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Amalgamated Foundation announces its Fall 2019 docket of grantees
October 23, 2019

The Amalgamated Foundation is excited to announce its Fall 2019 docket of grantees. After nearly 100 years of giving back to the progressive and labor movements that have built Amalgamated Bank, the Amalgamated Foundation is now answering the call of community organizations and movement leaders to be a stronger, more meaningful grantmaking partner. The Foundation’s is supporting power building strategies for systems change across three key areas of impact rooted in changing fundamental injustice and inequality: climate & sustainability, democracy & justice, and workers’ rights & the new economy.

The Fall 2019 docket recommends a slate of community-based organizations from across the country who are leading in best practice work in the Foundation’s focus areas.

Climate and Sustainability

In the climate and sustainability impact area, ACF will invest in bold clean energy and sustainability solutions to benefit those hit first and worst by climate change. The 2019 Fall docket is supporting a trio of strong community based organizations in three key regions of the country that are leading local climate justice movements centering those most impacted by climate change.

WEACT in Harlem to lead a community planning process focused on extreme heat to remedy to keep vulnerable neighbors safe. The Partnership for Southern Equity is leading working to address environmental and economic justice the South. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy –LAANE is continue its work at the intersection of clean energy and workers rights.

Democracy and Justice

The Democracy and Justice strategy builds a base of support for structural reforms to strengthen the democracy with a through line of racial, gender, and immigrant justice. The Fall 2019 docket supports direct power building, voter registration, and election accountability work in the District of Columbia. Diverse City Fund supports movement work in Washington, DC including advocacy for strong racial justice policies, public education on the right to statehood, and expansion of voter access.

Workers’ Rights and the New Economy

Worker’s rights is at the core of Amalgamated’s legacy. ACF seeks to both build power for worker’s in the current economy and seed new economic practices that address the future of work, the racial wealth gap, and access to capital for marginalized communities.

ALIGN NY will continue their work to expand decent, sustainable jobs to all New Yorkers. Restaurant Opportunity Center will explore ways to support culinary safety and expand worker organizing efforts. National Employment Law Center will bolster their advocacy efforts in support of domestic workers, along with expanding overtime and sick pay coverage. Workers Lab is welcoming a new CEO and exploring new strategies for revenue generation within the nonprofit sector. Boston Impact Initiative is launching a national cohort to build new community based integrated capital strategies in twelve communities across the country, with an explicit focus on supporting equitable local economies that restore the productive capacity of communities of color.

Additional Recommended Grants

In addition to ACF’s impact areas, the Foundation also funds work that supports a thriving philanthropic sector dedicated to social change, efforts to strengthen the financial sustainability of the social change ecosystem, and the seeding and innovation as rapid response to relevant, emerging work.

New Media Ventures supports innovation and technology start-ups in the social change sector. The Progressive Multiplier Fund is working to develop revenue streams that fund social justice organizing work. Mission Investors Exchange will expand their work with foundation members to center an equity strategy in impact investments. Confluence Philanthropy is launching a new program to support foundations as they analyze their banking relationships in accordance with their mission. Lastly, the Center for Community Progress will engage in a planning process to design a Land Bank Network.