From the Movement, for the Movement
For 15 years, Groundswell Fund, our 501(c)(3), has been building an irrigation system to resource social justice movements – a channel into which individual donors and foundations can pour resources to reach vital work at the grassroots. During that time, we have become one of the largest funders of women of color-led organizing in the United States, and the largest funder of the Reproductive Justice Movement.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, we launched our 501(c)(4) sibling organization, Groundswell Action Fund. Our action fund provides donors the opportunity to support the strongest and most promising WOC-led and TGNC-led 501(c)(4) organizations across the United States.
Designed by women of color and TGNC people of color – including many of the most prominent grassroots movement leaders of our time – Groundswell’s approach is thoughtful, sound, and well-aimed at the most promising and impactful organizations. We are proof that when a foundation is run by women of color and transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color who come out of grassroots organizing, the giving looks different.
Groundswell models a remarkable kind of philanthropy – proving that building solidarity and beloved community across lines of race, class, and gender is possible.
Five hundred individual donors of all races and genders and 40 private foundations give into Groundswell. Women of color and transgender people of color who come out of grassroots organizing decide where those resources go. Over 200 intersectional organizing efforts, mostly led by women of color and transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color receive the funds.
We are proud of what we have accomplished together – moving more than $100M to the field.
Groundswell Fund strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice by resourcing intersectional grassroots organizing and centering the leadership of women of color – particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and transgender.
Groundswell Action Fund strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice by resourcing intersectional electoral organizing led by women of color, low-income women, and transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color.
We support movements for reproductive and social justice in three ways:
1) grants (almost always general support and long-term);
2) capacity building for grantee partners who want to increase their grassroots organizing and integrated voter engagement power; and
3) funder organizing to unlock more resources for the kind of organizations we support – whether or not those resources come through our doors.
Our grantees lead the field in three ways:
Philanthropic giving to one-off mobilization or programming may be the norm, but it often produces temporary successes. Giving to grassroots work repeatedly and long term produces more wins in the short term and more durable changes in people’s lives over the long run.
360 Degree Vision
Intersectional organizing that uses a race, class, gender, and decolonization lens is the most effective approach for both energizing a broad grassroots base of support and blocking the use of wedge issues (such as abortion and transgender rights) to erode the rights of all people.
In order to save our country and the Earth, we must move from fear-based demands to those that are grounded in the fullness of what communities deserve, and what the survival of the planet requires.
Since our inception, Groundswell Fund has moved over $60 million to grassroots organizing led by women of color, low-income women, and Transgender people with 90% of it going to women of color-led organizations.
We are different in who we are, whom we support, and how we support the field.
Groundswell Action Fund
Founded by both staff and board leadership of women of color and TGNC people who have a shared lived experience with our grantee partners, Groundswell Action Fund understands first-hand the needs and challenges our grantee partners face.
That's why we are committed to an intersectional whole-person model signified by showing up for our partners with and beyond money in a collective commitment to building power to advance race, gender, and economic justice.
In this political moment, many of us don’t fully understand the energy that is happening on the ground. But Groundswell does because it has a long-term relationship with base organizations. A partnership with Groundswell can help any funder to be more impactful.GUILLERMO QUINTEROS Senior Fellow and Director of the IRG Hub at Amalgamated Foundation
The board members and advisors who set the strategies for Groundswell's Blueprints include some of the most prominent and respected WOC and TGNC leaders of our time, and the staff team that supports both Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund has decades of grassroots organizing experience and relationships across a diversity of social justice movements. In conjunction with Groundswell staff, the Groundswell Fund Board, and the Groundswell Action Fund Board, the following people dreamed, collaborated, and strategized with us to create the Blueprint:
Groundswell Fund 501(c)(3)
- Adriana Rocha, Neighborhood Funders Group
- Alexandra DelValle, Groundswell Fund
- Amanda Coslor, Independent Donor
- Angella Bellota, Groundswell Fund
- Anna Quinn & Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation
- Anupa Gewali, Groundswell Fund
- Bev Avery, Groundswell Fund
- Bré Anne Rivera, Groundswell Fund
- Brook Kelly-Green, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
- Cecilia Sáenz Becerra, Groundswell Fund
- Charlene Sinclair, Groundswell Fund
- Charon Asetoyer, Native American Community Board
- Chrissie Castro, Advance Native Political Leadership
- Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice
- Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Justice Funders
- Dawn Briskey
- Denicia Cadena, Bold Futures
- Indra Lusero, Elephant Circle
- Jamia Wilson, Random House
- Janet Favela Sonneman, Groundswell Fund
- Jennifer Parrish Taylor, Groundswell Fund
- Jessica Frechette-Gutfreund, Breath of My Heart Birthplace
- J. F. Lyles, Groundswell Fund
- Jihan Gearon, Climate Justice Activist
- Jonah Silas and Lisa Jervis, Information Ecology
- Jordan Delmundo, Buffett Foundation
- Judy Thomas, Groundswell Fund
- Justine Choy, Heising-Simons Foundation
- Kerani Mitchell, Groundswell Fund
- Karen Grove, Grove Foundation
- Kierra Johnson, National LGBTQ Task Force
- Kiyomi Fujikawa, Third Wave Fund
- Kris Hayashi, Transgender Law Center
- Krystal Kwong, Groundswell Fund
- Lanita Morris, Groundswell Fund
- La’Tasha D. Mayes, New Voices for Reproductive Justice
- Maxwell Scales, Audre Lorde Project
- Meenakshi Menon, Groundswell Fund
- Naa Hammond, Groundswell Fund
- Nourbese Flint, Black Women for Wellness
- Pamela K. Miller, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
- Quanita Toffie, Groundswell Fund
- Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Borealis Philanthropy and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
- Rocio L. Córdoba, Funders for Reproductive Equity
- Sheena Johnson, Groundswell Fund
- Sung Yeon Choimorrow, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
- Surina Khan, Women’s Foundation of California
- Terican Gross, Groundswell Fund
- Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund
- Rajasvini Bhansali, Solidaire
- Wen Brovold, Groundswell Fund
- Xiomara Corpeño, Groundswell Fund
Groundswell Action Fund 501(c)(4)
- Adrianne Shropshire, BlackPac
- Catherine Lerza, The Alki Fund
- Charlene Sinclair, Groundswell Action Fund
- Connie Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice
- Gwen McKinney, McKinney and Associates
- Jessica Byrd, Three Point Strategies
- Latosha Brown, Black Voters Matter Fund
- Margaret Chapman Pomponio, West Virginia FREE
- Meenakshi Menon, Groundswell Action Fund
- Michelle Tremillo, Texas Organizing Project
- Nicole Boucher, Way to Win
- Quanita Toffie, Groundswell Action Fund
- Silvia Henriquez, All* Above All
- Rye Young, Independent Philanthropy Consultant
- Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Action Fund
- Wen Brovold, Groundswell Action Fund
Special thanks to Blueprint Design Consultant Mari Ryono, and Organizational Development Consultants Elsa Ríos and Lisa Garrett with Strategies for Social Change.