Blog posts tagged with social justice
We spoke with Alex Sloan, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Tides. He is a participant in the Pride Funders Panel at Foundation Center West.
Recently, philanthropy leaders convened at Foundation Center-West for a panel discussion, Expanding Opportunity: Social Justice Funding in the Bay Area. Foundation Center-West director, Michele Dilworth, led the discussion, which included Luis Arteaga, senior program manager at the Levi Strauss Foundation; Timothy P. Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation; Alex Tom, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association, Common Counsel Foundation; and Nancy Wiltsek, executive director of the van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation.
Unfortunately, grant opportunities for grassroots community building and advocacy projects remain limited. Many foundations underestimate their legal latitude to fund nonpartisan advocacy and civic engagement, and most opt to fund projects that result in concrete short-term outcomes as opposed to the perceived ambiguity of long-term social change. Where, then, does that leave the grassroots social justice sector when it comes to getting grants?