The Hill-Snowdon Foundation is committed to working with low income families and communities to create a fair and just society.
HSF’s Board is deeply concerned about the growing economic, racial, and social injustices, as well as the decreasing role and influence that middle and working class people have in the daily practice of democracy in this country.
Fundamentally, we are interested in improving the concrete material and socio-political conditions of low-income families and communities so that they are thriving. We believe that the most sustainable and effective way of achieving this is for low-income families and communities to build the power necessary to move themselves away from the political, economic and social margins of our society. Thus for us, poverty, income inequality and constrained opportunity are indelibly linked to social and political marginalization. Therefore we have chosen community organizing as our core strategy because it has proven effective at securing concrete improvements for low-income families and communities by engaging them in the public sphere and consequently, and consequently, increasing their voice, power and capacity to achieve social change.
HSF has several grantmaking programs and initiatives that are all grounded in the practice of community organizing and social justice:
HSF has a particular focus on supporting community organizing in the US South, and the majority of our grant funds are directed in this region. The Foundation also has an on-going interest in supporting organizing in Native American communities. All of our current grassroots partners, as well as some alumni, are eligible to receive small supplemental grants to help them respond strategic opportunities and/or capacity building needs. Finally, HSF has a limited pool of staff and board directed funds to respond to natural disasters and support strategic partnerships that advance our work.