People with donor advised funds can put their funds to work immediately to address pressing social problems. Unfortunately, most wait a long time to fully disburse their funds, some for as long as 10 years, which has led to $50 billion sitting idle in donor advised funds. This needs to change! To help make that change, we are partnering with donors who want advice about how to make grants to organizations that align with their values. Learn more by watching this video.
The global divestment movement now has 100 philanthropic signatories committed to divesting themselves of fossil fuels and invest in the low carbon economy. The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation was one of the first twenty foundations to sign on. In total, these 100 foundations represent over $5 billion in assets under management. Among the goals are to turn off the flow of capital into the fossil fuel industry and to increase investment opportunities in clean energy and renewables. MORE
Daniel Gross, founders and executive director of Brandworkers in NYC, and Savi Horne, executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project in North Carolina, spoke about organizing for health and dignity in the food system at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders' Forum in Chicago. Vic De Luca, Noyes president, moderated the panel, which also included Isais Vasquez, a university student who works with Padres Y Jovenes Unidos in Denver, Colorado.
Thousands of people from North Carolina and the country marched in Winston-Salem for the restoration of voting rights in the state described as having the nation's worst voter suppression laws. NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II said, "We have come to recommit and reconsecrate ourselves back to the movement. We will not let what was won be taken away." Noyes grantee, Forward Together Moral Movement, mobilizes local actions against the legislature’s far-right ideology.