New York City gets $1,000 of philanthropic funding per resident.

Rural Alabama gets $50 per resident.*

Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy (FJE) brought 27 funders from across the U.S. to Alabama in 2017. They journeyed from Montgomery to Birmingham to learn how to fund economic justice organizing in the state, meeting with local funders and grassroots organizations to find out more about movement building strategies being implemented for economic justice.

The learning visit started in Montgomery, and ended at Birmingham City Hall. In between, funders learned about economic justice issues in Uniontown — a rural part of the state — and walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

*According to As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil, a report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP).

Local funders and grassroots groups