Threshold Foundation 2008 Grants List

Democracy Committee
Total Grants $455,800

“To save the democracy we thought we had, we must take democracy to where it’s never been” – Frances Moore Lappé To save our democracy we must put citizens at the center of the problem solving. We must ask, “How corrupt has our system of government become?” “Why are Americans voting in such low numbers, especially low income people, the young, marginalized constituencies and the formerly incarcerated?” In 2008, the committee supported efforts to: ensure integrity in election processes and voting equipment; empower marginalized communities to register, vote and challenge barriers to voting access; limit the influence of big money special interests in governmental processes so that they do not enjoy favored status or unfair access to decision makers.


California Alliance / Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

The California Alliance is committed to advancing a common progressive vision by leading innovative strategies in public policy and civic participation for communities of color and low-income communities. The Alliance is comprised of 15 recognized social justice, environmental justice and labor-affiliated organizations that are based in key regions in California.

$30,000 – California Alliance's Progressive Electoral Project
Los Angeles, CA |

Center for Civic Action

Center for Civic Action is the 501(c)(4) arm for Center for Civic Policy (CCP), which seeks to engage voters in socially responsible policies and support organizations and emerging leaders. CCA achieves this goal by shaping election battlefields prior to election cycles, increasing the number of socially responsible voters, creating a socially responsible issue environment and by identifying more socially responsible candidates to run for office.

$45,000 – New Mexico Clean Election Campaign
Albuquerque, NM |

Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism

Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism is dedicated to promoting media independence through alternative and diverse voices. Its outlets are the internet, a bimonthly journal, book publishing, radio programs and video production.

$25,000 – 2008 Election Protection
Columbus, OH |

Corporate Ethics International

Corporate Ethics International (CEI) works to transform the role of corporations so that they are once again in service to and under the control of citizens by building the capacity of activists through education, consulting and networking.

$35,000 – Business Ethics Network
San Francisco, CA |

Election Defense Alliance / International Humanities Center

Election Defense Alliance (EDA) is building a national citizen movement to expose electoral fraud and establish electoral integrity, so that governments accountable to the people are legitimately elected. EDA is a democratic, participatory organization bringing together citizen activists across the nation in a coordinated, full-time, full-range campaign for transparency and integrity in local, county, state, and national elections.

$25,000 – general support for Election Defense Alliance
Culver City, CA |

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa CCI unites people living in cities, small towns, and rural areas to achieve positive social, economic and environmental change in their communities. Iowa CCI encourages citizen participation and holds institutions accountable to grassroots people.

$25,000 – Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections (VOICE)
Des Moines, IA |

Justice Through Music Project

Justice Through Music is a national organization devoted to voter education, integrity and protection. Its mission is to ensure that every vote counts and is counted. It believes that voters should get to the polls and that their votes must be protected from error, fraud and theft. It works with a broad spectrum of organizations and elected officials to do this.

$20,000 – General support
Washington, DC |

Latina Initiative

Latina Initiative (LI) is a non-partisan voter outreach and civic engagement organization whose mission is to cultivate, support and maintain the civic involvement of Latinas in Colorado. LI is the premier nonprofit increasing civic engagement of the Latina community.

$30,000 – General Support
Denver, CO |, a groundbreaking public database, illuminates the connection between money and politics. It shines a light on campaign contributions and show their related legislative outcomes, which leads to more informed constituents, increased responsiveness of legislators, and election reform. makes money/vote connections transparent, to help citizens hold their legislators accountable.

$30,000 – General Support
Berkeley, CA |

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

The mission of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is to inform, involve, strengthen, and increase the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits and the nonprofit sector in Minnesota. It accomplishes its mission through four key strategies: nonprofit management education and training, public policy advocacy and education, information and special projects, and cost saving services

$25,000 – Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network
St. Paul, MN |

Palast Investigative Fund / International Humanities Center

Palast Investigative Fund works to uncover voter disenfranchisement in the United States, especially tactics used against voters of color.

$35,000 – Palast Investigative Fund's New Attack on the Right to Vote in the USA
Malibu, CA |

Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network

Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network (REJN) is a member-led, inter-generational network of the working poor, comprised of 40 culturally, racially, and socially diverse organizations who work on a variety of justice issues in 10 Southern states. Formed to proactively respond to the downside of Globalization, REJN works to stregnthen local organizing, collaborations, and civic engagement to better impact policies that promote prosperity and accountable governance.

$35,000 – Southern Youth Political Participation Campaign
Durham, NC |

SouthWest Organizing Project

SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) works to empower communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. Through direct grassroots organizing and non-partisan electoral engagement strategies, it promotes the participation of low-income communities of color in decision-making processes around economic development, health and the environment in New Mexico.

$30,000 – General Support
Albuquerque, NM |

Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution is an organization dedicated to clean, transparent, and accountable government. It is an online activist organization of 154 affiliate organizations and 18,984 signed up members. It focuses first on election reform, and also on media reform, war resolution and government accountability.

$35,000 – Election Protection Strike Force
Washington, DC |

Verified Voting Foundation

Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) is a non-partisan nonprofit organization championing transparent, reliable and publicly verifiable elections. Its goal is to enable voters to have unqualified and justified confidence in election results.

$10,000 – General support
Carlsbad, CA |

Voter Action / International Humanities Center

Voter Action is a nonprofit voter advocacy group that provides legal, research and organizing support to ensure election integrity in the United States. It is dedicated to protecting the democratic process, and ensuring that our elections remain in the public domain. Voter Action supports the basic right of every voter to have his or her vote recorded as intended and counted accurately. Its work focuses on litigation and public education in support of these goals.

$20,800 – Voter Action
Seattle, WA |

Sustainable Planet Committee
Total Grants $466,050

How do we meet the needs of people now without compromising the needs of future generations? How do we bring all human activities into harmony with nature for the benefit of all beings? To face these questions, we must transform both human culture and technology to live within the physical limits of the local and global ecosystems. Most urgently, this implies protecting threatened ecosystems to preserve biodiversity and prevent extinction. This in turn will require addressing global ecological issues such as climate change, empowering local and indigenous communities and deploying new clean technologies. In 2008, this committee funded in three areas of focus: Climate Change, Community-based Solutions, and Ecological Hotspots.


Amazon Watch

The mission of Amazon Watch is to partner with South American indigenous/environmental NGO's to protect Amazonian ecosystems and indigenous lands threatened by internationally financed industrial mega-projects (oil/gas pipelines, dams, highways, waterways).

$40,000 – Advancing Rainforest protection, Indigenous rights, and Climate stability in the Equadorian Amazon
San Francisco, CA |

Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment

Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment (ACEE) is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the communities and natural resources of Appalachia and to developing a sustainable economy for the region. The Center provides legal representation and policy assistance to citizens and grassroots organizations.

$36,550 – General Support
Lewisburg, WV |

Biosphere Foundation

Biosphere Foundation supports research and education about our Earth's biosphere. The Biosphere Foundation supports an on-going coral reef program, Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) which conducts research to address the coral reef crisis. PCRF has pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs through innovative programs in science, technology and education.

$35,000 – Planetary Coral Reef Foundation's development and fundraising expenses
Pacific Palisades, CA |

California Product Stewardship Council

California Product Stewardship Council is an organization of local governments from throughout California who aims to shift California's product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.

$20,000 – General support
Sacramento, CA |

Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag

Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag (DECOIN) works to involve local people in environmental conservation measures and to stop extractive industry projects (mining), promote sustainable economic alternatives, and to educate the local population on the importance of natural resource conservation.

$28,000 – Periodico Intag-DECOIN
Imbabura, Ecuador

Energy Action Coalition / Earth Island Institute

Energy Action Coalition united a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the youth climate and energy movement. Energy Action is a founding partner and endorser of the 1 Sky Platform. It has also endorsed several environmental and climate justice documents and is firmly commited to the embodyment of these principles in all of its work.

$25,000 – general support for Energy Action Coalition
Washington, DC |

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW) gives public interest lawyers and scientists around the world the skills and resources they need to protect the environment through law. Grassroots lawyers and scientists continue to call on the E-LAW network for critical legal and scientific tools. Its advocates serve low-income communities around the world, helping citizens strengthen and enforce laws to protect themselves and their communities from toxic pollution and environmental degradation.

$12,500 – General Support
Eugene, OR |

Global Cooling / Planetwork

Global Cooling is an informal group of collaborating scientists from the US and UK examining an idea for creating a controlled global cooling to balance global warming resulting from burning fossil fuel. This group is organized by Dr John Latham, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, who first published the idea, which involves seeding marine clouds to increase their reflectivity.

$44,500 – Global Cooling's project on cloud seeding to avert catastrophic global warming
Boulder, CO |

Global Response

Global Response organizes international campaigns to help indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations prevent environmental destruction and defend their rights. It works at the request of communities that are organizing to protect their natural resources and cultural integrity against industrial logging, mining and oil projects. Its campaigns draw international attention to their efforts and greatly increase their chances of success.

$30,000 – General Support
Boulder, CO |

Institute for Children's Environmental Health / Tides Center

Institute for Children's Environmental Health (ICEH) 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 with diverse constituencies to mitigate environmental exposures that can undermine the health of current and future generations.

$25,000 – general support for Institute for Children's Environmental Health
Freeland, WA |

Northwest Earth Institute

Northwest Earth Institute is a grassroots organization of volunteers and community organizers around the country who have brought together more than 80,000 people to dialogue and take action on behalf of the Earth. In 18 regions outside the Northwest, 'sister' Earth Institutes have formed to address local issues, organize discussions and empower local communities.

$20,000 – General Support
Portland, OR |

Oregon Environmental Council

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon – clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. Since 1968, OEC has helped forge Oregon's reputation as a national leader in environmental protection. OEC's current programs focus on reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and pollution control and prevention, especially with regard to toxic chemicals.

$27,000 – general support
Portland, OR |

Organic Seed Alliance

Organic Seed Alliance supports the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. It accomplishes these goals through collaborative education, advisory services, and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals.

$20,000 – Community Seed Systems project
Port Townsend, WA |

Rainforest Information Centre / EarthWays Foundation

Rainforest Information Centre (RIC) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the protection of the Earth's remaining rainforests and the indigenous people who depend on them. RIC was born out of the successful struggle to save the sub-tropical rainforests of New South Wales, Australia in the early 1980s. Since then RIC continues campaigns and projects which protect rainforests and at the same time recognize the legitimate development aspirations of rainforest peoples.

$35,000 – general support for Rainforest Information Centre
Lismore, Australia |


Rainforest2Reef works to conserve 350,000 acres of prime jaguar habitat in the southwest Buffer Zone of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. It provides local owners with economic benefits derived from conservation of their land. To date, R2R has signed landmark agreements with more than 200 families that permanently protect more than 250,000 acres of rainforest. These agreements are the first of their kind completed entirely by a private NGO in Mexico and the only permanent private land mechanism in Mexico.

$7,500 – General Support
Tahoe City, CA |

Red de Permacultura en el Peru

Red de Permacultura en el Peru is an NGO of permaculture experts skilled in Amazon sustainability projects. It is a nonprofit that works with indigenous communities along with other local NGO’s. It participates in the interchange of knowledge and experiences with the help of experts and volunteers to combine the best known traditional knowledge with modern practices of permaculture. It works to strengthen the economic and logistical support of the communities and builds the capacity to educate and train people in order to build consciousness.

$10,000 – Rainforest Protection-Achual Sustainable Harvests Project
Yarinacocha, Pucallpa, Peru |

The Regeneration Project

Regeneration Project (TRP) seeks to deepen the connection between faith and ecology. TRP educates and encourages faith leaders and their communities, across all religions and denominations, about their responsibility to be good stewards of Creation.

$10,000 – General Support
San Francisco, CA |

Species Alliance

Species Alliance works to raise public awareness of the impending mass extinction and the threat to Earth's life support systems due to this loss of biodiversity. Through films and other media, website, and outreach, it seeks to ignite a new sense of community empowerment and purpose, in order to stimulate creative and effective changes in public policies and human behavior that will assure a healthy future for all life on Earth.

$10,000 – General Support
Emeryville, CA |

Sustainable Connections

Sustainable Connections works with local, independently owned businesses that have the autonomy to make any transformational change in their business that they can imagine. It supports a community of innovators in green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy; independent businesses in town centers, and mentors a new breed of entrepreneurs that have designed their business with a sustainable vision.

$30,000 – General Support
Bellingham, WA |

Funding Circles

International Microcredit Funding Circle
Total Grants $116,000

The International Microcredit Funding Circle funds microlending institutions in regions of the world where people are living in poverty. We direct funds through existing microfinance institutions that primarily lend to women, and that provide training in business practices, and if necessary, technical assistance. We seek opportunities in which the money gets recycled into a lending pool and becomes a permanent endowment for change. Microlending empowers people with ‘an arm and a leg up’ to sustainable self-sufficiency; it preserves their dignity and promotes self-esteem in the process.


Adelante Foundation

Adelante Foundation works to help the poorest women in rural Honduras improve their standard of living. It does this by providing small loans and education to women to enable them to start and grow small businesses.

$24,100 – micro lending and education programs
Englewood, CO |

Floresta USA, Inc.

Floresta USA and its Dominican sister organization, Floresta Incorporada, were founded with a new vision for economic development that is sustainable and benefits the environment. Floresta works to make lasting change through development that restores productivity to degraded land and dignity to the rural poor, while providing opportunities for upcoming generations.

$19,400 – microenterprise loan capital for women within Floresta's cooperatives in Haiti
San Diego, CA |

MicroCredit Enterprises

MicroCredit Enterprises Fund is committed to reducing poverty by mobilizing private investment capital to finance micro-businesses of poor families throughout the developing world. It gears its entrepreneurial results to produce jobs, sustain micro-businesses and improve human lives.

$19,400 – Permanent Fund to Alleviate Extreme Poverty
Sacramento, CA |

NamasteDirect / Namaste Foundation

NamasteDirect is dedicated to providing loan funds for rural first-time women borrowers in Central America who have no other source of credit. NamasteDirect links donors with borrowers through providing donors with information on the loan cycle and the community where their funds were distributed as microcredit loans.

$19,400 – NamasteDirect's work with AlSol, based in Chiapas, Mexico
San Francisco, CA |

Permacultura America Latina

Permacultura America Latina (PAL) works throughout Latin America as a pioneering sustainable land use and appropriate technology organization working at grassroots, regional, and national levels and opening links to governments and business sectors.

$9,600 – Expansion of micro credit loan service for Permabanco in the Amazon
Santa Fe, NM |


SHEPHERD believes in people based processes and holistic approach to socio-economic development of poor communities. The community banking program which was started in 1997 among rural poor women became an effective instrument to address the twin issues of poverty and women empowerment.

$24,100 – Building Next Generation program to provide higher education loans and support to lower-income families
Tamil Nadu, South India |

Arts for Social Change Funding Circle
Total Grants $136,389

The Arts for Social Change Funding Circle builds support and visibility for the field of Arts and Social Change. Projects funded use participatory arts that engage community members in the art-making, have high artistic quality, and a clear strategy for social change.


All-ages Movement Project / Tides Center

All Ages Movement Project is a member-driven network of community-based organizations that promote independent music and build power with young people.

$11,000 – All-Ages Movement Project's 2008 Leadership Exchange Program
San Francisco, CA |

Ananya Dance Theatre

Ananya Dance Theatre is a company of women artists of color, diverse in race, age, sexuality, nationality, and class, but uniformly committed to the articulation of thier quest for justice and excellence in artistry, and their dreams and hopes for different futures.

$12,000 – Daak, Call to Action performance project focusing on environmental justice.
Minneapolis, MN |

Art In The Public Interest

Art in the Public Interest works to bring about recognition of the arts as part of a healthy culture in which the artist provides both intellectual nourishment and social benefit. It supports art that reflects not only a commitment to quality but a concern for the culture in which that work appears.

$18,000 – Community Arts Network
Saxapahaw, NC |


ArtCorps advances social change initiatives by promoting arts and culture as powerful tools to generate cooperative and sustainable work between development organizations and the communities they serve.

$15,000 – Artist placements in Guatemala and El Salvador
Beverly, MA |

Centre for Playback Theatre

The Centre for Playback Theatre's purpose is to encourage and foster individual human rights and community dialogue through personal improvisational theatre by facilitating the narration of diverse opinions, recollections and stories; listening; empathy; vitality; and hope.

$16,000 – Playback Theatre Bridge Project
New Paltz, NY |

Chicago Freedom School

Chicago Freedom School is a city-wide resource that provides opportunities for youth to come together and gain greater civic passion, commitment, confidence, focus, self-direction and tools for a life of social activism. Its vision is that, in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, CFS will become a place where young people from communities across Chicago can discover their own power to make change – not only for themselves, but also for their communities and the world.

$9,000 – Freedom Fellowship Insititute's arts-related programming
Chicago, IL |

Choral Earth / Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts

Choral Earth works to engage North America’s choristers in timely action and sing their parts for positive climate change

$5,000 – Choral Earth's "Sing Your Part" program
Charlottesville, VA |

Cooperative Image Group

Cooperative Image Group creates arts-based programming for youth, offering high-quality, innovative programs out of its art center and creating outreach projects for the wider community. Co-op Image advocates a non-traditional instructor/student educational model, creating a bottom-up system through which youth are involved in every level of brainstorming, researching, and executing projects. Its projects are designed to address the needs of the community, creating a network of civic leaders, artists, and youth, cooperating to strengthen their neighborhood.

$9,000 – Triangulation project
Chicago, IL |

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is dedicated to performing puppet and mask theater for the entertainment and enrichment of audiences of all ages and cultures. It works to create a sense of community among performers and audience, and build a vital and healthy culture through art, festivity, work, and play.

$8,000 – 'Decorate the Well in Gratitude' ceremonial arts event
Minneapolis, MN |

Iraqi American Reconciliation Project / Intermedia Arts of Minnesota

The mission of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is to promote reconciliation between the people of the United States and Iraq in response to the devastation affecting Iraqi families, society, and culture. IARP recognizes the common humanity of the people of Iraq and the people of the United States.

$2,389 – Iraqi American Reconciliation Project
Minneapolis, MN |

Generational Alliance / Tides Center

The Generational Alliance is a collaborative youth leadership network that connects campus, community and voter education work to build a long-term, strategic and integrated movement for positive social change. The Generational Alliance is working to create a sustainable, strategic and collaborative youth movement by fostering joint planning opportunities.

$8000 – Vote HipHop
Oakland, CA |

Toronto Playback Theatre

Toronto Playback Theatre is dedicated to listening to people's stories and transforming them spontaneously into theatre. Its mission is to provide organizations with dramatic, audience-interactive performances and programs that build trust, deepen dialogue and generate opportunities for personal and community development.

$8,000 – Finding Common Ground program
Toronto, Canada |

Volcano Love

LAVA is a movement collective whose explosive acrobatic performances push the accepted boundaries of dance, gender, and the female form. Its mission is to expand conventional notions of what is possible by pushing beyond traditional physical, psychological, social and emotional limits in an accessible and entertaining way.

$11,000 – Free community programs
Brooklyn, NY |

Young Chicago Authors

Young Chicago Authors is a literary arts organization that serves Chicago youth ages 13-18 through creative writing workshops, performance workshops, and publishing opportunities. YCA’s accomplished teaching artists lead its workshops and create a supportive community of young writers. YCA is a place for Chicago teens to come together, regardless of geographic, cultural, economic, or racial barriers to gain confidence, access their voice, and express themselves through writing.

$4,000 – Men As Allies project
Chicago, IL |

Restorative Justice Funding Circle
Total Grants $153,600

The Restorative Justice Funding Circle promotes humane alternatives to the current modus operandi of American criminal justice. It supports efforts to (1) prevent imprisonment, particularly, lengthy, Draconian sentences; (2) transform imprisonment from a period of suffering and debilitation into a period of healing, growth and empowerment, including victim-offender dialogue and reconciliation, spiritual and emotional healing, and vocational endowment; (3) diagnose and treat prisoners with mental health and/or substance abuse problems; (4) support prisoners’ families during and after incarceration; and (5) steward and mentor prisoners when they return home. In 2008, the Funding Circle focused on endeavors to transform, heal, motivate, and empower prisoners, all with the principal goal of reducing recidivism and uplifting the communities to which ex-prisoners return.


Cedar Tree

Cedar Tree works to develop an appreciation for the written word in underserved populations, primarily prisoners, families of prisoners, and at-risk youth. Cedar Tree builds cultural bridges by fostering a dialogue between minority communities and mainstream America.

$1,700 – General Support
Albuquerque, NM |

Free Battered Women Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Free Battered Women seeks to end the re-victimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence. It does this as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgender people.

$10,100 – Free Battered Women
San Francisco, CA |

Freedom Project

Freedom Project strengthens our community through supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. It offers trainings in concrete skills of Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community. Its work addresses the healing of relationships ruptured by violence and the forging of community founded on genuine safety through connection.

$7,000 – General support
Seattle, WA |

Getting Out by Going In

Getting Out By Going In (GOGI) is dedicated to the release preparation of incarcerated men, women and children by providing simple tools for making positive choices. The GOGI program is designed to help participants “Get Out” of old behavior by “Going In” for self-improvement. Their coaches empower the individual with information, opportunity and support for lasting change.

$20,000 – GOGI Campus program
Playa Del Rey, CA |

Insight Prison Project

Insight Prison Project (IPP) is a community organization that believes community members need to play an active role in the prisons surrounding a community. IPP is dedicated to creating and conducting effective programs for inmate rehabilitation and to support the reinstatement of rehabilitation as a core operating principle within the penal system.

$6,000 – General support
San Rafael, CA |

The Life After Exoneration Program / Tides Center

The Life After Exoneration Program addresses the injustice of wrongful conviction and incarceration by assisting exonerees and their families to rebuild their lives outside of prison. LAEP works to secure a holistic opportunity for exonerees to heal from their harrowing experience by addressing their physical, spiritual, psychological, social and economic well-being.

$16,000 – Life After Exoneration's Sustainable Services Project
Berkeley, CA |

Mediation Works

Mediation Works (MW) empowers individuals and organizations to resolve their differences peacefully. MW teaches conflict resolution skills and provide mediation services, thereby building understanding and respect in our diverse community.

$4,100 – General support
Medford, OR |

A New Way of Life Reentry Project

A New Way of Life Reentry Project provides housing and reentry support to formerly incarcerated women and their children. It assits women and girls to break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives.

$11,800 – General support
Los Angeles, CA |

Prison Dharma Network

Prison Dharma Network is a nonsectarian Buddhist support network for prisoners, prison volunteers, and correctional workers. It provides prisoners with the most effective contemplative tools for self-rehabilitation and transformation within a framework of restorative and transformative justice.

$10,000 – General support
Boulder, CO |

Project AVARY

Project AVARY (Alternative Ventures for At Risk Youth) cultivates a community of support for children whose parents are imprisoned or involved with the criminal justice system. AVARY targets children who have not yet entered the cycles of violence and incarceration and works with them through young adulthood.

$14,400 – General support
San Rafael, CA |

Restorative Resources

Restorative Resources uses restorative justice principles, values, and practices to addresses the harm done by criminal offending, reduce the risk of future harm, and focus on strengthening and building the community. Its work includes Restorative Conferencing, Community Conferencing, and collaborative prevention programs for youth at risk.

$12,500 – General support
Santa Rosa, CA |

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.

$2,800 – General support
Los Angeles, CA |

Teaching Peace

Teaching Peace works to reduce crime and conflict, primarily through victim-offender restorative justice processes. It provides programs that cultivate individual, family and community skills and attitudes that are necessary for people to live in harmony with themselves and others.

$13,200 – General support and bilingual services
Longmont, CO |

Temple University

Temple University Beasley School of Law has been committed to the goal of accessibility to the legal profession since it was founded and provides high quality law education to more than 1000 students enrolled in both day and evening classes. The school had a reputation for graduating students with strong advocacy skills and a commitment to the public interest. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program allows incarcerated individuals and college and university students to study issues of crime, justice, and related social issues together as peers inside correctional facilities. The program creates a paradigm shift for participants, encouraging transformation and change agency in individuals and, in so doing, serves as an engine for social change.

$16,200 – Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Philadelphia, PA |

Urban Justice Center

Urban Justice Center (UJC) maintains six distinct projects that work toward eradication of different social challenges that face the urban poor. It is an incubator for progressive ideas and projects. UJC has received funding for - and produced results through - innovative projects that serve traditionally underrepresented populations. Specifically, its projects engage in legal services and grassroots and systemic advocacy for the following populations: homeless adults and families; victims of domestic violence; gay, lesbian, and transgender youth; the mentally ill; recipients of public assistance; and substance abusers.

$6,000 – General support
New York, NY |

Young Women's Empowerment Project

Young Women’s Empowerment Project offers safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. YWEP is a youth leadership organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing run by and for girls and women (ages 12-23) with life experience in the sex trade and street economies.

$1,800 – General support
Chicago, IL |

The Complementary Currency Funding Circle
Total Grants $102,000

The Complementary Currency Funding Circle funds a small number of exemplary complementary currencies to prove their effectiveness in creating, from the ground up, a more robust, equitable and socially responsible monetary system. Complementary currencies are a powerful way of promoting healthier communities and stronger local economies by mobilizing underutilized resources within a community.


E.F. Schumacher Society

The Schumacher Society promotes the building of strong local economies that link people, land, and community. To accomplish this it develops model programs, including local currencies, community land trusts, and microlending; it hosts lectures and other educational events; publishes papers; and maintains a library to engage scholars and inspire citizen activities.

$20,000 – BerkShares local currency
Great Barrington, MA |

Terra Project / Planetwork

Trade Reference Currency (TRC) is a new currency privately issued by the TRC Alliance, with a built-in circulation incentive that could play a significant role in getting the world out of recession. Its unit of account is the Terra. It would systematically stabilize the effects on the business cycle and re-align financial interests with long-term sustainability.

$5,000 – Terra Project
Brussels, Belgium |

TimeBanks USA

TimeBanks USA works to expand a movement that develops, supports, and promotes a network of Time Banks that rebuild community, and reforms economic and social systems, policies, and practices so that they empower human beings to contribute to the well-being of each other through reciprocity.

$20,000 – new membership division
Washington, DC |

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance provides socially responsible investors, donors, for-benefit organizations, and social enterprises innovative investing, lending, and philanthropic services to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

$52,000 – Fund for Complementary Currencies
San Francisco, CA |

The Gulf South Allied Funding Circle
Total Grants $200,000

The Gulf South Allied Funding Circle is a donor initiative formed in response to the devestation by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Its objectives include: • Generating at least three years of steady financial support from individual donors, donor communities and foundations, for equitable rebuilding of the Gulf South • Discussing the ongoing human rights violations in the region, and the ways in which the very personal tragedies of the people in the area have national implications • Building the ties between donor communities in order to strengthen our ability to work together strategically. • Raising the capacity and visibility of the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) – one of the few national and publicly endowed Black foundations in the United States. • Facilitating positive changes in public policy.


Twenty First Century Foundation

Established in 1971, Twenty First Century Foundation is a national public foundation committed to providing resources for Black community social justice initiatives and leadership development. For 35 years, the Foundation has been supporting the civil rights, economic empowerment, and grassroots leadership of the African American community in the United States through its grantmaking and personalized donor services. The Foundation's grants program has supported more than 400 Black community-based organizations that make a difference in the lives of Black children, families, and communities throughout the country. In addition to grant support, the Foundation has a donor education program that conducts research on contemporary Black giving, and offers leadership opportunity and comprehensive services for effective giving.

$200,000 – Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund
New York, NY |

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