GET READY – FIGHT BACK
The 2016 election results present immediate threats to a wide range of communities who were belittled, criminalized and attacked during the presidential campaign – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, 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 will focus on grassroots organizations in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination. We will provide resources to defend against what’s coming, and to develop innovative strategies to transform our country.
The Emergent Fund is being established as a partnership between Solidaire Network, Women Donors Network, and Threshold Foundation 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 will be most affected by the new administration.
Less than two months after launching the Emergent Fund, we have surpassed our initial fundraising goal of $500,000 and have set a new goal of $1 million. As of mid-February, our activist-led Advisory Council has approved $205,000 in rapid-response grants, and will continue to grant out to the field on a frequent and rolling basis.
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