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The Grant Checklist is built upon and operationalizes the Tzedek Fund’s mission statement, key focal areas, and strategic plan. This tool is used across Tzedek’s grantmaking to gauge alignment and categorize our funding work for evaluation. In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals should meet one or more criteria for mission alignment, focal area alignment, impacted leadership alignment, and Asheville impact, along with all of the values alignment criteria.
In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals should meet one or more systems change or community healing criteria. We resource and partner with organizations, initiatives, and collaboratives who address and leaders who have addressed, root causes of racial, LGBTQ, and anti-Jewish injustice and engage in systems change work by:
- Shift Policies. Changing policies, institutional practices, and laws that have a potential significant impact on the lives and experiences of LGBTQ, BIPOC, and/or Jewish people
- Alternative Models. Innovating alternative models and systems (education, finance, housing, etc.) to meet the basic needs of LGBTQ, BIPOC, and Jewish people
- Redistribute, Innovate. Redistributing and allocating money and other resources to LGBTQ, BIPOC, and Jewish communities and innovating philanthropic practices to move resources
- Activate, Mobilize. Activating and mobilizing Jewish, BIPOC, LGBTQ communities, and allies to organize and advocate for collective liberation along with fighting the impact and legacy of systems of injustice.
We resource and partner with organizations, initiatives, and collaboratives who address and leaders who have addressed, community healing by:
- Immediate Needs. Meeting the immediate needs that arise because of LGBTQ inequality, racial inequality, and antisemitism through direct service provision and the redistribution of resources
- Practices, Spaces. Creating self-defining healing-informed practices, spaces, and strategies to support collective safety, sustainability, and wellbeing of LGBTQ, BIPOC, and Jewish people
- Affirm, Heal Harms. Creating self-defining spaces and affirming opportunities designed to heal the harms of historical trauma and injustice from systems of oppression experienced by LGBTQ, BIPOC, and Jewish people
- Direct Heal, Networks. Providing direct healing work and/or the creation of community-specific healer networks
- Addressing Conflict. Addressing conflict and struggle in transformative ways that help people move closer together, rather than further apart
FOCAL AREA ALIGNMENT
In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals must meet one or more of the focal area criteria. We resource and partner with organizations, initiatives, and collaboratives who focus on and individuals who have focused on, dismantling one or more system of injustice including:
- White nationalism
- Homophobia or heterosexism
- White supremacy or racism
IMPACTED LEADERSHIP ALIGNMENT
In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals must meet one or more of the impacted leadership criteria. We resource and partner with organizations who:
- Supports: Recruit, retain, and support BIPOC, LGBTQ, and/or Jewish leaders
- Leads & Serves: BIPOC, LGBTQ, and/or Jewish people lead the work that serves and impacts BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Jewish communities
We resource and partner with individuals who have:
- Used the experience and wisdom gained as a BIPOC, LGBTQ, or Jewish person directly impacted by systems of injustice to inform and shape their work.
ASHEVILLE IMPACT ALIGNMENT
In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals must meet one or more of the Asheville impact criteria. We are an Asheville, NC based fund that focuses on transforming the place we live and work. We resource and partner with:
- Local organizations whose work centers on and leaders whose work has centered on, Asheville and the surrounding area (a 30 mile radius from downtown Asheville)
- Regional organizations that support Asheville-based efforts for social change through Asheville-based chapters, organizers, or active partnerships
- Regional and national organizations that significantly impact the lives of people in the Asheville area through systems change work such as policy and legal change.
In order to be eligible for grantmaking, organizations and individuals must meet all of the following values criteria. We resource and partner with organizations whose work reflects, and with leaders whose work has reflected, all of the following organizational values and practices:
- Community engagement by grounding their work in showing up and engaging in conversation with wide-ranging stakeholders.
- Ongoing learning by learning as they work and allowing their analysis to evolve and grow
- Humility by demonstrating deep openness to others’ experiences.
- Bridge building by looking for opportunities for connection and collaboration.
- Relationship building by valuing people’s whole selves
- Systems thinking and out of the box strategy by working to address root causes and/or taking risks to make change
- Prioritizing impacted and grassroots leadership by working to center and activate people directly impacted by systems of injustice
WHO SHAPES OUR THINKING
About Anti Semitism:
How to Fight Antisemitism from Bend the Arc
Understanding Antisemitism from JREJ
About Racial Justice:
The Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism from the Racial Equity Institute
The Case for Funding Black-led Social Change from A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens from Initiative for Philanthropic Racial Equity
About LGBTQ Justice:
Mapping Transgender Equality in the US from Movement Advancement Project
Mapping LGBTQ Equality 2010-2020 from Movement Advancement Project
Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the South from Out in the South
About Systems Change:
The Water of Systems Change from FSG
Systems Change Is a Noun and a Verb from FSG
About Community Healing:
Healing Justice: Building Power and Transforming Movements’ report from Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Healing Justice Guidance to Philanthropy During COVID-19, the Uprisings, and Beyond from Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders for Justice