The COVID-19 pandemic creates an unprecedented need for grassroots community organizing in the Philadelphia region at the same time that it creates incredible challenges to doing that work.
The pandemic and its economic fallout are landing hardest on those communities already targeted by systems of oppression: people of color, poor people, immigrants, people with disabilities, incarcerated people, people experiencing homelessness, and other marginalized communities.
Preventing further tragedy requires community organizing for social, racial, and economic justice. Only through organizing can we work effectively for a just and humane response from governments, corporations, and other institutions.
The groups that do this work mostly operate on shoestring budgets at the best of times. With the economic shutdown, many of their donors can’t give. Most are not eligible for the other philanthropic programs responding to this crisis.
As the leading funder of grassroots community organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia area, Bread & Roses launched an emergency response fund. The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing supports vital community organizing in this time of crisis.
We are deeply grateful for the support of the Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, the Claneil Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Independence Public Media Foundation, United Philanthropy Forum, William Penn Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Make a gift
We have raised more than $760,000, but we have an ambitious goal of raising at least $800,000 to address urgent needs. Please make a gift to help us meet the urgent needs of movement organizations during this crisis.
You can make an online gift, mail a check to Bread & Roses Community Fund, PO Box 22426, Philadelphia, PA 19110, or contact director of communications & development Caitlin Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about other ways to give.
Help us spread the word
We need your assistance in helping grassroots community organizing groups learn about this resource and encouraging others to support the fund as quickly as possible. Visit our Outreach Kit page for sample social media posts, images, and other tools.
Apply for a grant from the Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing
We are accepting applications on a weekly basis. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply.
As of January 1, Bread & Roses has made $725,500 in grants through the Solidarity Fund. Learn about the 72 grassroots community organizing groups that have received grants from this fund.
Why we need community organizers in the time of COVID-19
op-ed by Casey Cook on WHYY, April 24, 2020
Bread & Roses launches COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to support grassroots organizations
by Jennifer Amell on Philly Gay News, April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Response: Bread & Roses will award $500k for grassroots organizing
by Rachel Mindell on Submittable’s blog, May 1, 2020
Updates on foundation and fund responses to COVID-19
by Sabrina Vourvoulias on Generocity, May 4, 2020
Finding evidence of our collective courage and strength
by Casey Cook on Philanthropy Network’s blog, May 27, 2020