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Donors of Color Network launched in February 2019. Four years ago, we outlined a strategy of research, consultation, organizing and convening to build a philanthropic network of high net worth (HNW) people of color working together for racial, gender, and social justice. The Donors of Color Network now exists as a free-standing organization! We are thrilled that the two brilliant colleagues we worked with on this network are its Co-Directors, Ashindi Maxton and Hali Lee.
Left to right: Lola C. West, Ashindi Maxton, JoAnn Chase, Hali Lee, Jeannie Park, Ron Parker, Urvashi Vaid at the Donors of Color Retreat in Albuquerque, NM
We built a website housing LGBTQ Poverty resources available at www.LGBTQPoverty.info. With the National Center for Lesbian Rights and MAZON, we formed The National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network - a national advocacy network connecting over 115 organizations and individuals interested in ending poverty and addressing LGBTQ poverty. The Network meets monthly by phone and bi-annually in person. We have also formed a partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force and CenterLink to create an Anti-Poverty Organizing Network across LGBT Centers. Stay tuned for more work to put LGBTQ poverty on the agenda of all progressive and queer groups!
For the past two years, we worked with The Palette Fund, an innovative national foundation, to develop and support its philanthropic strategy in Provincetown, MA. In 2019, one major project came to fruition with the opening of the Provincetown Commons, a co-working space and center for entrepreneurial action and economic development that supports creative people and artists in Provincetown.
Since 2013, we have worked to increase policy engagement, giving and attention to the challenge of the over-criminalization of LGBTQ persons and people living with HIV, especially within the LGBTQ movement and among LGBTQ philanthropy. In 2014, we co-authored and released a policy blueprint called A Roadmap for Change: Public Policy Issues Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People living with HIV and organized a national network. The National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group is an active network connecting over 45 organizations and 100 individuals. In 2018, the network released a report on the impact of the Trump Administration’s criminal justice polices on LGBTQ people. In March of 2019, we formally transitioned the leadership of the Working Group to Black & Pink, the leading advocacy organization by and for LGBTQ people in prison and formerly incarcerated.
Urvashi Vaid and Sabrina De Martini in Albuquerque, NM
Since its inception in 2010, The Vaid Group has supported socially engaged innovators in nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors to develop high-impact, intersectional projects that advance social justice. We have partnered with groups working for education reform, international human rights, ending hunger, advancing LGBTQ rights, climate change and environmental justice, deepening democracy and civic engagement, increasing philanthropy, advancing racial and gender equity, and engaging in deep community development.
In addition to providing management and organizational consulting, The Vaid Group, and its affiliated 501(c)(3) think tank Justice Work, incubates projects that advance the work of social movements and organizations. These projects have included national research initiatives, convenings, building networks and coalitions, as well as new organizations and programs.
As noted above, several initiatives we incubated were fully launched in the first half of 2019. These include: the Donors of Color Network, the National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network, and the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group. We also saw the fulfillment of two years of work with the opening of a new non-profit center for economic development in Provincetown -- the Provincetown Commons.
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We want to thank our amazing clients and partners for the opportunity to work with them: thank you to the Ford Foundation, LPAC, Bread for the World, Redshift Leadership, Promise Institute at UCLA Law School, American Federation of Teachers, and the Palette Fund!
Thank you to Funders for LGBT Issues for the opportunity to be at the Funding
Forward conference in March 2019 and to present an award to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
R-L. Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director Lambda Legal; Sue Hyde, Executive Director Wild Geese Foundation, Cindy Rizzo, Senior Advisor for Evaluation & Strategy, Arcus Foundation with Urvashi Vaid