Special Initiatives

North Star Fund supports cutting edge social justice work every day of every year. We give rapid response grants to nimbly respond to breaking issues that grantees bring to our attention. But sometimes an issue needs a special response. 

North Star Fund’s donor activist community and Community Funding Committee work together to invest in the most effective social justice work in New York City. We support grassroots activists who are going beyond band-aid solutions to address the root causes of injustice. They use a strategy called community organizing to build the “people power” to make real change.

We take risks on the small, grassroots groups that other foundations won’t touch. We support groups for the long haul, and provide more than just financial support. And we respond nimbly when a breaking issue hits.

North Star Fund takes risks on new and emerging organizations responding to pressing problems in their neighborhoods. And we are with groups at every step along the way of their growth–from start-up to seasoned.

We provide strategic advice, coaching, and trainings to help activist groups thrive and win real change.

Search our directory of activist groups in New York City, including North Star Fund grantees.

Together with our donors, North Star Fund allows grassroots groups to make profound changes to make this a more just and livable city.

Every grant dollar has an impact. According to a 2012 report by the National Center of Responsive Philanthropy, for every dollar invested in community organizing, marginalized communities see a return of $115 dollars in private and public funds to combat poverty, support vibrant public spaces, and invest in our kids’ education.