Newsletter 2014 Issue 1

Newsletter 2014 Issue #1 (link to pdf)

Table of Contents:

2014 Tribute to Change honors Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI

The members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI demonstrated extraordinary dedication to a set of principles higher than the law and inspired Bread & Roses to make “Conscience and Freedom” the theme of this year’s Tribute to Change.

Letter from the Executive Director

Students and educators share stories at community forum

On March 6, Bread & Roses convened 130 supporters to explore the devastating effects of funding cuts to the Philadelphia School District.

Donor Profile: Family foundation partners with Bread & Roses to grant $785,000 since 2000

On Phoebe Valentine’s 50th birthday, she called together 10 friends and gave them each $5,000 to give away. “They called it the birthday project,” recalls Phoebe’s longtime friend Mary Kuhn. Although Phoebe passed away in 1996, “it was her hope that her children would become interested in philanthropy, and they did,” says Kuhn.

Grantee Profile: Media Mobilizing Project and the Fight for Driver’s Licenses

“Driver’s licenses are a human rights issue,” says Desi Burnette, an organizer with Media Mobilizing Project. “Not only because of mobility, but also because they allow people to get to work or access health care. For many immigrants, these needs can be met only by being able to drive.”

Bequest Announcement

Bread & Roses is honored to announce a bequest from the estate of Herbert Ostroff. Ostroff, who lived in Bala Cynwyd, passed away in March 2013 at age 97. Ostroff’s daughter, Susan Bartow, says that her father was a lifetime champion of Bread & Roses’ work and showed his commitment by donating consistently every year since 1985. His $5,000 bequest will be used to support community grantmaking.

To learn how to include Bread & Roses in your will, contact Casey Cook at 215.731.1107, ext. 203.

Philadelphia to host 2015 U.S. Social Forum

In September 2013, Bread & Roses awarded an Opportunity Fund grant to a coalition led by Asians American United, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Disabled in Action to advocate for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum to be held in Philadelphia. In December, Philadelphia was chosen as the first site for the third U.S. Social Forum. The goal of the forum is to be “a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis.”

Grants in Action