Hardisty Fund

Dedicated to social movement building and grassroots organizing, the Jean Hardisty Catalytic Impact Fund is named after and guided by the values of the late Jean Hardisty, a longtime WDN member and feminist scholar. Our current work is focused on supporting the Movement for Black Lives, as well as the Emergent Fund, which provides rapid-response resources to communities under attack in our current political environment.

The goals of the Hardisty Fund include: honoring the legacy of Jean Hardisty; building long-term grassroots strength and infrastructure; deepening WDN’s investment in, and understanding of, how social change happens; and shifting the public narrative toward a culture of caring. Funding is prioritized for work that: responds to needs identified by community leaders, is grounded in solid research and analysis, centers the voices and experiences of people in affected communities, and leverages opportunities that are timely and catalytic.

The Fund was created in 2015, and since then has granted more than $500,000 to leaders and organizations working in the Movement for Black Lives.

In the wake of Michael Brown’s killing at the hands of police in Ferguson, WDN supported a new generation of leaders and organizations who would lead a new era of movement building, including #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) — a hub for movement leaders.

Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling’s deaths in police custody moved us to support organizations holding elected prosecutors accountable. We supported Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) and BLMHTX (Black Lives Matter Houston, Texas), as well as James Rucker, co-founder of Color of Change, who is spearheading work on police union accountability.

In 2017, the Fund has been supporting the Movement for Black Lives as it shifts from protest to power. We have given critical seed investments to both the Electoral Justice Project and the Black Futures Lab, helping these new Black civic engagement efforts get off the ground.

After a toxic election season in 2016, we helped launch the Emergent Fund alongside Solidaire Network, and later joined by Threshold Foundation and the Democracy Alliance. In that time, via an Advisory Council made up of leaders from the communities most under attack in this new political climate, we have granted over $1 million to over 50 organizations that are fighting deportations, Islamophobia, and more, while also building toward a positive vision for the future. The Emergent Fund has been the Hardisty Fund’s vehicle for rapid and agile grantmaking.

Visit What We Fund to see a full list of grantees.

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