Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

Enclosed in this newsletter, you’ll find the list of our 2015 grantees — in other words, the proud results of a year of devoted work by Bread & Roses donors, volunteers, board members, and staff. I always feel inspired when I think about all of our grantees out there every day pushing for real change for their communities and our region. Our cover story focuses on a new model for moving this work forward: Giving Projects. I know you’ll join in our excitement about these new Giving Projects when you read more about why it will allow us to make more numerous and substantial grants.

We’ve profiled Girls Justice League and their amazing, girl-led direct action campaigns on page 3. Beneath that profile, you can read about our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men, a profound milestone in our organization’s history.

Below, I’d like you to meet Phil Straus, a longtime donor to Bread & Roses whose commitment has inspired many others to give. Bread & Roses relies on donors like Phil who support our work moving money to movements. During this season of giving, will you please make a meaningful gift to fund grassroots organizing for real change in the Philadelphia region?

As always, thank you for your support. Best wishes for a new year filled with justice and hope.

Warm regards,

Casey Cook
executive director