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Black Liberation Now Fund

Source: Flickr via Joe Piette

The roots of our organization are in lifting up and providing financial support to radical leadership for Black liberation. In the decades since our founding, we have never wavered from our primary mission of funding grassroots community organizing, especially Black organizers and other organizers of color.

The Black Liberation Now Fund is a special initiative at Bread & Roses Community Fund that made one-time $10,000 grants to 50 Black-led grassroots community organizing groups in the Philadelphia region.

See our full list of grantees here.

Check out this October 13 Philadelphia Inquirer article covering the Black Liberation Now Fund by Samantha Melamed!

“Community organizing is what creates sustainable change. Our goal is creating a just society and movements are going to get us there. Those movements need money to make it happen.”

Casey Cook, executive director

Why we need community organizers in the time of COVID-19

Our executive director Casey Cook recently published an op-ed in WHYY describing the story behind the creation of our Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing. The Solidarity Fund was launched on April 8, 2020 to meet the urgent needs of grassroots community organizing groups that have either been impacted by COVID-19 or are organizing in response to the pandemic.

Casey writes:

“The work of grassroots community organizers is critical to ensuring a just and humane response from governments, corporations, and other institutions… This pandemic is a time of historic disruption and pain. If we’re not careful, it could also be a time of historic injustice. Philadelphia’s robust and dedicated network of community organizers will work hard to prevent that — but they need our help.”

Read the full article on WHYY’s website:

Why we need community organizers in the time of COVID-19

Independence Public Media Foundation forms partnership with Bread & Roses for media justice

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Independence Public Media Foundation (IPM)! IPM made an $800,000 gift to establish a fund at Bread & Roses to support grassroots media and media making across the region.

IPM was founded in 1981 as a public broadcaster operating WYBE Channel 35 in the Philadelphia market. In 2017, it relinquished its broadcast license as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction and began transitioning into a private foundation. It seeks to fund media and related programs that strengthen and connect diverse voices and foster greater understanding across the Philadelphia region.

IPM announced its first round of grants on July 9. These grants, it says, represent a key step toward “advancing the foundation’s strategic goals, which were designed through a detailed community listening and engagement process.” Including the gift to Bread & Roses, it will make grants totaling $5.3 million to 11 organizations.

Read about the grants here: http://independencemedia.org/grants/
Learn more about IPM’s history and mission: https://medium.com/@MollydeAguiar/from-tv-to-philanthropy-65bcc799b02d