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The Tzedek Social Justice Fund participates in a number of philanthropy-serving membership organizations that share research, publications, tools, and other resources. Organizations contribute by sharing best practices in philanthropy through trainings and expert panels. Information shared across these networks dedicated to social justice help us determine the direction of our funding. We are members of the following philanthropic-serving organizations:
The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. ABFE has developed Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities, a framework for grantworking that supports the dignity of communities and optimizes inherent strengths to ensure better outcomes for Black communities.
Exponent Philanthropy empowers philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact. It is the country’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,000 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice. It is a network of more than 75 foundations, corporations, and funding institutions that collectively award more than $1 billion annually, including approximately $100 million specifically devoted to LGBTQ issues. Three of its current initiatives include the Ambassador’s Circle, Out in the South, and the Trans Funding Working Group.
Grantmakers for Southern Progress
Grantmakers for Southern Progress is a network of Southern-based and National funders who are committed to fostering thriving communities in the Southern United States, by advancing structural change that result in equitable outcomes. Grantmakers for Southern Progress seeks to achieve significant and sustained progress in the economic, social, and political outcomes of those who are least well off economically, politically, and socially in the South. We envision a region that is just and caring, where all people truly have the power to live healthy, prosperous and whole lives free of fear and marginalization. Grantmakers For Southern Progress believes as these transformative changes are achieved in the South, it will lay an indelible foundation for the achievement of lasting equity and justice in the country overall, for “As the South goes, so does the Nation.”
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
NCRP promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness. We envision a fair, just and democratic society in which the common good is recognized as a high priority; where a robust public sector is empowered to protect, preserve and extend the commonly held resources and the public interest; where a vital nonprofit sector provides voice and value to those most in need; and where all people enjoy equality of opportunity, access and fair treatment without discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, economic status, national origin or other identities.
Southeastern Council of Foundations
The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) is one of the nation’s largest regional associations of Grantmakers, serving more than 330 of the most dynamic foundations and corporate giving programs in the South. SECF works in partnership with members in 11 Southeastern states to serve, strengthen, promote and champion the South’s philanthropic voice and infrastructure through engaging programming, leadership development training, access to unique resources and invaluable connections. By encouraging insightful philanthropic collaboration, SECF creates opportunities to increase the region’s grantmaking impact and empower transformational community change.