Background

The Hill Snowdon Foundation began its Economic Justice Program Area in 2002 as part of its desire to address growing income inequality in the US.  In 2007, HSF further refined its focus to support organizing that strengthened the “Public Good” and multi-ethnic/multi-racial alliance building to re-knit and expand the social safety net and base of political power for low income families and communities.  In 2012, to reflect changing needs, opportunities and challenges, HSF’s Economic Justice program adopted a focus on groups or campaigns centered on promoting family-supporting and community-strengthening jobs. Examples of family supporting efforts could include Improving wages and work conditions and advancing better work-family policies; and preventing discrimination based on gender, race, age, immigration status or sexual orientation. Community strengthening could include community-benefit agreements for publicly-funded projects, promoting living wage jobs, preserving and expanding affordable housing and protecting the right to organize into unions or other collective bargaining units.

By adopting this focus we anticipate the following outcomes:

  • Significant improvements in job quality—better wages, benefits and work conditions in low wage sector jobs, especially in the South.

  • Stronger enforcement of worker protection and less discrimination against or fewer barriers for undocumented workers.

  • Stronger strategic alliances between labor, community and worker organizations that are working to strengthen the quality of jobs to ensure there isn’t a race to the bottom, but rather for jobs that can support a family and help communities thrive.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations seeking support from HSF’s Economic Justice Organizing Program have the strongest likelihood of receiving a grant if they fit the following the criteria:

  • Must employ a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change (we do not support research, advocacy, or service programs that are not grounded in a community organizing model).

  • Focus on organizing campaigns that seek to secure policies to create or strengthen family supporting or community strengthening jobs.

  • Have a track record of organizing wins and institutional and policy changes

  • Employ a sophisticated, strategic and explicit racial and gender justice frame

  • Use a cross-racial or multi-ethnic alliance building strategy to build power

  • Integrate civic participation or voter engagement strategies into their ongoing efforts whenever possible.

  • Are located in the US South (the majority of HSF’s Economic Justice Organizing grants are directed towards the US South, but we still support organizations outside of the South).

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

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