In 1979, a network of 28 young visionaries established North Star Fund. They created a new approach to philanthropy. Inspired by the era's movements for social justice, they created a collaborative, activist-led philanthropy.
Thirty years later, a new generation of young people with wealth is emerging. They share the values of equality, economic justice, and peace. And our Emerging Donor program is engaging these emerging philanthropists in strategic dialogues on how to use their resources conscientiously and effectively.
In 2009, we will begin hosting a bi-monthly series of short presentations by grantees about their organizing campaigns in the community, with context provided by leading policy makers and thinkers. Email Diana Correa our Deputy Director for Programs, if there is an issue or community that you would like to learn more about. We'll pick the most in demand, and be back in touch to enlist your help in organizing the event.
We also continue to partner with Resource Generation on workshops ranging from unpacking the pitfalls of privilege, to connecting with other donors and developing "A Change Beyond Charity Giving Plan." Participants are guided through the process of creating a map to focus their giving to contribute to long-term change for social, economic, and/or environmental justice.
In 2008, North Star Fund hosted an evening of intergenerational discussion entitled "Passing the Torch." Our founder Toby D'Oench spoke about both the excitement and challenges that North Star Fund faced at its start, and the importance of carrying on the work. Two other founding donors, Peter Brest and Liz Hirsch, were on hand and contributed greatly to the discussion. Ai-Jen Poo and members of Domestic Workers United presented current issues in community organizing, especially as they affect immigration and workers rights. Emerging donors Maggie Williams introduced the program, and Theo Yang Copley provided closing reflections.
If you're interested in learning more and getting involved, please Email Diana Correa.