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.