Threshold Foundation 2004 Grants List

Coexistence and Community Committee
Total Grants: $177,550


Appalachian Women's Alliance

Appalachian Women's Alliance is a coalition of low-income and working women from six states, working to achieve a greater impact for Appalachian women on local, regional and national issues. Program priorities are violence against women, economic justice, and dismantling racism through education, leadership development, cultural celebration and the arts.

$17,000 - General Support
Floyd, VA |

Be Present

Be Present is a national grassroots organization committed to building conscious and active partnerships in a diverse and changing world. The organization is made up of a diverse network of women and girls who are committed to participating in a world in which the value of women will be measured by their willingness and ability to forge strong, viable communities which are free from the barriers of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and ageism. It works to improve the economic, health and political status of women and girls through the development of individual and collective leadership and advocacy skills. It engages in the long-term work of social change including gender justice, social equality, and community empowerment.

$17,500 - Train the Trainers Project
Decatur, GA |

Borneo Project / Earth Island Institute

Borneo Project / Earth Island Institute was created in 1991 to assist Borneo's indigenous peoples in their struggle to regain control oftheir ancestral lands. This partnership has grown out of a sister-city relationship between Berkeley and the Kayan village Uma Bawang. The Borneo Project supports local initiatives through fundraising, technical expertise, training facilitation, educational opportunities, and international networking. In North America this project engages the public and private sectors through educational outreach, information exchange, research, and reporting. With ten years of support, the accomplishments of these indigenous groups include: community initiated mapping programs to document ancestral land claims; successful legal suits against encroaching logging and plantation companies; protection of rainforests; reforestation activities; formation of small-scale economic cooperatives and community lending programs; and local development projects like communal fish ponds, alternative energy systems, tree farms and cash cropping.

$32,000 - Indigenous Land Protection Program
Berkeley, CA |

Coalition on Homelessness (COH)

Coalition on Homelessness (COH) was formed in 1987 to involve and organize homeless and low-income people and front line staff in the struggle to end homelessness. For over fourteen years, it has been addressing the root causes of homelessness by having homeless and poor people drive its work. COH has developed an advocacy and organizing model that most uniquely suits its constituency. Its constituency is transient, living in crisis and, because of the historical relationships with poverty institutions, distrustful. COH’s strategy both addresses homeless peoples' immediate needs and provides the necessary support to maintain their ongoing participation in creating long-term social change.

$16,000 - General Support
San Francisco, CA |

Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington State / Tides Center

Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington State / Tides Center is a grassroots nonprofit founded one week after the September 11, 2001 attacks in direct response to the backlash against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslims, Arab Americans, EastAfricans and South Asians. Initially it was a volunteer effort that focused on hate crimes and discrimination, and has since grown into one of the foremost immigrant and human rights groups in Washington state with seven full-time staff, over 75 committed volunteers and 20 partner organizations.

$18,500 - General Support
Seattle, WA |

Karuna Center for Peacebuilding (KCP)

Karuna Center for Peacebuilding (KCP) envisions a world in which communities transform enmity and conflict through sustainable, collaborative dialogue and cooperative problem solving. KCP’s mission is to meet the challenges posed by deep-rooted conflict by focusing on intercommunal dialogue, on non-violent methods of conflict resolution, and on supporting local efforts toward reconciliation and forgiveness. In communities that have been threatened with destruction, KCP works to provide skills to local groups that will strengthen conditions for peace and justice. Its current model program, Project DiaCom (dialogue across communities) emerged out of KCP’s work and forms the basis for all KCP’s programmatic work.

$17,500 - General Support
Amherst, MA |

Permaculture Institute of El Salvador/CristianosPor La Paz en El Salvador

Permaculture Institute of El Salvador/CristianosPor La Paz en El Salvador was established in 2002 by subsistence farmers from the Farmer to Farmer Movement, who were determined to halt the destruction of their land, the environment, and theirway of life.The Institute trains farmers in the use of the Permaculture design System,which promotes organic, ecological farming methods for conservation of land and water.

$18,000 - General Support
San Salvador, El Salvador

Positive Action Committee / Center forDemocratic Renewal and Education

Positive Action Committee / Center forDemocratic Renewal and Education works toward creating a society where persons on the bottom rung of the educational, political and social ladder are placed at decision-making tables.

$14,050 - Building Bridges Project
Sylvania, GA

The People's Grocery/Agape Foundation

The People's Grocery/Agape Foundation is a community-based organization working to find creative solutions to the food needs of the residents of West Oakland by building a local food system and local economy. Its mission is to uphold the human right to healthy and affordable food and to build community self-reliance by increasing neighborhood access to locally-produced fruits and vegetables and by promoting social enterprise, youth entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and grassroots organizing. It employs a cross-sector strategy of bringing grassroots organizing and street-level marketing together with socially responsible business and agricultural practices to positively impact problems facing West Oakland.

$12,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

Western States Center

Western States Center works to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the eight Western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Alaska. It envisions a just and equitable society governed by a strong, grassroots democracy. It works on three levels: strengthening grassroots organizing and community-based leadership; building long-term, strategic alliances among community, environmental, labor, social justice and other public interest organizations; and developing the capacity of informed communities to participate in the public policy process and in elections.

$15,000 - Voter Organizing,Training, and Empowerment (VOTE) Project
Portland, OR |

New Visions for Culture and Society Committee
Total Grants: $188,760


Afghanistan Relief Organization

Afghanistan Relief Organization is a registered nonprofit organization managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. It is dedicated to helping the Afghan people by bringing them the supplies they need to survive and create a better life, the educational assistance they need to rebuild their future, and an outstretched hand to let them know they are not alone. Afghanistan Relief Organization helps those who are most vulnerable in times of war: the innocent, women, children, the elderly, the disabled.The organization's efforts are simple: to find out from the Afghan people what is needed the most, collect the needed supplies, and deliver this aid directly to the groups.

$20,000 - Midwife Training and Infant Care Program
Canoga Park, CO |

Diverse and Resilient, Inc.

Diverse and Resilient, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people through the development of groups and communities to take action. Started as a youth HIV prevention program that was part of a large health care system for seven years, the agency Diverse & Resilient was founded in 2002. It has created a model that proves that given empowerment and leadership opportunities LGBT youth can be confident, vibrant leaders in their communities.

$15,200 - Diverse & Resilient Youth Program
Milwaukee, WI 53212 |


Ecoversity is a sustainable living and earthbased community-learning center for all ages, races, genders, and socio-economic classes. In the fall of 2001 Ecoversity began offering affordable Continuing Education courses, workshops, and lectures at its 13-acre campus in Santa Fe, NM. The programs are designed for the Upper Rio Grande bio-region. Ecoversity emphasizes hands-on experiential learning leading to real world problem solving. Ecoversity has been able to train sustainability practitioners and leaders for the community at large, which has been replicated in Brazil through the work of Ecoversidage, a project of Permacultura America Latina.

$12,000 - General Support
Santa Fe, NM |

Institute for Children's Environmental Health(ICEH)/Tides Center

Institute for Children's Environmental Health(ICEH)/Tides Center founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization working to ensure a healthy, just and sustainable future for children and the planet. Its mission is to foster collaborative initiatives to mitigate environmental exposures that can undermine the health of current and future generations.

$25,000 - Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative
Freeland, WA |

Integrative Activism/Foundation for Global Community

Integrative Activism/Foundation for Global Community strategically uses emerging social network augmentation technology to create change among spiritual activists. It aims to weave a network in order to reach a tipping point to quicken systemic transformation. Integrative Activism uses social networking technology to support the maintenance of weak ties formed at gatherings and strong ties flowing from participation in communities of practice.

$12,000 - Growing a Network of Spiritual Activists
San Leandro, CA

League of Independent Voters/Tsunami Fund

League of Independent Voters/Tsunami Fund organizes 17-35 year olds to build a progressive governing majority in their lifetime.The League develops leaders and builds political power to fight for public policies, which reflect its members core values: peace, freedom, family, equality, good jobs, and sustainable development.

$29,000 - General Support
New York, NY |

Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Institute promotes the sustainable system design known as Permaculture through education, publishing, translation, implementation, and the establishment and administration of aid projects. Permaculture design includes food security, clean water, renewable energy, soil creation, "Microbanking" financial systems, and community development.

$10,000 - Informational Web Resource and Guild Design Project
Pojoaque, NM |

TrueMajority Action

TrueMajority Action was founded by Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s. It is a grassroots education and advocacy project of Priorities, Inc.TrueMajority attempts to end programs that are detrimental to America’s security and harm the nation’s role in the world.These changes would provide $40 billionin savings.TrueMajority argues that these savings can then be invested in programs that enhance security by attacking poverty at home and abroad, restore the environment and celebrate the dignity of all the people of the world.

$22,560 - General Support
New York, NY |

Underground Railroad/Youth Empowerment Center

Underground Railroad/Youth Empowerment Center was formed in 1997 to inspire urban youth to work for systemic social change through the creation and promotion of art and culture. It engages the hip-hop generation with the growing youth movement for political, social, and economic justice, providing a bridge for action. Through cultural organizing, workshops, productions, and public education, UR develops leadership in young artists and cultural workers in order to popularize their visions of social transformation. This activity fuses with the broader nexus of grassroots activities within low-income communities and communities of color to provide the cultural vision of a changed world that inspires, educates, and builds movements.

$15,000 - Mandela Arts Center
Oakland, CA |

Weaver Community Housing Associationworks

Weaver Community Housing Associationworks to provide permanently affordable housing, empower residents to make decisions and cooperatively control their homes, and create ecologically sound, sustainable co-op communities that foster self-sufficiency and serve as a model for re-shaping suburban and urban lifestyles.

$18,000 - Sustainable Vision Turned Reality Project
Carrboro, NC |

Wild Farm Alliance/Tides Center

Wild Farm Alliance/Tides Center provides a critical avenue for bridging the gap between conservation and agriculture. Given the biodiversity crisis, the ecological threats of industrial agriculture, and the need for viable alternatives,farming with the wild is an important complement to existing efforts to protect biodiversity. It also provides an innovative, value-added niche to stewardship farmers struggling to stay in business. Ultimately, Wild Farm Alliance presents an invaluable opportunity to reconnect our food system with the ecosystem.

$10,000 - General Support
Watsonville, CA |

Policy and Systemic Change Committee
Total Grants $186,500


Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch partners with South American indigenous/environmental NGO's to protect Amazonian ecosystems and indigenous lands threatened by internationally financed industrial mega-projects, such as oil/gas pipelines, dams, highways, waterways.

$20,000 - No-Go Zones Initiative
San Francisco, CA

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Bill of Rights Defense Committee promotes, coordinates and supports an effective, national grassroots movement to restore civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It provides technical assistance and organizing strategies to repeal portions of the USA PATRIOT Act and federal executive orders that threaten civil liberties. There is concrete evidence that a growing number of citizens of all political persuasions are concerned that the new laws undermine basic civil rights and liberties. However, most people do not know how to convert their concerns into meaningful action that can restore the protections guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. It is for this reason that the BORDC was created. Through direct contact and its website, it provides technical assistance and detailed organizing information to support and expand the national grassroots movement to restore civil liberties.

$18,000 - General Support
Florence, MA |

Burma Project/Global Exchange

Burma Project/Global Exchange works to support the people of Burma in their struggle for human rights and the protection of their environment. It uses strategies inspired by the anti-apartheid movement to provide US support for the Burmese democracy movement including: coordinating corporate campaigns to reduce the financial support for Burma's military regime and creating political pressure on the regime to force them to move towards democracy.

$20,000 - Burma Project's Unocal Corporate Accountability Campaign
San Francisco, CA

Clean Elections Institute Action Fund

Clean Elections Institute Action Fund values a healthy democracy in which there are nobarriers to any citizen who wants to participate in the electoral process, and where any citizen who wants to run for elective office can do so regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, race, gender, or sexual orientation. The organization believes that public financing of political campaigns is an essential reform that empowers those who have been shut out of the political system and ensures a more balanced representation of ideas and priorities among elected representatives.

$41,000 - Grassroots Outreach and Organizing Project
Phoenix, AZ |

Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF)

Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) is the lead organization of the ChemicalWeapons Working Group, a national coalition that supports the destruction of the US stockpile of chemical weapons. Its mission is to further the cause of safe disposal of chemical weapons and environmental democracy by improving public access to information, coalition building, fostering cooperation between governmentand citizens, and encouraging grassroots participation in the decision-making process.

$14,000 - Chemical Weapons Working Group
Berea, KY |

Program On Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) / Council on International and Public Affairs

Program On Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD)/Council on International and Public Affairs researches corporate, legal, and people's movement histories to provoke discussion among activists about corporate power. It convenes workshops and meetings, produces educational materials, and supports experienced activists.

$15,000 - General Support
Yarmouth, MA |

Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a politically independent, nonprofit watchdog that strives for a government that is accountable to the citizenry. It investigates, exposes, and seeks to remedy systemic abuses of power, mismanagement, and subservience by the federal government to powerful special interests.

$13,000 - Government Contractor Accountability Project
Washington, DC |

Stop Prisoner Rape

Stop Prisoner Rape is a national human rights organization seeking to end sexual violence against women, men and youth in all forms of detention. It works to advocate for policies that ensure institutional accountability, to change society's attitudes toward prisoner rape, and to promote access to resources for survivors of sexual assault behind bars.

$15,000 - Federal Systemic Change Campaign
Los Angeles, CA |

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS)

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is an independent budget watchdog for the nation's taxpayers and has worked since 1995 to cut wasteful government spending, subsidies and corporate welfare. It targets programs that do more harm than good by destroying the environment, endangering public health, aggravating social and economic problems, or undermining true national security. The national security reform project has worked on Base Realignment and Closure, National Missile Defense, Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD), and General accounting reform at the Pentagon.

$20,000 - National Security Reform Program
Washington, DC |

Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues/New Israel Fund

Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues/New Israel Fund is a coalition of women's and human rights groups established in July 1995 as part of a joint and concentrated effort to improve the status of Palestinian women in Israel, both in the legal and social arenas. First, the coalition works to introduce reforms to the Religious Courts to which Palestinian women have been assigned as Palestinians under Israeli Personal Status Law. The Working Group then pushes for legislation and administrative improvements to expand the civil legal options available to Palestinian women.

$10,500 - Advocacy to Improve Legal Options for Palestinian Women
Nazareth, Israel

Special Initiatives Committee: Drug Policy Reform
Total Grants $180,000


Center for Policy Reform/Drug PolicyAlliance Network (DPAN)

Center for Policy Reform/Drug PolicyAlliance Network (DPAN) is a leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, public health and human rights.

$100,000 - Budget Crisis Campaign
New York, NY |

Independent Media Institute (IMI)

Independent Media Institute (IMI) is dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism as well asto improving the public's access to independent information sources. is a project of IMI and was first launched in 1998 to broaden understanding of events by supplying perspectives beyond what is covered by mainstream media. This online magazine provides a mixture of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to political debates, sexual politics and health issues. The AlterNet article database includes more than 7,000 stories from over 200 sources.

$30,000 -'s Drug Reporter Project
San Francisco, CA |

NORML Foundation

NORML Foundation has been the principal national advocate for legalizing marijuana since its founding in 1970. NORML has led successful efforts to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and significantly lower penalties in all others. Though the decriminalization movement eventually fell victim to the war on drugs, NORML has remained the nation's principal organization dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition. Threshold’s funds will support NORML’s work to bring needed national attention to the often-overlooked fiscal costs of marijuana prohibition – primarily the costs of arresting and prosecuting over 700,000 marijuana smokers annually.

$50,000 - Economic Analysis to Empower Constituencies Project
Washington, DC |

Winter Informal Funding
Total Grants $99,720


Campaign for Better Health/Citizens for Health Education Foundation

Campaign for Better Health/Citizens for Health Education Foundation grew out of a grassroots movement already millions strong that is dissatisfied with the incomplete model applied to human health. A critical mass now believes that the current model is insufficient and is seeking a more integrative and whole person approach to health-mind, body and spirit. The Campaign for Better Health is a partnership of the leading health advocates and organizations that have come together to provide better health opportunities for more Americans.

$7,490 - Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Project
Washington, DC |

CODEPINK/Environmentalism Through Inspiration and Non Violent Action

CODEPINK/Environmentalism Through Inspiration and Non Violent Action began in November 2002 to protest going to war against Iraq. Since then it has become more than a campaign to stop a war against Iraq, it has become a full-fledged movement of women peacemakers. The name plays on the Bush Administration’s color-coded homeland security advisory system that signals terrorist threats. While Bush’s color-coded alerts are based on fear, the Code Pink alert is based on compassion and is a call for women and men to wage peace.

$17,190 - CODEPINK's Activist Training Camps
Venice, CA |

Government Accountability Project (GAP)

Government Accountability Project (GAP) works to protect the public interest and to promote government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. GAP advises public agencies and legislative bodies about management policies and practices that help government deal more effectively with substantive information and concerns, while protecting the jobs and identities of those who provide this critical information. Through public education campaigns, research and investigative projects, plus assistance to different types of grassroots groups, GAP works to enhance government accountability.

$9,670 - Whistleblower Protection Act Campaign
Seattle, WA |

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), founded in 1963, has been a leading progressive, multi-issue, analysis and advocacy organization. Funding for the International Occupation Watch Center in Baghdad, Iraq (the only one) supports the work of monitors in order to influence the economic, reconstruction and military policies of the occupation authorities in Iraq. Specifically, this funding will allow the Center to reinforce its Iraqi staff to conduct and disseminate research and plan and implement action programs that directly support a return to Iraqi self governance.

$10,120 - International Occupation Watch Center
Washington, DC |

Let's Talk America/Regis University

Let's Talk America/Regis University is a nationwide movement that brings Americans from all points on the political spectrum together in cafes, bookstores, churches and living rooms for lively, open-hearted dialogue to consider questions essential to the future of democracy. Let’s Talk America reconnects with the ‘town hall’ meeting spirit that is the lifeblood of this country's democracy. Let’s Talk America is where everyone can talk about America’s promise, about what freedom, democracy, unity and equality truly mean.

$7,090 - General Support
Minneapolis, MN |

New World Foundation

New World Foundation supports local community activism, leadership development, equal rights and educational programs through grants and technical assistance. Its Arts for Justice program supports active partnerships between artists and community based organizations working for social justice.

$9,290 - Arts for Justice Project
New York, NY |

Ozark Botanical Garden, Inc.

Ozark Botanical Garden, Inc. is dedicated to research and conservation of medicinal plants from temperate zones worldwide. One-Garden has established a collection of over 500 medicinal plants. Just as in North America, plant medicine in China is under heavy pressure from wild harvest. One-Garden offer sanctuary in the hopes of preserving germ plasm and ensuring longevity of plant-derived medicines.

$9,390 - to Preserve the Deep Diversity Seed Bank
Brixey, MO |

Sweat Free Communities/Maine Foreign Affairs Education Fund

Sweat Free Communities/Maine ForeignAffairs Education Fund is a new national alliance of grassroots activists.They are fighting against sweatshop atrocities by working to change State and City purchasing laws to forbid sweatshop products. They support local sweatfree activists, create a sense of connection among them, and link local campaigns with sweatshop workers' struggles. They are creating a web-based sweatfree information clearing-house that will allow activists and shoppers to purchase clothes made with dignity.

$7,090 - General Support
Bangor, ME |

Votewatch/San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds

Votewatch/San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds is a nonprofit non-partisan organization of citizen volunteers, statisticians, lawyers, technologists, journalists and election officials who monitor public elections in the U.S.A., analyze patterns, and make their findings public prior to the certification of the election.

$15,270 - General Support
San Francisco, CA, |

Women's Empowerment Network’s Women's Health Center

Women's Empowerment Network’s Women's Health Center was established in 1991 to provide adequate reproductive health care for women around the world and General health care for their children.

$7,120 - Maria Luisa Ortiz Women's Health Clinic in Mulukuku, Nicaragua
Santa Cruz, CA |

Dorothy Summer Informal Funding
Total Grants: $127,780


Arizona Advocacy Network

Arizona Advocacy Network aims to build a broad-based, non-partisan coalition of grassroots and advocacy organizations and leaders throughout Arizona that develops and strengthens leadership, promotes social justice, and articulates and advocates a people’s agenda for Arizona.

$14,750 - Arizona Democracy Project
Phoenix, AZ |

Circumpolar Conservation Union (CCU)/Tides Center

Circumpolar Conservation Union (CCU)/Tides Center is dedicated to protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of the Arctic for present and future generations. It works to promote understanding and cooperation among Arctic indigenous peoples, environmental organizations, and other diverse interests, to raise public awareness of and build a global constituency for the Arctic, and to advocate on behalf of environmental protection, sustainability, and human rights to achieve a comprehensive legal and policy regime for the Arctic.

$8,718 - Voter Education and Outreach on Climate Change Project
Washington, DC |

Citizens for Health Education Foundation

Citizens for Health Education Foundation coordinates the activities of the leading individuals and organizations in the natural health and wellness community to advance collaborative projects and information to create better health programs and policies.

$8,218 - Voter Registration Project
Washington, DC

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a public media collaboration that produces radio shows on issues relating to war and peace, U.S. foreign and domestic policies, police brutality, labor struggles, the environment, health care, human rights and globalization. In September 2001, Democracy Now! expanded from radio and the internet, to satellite and cable public access TV.

$16,268 - General Support
New York, NY |

League of Young Voters/Tides Center

League of Young Voters/Tides Center engages 17-35 year olds more deeply in the democratic process through grassroots peer-to-peer voter education, political trainings, leadership development, and by providing intermediary support to help existing youth, cultural and student organization to include voter organizing as an integral part of their work.

$17,168 - General Support
New York, NY |

Let's Talk America/Regis University

Let's Talk America/Regis University is a nationwide movement that will bring Americans from all points on the political spectrum together in cafes, bookstores, churches and living rooms for lively, open-hearted dialogue to consider questions essential to the future of democracy. It reconnects with the ‘town hall’ meeting spirit that’s the lifeblood of this country's democracy. Let’s Talk America is where everyone can talk about America’s promise, about what freedom, democracy, unity and equality truly mean. Let’s Talk America is a meeting ground where people can come together to listen, speak, ask and learn -- without being forced to agree, change or bite one's tongues.

$8,918 - General Support
Minneapolis, MN |

Maine Peace Fund

Maine Peace Fund promotes a broad understanding of security based on nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice, sustainable environmental policy, and conversion from a military to a peacetime economy.

$5,968 - Voter Registration Work
Portland, ME

Moving America Forward Foundation (MAFF)

Moving America Forward Foundation (MAFF) serves the Latino, Hispanic and Native American populations in the United States. Its mission is to empower these constituencies by increasing their participation in the American political process now and in the years to come.

$11,768 - Voter Registration and Empowerment Project
Santa Fe, NM

National Voice/Tides Center

National Voice/Tides Center is a coalition of non-profit and community groups working to maximize public participation in our nation's democratic process. The project supports companies taking an active nonpartisan role in getting their constituents registered, inspired to volunteer, educated about the issues and candidates, and to vote.

$12,368 - National Voice's project
Minneapolis, MN |

New York State Labor-Religion Coalition

New York State Labor-Religion Coalition is a growing alliance of unions, religious institutions, youth groups and individuals who share a commitment to challenging economic injustice. Through education, support for organizing, and advocacy the Coalition works to help low-wage workers both in New York and in developing countries to challenge corporate control.

$7,618 - Congregation-based Voter Registration Project
Latham, NY |

Active Element Future 500 Vote Fund /Tides Foundation

Active Element Future 500 Vote Fund /Tides Foundation makes grants to support grassroots youth groups already on the ground in key states, which can effectively register, educate and turn out young voters.

$16,018 - General Support
San Francisco, CA |

Youth Funding Circle
Total Grants $99,720


Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation are negotiating a management agreement with the Department of the Interior to transfer a portion of the management functions at the National Bison Range to the tribes. Historically, Bison Range managers have scarcely tapped the intimate knowledge and tremendous expertise of Native American elders on the subject. The Natural Resources Department of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes works to produce educational materials that will help accomplish its goals towards management of the Bison herd.

$1,000 - Natural Resources Department for its educational efforts around the Manage the Bison Herd Campaign
Pablo, MT |

Montana Wilderness Association (MWA)

Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) was founded in 1958 to advocate for the protection of Montana's wilderness resource. Its leaders were instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and have led the fight to protect Montana's wild lands. The Rocky Mountain Front is one of the nation’s most biologically diverse places, providing critical breeding and winter habitat for a diverse array of wildlife. Currently, threats to the Front’s integrity are severe. MWA is working to counter these threats and obtain lasting protection for the Front through Congressional Wilderness designation.

$10,000 - Rocky Mountain Front D.C. Project, to meet a matching grant

Helena, MT |


Nkwusm is the dream of four young Salish people to recreate the process of passing the Salish language from parent to child, elder to youth in an effort to holistically preserve the language, perpetuating the Salish way of life and world view.

$12,000 - Purchase of a school bus to meet transportation challenges of students
Arlee, MT


PRIDE works to secure constitutional rights to privacy, equal protection, and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Montana. PRIDE accomplished this through advocacy, grassroots organizing, public education, and community building, by providing specific programming for LGBT Youth and Native Americans and the annual Montana Pride Weekend celebration. Its current legislative priorities are, including sexual orientation in Montana's Human Rights Act and Montana's hate crimes protections, as well as developing a dialogue on the issue of civil marriage.

$2,000 - General Support
Helena, MT |

Circle Discretionary Funds


Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA)

Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) exists as a voluntary association of foundations and giving programs concerned with the protection of the natural environment. A few of the key reasons the association exists are, to facilitate communication, foster co-operation, and develop collaboration among active and potential members; to increase awareness of the relationships between environmental grantmaking and other areas of grantmaking; and, to provide the means by which members can improve their effectiveness as grantmakers.

$550 - Membership Support
New York, NY |

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) is an advocacy organization promoting increased philanthropic giving and increased philanthropic access for disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and constituencies, including racial/ethnicminorities, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered persons, environmental justice and civil rights groups, and social change advocates. It does this through providing action-research and political advocacy assistance nationally and around the nation. NCRP functions in the following areas of philanthropy: national/state political advocacy on issues of philanthropy and charity; democracy and philanthropy research; alternative funds development; corporate philanthropy; and special reports and communications.

$1,000 - General Support
Washington, DC |

National Network of Grantmakers (NNG)

National Network of Grantmakers (NNG) is an organization of individual grantmakers committed to working for social, political, economic, and environmental justice. The network promotes individuals, projects, and organizations working for systemic change in the US and abroad.

$1,250 - General Support
Minneapolis, MN |

Resource Generation/Third Sector New England

Resource Generation/Third Sector New England is a group of young people who believe that progressive men and women with wealth hae a significant role to play in creating lasting social change. Finding wealth-related resources and participating in the existing networks has been crucial for many on the board and staff in their own paths toward supporting social and economic justice. It has often been in the context of network-sponsored events that they are engaged in substantive dialogue about money and class, met allies, shared knowledge, and challenged eachother. Resource Generation works to expand the circle of people who find their way to these networks and use the available resources. Its aim is to support and challenge each other to use money in alignment with its values: as strategic givers, informed and socially active investors, and thoughtful consumers. It is governed by a cross-class board of eleven men and women between the ages of 21 and 32, who are all both donors and activists.

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