The Emergent Fund was established immediately after the 2016 election to help move quick resources with no strings attached to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. These communities need increased capacity so that they can respond, act nimbly, and develop new strategies in this new period. The Fund focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination. We provide resources to defend against the ongoing crisis, and to develop innovative strategies to transform our country.
The Emergent Fund is a partnership between Solidaire Network, Women Donors Network, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance to provide a way for individuals at all levels to contribute their money strategically in this critical moment. The Fund is governed by an Advisory Council made up of leaders who represent communities who the Fund is designed to serve.
In 2017, our Advisory Council approved $1.1 million in grants and will continue to make grants to the field on a rolling basis throughout 2018.
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.