At North Star Fund, we believe in our collective power to transform New York by supporting grassroots organizing led by impacted communities. Our inaugural 2017-2018 Resilient Communities Giving Project brought together New Yorkers from a wide range of backgrounds to share stories and develop a common analysis of how systemic oppression impacts our lives and intentions. From there, the members learned about fundraising and grantmaking through a collective power lens.
Through this collaborative process, Giving Project members raised over $210,000 in just under three months from over 300 friends, family and neighbors! They reviewed applications from over 30 groups, led site visits and met community leaders working on some of the toughest challenges facing our city. In February, 2018, the Giving Project made 15 awards to groups working across New York City on issues affecting all of us, as well as a gift to North Star Fund so we can continue building Giving Projects for future participants.
Here’s the community organizing that was supported by our inaugural Giving Project grants. These groups are defending communities pushed to the margins and experimenting with new ways to build a broader movement for social justice in New York City.
Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice – $10,000
A women-led worker center and community center coordinating with Nepali-speaking communities in New York City and throughout the country to improve working conditions and immigration policy for Nepali communities.
African Communities Together – $12,000
A mutual aid, organizing and civil rights organization for African immigrants with victories securing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ebola-impacted immigrants and expanding language access to city services in Arabic and French.
Audre Lorde Project – $10,000
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) center organizing for community wellness as well as social and economic justice.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) – $15,000
A national activist member-based organization of Black 18- to 35-year-olds with a strong New York City chapter running online/offline campaigns such as “Say her name” to highlight Black women killed by police.
Brandworkers – $10,000
A member-led organization based in Queens made up primarily of immigrant workers in the New York City local food production industry, organizing for dignified jobs and a just food system.
Flatbush Development Corporation – $10,000
A member-led group of over 65 tenant associations organizing over 20,000 Brooklyn rent-stabilized tenants, mostly low-income immigrant women from the West Indies, for rent freezes and housing court reform.
Girls for Gender Equity – $10,000
An intergenerational grassroots organization that centers the voices and experiences of girls, young women and LGBQ/TGNC (transgender and gender nonconforming) youth of color addressing discriminatory school discipline policies.
Global Action Project (G.A.P.) – $10,000
An innovator in youth-led media for social change that has trained thousands of young New Yorkers who have produced hundreds of videos on a range of topics.
Justice Committee – $12,000
A powerful force of families who have lost loved ones to police violence and their allies winning changes to NYPD policies to hold cops accountable in the courts and in the streets of their community.
Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio – $15,000
A Latina-led movement of El Barrio residents advocating for dignified housing conditions, an end to landlord harassment and the implementation of a 10-point plan to preserve local rent-regulated housing.
New York State Youth Leadership Council – $15,000
An organization bringing together undocumented immigrant youth in New York in pursuit of increasing access to higher education, gender justice and immigrant rights through organizing, advocacy and community building.
Picture the Homeless – $15,000
A citywide, multiracial organization led by homeless New Yorkers pushing the city’s imagination and policy to create permanent affordable housing through leadership development, direct action, participatory action research and coalition building.
Street Vendor Project – $10,000
A grassroots, member-driven workers center of street vendors, mostly immigrants and disabled veterans, who organize and advocate to defend and expand their rights and to improve their working conditions.
Tenants and Neighbors – $10,000
A statewide organization of low- and moderate-income tenants building and wielding their power to preserve affordable housing and strengthen tenants’ rights in New York.
UndocuBlack Network – $15,000
A multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources and works for policy change such as the preservation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for refugees.