Future Fund Grantees

The Future Fund supports organizations that are working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism. These groups may employ one or more effective strategies, including cultural work, media advocacy, and political education. You can learn more about eligibility criteria here.

2017 Future Fund Grantees

The Advocate Center for Culture and Education unites community residents, volunteers, service providers, and educational institutions to improve the lives and well-being of North Philadelphia residents. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Contemporary Black Canvas is a podcast that celebrates the depth and breadth of the Black artistic and intellectual traditions from across the African diaspora and Africa. | Website

Heart-to-Heart; Comienzos East serves people who are incarcerated and their families through education, skills building, therapeutic support, and advocacy. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Johnson House Historic Site, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad, trains emerging leaders aged 18 to 35 in participatory democracy, organizing, dialogue, and collective action in order to unite and amplify the voices of today. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

LGBT Elder Initiative advocates for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders in the Philadelphia region and beyond. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sisterly L.O.V.E. (Leading Others Via Education) develops leadership skills and community among trans women/femmes in Philadelphia. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Urban Tree Connection works with neighborhoods to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land, help residents become strong leaders, foster deep community cohesion, and ultimately create livable communities. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

UrbEd fights for high-quality education for urban students by working with community members, educational organizations, and policy leaders. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

VietLead builds self-determination, leadership, and sustainability skills in the Vietnamese community through intergenerational farming, youth development, health navigation, and civic engagement. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Women’s Medical Fund protects and expands abortion access for low-income women and teens through direct service and advocacy. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Yes! And… Collaborative Arts’ Shadow Company is a teen-led and teen-run program that provides high-quality arts education. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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2016 Future Fund Grantees

Girls Justice League is a girls’ rights organization dedicated to taking action for social, political, educational, and economic justice for girls and young women.| Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramTumblr

Philadelphia Coalition for Racial Economic and Legal (REAL) Justice  works to end the epidemic of state violence disproportionately faced by communities of color. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Tumblr

PhilaPOSH the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health, is made up of unions, health professionals, and legal professionals working together to ensure safe, protected workplaces and rights for injured workers.| Website | Facebook

Soil Generation is a coalition of Philadelphia organizations and individuals who support equity and social justice for community-managed green space, gardens, and farms through advocacy, grassroots organizing, and community education.| Website | Facebook

Spiral Q builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions, and holds the annual Peoplehood Parade to challenge discrimination in all its harmful forms.| Website |  Facebook | Twitter

2015 Future Fund Grantees

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is a social action group that works to build a just and sustainable economy through nonviolent direct action. They are currently working to Power Local Green Jobs-a project focused on solar energy in North Philadelphia. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Girls Justice League is a girls’ rights organization dedicated to taking action for social, educational, and economic justice for girls, young women, and those who identify as female in Philadelphia. They are conducting research on reproductive health and girls’ transitions from the juvenile to the adult justice system. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice was formed in 2014 in response to the national epidemic of police brutality. The coalition is fighting for the establishment of a community-controlled police review board, and is planning a tribunal on police brutality. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Soil Generation is a coalition of Philadelphia organizations and individuals who support equity and social justice for community-managed green space, gardens, and farms through advocacy, grassroots organizing, and community education. | Website | Facebook

Sisterly L.O.V.E. was developed by trans women for trans women in order to increase their self-esteem, self-efficacy, and access to care. They are working to increase the organizing power of trans women in Philadelphia. | Facebook

Spiral Q builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions. Each year, they host a Peoplehood parade to challenge discrimination in all its harmful forms. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

2015 Future Fund Grantees

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is a social action group that works to build a just and sustainable economy through nonviolent direct action. They are currently working on a new project called Power Local Green Jobs, which focuses on solar energy in North Philadelphia.

Girls Justice League is a girls’ rights organization dedicated to taking action for social, educational, and economic justice for girls, young women, and those who identify as female in Philadelphia. They are conducting research on reproductive health and girls’ transitions from the juvenile to the adult justice system.

Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice was formed in 2014 in response to the national epidemic of police brutality. The coalition is fighting for the establishment of a community-controlled police review board and is planning a tribunal on police brutality.

Soil Generation is a coalition of Philadelphia organizations and individuals who support equity and social justice for community-managed green space, gardens, and farms through advocacy, grassroots organizing, and community education.

Sisterly L.O.V.E. was developed by trans women in order to increase their self-esteem and access to care. They are working to increase the organizing power of trans women in Philadelphia.

Spiral Q builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, and the courage to act on their convictions. Each year, they host a Peoplehood Parade to challenge discrimination in all its harmful forms.

2014 Future Fund Grantees

The Girls’ Justice League convenes girls and young women to identify issues and advocate for their interests. In July, they held an “activist summer camp” in which girls developed direct action campaigns.

Parents United for Public Education fights for full and equitable funding for Philadelphia’s public schools. Their new school-based training programs will help parents to push for fair education reform.

The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) is developing queer youth activists to pressure school districts to implement trans-friendly anti-discrimination policies in the Philadelphia suburbs. PSEC hopes these policies will provide a model for schools across the state.

The Philadelphia Workers’ Association organizes day laborers in Northeast Philadelphia to negotiate with police and representatives from Home Depot. They hope to create a safe space to look for work and assemble to address common grievances.

2013 Future Fund Grantees

Boat People SOS-Delaware Valley (BPSOS) responds to the needs of Vietnamese residents of Philadelphia and Camden Counties. BPSOS will mobilize community elders to take action concerning immigration, public education, and health care reform.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project builds power through arts and media programs for youth, community leadership, and the celebration of Latino culture. They will organize youth to develop a violence prevention plan within the Kensington community.

Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry works to secure economic benefits and health care for vulnerable veterans. They will petition the city to hire a director of veterans’ affairs and to use the resources allocated by the state for veterans.

Student Labor Action Project at Penn (SLAP) builds student and worker power through direct action campaigns for economic justice. SLAP is partnering with Penn dining hall workers to demand higher wages and earned sick days in campus dining halls.

2010 Future Fund Grantees

Campaign for Working Families (CWF) helps families in Philadelphia increase their income, wisely manage their finances, and build assets through no-cost tax preparation assistance. CWF is expanding its mission to offer trainings to its customers that provide tangible grassroots organizing skills and a framework for understanding economic justice.

Chester Upland Citizens for Educational Progress is an all-volunteer organization whose goal is the improvement of public education in Chester and the broader school district. They hope to call attention to the problems in the district and recruit more parents to get involved.

Food Organizing Collaborative seeks to organize food growers to build food sovereignty, ensuring that vulnerable communities have access to healthy food produce.

People Improving Communities (PICO)—Philadelphia Sponsoring Committee is a community organizing effort launched by faith leaders to amplify the voice of low-income and underrepresented people in the policymaking process. They are creating local organizing committees to tackle issues such as public education, violence, and poverty.

Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project is a regional coalition of 21 municipal, faith, and community organizations and individuals focused on solving common challenges facing the older, developed suburbs of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. The group is organizing members of affected communities to lobby for a new federal and state regional  housing plan that combats poverty and racial segregation.