In the wake of the 2016 elections, Muslim-Americans faced a wave of hate crimes, immigrant communities faced criminalization and raids, women faced attacks on basic rights, Black and Latino communities faced ongoing attacks on civil liberties including voting rights and police violence, and LGBTQ communities faced attacks on basic protections.
As organizers in these communities scrambled for new strategic responses, the field of philanthropy did the same. We were all asking the same question: How can our work rise to the level of this crisis?
A collaboration between Women Donors Network, Solidaire Network, and Threshold Foundation, the Emergent Fund was formed to provide rapid-response funding to defend communities against injustice and develop innovative strategies to transform our country.
The Fund is governed by an Advisory Council made up of 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 nominations 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.
The Emergent Fund granted $1 million in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration to support resistance movements.
We are continuing to raise funds to support organizations doing critical convening, organizing, and coalition-building work in the communities that have been most under threat.
Emergent Fund’s decision-makers and advisors are immigrant, Latinx, Muslim, Black, Native, Arab-American, LGBTQ, and women. The Council includes: Chrissie Castro, Advance Native Political Leadership; Cristina Jiménez, United We Dream; Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation; Charlene Sinclair, Center for Community Change; Loan Tran, Southern Vision Alliance; and Shireen Zaman, Security & Rights Collaborative.
A Nominations Network made up of key organizers across the country informs our work and recommends organizations for funding. Members of the Nominations Network include Shalini Eddens, Urgent Action Fund; Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter Network; Gaby Pacheco, TheDream.Us; Van Jones, Dream Corps; and Rashad Robinson, Color of Change. Nominations from the public are also accepted on the Emergent Fund website.
Visit What We Fund to see a full list of funded projects.