Racial & Economic Justice Fund Grantees

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund supports groups that are engaged in direct-action community organizing in the Delaware Valley to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national, or international policy levels. You can learn about eligibility criteria here.

2015 Grantees

A person standing in front of a large banner that reads "Raise the Minimum Wage! 15NOW.org"

Photo credit: 15 an Hour Now Philadelphia.

15 Now Philly is the local chapter of the national movement to fight for a $15 an hour living wage. Inspired by the first win of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, 15 Now Philly is committed to fighting for income equality beyond the $15 minimum wage. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

ACT UP Philadelphia uses direct action to work toward an end to the AIDS crisis. They are mobilizing to ensure that Philadelphia’s mayor creates housing assistance funding for chronically ill people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and that all first responders are trained in harm reduction practices. | Website | Facebook

National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces pursues the science of healthy environments and promotes advocacy that positively affects where humans live, in order to reduce illness and disabilities, and promote clean sustainable cities. They are taking direct action against companies that pollute urban waterways.

New Sanctuary Movement builds a community across faith, ethnicity, and class to end injustices against immigrants. They are fighting for drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants by bringing the issue before the house transportation committee and conducting public workshops. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities formed after the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land successfully created a land bank in Philadelphia. Their Development Without Displacement campaign to utilize this newly available land for affordable housing kicked off on September 11th at the first City Council meeting of the fall session. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Philadelphia Jobs with Justice is a local coalition of labor unions, community groups, and religious and student labor solidarity organizations building a movement for workers’ rights and community and economic justice. They are pressuring the University of Pennsylvania to pay $6 million dollars toward local schools and services. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign unites low income people across color lines to eradicate poverty. They are currently working on a campaign to create a zero tolerance for homelessness policy in Philadelphia. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) is a cross-faith network of congregations that take action on issues affecting low- and moderate-income Philadelphians. POWER is focused on holding city council and the mayor accountable for enforcing the 21st Century Minimum Wage policy. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | Youtube

Urban Creators members, pictured with Mayor Nutter and Executive Director of Mural Arts Jane Golden, presenting certificates to the participants of the REGENERATE program. Photo credit: Emmy Morse.

Urban Creators empowers inner-city neighborhoods to transform neglected landscapes into dynamic safe spaces that foster connectivity, self-sufficiency, and innovation. Their latest project was a mural/park collaboration in North Philadelphia with the Mural Arts Program. | Website | Facebook | Instagram