What’s Happening

Sticking With It: The Story of Satterberg’s Commitment to Racial Justice Funding

By LaShanda Robertson and Sarah Walczyk We’ve read the alarming reports and heard about the disturbing trend from grantee partners:  funders are now pulling back on commitments to racial justice funding, especially Black-led organizations.  For some in philanthropy, there was a “moment” in 2020 (after the murder of George Floyd) when it was seen as urgent to make high profile pledges to fund BIPOC-led groups.  This wave is now receding for a whole host of reasons, including political attacks...

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Young Women’s Freedom Center: Sparking Brilliance

Young Women’s Freedom Center: Sparking Brilliance

From Formerly Incarcerated to Forever Empowered — When Jessica Nowlan first came to Young Women’s Freedom Center, she was seventeen years old. “I was living and working on the streets. I'd been incarcerated so many times, and I heard about this organization that hired girls like me.” So she applied. Thinking YWFC was like most employers, Jessica lied about her history of incarceration, job experience, and living situation. “I said all the things I thought you were supposed to say to get a job....

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RE:Frame Youth Arts Center – Come Through and Chill

RE:Frame Youth Arts Center – Come Through and Chill

Holding Space By and For Youth in South Phoenix  — A few years back, a young man—we'll call him Aaron—was released from an Arizona federal prison, where he had been incarcerated since he was 14 years old. Before he could return to his home in California, he was ordered to stay in transitional housing in Phoenix. Upon Aaron's release, community organizing and social services organizations in Phoenix came together to offer support services for his reentry into society from incarceration....

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