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. URGE builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization, and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda.

Groundswell Fund strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice by resourcing intersectional grassroots organizing and centering the leadership of women of color – particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and Transgender.

Funding Guidelines

We are interested in supporting organizations that are engaged in systems change incorporating one or more of the following strategies:

  • Organizing
  • Coalition-building
  • Advocacy
  • Regranting
  • Communications strategies for social change

Libra supports and partners with social change organizations that are committed to the following:

  • Truly inclusive strategic frameworks – including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, citizenship, etc.
  • An analysis of power and the role it plays in systemic oppression
  • Accountability
  • Democratic conditions and practices
  • Learning
  • Local, national, and global network and coalition building

The Foundation awards grants typically ranging from $50,000 – $250,000, with new grantees falling in the lower range. The Foundation views its grantees as long-term partners and makes decisions about multi-year funding on a case-by-case basis as part of the grantmaking process.

The Libra Foundation provides the following types of grants:

  • General Operating Support
  • Project or Program Support

The Libra Foundation does not fund:

  • Fundraising events (including tickets to events)
  • Campaigns to elect candidates for political office
  • Grants to individuals and/or private foundations
  • Organizations that are heavily supported by the government (except for specific advocacy or public policy projects of interest)
  • Capital fund drives or campaigns
  • Debt reduction
  • International organizations not registered in the U.S.
  • International work that focuses on a single country or small set of countries
  • Programs to promote religious activities
  • Government agencies
  • University/college programs which must contribute a predetermined percentage of each grant to institutional overhead