Social Justice

October 17, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

"Across the country, students and teachers are heading back to school. Eager to reconnect, they are also ready to learn new concepts, discover unexpected insights, and be challenged by complex ideas," said Elizabeth Alexander for TIME Magazine.

But not everyone in American lecture halls or library stacks this fall will be allowed to learn and read freely. Due to recent bills and legislative efforts throughout the U.S., half our states censor the teaching of race and gender in public colleges and K-12 schools – especially any teaching that examines them in the context of our collective history. At the same time, books are being banned at the highest rate in our country since the American Library Association first began documenting those numbers. For students entering college, five times as many books are being challenged as when they started high school.

What will we sacrifice as a country by letting these bans stand? We cannot navigate our multicultural American society if we are operating from myth and stereotype instead of fact and shared experience – and its democratic workings slow when the education our students are taught is inaccurate and incomplete.

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October 17, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From the Intercultural Leadership Institute: We are excited to announce the guidelines and application for the sixth cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTSFirst Peoples FundNational Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) PA’I FoundationSipp CultureFirst Alaskans Insti

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October 11, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From Ford Foundation: Join us on Tuesday, October 31 from 6-8pm for an artists’ talk with Stephanie Dinkins and Mimi Ọnụọha. The artists will speak about their work featured in What Models Make Worlds: Critical Imaginaries of AI in conversation with moderator Salome Asega, director of NEW INC. 

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October 10, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From Surdna Foundation: Join us at the Surdna Foundation for light bites and a panel discussion with Nonprofit Quarterly.

You'll hear from NPQ editors, authors, and movement leaders exploring themes from NPQ's latest economic justice issue about how movements today are advancing economic justice, and how grassroots efforts can be amplified by resourcing a national media platform.

Panelists will be in conversation with NPQ editors Steve Dubb and Rithika Ramamurthy:

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October 10, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From Justice Funders: A new model for philanthropy, the Just Transition Integrated Capital Fund offers foundations a learning vehicle to move endowed assets to BIPOC and working class controlled funds and grassroots projects through non-extractive financing in the form of 0% loans and catalytic grants.

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October 2, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at the University of Houston: Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com.

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September 27, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

"There shouldn’t be anything controversial about drag, a multidisciplinary art form that weaves together fashion, acting, song, and dance," said Beatrice Thomas and Lane Harwell for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "From the time of Shakespeare, when female roles were performed by men, to the vaudeville circuit and the Harlem Renaissance, drag has been a means of expression that cuts across history, cultures, and continents."

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September 27, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From ADC Consulting: Primarily serving individual artists and artmaking entities, ASOs frequently provide the greatest benefits to the least resourced artists and groups through capacity building, networking, advocacy, grantmaking, arts education, and/or industry research.

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September 27, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

From The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation: Our investments are guided by the fundamental belief in the power of live theatre to spark dialogue, bring different viewpoints together on challenging subjects, and provide a lens to process the critical issues of contemporary society.  

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September 5, 2023 by Jaime Sharp

This briefing on [Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 2pm EDT] is co-sponsored by the ABFE, a Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, and Grantmakers in the Arts. Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a powerful conversation with Black TGNC artists about cultural organizing in the midst of hate, misinformation, and anti-LGBTQ backlash. Webinar link shared with approved registrants.

Learn more and register here.

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