Leadership Grant Highlights

Transformative Leadership

We believe that the most effective leaders focus not only on strategizing, organizing, and campaigning, but also on personal relationships. Success in creating a more just and sustainable world will require emotional authenticity in addition to intellectual analysis, and the courage to lead morally, as well as politically. The leaders (and the institutions that support them) with whom we will engage are driven by a strong sense of social purpose and have a searing passion for making a difference. As leaders, they are able to craft and communicate a compelling vision of the future, translate that vision into clear strategies and achievable goals, build community, and adapt flexibly to shifting contexts for their work. They take risks. Not only do they respect and embrace diverse voices, they are also able to work across boundaries to find agreement around shared goals.

A description of grants we have made this year in Leadership can be found below.  Read about what we support for more information.

2018 Grants
350.org General Support $100,000/2 years
350.org exists to unite an international grassroots movement that can solve the climate crisis. It takes its name from 350 parts per million, which scientists say is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In order to avoid worsening climate impacts, we must keep carbon in the ground, which means no new fossil fuel infrastructure, no further financing of said infrastructure, and a speedy transition to 100% renewable energy. With a new two-year grant, 350.org will be mobilizing grassroots pressure to demand that world leaders and financiers move quickly toward a just transition.


Advocates for Youth General Support $150,000/3 years
Advocates for Youth believes that all young people have the right to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. To that end, the organization advocates for policies and champions programs that recognize young people's rights to honest sexual health information, confidential and affordable sexual health services, and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth. Now in the second year of a three-year grant, Advocates will continue to nurture a pipeline of diverse and empowered young leaders, assisting them to take action and mobilize their peers in support of youth sexual health and rights.


Alliance for Youth Organizing General Support $40,000
When big changes happen — in society, politics, or business — young people play a key role. The Alliance for Youth Organizing empowers young people to make change in their communities and across the country by supporting and scaling the work of local organizations, building a movement of young people, by young people, for all people. A renewal grant will support the Alliance to realize its vision of a new era of locally-led democracy with inclusive processes and equitable outcomes, where lots of young people engage in democracy as voters, organizers, and leaders, making the world more just, sustainable, and more awesome.


Auburn Theological Seminary General Support $80,000/2 years
Built "for such a time as this," Auburn is a leadership development and research center working with faith-rooted social justice leaders who exhibit the ability and potential to awaken the spirit of possibility within each of us to catalyze change. Using research-based methodologies, Auburn equips leaders to frame the critical conversations of the day, and to mobilize the public to work across divides. A new two-year general support grant will support Auburn's efforts to shape public conversations on pressing social issues, such as income inequality, climate change, LGBT equality, gender justice, gun violence, immigration, and racial justice.


Beyond the Choir General Support $100,000/2 years
The mission of Beyond the Choir is to develop the leadership of directly impacted communities and support strategic movement-building in order to achieve a new progressive political alignment. To build movements capable of winning real change, we need to do more than just “preach to the choir.” A two-year grant will support Beyond the Choir as it partners with social justice organizations to craft resonant messaging, plan strategic campaigns, and mobilize larger bases of support. Its primary initiatives are the Veterans Organizing Institute, a veteran-led program to develop the leadership and organizing skills of veterans who are working for progressive social change; and providing staff support, training, and strategic guidance to Lancaster Stands Up, which organizes grassroots constituents in eastern Pennsylvania.


Bold Alliance / Bold Education Fund Pipeline Fighter Hub $40,000
A renewal grant to the Bold Education Fund will support the development of a Pipeline Fighter Hub that helps farmers, ranchers, Tribal Nations, and frontline communities stop risky fossil fuel pipelines by ending eminent domain for private gain and building clean energy projects that tell the story about the type of future they want. Bold is also continuing its work to stop the Keystone XL pipeline (for the third time!) through legal and creative actions, and organizing landowners, Tribal Nations, and grassroots citizens.


CAARE Coalition / New Venture Fund All* Above All $100,000/2 years
The Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE) is a robust network of 50 national and 40 state organizations in the fields of health, youth advocacy, reproductive justice, and social justice, working together to expand access to abortion for those who face the highest barriers: low-income women, women of color, and young women. CAARE houses the All* Above All campaign, which unites organizations and individuals to build support for lifting the bans that deny abortion coverage. Its vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it. A new two-year grant to CAARE will support its work on state and national policy, culture change, and movement-building.


Center for Climate and Security / Council on Strategic Risks General Support $100,000/2 years
In November 2017, the US Congress passed a defense bill which stated that a “changing climate is a direct threat to US national security.” This reflects a growing consensus in the security community, both in the US and internationally, that climate change presents a strategically-significant threat to security, underlining a “Responsibility to Prepare.” The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, with a team and distinguished Advisory Board of security and military experts, seeks to address that threat in a manner that is commensurate to its scale, consequence and probability. To do so, CCS facilitates policy development, provides analysis, conducts research, communicates to the public, and acts as a resource hub in the climate and security field. The main goal of these activities is to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable security risks of a changing climate.


Climate Justice Alliance General Support $100,000/2 years
Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a unique alliance of 56 community, frontline, and environmental justice (EJ) organizations; movement networks; and support organizations at the forefront of the climate crisis. These member organizations comprise traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including Indigenous Peoples, African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and low-income white communities, and are often located near toxic, dirty energy facilities or other polluting industries. A two-year grant will support CJA in its mission to build local resilience, remedy climate change’s root causes, and lead a Just Transition (JT) out of the extractive energy economy.


Climate Solutions West Coast Climate Campaign $100,000/2 years
A renewal grant will support Climate Solutions and its partners as they continue to lead the West Coast Climate Campaign to achieve major policy victories in the region. The climate crisis demands urgent action, and Climate Solutions is now leading the effort to use the Northwest’s relatively clean electricity grid as a springboard for transition to 100% clean electricity faster than anywhere else in the nation. Securing a price on climate pollution in Oregon and Washington is a key part of achieving this vision, and 2018 and 2019 will be critical years toward that goal. Climate Solutions will continue to build momentum through Renew Oregon, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and other regional partnerships as the campaigns accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis.


CoreAlign General Support $15,000
CoreAlign was launched as a bold experiment in bringing leaders together across the reproductive health, rights and justice sectors to innovate, collaborate, and design a 30-year strategy for the movement. In the years since, CoreAlign has engaged and impacted more than 1,200 emerging and existing leaders through its programs and trainings. A Compton grant will support the documentation of this movement history, in order to share out the lessons, failures, and insights gained through CoreAlign's years of experimentation.


Dēmos General Support $150,000/3 years
Dēmos envisions an America where everyone has an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. The organization sees the country's growing diversity not as a dilution of America's promise, but as its fulfillment. With the progressive gains of the 20th century under threat, and as record inequality continues to widen, Dēmos' litigation, communication, research, and campaign teams are working with allies across progressive movements to chart a strategy for exposing phony populism, resisting a radical far-right agenda, and winning back power. Now in the second year of a three-year grant, Dēmos will continue to work toward its vision of an America in which race, gender and class are not dividing lines, but sources of solidarity.


Every Voice Center General Support $150,000/3 years
An equitable society that treats everyone with dignity and fairness must begin with an inclusive democracy. Every Voice Center envisions a government genuinely of, by, and for the people, that promotes economic opportunity and wellbeing for all, not just for the wealthy and well-connected. Its central mission is to promote small-donor democracy solutions designed to reduce the impact of big money in politics, and to ensure that the voices of everyday Americans are heard, and the people have control over their democracy and their governing institutions. Now in the second year of a three-year grant, Every Voice will continue its efforts to enact policies that support democracy at the federal, state, and local levels, as it adapts to the challenge of the country's new circumstances and draws energy and new ideas from the activism upsurge.


Every Voice Center General Support $150,000/3 years
An equitable society that treats everyone with dignity and fairness must begin with an inclusive democracy. Every Voice Center envisions a government genuinely of, by, and for the people, that promotes economic opportunity and wellbeing for all, not just for the wealthy and well-connected. Its central mission is to promote small-donor democracy solutions designed to reduce the impact of big money in politics, and to ensure that the voices of everyday Americans are heard, and the people have control over their democracy and their governing institutions. With the final installment of its three-year grant, Every Voice will continue its efforts to enact policies that support democracy at the federal, state, and local levels.


Foreign Policy Interrupted General Support $30,000
Foreign Policy Interrupted (FPI) exists to enrich foreign policy and get to better and faster solutions to world challenges. It is a brain trust of and a platform for foreign policy experts who happen to be women. Since 2014, FPI has focused on identifying female foreign policy experts in traditionally male dominated focus areas, such as national security, nuclear war, cybersecurity, science, and defense. FPI provides these women media training and helps them to publish an op-ed to share their expertise and raise their visibility. This work is important because the media shapes attitudes and perceptions, and the preponderance of white men in the media as reporters, sources, and experts perpetuates the dominance of white men as go-to experts on a wide range of topics, and makes for a more homogenous, less innovative field. A new grant to Foreign Policy Interrupted will support its work to change that, making the foreign policy space more equitable and more effective.


Forward Together General Support $100,000/2 years
Forward Together is an organization led by women of color with the mission to unite communities to win rights, recognition, and resources for all families. Since its founding in 1989, Forward Together has continually fought to dismantle the ways society marginalizes based on race, sexuality and gender. While Forward Together's core work has always been to advance reproductive justice, it recognizes that racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty are factors that impact one's ability to exercise body autonomy. With a new two-year general support grant, Forward Together will continue addressing these complex issues through an intersectional approach that transforms culture and policy on issues of healthcare access, safe communities, and family recognition. Forward Together works at the state and national levels to build cross-sector movements, deepen the civic engagement of its constituents, develop powerful leaders, and lift up the stories and expertise of its communities.


Front and Centered / Latino Community Fund of Washington State General Support $100,000/2 years
Front and Centered’s Climate Justice and Clean Energy Strategy seeks to advance policies, programs, and investments that substantively reduce carbon emissions, build towards a zero-fossil fuel strategy, and address the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on communities of color and low-income people. To do so, Front and Centered convenes and engages communities of color of Washington State around clean energy policies and works with state government and other organizations to advance equity and reduce disparities in environmental solutions. A two-year grant will support Front and Centered as it continues its work in Washington State.


Indivisible Civics Defending Progressive Values in Foreign Policy $50,000
Launched after Donald Trump’s election, Indivisible became a nationwide movement of thousands of volunteer-led local groups that engage in progressive advocacy work at the local, state, and national level. A renewal grant to Indivisible Civics will support the organization’s work to grow a lasting progressive constituency on foreign affairs and issues of war and peace. With this funding, Indivisible will educate and mobilize thousands of local groups in every state to protect and promote progressive values in the foreign policy arena.


Institute for Integrated Transitions General Support $100,000/2 years
The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is the first international think tank focused on the integration of policymaking in the areas of democracy, development, rule of law and human security in contexts of national dialogue and transition in fragile and conflict-affected states. IFIT seeks to transform current practice away from fragmented interventions and toward more integrated solutions that strengthen peace, democracy and human rights in countries attempting to break cycles of conflict or repression. IFIT’s main added value is in bringing creative, realistic and principled ideas that help opposing parties find common ground on divisive issues, by expanding the range of perceived options. A two-year grant will support IFIT to continue to grow and expand its work around the world.


Institute for Policy Studies Internationalism Narrative Work $40,000
Progressives overall lack a functional narrative on foreign policy that can engage the American public. A seed grant will support the Institute for Policy Studies and other organizational partners to convene domestic and international-facing organizations to create a compelling narrative framework that paints a positive vision of the US role in the world.


Movement Generation / Movement Strategy Center General Support $100,000/2 years
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project (MG) inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. It is rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies. MG is bridging the gap between our current social movement strategies and the scale of the emerging ecological crisis. Its leadership, guidance, and support galvanizes climate justice actions and campaigns in urban communities of color across many different social movement sectors.


National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health General Support $40,000
The mission of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is to build Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity, and justice. NLIRH seeks to elevate Latina leaders, mobilize families and communities, transform the cultural narrative, and catalyze policy change. A renewal grant will support NLIRH’s vision: a society in which Latinas have the economic means, social capital, and political power to make and exercise decisions about their health, family, and future. Using policy change, culture shift, movement building, civic engagement, and leadership development, NLIRH promotes a reproductive justice agenda informed by activists on the ground. NLIRH’s Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs) lead its work on the ground in Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia.


National Network of Abortion Funds General Support $40,000
A renewal grant to the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) will support its work to build power with individual and organizational members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion, while centering those who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. With more than 70 member organizations in 38 states, NNAF has firsthand knowledge of the complex barriers people face in accessing abortions, as well as keen insight into the shifts needed to achieve the rights, resources, and recognition for all people to exercise bodily autonomy and thrive.


New Energy Economy Young Climate Leaders Network $20,000
New Energy Economy's Young Climate Leaders Network invests in a new generation of leaders who bring a deep commitment to climate justice and to shared leadership models. Younger leaders are adept at harnessing the power of new technologies, collaborating across ethnic and national boundaries, and working in teams. Over the past five years, the YCLN project has assembled three cohorts of 25 young, diverse leaders from the private and public sectors and provided them with leadership training, sessions on strategy, and practices to build powerful leadership networks rooted in shared values and strong personal and professional bonds. A renewal grant will support YCLN alumni to bring together all three cohorts for a reunion retreat, nurturing and supporting a powerful network of innovators who will remain connected over the coming years and decades.


Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN) / NEO Philanthropy General Support $50,000
OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network) is the formal association of the world’s leading digital grassroots campaigning organizations. OPEN’s members mobilize nearly 20 million individual activists to make their nations and the world more peaceful, sustainable, inclusive, democratic and fair. Many of the world’s most pressing problems—such as war, climate change, economic injustice and ethno-nationalist hatred—are indivisibly multinational problems requiring many interlocking national solutions. OPEN member organizations build the political will for those solutions by bringing huge grassroots force into issue debates, advocacy campaigns, public education, and elections. A renewal grant will support the OPEN network to accelerate and interweave those solutions at a global scale, and to ensure the field-leading tools, resources, and collaborative methodologies it develops on the way ripple out to progressive allies across the world.


Oregon Environmental Council West Coast Climate Campaign $120,000/2 years
The Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and the Better World Group (BWG) in California are each leading diverse state-level coalitions of business, labor, communities of color, faith groups, and other stakeholders that are advocating for a suite of public policy reforms to address climate change. A two-year joint renewal grant will facilitate their work in 2018 and 2019 to broaden and deepen those coalitions as a core strategy toward securing, implementing, and defending key climate policies. It will also facilitate the groups' close coordination on a regional level to share strategic resources and connections, effective messaging and strategies, and lessons learned so that the West Coast continues to be a leader on climate nationally and demonstrate forward action on climate when we are seeing rollbacks at the federal level.


Pentagon Budget Campaign / Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation General Support $40,000
The Pentagon Budget Campaign is a trans-partisan experiment with an ambitious goal: to help bring about a significant long-term reduction in Pentagon spending by promoting an alternative vision of the military’s role in US national security. The Campaign works through a variety of grassroots and grasstops avenues across the political spectrum to infuse this new vision into national policy. A renewal grant will support the Campaign’s continued work to assert that there are smart, politically viable positions on defense that include a slimmed-down Pentagon budget.
People’s Action Institute General Support $100,000/2 years
People’s Action Institute (PAI) invests in state and local power, aligns its local and state affiliate organizations around a visionary long-term agenda for racial and economic justice, and drives coordinated campaigns that win real change in people’s lives and shape an economy and a democracy that work for all of us. Its national network spans more than 29 states and comprises more than 50 affiliate organizations, 600 staff, and one million individual members and activists. PAI also engages digital activists directly in a growing national list of over 435,000 members. PAI moves people in large numbers through issue organizing campaigns and civic engagement, using base-building, leadership development, direct action, and large-scale grassroots and netroots action. A two-year grant will support continued work to protect people and planet and deliver improvements in people’s lives. allaboveall.org


Piper Fund / Proteus Fund General Support $300,000/3 years
The Piper Fund unites individual donors and foundations to diminish the influence of corporate and special interest money on political and judicial systems. Piper’s collaborative grantmaking fosters community-driven democratic reforms that build power for marginalized communities and protect fundamental rights for all individuals. Since its inception, Piper has awarded more than $31 million in grants to build the sector and achieve reforms. In 2016, the fund granted over $2.7 million to 35 organizations in 18 states, investing to develop the resources and expertise of state and local organizations to ensure their sustainability. Now in the second year of a three-year grant, Piper will continue its role within the money in politics and fair courts fields as a funder, convener, and a thought leader.


Revolutions Per Minute General Support $100,000/2 years
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) connects the most pressing issues of our time to the emotive power and broad audience reach of musicians and comedians. Founded in 2005 by musicians, managers, and advisors from bands including REM, Pearl Jam, and the Beastie Boys, RPM provides the more than 1000 performers in its network with the ongoing support and resources they need to apply their talents as storytellers to social and environmental justice efforts. RPM ensures that artists are taking action in the most strategic ways possible, amplifying existing groups and movements and contributing much-needed resources in the form of creativity, new supporters, funding, and awareness. A new two-year general support grant will support RPM as it scales up its philanthropic program and provides strategic counsel and technical support to help artists make a difference.


Rockwood Leadership Institute General Support $100,000/2 years
Rockwood’s theory of change is based on the premise that leadership is a practice and can be learned. Anyone can exercise leadership—it belongs to everyone, and for change to be effective, we must create a diverse world of skilled and interconnected leaders. As such, the purpose of its training programs and services is to provide social change leaders across the globe with tools and skills to help change themselves, their communities, and the world. Today, there are over 6,500 alumni (of which 56% are people of color, 69% are women, and 27% LGBTQ), making Rockwood the nation's largest provider of multi-day, transformative leadership training for social change and philanthropic organizations. A new two-year grant will support Rockwood as it continues to provide support to leaders working on issues like racial and economic equity, civil rights and civic engagement, and building inclusive organizations.


Social Transformation Project General Support $150,000/3 years
Since 2009, the Social Transformation Project (STP) has partnered with leaders from progressive organizations, intermediaries, and funders to strategize and collaborate for a more just and sustainable world. In the second year of a three-year grant, STP is working to build a functional cross-movement network of progressive leaders who share a common agenda. Its efforts will strengthen the movement's capacity for collaborative action and will build lasting power to make structural change by helping leaders develop shared analysis, align around visionary priorities, and experiment with concrete collaborations to practice working together and to improve the efficacy of joint action.


Truman Center for National Policy General Support $100,000/2 years
The Truman Center for National Policy houses the Truman Fellows, a nationwide network of 1,500 political and civil society leaders committed to progressive national security. A new two-year renewal grant to the Truman Center will support activities under three broad categories: leadership development for its members across the country; leveraging the community around specific issues for both long-term and rapid-response projects; and Project 2020, a new venture that aims to position Truman talent to go into the next administration and prepare progressive policy solutions for the governing landscape in 2021.


UltraViolet General Support $100,000/2 years
UltraViolet is a national advocacy organization that drives feminist cultural and political change. Through people power and strategic advocacy, UltraViolet works to improve the lives of women of all identities and backgrounds by dismantling discrimination and creating a cost for sexism. It works across a broad spectrum of interconnected issues that impact women--reproductive rights, violence, healthcare, immigration, economic security, and racial justice. In all of its work, UltraViolet centers those who are disparately impacted by sexism, especially women of color, Indigenous women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and low-income women. A two-year general support grant will provide UltraViolet with the flexibility needed to creatively and effectively meet the demands of a volatile political and cultural climate by increasing awareness of and building support for gender equity and reproductive rights and promoting a proactive, long-term vision of the world in which we all benefit from equity, justice, and accountability.


Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) General Support $50,000
URGE envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. URGE builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization, and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda. A renewal grant will continue to support URGE’s work and its important role as a leadership pipeline for the broader reproductive justice field.


Win Without War / Center for International Policy General Support $100,000/2 years
Win Without War is a network of national organizations with diverse constituencies that seek a more peaceful and progressive national security and foreign policy for America. Building upon 15 years of national security issue advocacy, Win Without War has created a unique network of grassroots-based organizations and bipartisan Congressional allies. A new two-year renewal grant from the Compton Foundation will help Win Without War to grow its movement for a more peaceful foreign policy. Win Without War’s work in the year ahead will build power, educate the public, and advance peaceful alternatives to confront the threats America faces.


Women Cross DMZ / Peace Development Fund General Support $20,000
Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) mobilizes women globally for peace in Korea by raising global awareness about the urgent need for peace, expanding and deepening relationships among women leaders and organizations in North and South Korea and globally, and promoting women's leadership in peace-building processes. A renewal grant to WCDMZ will support the planning of a women's peace walk across the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the separate states, bookended by women's peace symposia in Seoul and Pyongyang. The goal of the women's peace walk is to show international solidarity with Korean women for peace and continue to build a global women's movement to press for conclusion of the longstanding Korean conflict.


Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security General Support $40,000
The goal of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) is to advance the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security, and conflict transformation. WCAPS believes that global issues demand a variety of perspectives. That’s why the organization is creating a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale. Through WCAPS’s dedication to mentorships and partnerships and its passion for changing the global community landscape, the organization remains committed to achieving a vision of advancing the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security and conflict transformation.