Funding the Frontlines
A collaboration between WDN, Solidaire, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance, the Emergent Fund moves resources quickly to communities under threat—with no strings attached—so they can defend against injustice and develop visionary ideas that can transform our country.
Since the Emergent Fund was founded in 2016, we have moved more than $3 million in funding to over 150 groups across the country. Our grantees are doing power-building work that is responsive to the political moment and led by affected communities.
The Fund is governed by an Advisory Council made up of activists, donors, donor advisors, and leaders who represent communities who are most affected by the new administration. A Nominations Network made up of key organizers across the country informs our work and recommends organizations for funding. Our Advisory Council reviews proposals and determines the distribution, amount, and timing of grants.
Three primary goals guide our work:
- To center the expertise of the leaders from the communities we hoped to serve in both the decision-making and the funding;
- To adapt and evolve our model in response to changing conditions and new insights from these communities; and
- To support visionary, intersectional work that looks towards transformative collaborations, systemic change, and new solutions for the world that emerge through and beyond the current crisis.