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Funding Our Movements: Lessons from the Field

Thursday, December 2, 2021 -
10:30am to 12:00pm PST
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Social justice movements are what lead us towards racial, gender, disability, and economic justice. To bring about an equitable and just world, we must build upon the strength of these social movements by supporting organizers doing this movement-building work.  

In 2020, we saw an unprecedented amount of funding going into BIPOC communities to support the movement-building work organizers have long championed. Corporations pledged millions, foundations committed to more flexible grantmaking strategies, and philanthropy poured money into multiple BIPOC-led funds that launched to support movement and power-building work in California. We also saw a shift in focus onto existing funds that have long supported movement-building work. So, why is it that a year later these funds that had an influx of initial support are now fighting for sustainability?   

Join us to hear from representatives of multiple BIPOC-led movement and power-building funds and programs, both emergent and long-standing, as they have a candid discussion about what movement-building work is, the consequences communities face as support for that work dwindles, and how funders can collaborate to harness their collective resources to help sustain movements. Our speakers will also touch on the resources and tools that other funders can use to begin changing their practices to better support movement-building work happening in BIPOC communities.     

This program is a part of Better California, an initiative that seeks to deploy philanthropy to use all its assets to help create a California in which all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.


  • Byron Johnson, Capacity Building Initiative Officer, East Bay Community Foundation 
  • Erik Stegman, Chief Executive Officer, Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • Stuart Burden, VP of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Christian Arana, Vice President of Policy, Latino Community Foundation
  • Jonathan Tran, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment

More speakers to come.

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