Summer 2020

INITIATIVE VOTING

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

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Voting Criteria

We have so many amazing organizations applying for grants this go around we wish we could fund them all.  For this Summer, we plan to award the top two (2) initiatives each with a $25,000 grant!

With that in mind, we have done extensive vetting based on how well they line up with Legacy Collective vision and goals.

1. Sustainability:  Is the grant going towards something that is sustainable or moving towards sustainability?

2. Prevention:  Is this grant addressing a systemic/root issue(s) and prevention of issue?

3. Innovation:  Is this grant going towards something innovative, new, or pioneering?

4. Collaboration:  Does this grant come with an ongoing partnership opportunity for Legacy Collective and/or partnership with other organizations?

5. Leadership:  Is the Initiative lead by indigenous or local leadership, empowered women, or leaders of color?

Voting Instructions & Policies

Please select the top two (2) initiatives that you believe should receive funding ranking them 1st choice and 2nd choice.

Voting is restricted to active Legacy Collective Investors, Partners, and Members.

Each Legacy Collective Investor, Partner, and/or Member can submit one vote per household (unless more than one household member has an active Investor, Partner, and/or Member account).

Please vote using the email address related to your active Legacy Collective Investor, Partner, and/or Member account (if you are unsure, please reference the email address on your voting email invitation or send an email to help@legacycollective.org and we can confirm).  Inactive Legacy Collective votes will be discarded prior to the final initiative ranking.  If you need to renew your Legacy Collective membership, please visit the Support and FAQs page.

INITIATIVE SUMMARIES

1Hood Media

1HOOD MEDIA is a collective of socially conscious artists & activists who utilize art to raise awareness.

Mission: to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.

Arts & Culture: We seek to establish a platform for artistic expression in efforts to further the economic and creative advancement of artists, as well the active engagement of diverse audiences.

Youth: Never censoring youth in our programming, we provide a safe space for youth to learn, grow, and tell their own stories.

Activism: 1Hood Media aims to be the vehicle that will identify, develop, and inspire the artists & activists of today and tomorrow.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: 1Hood Media

Nonprofit Website: https://www.1hood.org/

Amistad Law Project

Amistad Law Project advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression.

ALP consists of attorneys, activists, and organizers. We are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities the things that make them safe and strong. We believe that good public education, affordable health care, healthy and affordable food, safe and affordable housing, and the ability to care for our families, no matter what they look like, are human rights.

What We Do: We represent people incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prisons in lawsuits and advocacy efforts, especially when the human rights violations are widespread or would impact a large number of people.

Mission: Amistad Law Project is a West Philadelphia-based public interest law center. Our mission is to fight for the human rights of people in our community by providing free and low-cost legal services to Philadelphians and those incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prisons. Additionally, we advocate for laws and policies that reflect our vision for a new justice paradigm and organize events and activities to educate the public on their rights and the law.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Amistad Law Project

Nonprofit Website:  https://amistadlaw.org/

Arrabon

Arrabon equips Christian leaders and their communities with the resources to effectively engage in the work of reconciliation.

Training: Our live workshop initiates conversations and communal problem-solving to help transform your community on into a reconciling community. Our digital study series and live workshop are designed to create transformative environments of mutual learning.

Culture-Making: ​If we want to change culture, then we have to make new cultural artifacts. Urban Doxology is a ministry of Arrabon that engages in culture-making for reconciliation through worship formation. They create worship experiences and resources to equip Christian communities with the spiritual formation needed to faithfully practice reconciliation.

Leadership Development: ​​If we want a better tomorrow, we have to raise up leaders today. Since 2011, we’ve hosted the Urban Doxology Songwriting Internship (UDSI) each summer. USI is an  8-week intensive program that develops young adult leaders (ages 18-25). UDSI fuels our culture-making efforts and raises the type of reconciling leaders we want to see in diverse contexts both inside and outside of the church. 

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name:  Arrabon

Nonprofit Website: https://arrabon.com/ 

Be the Bridge

Be the Bridge empowers people and culture toward racial healing, equity and reconciliation. 

Who We Are: Authentic racial bridge-builders.  Our vision is that people and organizations are aware and responding to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in our world. People are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but are grounded in truth. All are equipped to flourish.

This is How We Work:

  1. Inspire: Inspire people to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division and be present and intentional toward racial reconciliation.
  2. Equip: Equip bridge-builders toward fostering and developing vision, skills, and heart for racial healing.
  3. Partner: Partner with existing organizations who have a heart for racial justice, restoration, and reconciliation.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Be the Bridge

Nonprofit Website: https://bethebridge.com/

Color of Change

Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. 

We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.  We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.

RACIAL JUSTICE: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH The forces that shape our lives are interrelated. We cannot end racism in one area without tackling it in all areas. Racist policing is propped up by racist media narratives on crime and justice. Political inequality is reinforced by economic inequality. Unlivable wages and unfair hiring practices make it easier for corporations to continue to exploit Black workers and consumers.

We design winning strategies to change the written and unwritten rules in the industries that affect Black people’s lives the most and have the greatest potential to advance racial justice.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Color of Change

Nonprofit Website: https://colorofchange.org/

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. We publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and our staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Equal Justice Initiative

Nonprofit Website: https://eji.org/

Gray Matter Experience

The Gray Matter Experience unlocks the self-determining power of Black youth and strengthens their ties to community through real world experience in entrepreneurship.

Gray Matter is an entrepreneurial experience program for high school students across the city of Chicago. The program consists of a series of engaging workshops comprised of team building activities, group and individual tasks, discussions, guest speakers, and fun and engaging field trips.

Participating students learn business concepts from entrepreneurs and professionals and then use that knowledge to create businesses to help impact communities on the South and West sides of the city. Students are encouraged to launch their businesses and will be placed in relevant internships and mentorships to ensure their success.

Gray Matter aims to educate, empower and assist students in creating their own businesses while providing them access to resources and support to ensure students understand that their ideas are valid and vital to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We create opportunities for students to have access to professionals, entrepreneurs and resources that fuel their entrepreneurial interests. We believe empowering youth to create their own businesses can have great impact on their own self-worth, perception of the meaning of success, and can positively impact underrepresented neighborhoods across Chicago.

We aim to create an environment and community that encourages students to explore business creation across several industries with the goal of helping to bring value into their communities. We also aim to empower students to pursue their dreams and passions by exposing them to people who look like them and share their same stories thus creating more positive representations of our communities and the potential that exists within each of us.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: The Gray Matter Experience

Nonprofit Website: https://www.graymatterexperience.com/

Race Forward

Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. 

OUR MISSION: Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.

OUR VISION: Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

WHAT WE DO

Research: Race Forward Research conducts cutting edge, original and broadly accessible research on pressing racial justice issues focused on the significance of race to social and economic outcomes in our society. Race Forward Research seeks to provide evidence of the entrenched and systemic barriers to racial justice. While our research acknowledges the impact that individual acts of racism have on people of color, we primarily seek to contextualize them within a deeper, structural analysis of racial injustice. Underpinning our rigorous research is the belief that a true understanding of racial justice issues requires an explicit, though not exclusive, examination of race and ethnicity. Race Forward’s Research agenda is built around understanding how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues. At Race Forward, we refer to this intersectional approach as “race and …” In addition to developing original research and data on pressing race issues, Race Forward Research also highlights ways to nurture and strengthen social change.

Media: Race Forward Media encompasses the various ways we push forward the conversation on race in the media. Race Forward’s primary media product is Colorlines, an award-winning, daily news site where race matters. Colorlines brings a critical racial lens to its journalism, as it covers breaking news, offers context and analysis for fast-moving stories and digs deeper with investigative reporting. Race Forward Media’s work is guided by the importance of storytelling, whether it’s a story that shows the personal impact on a specific person or family or a story of the broader societal impact of unjust policies. Through Colorlines and broader initiatives, Race Forward leverages the robust power of multimedia through the creation of original videos, infographics, and other visual platforms to amplify its work. Finally, given that Race Forward’s leaders and staff are widely regarded as experts on race, Race Forward Media promotes racial justice through appearances and interviews in broadcast, print, and online media.

Practice: Race Forward Practice supports advocacy and action on complex racial justice issues in several ways. Our work includes mobilization, skill-building, leadership development, organization- and alliance-building, issue-framing, messaging, and advancing solutions. Through the Race Forward Racial Justice Leadership Action Network, we provide targeted online and in-person training and consulting services in these areas. We also provide a team of seasoned speakers who can address public audiences on a range of racial justice issues. Race Forward also organizes the Facing Race National Conference, the largest national, multiracial gathering on racial justice. This biennial conference features talks, panels, workshops, films, and performances by established and rising leaders in the racial justice arena and brings together advocates, students, academics, journalists, community organizers and leaders, and artists. From time to time, Race Forward spearheads and engages in action-oriented campaigns. A key example is our Drop the I-Word Campaign, which seeks to eliminate the widespread usage of the inhumane and derogatory word “illegal” in reference to immigrants, demonstrating the links between racially charged language and racially unjust policies.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Race Forward

Nonprofit Website: https://www.raceforward.org/

Soul Fire Farm

Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system.

Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC*-centered (BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

Highlights from the 2020 Strategic Goals (See detailed list on their website):

REGENERATE

  1. Sequester 50,000 pounds of carbon in the soil and restore 12+ native plant species.
  2. “Solidarity share” at least 50% of the harvest with community members living under food apartheid through Capital District institutional partnerships and with social justice organizations; provide 5000+ farm-to-table plates for program participants; and provide CSA vouchers for 10 families. 
  3. Build and support 6+ urban gardens for households in the Capital District through “Soul Fire in the City”

EQUIP 

  1. Train 130+ new farmer-activists through our Soul Fire Farming Immersion and Soul Fire Building Immersion weeklong programs in English and Spanish. Equip 100+ farmers through our daylong land-based-skills workshops. At least 50% of graduates go on to work as growers, rural land stewards, and/or food system changemakers. 
  2. Support 10 Soul Fire Farming Immersion graduates through our “Soul Squad” alumni mentorship program, providing seed funding, 10 hours of coaching, job placement, media promotion, and land finding services to these aspiring farmers. Additionally, provide technical assistance to 100+ alumni and community partners and engage 30+ alumni as members of our speakers collective. 
  3. Inspire 1000+ youth and intergenerational community members to connect to the land, respect farmers, and advocate for food justice through daylong educational and volunteer programs on the farm, 75% of whom report taking subsequent action to heal the food system.  
  4. Develop a Spanish-English video library of Soul Fire farming lessons to augment on-farm coursework and reach those unable to attend in person, especially farm employees and limited resource growers. 

MOBILIZE

  1. In collaboration with HEAL and NBFJA, refine and advocate for a policy platform that honors farmworkers, rematriates land for indigenous people, advances reparations for Black farmers, and regenerates ecosystems. 
  2. Catalyze the transfer of resources and power to BIPOC Farmers by training 400+ people in Uprooting Racism in the Food System, addressing audiences of 5000+, and publishing articles and media interviews that reach 10,000+. 
  3. Incubate and support the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust in its goals to transfer farmland to BIPOC land stewards, facilitate cultural respect easements for indigenous communities, and transfer resources to BIPOC farmers through the reparations map.  

SUSTAIN

  1. Increase the efficiency, safety, and quality of life of staff and participants through advancement of key infrastructure and capital improvements: bathhouse and laundry addition, staff cabin duplex, program center, classroom, and guesthouse, using locally sourced and sustainable materials, practices, and design.
  2. Uplift radical self-care and healthy work culture, as evidenced by 90% staff reporting that they experienced regular “real talk” sessions, living wages, adequate days off, adequate professional development opportunities, participation in team decision-making, progress toward their learning goals, feeling supported by others on the team, feeling successful in their jobs, and experiencing a thriving work culture. Reduce co-director hours to <50 hrs/week. 
  3. Maintain the financial integrity of the organization by keeping 3+ months operating expenses in the bank as reserve, ensuring a minimum of 25% of the annual budget from earned income (farm sales, program fees, public speaking), maintaining ethics standards to discern sources of our funding, and stewarding long-term relationships with donors through 100% on time reporting rate and personal outreach. 

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Soul Fire Farm

Nonprofit Website: https://www.soulfirefarm.org/

Voices Project

The Voices Project is positively influencing culture by training and promoting leaders of color.

We’re forming a new voice – one that brings our rich and forgotten history to the center of culture. One that allows for the flowing of ideas and welcomes creativity. One that influences our young people and unites our communities.

The Voices Project gathers leaders of color who work and pursue change – through the church, education, art, media & entertainment, politics or business – for important conversations about the current challenges and triumphs within communities of color and our role as cultural influencers. We train and promote leaders of color to fulfill our mission of influencing culture.

TRAINING AND PROMOTING
We provide insight on how to be effective in leadership within one’s respective area of cultural influence in a way that is rooted in the history and experience of people of color. We advise organizational and institutional leadership on the self-reflection and correction needed to better support and retain leaders of color and we connect leaders of color to leadership opportunities that are based in their areas of expertise within a domain of cultural influence.

INITIATIVES

  • Mentorship or Small Group Training with Voices Staff (ongoing)
  • Publishing Company (ongoing)
  • Bi-annual Leadership Gathering (January and August)
  • HBCU Tour (February)
  • Voices Conference (May)
  • Northwestern College Tour (October)
  • Monthly Newsletter (ongoing)
  • Northwest Student Leadership Conference

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 8/1/2020

Nonprofit Name: Voices Project

Nonprofit Website: https://www.voices-project.org/

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN!

After reviewing the Initiative Summaries above, please follow the link below to Vote on your Top 3 Choices.

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.

We are compiling the results and will announce shortly.