Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,

It’s been 40 years since Bread & Roses Community Fund made its first grants. Throughout 2017 we’ll be celebrating and honoring how far we’ve come together, but this is certainly not a moment to rest on our laurels. Our lives, our families, and our communities are under attack. But as I look to Bread & Roses’ history, I see that our movements have endured attacks before. We have fought back. And we have won.

On the cover of this newsletter, you can read about why Bread & Roses was established in 1977 and how we’ve evolved to meet changing needs.

The donor profile below offers you a glimpse at the indomitable Harvey Finkle, a co-founder of the People’s Fund, Bread & Roses’ predecessor. We’re truly blessed that so many of our co-founders are still active and involved in Bread & Roses today. They continue to generously donate their time, money, and wisdom to strengthen our movements for real change. In so many ways, we stand on their shoulders.

At right, we’re highlighting ACT UP Philadelphia, a group that received its first grant from Bread & Roses 25 years ago. I’m also pleased to introduce three new board members. You can get to know them at the bottom of the opposite page.

Keep an eye out for opportunities to join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary throughout the year!


Casey Cook
Executive director