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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.”
CoThinkk Giving Circle Asheville, North Carolina
CoThinkk is a giving circle that uses collective time, talent, and treasure towards investment strategies that address education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development towards impacting some of the most critical social issues facing African-American & Latinx communities in Asheville and Western NC. CoThinkk brings together community leaders who care about the economic and social well-being of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina and collectively want to shift that narrative using a collective impact model that is grounded in the principles of equity, community economic development, economic and social justice. Through its membership’s collective efforts, the organization seeks to have long-term impact in four areas: shifting the regional landscape, leadership development, collaboration, and generational impact.
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.