What We Fund

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North Star considers groups in New York City that do all of the following:

  • Work within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have 501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status
  • Make the links between different but related forms of oppression
  • Are led by and for the communities they seek to serve
  • Are democratically structured and accountable to their communities
  • Represent traditionally marginalized or disenfranchised communities, i.e. low-income people, immigrants, people of color, LGBTSTQ, women, elders, youth and people with disabilities
  • Actively work to create progressive social change; for example, ensuring economic justice, securing peace and ending militarism, ending institutional racism and gender discrimination, and/or protecting civil liberties

Although we value the work, we do not consider:

  • Direct service organizations, i.e. food pantries, soup kitchens
  • Individual efforts
  • Private or public schools, colleges, and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Statewide, national, or international organizations
  • Travel expenses for individual speakers or conference participants
  • Activities to elect specific candidates for public office
  • Fundraising events such as galas and walk-a-thons
  • Feasibility studies, capital fund drives
  • Organizations that do not comply with Federal, state, or local equal opportunity statutes

If you have specific questions about your eligibility, please contact us at 212-620-9110.

To review our current grant categories and funding guidelines for each category, visit our Grant Categories page.