At NFG, we know that in order to achieve transformative and lasting social change, philanthropy must mobilize resources to Black, Indigenous, people of color-led movements that are rooted in place.

Local grassroots organizers are leading the way to ensure that our communities can thrive — with access to affordable homes, jobs with livable wages, democratic systems, a healthy environment, and economies that sustain people and planet. Based on research and learnings from NFG’s programs and partners, we created this resource to help funders expand and deepen their geographic reach and advance racial, gender, economic, disability, and climate justice by supporting grassroots groups rooted in place. 

NFG’s work in place builds and strengthens relationships between national grantmakers, local and regional funders, and community organizations for our long-term outcome: philanthropic assets are liberated so that BIPOC communities and low-income communities have power to self-determine. Our theory of change centers local expertise & lived experience, root cause analysis, place, and power building. Even though local organizers are tackling systemic issues, each place has unique challenges, strategies, and solutions. Across all of NFG’s programs, we focus on lifting up community voices and place-based strategies in our learning visits, briefings, reports, and funder organizing.

Co-conspire with NFG

NFG organizes philanthropy so that Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and low-income communities thrive. We offer funders a political home: a place to connect, strategize, and take action.

A black and white photo of a fist raised in front of a large crowd of protestors holding signs. The photo is outlined in purple and red with colorful circles.
Massive May 30th, 2020 protest for George Floyd and Black Lives at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza, led in part by The Equity Alliance and Stand Up Nashville. Photo credit: Odessa Kelly.

This site shows what building community power looks like in reality and in place-specific contexts.

If you’re a national funder, you can use it to deepen your understanding of how change happens at the grassroots level and get recommendations on how to better support power building in different places. If you’re a regional or local funder in one of our featured places, you can use it as a resource to learn more about the movement and funder landscape for your grantmaking.

On the homepage, hover over the map and click on the places where NFG’s programs have partnered with local organizations. In each place, you can learn how groups are addressing different issues there. You can also dive into a specific issue to learn how groups are working on it in different places. Visit the Get Connected page to see all of the funders and grassroots groups we feature on the site. While far from exhaustive, this site will expand and grow as we continue our work in place. We invite you to learn with us and take action with NFG’s community of grantmakers.

Explore this site to learn about how NFG builds power in place. 

Featured Reports

Funder Recommendations in Nashville

We offer 10 recommendations spurred by the interviews, learning, and dialogue in Nashville, with the hopes that these can better support the critical – yet radically under-resourced work – redefining Nashville’s economy to work for all its participants. 1. For national and local funders alike, don’t just give money to the “loudest…

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Labor in Houston

Hampering worker power and unions in Texas is the “right to work” state framework imposed by conservative politicians and corporate donors. This framework – while not directly banning unions – foments a “free choice” ideology that unions are somehow restrictive to worker’s rights while reducing union membership and resources. Texas also holds…

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Movement Infrastructure in New York

With the demographic, social, and political landscape changing throughout New York State, there is great opportunity to shift power to Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. But continued progress is not a certainty; it will take dedicated and coordinated efforts by many individuals and organizations over the long term to achieve…

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