Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

I’m so pleased to introduce the 2014 Bread & Roses grantees. These groups and their members are advancing and delivering justice in our region every day, and I hope you’ll come meet them at our annual On the Rise event in a few short weeks.

As a donor, I feel proud to sustain the work of these community groups by supporting Bread & Roses. As you read through the enclosed list of grantees, I hope you feel proud too. These grants are made possible only through your support.

One of our proud donors, Leah Pillsbury, is profiled in this newsletter. She is a young person who both donates and fundraises for social change, and she was drawn to Bread & Roses because of our participatory grantmaking structure. I was delighted when she got more involved this spring by serving on the Tribute to Change planning committee.

The Tribute to Change took place in June in the penthouse of the National Museum of American Jewish History and was a wonderful success. Thank you all for sponsoring, attending, and supporting the event. It was a meaningful celebration of our conscience and freedom honorees and a great party as well. You can read more about the evening and see photos on page 3.

Finally, I am thrilled to present our new Community Grantmaking Committee (CGC) in this issue’s cover story. Fourteen new members joined six CGC veterans this spring to review grant applications, conduct interviews, and face the daunting task of selecting a limited number of grantees from a well-qualified pool. You can read more about each CGC member on our website, and I encourage you to get to know this dedicated, hard-working group of local organizers and activists.

In solidarity,

Casey Cook
executive director