Grassroots Funding Week: Your chance to be a grantmaker

Each day between April 29th and May 3rd, PDF will highlight a focus area within the social justice movement to give our donors the opportunity to directly support organizations and communities standing up for human rights.

Grassroots Funding Week is a unique initiative that PDF developed in response to changes in technology and philanthropy. As technology created more opportunities to directly access information, social media became an influential tool to reach donor activists. As a result, funds are moving to organizations like PDF in new ways, and people can connect with groups working on issues they support outside their immediate community.

In this new landscape, it can be difficult for budding grassroots groups to have their voices heard if they do not have a strong online presence or if they lack public visibility. PDF designed Grassroots Funding Week as a way to bridge the technology gap between donors and organizers. Using our social media platforms, website and e-blasts, PDF offers our donors the opportunity to learn about a variety of organizations that are doing cutting-edge work on the front lines of social change.

Click on the links below to view their applications and donate! (Hint: if you don’t see a link, refresh your browser, page or clear your cache).


Monday, April 29
Towards a Just Economy
Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City
Doña Ana Communities United
United Taxi Workers of San Diego
Tuesday, April 30
Fighting Environmental Racism
Asociación de Gente Unide por el Agua (AGUA)
Native American Educational Technologies
Wednesday, May 1
Ageless and Innovative Paths to Equity
People’s Justice League
Education Centre for the Support of Production and the Environment
Thursday, May 2
Home, Housing, Houselessness: The Silent Crisis
Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness
Right 2 Survive
Springfield No One Leaves
Friday, May 3
Justice is Us: Standing Up for Human Rights
People Helping People in the Borderzone
The Root Social Justice Center
Tree of Life Educational Fund

How Does PDF Make Grantmaking Recommendations?

PDF uses the “Four Pillars” to frame our grantmaking, namely organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression and creating new structures.

In order to shift power (the first pillar) we look for leaders who are accountable to their communities, a collective decision-making process, and leadership from the communities who are affected by the problems. Within the second pillar, working to build a movement, PDF seeks organizations that have a plan for systemic change, a way to develop strategic alliances, and for the organization to have a long- term vision or analysis of their effect and role within their community.

The third pillar of PDF grantmaking focuses on dismantling oppression through challenging existing institutions and structures, connecting different forms of oppression together to better understand their origins, and confronting privilege where possible. The last pillar, creating new foundations and structures, means allowing power to come from the bottom up: people who know the issues and are directly affected by them also know best how to create changes within their communities.

PDF’s community organizing grantmaking is inspired by the desire to fund front-line grassroots organizations that are working towards peace through justice, that give working-class and other oppressed persons a platform through which they can voice their concerns, and work towards equal and just solutions for their community. With them, we stand on the frontier of social justice.