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2020 Veatch Annual Report to UUCSR Members 

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Dear Members of UUCSR: 

Veatch grantees, and our over 60-year legacy of funding racial, economic and gender justice in this country, have never been more important toward building the better world we so desperately need — and that we know, through our values, to be possible.

In just one example of why our long term, core support is so impactful:  in early December, with all eyes on the state of Georgia, The New York Times featured on its front page, longtime Veatch grantee Deborah Scott, founder of Georgia Stand Up. The article lifts up the Black women, including Deborah, who have been educating, organizing and mobilizing to fight voter suppression in the South for well over a decade. While their efforts garnered national attention and financial support this year, the article explores how this was not always the case.   

“Foundations were not supporting social justice and community building work here,” Nse Ufot, who leads the New Georgia Project, told The Times. "No one was looking at what’s happening in our rural areas, and no one’s looking at the small ways that people were being cheated out of their own democracy by having these voter suppression laws.”

In the article, Georgia Stand Up's founder, Deborah Scott, also  describes the difficulties she faced getting philanthropy to respond when she founded her organization in 2004.  Veatch has been providing unrestricted support to Deborah and Georgia Stand Up since 2007.   

Veatch continues to be a standard bearer in progressive philanthropy. We vision a world that trusts, invests in and leads with the power of our over 180 Veatch grantees as well as the communities and core denominational entities that they represent throughout our country.  

Over this past year, many UUCSR members have asked us how the grantees are doing. The truth is — they have  been hit hard by the pandemic, the economic fallout and the proliferation of hate that we saw in the assault on democracy in Washington on January 6.  While we are all impacted, these times have laid bare vast inequality. In response, Veatch grantee organizations have become truly life-sustaining hubs, taking on the disproportionate impact on low-income people; communities of color; marginalized women and children; immigrants and undocumented workers.  

Today, we confront a global pandemic, the truths of racial, economic and gender injustice, and the fragility of our democracy.  What we’re experiencing and bearing witness to in these times, is deep, systemic and bolstered through generations of choices our country has made, and continues to make. We have much work to do. The choices we make now, individually and institutionally, in our own resolve, and in our communities, our states, and our country —  is shaping the world of today and tomorrow. 

To learn more about how Veatch grantees are sustaining their communities and fighting for justice, please scroll to the end this post for a list and brief descriptions of the 2020 Veatch grantees, along with a chart that shows how we allocated Veatch funding last year. We also encourage you to stay up to date with news about Veatch grantees by signing up for our monthly Veatch News Updates. Please also visit our updated Veatch webpage here, which now includes information on our funding model and a new Veatch Blog we will update each month. Finally, please be sure to join us for our virtual Veatch Sunday event, on January 31 — click here for more about the grantees, the day’s events and how to register. 

Toward Justice,

Mary Lardner

Joan Minieri
Executive Director   

2020 Veatch Grantees 

Unitarian Universalism 

Beacon Press $175,000 — To support an independent publisher of books that reflect Unitarian Universalist principles and promote social change.

Church of the Larger Fellowship $45,000 — To build a global spiritual community in which Unitarian Universalist faith is grounded in a quest for meaning, a commitment to justice and equality, and a daily practice of empathy and compassion.

Faith in Public Life $50,000 — To support a media strategy center advancing faith in the public square as a force for justice.

Long Island Community Foundation $370,000 — To foster social, economic, environmental and political justice on Long Island via a Unitarian Universalist regranting program.

Meadville Lombard Theological School $75,000 — To forge educational pathways that spark the human spirit by creating a laboratory for leaders in faith education to experiment and for congregations to engage in programs that expand human potential for deeper learning, justice and inclusion.

Public Religion Research Institute $50,000 — To conduct high-quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research on the intersection of religion, values and public life in America, including the niche that Unitarian Universalism occupies.

Student Activity Fund $66,000 — To encourage UU high-school seniors and college-age young people to become more aware of social and economic problems confronting U.S. society through work with advocacy, social action, and social service organizations.

Unitarian Universalist Association $975,000 — To support UUA programs increasing denominational growth and furthering social justice.

Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice $75,000 — To increase the scope, quality, and durability of social justice engagement by Unitarian Universalists, both as individuals and as congregations.

Unitarian Universalist Funding Program $1,413,000 — To support the grantmaking and administrative needs of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program.

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California $60,000 — To support a multi-issue Unitarian Universalist legislative and congregational justice organizing network in California

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee $850,000 — To support a Unitarian Universalist organization that advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Civil Rights & Sustainable Communities 

Civil & Constitutional rights

Astraea Foundation $50,000 — To provide support to organizations in the U.S. South working to build a society where LGBTQ people of color can live full, authentic lives.

BYP100 Education Fund $40,000 — To support the organizing of Black youth to hold decision-makers accountable by investing in Black futures.

Causa Oregon $40,000 — To advance and defend the rights of Oregon’s growing immigrant communities.

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice $40,000 — To empower people in the Inland Valley of California to create safer and healthier places to live, work, and play.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights $50,000 — To organize household workers, day laborers, undocumented students, and immigrant families for fair and humane immigration policies in Los Angeles County, California, and nationally.

Florida Immigrant Coalition $60,000 — To increase the ability of Florida’s immigrant communities to promote their civil rights and improve their living and working conditions.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights $50,000 — To promote the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in civic and political life.

New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice $50,000 — To organize African-American and immigrant workers to fight for a just reconstruction of the Gulf Coast.

OneAmerica $60,000 — To oppose arbitrary detention of immigrants and support immigrant rights in Washington State and at the national level.

Partnership for Safety and Justice $40,000 — To advocate for policies and approaches to crime and public safety issues that serve justice and equity and foster safe and healthy communities.

Proteus Fund $60,000 —To support the Rise Together re-granting program which funds grassroots organizations in Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

Southeast Immigrant Rights Network $40,000 — To build regional power with immigrant organizations in the Southeast, where leaders can come together, fully engage as equal partners with allies and advocates, and determine the direction of immigrant rights work.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition $60,000 — To strengthen a statewide immigrant and refugee-led coalition to defend immigrant rights and organize for progressive reforms.

Transgender Law Center $40,000 — To defend and advance rights for Transgender communities.

United We Dream Network $60,000 — To expand access to legal status and higher education for undocumented youth.

Voces de la Frontera $60,000 — To defend civil liberties and organize immigrant workers and families in Wisconsin to win economic and social justice.

Working Narratives $40,000 — To support a network of grassroots groups addressing mass incarceration in the United States using organizing and a narrative strategy.

Environmental Justice

Alternatives for Community and Environment $40,000 — To build the power of people of color and poor communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism.

Asian Pacific Environmental Network $40,000 — To develop the leadership and power of low-income Asian-Pacific American immigrant and refugee communities.

California Environmental Justice Alliance $45,000 — To strengthen the environmental justice movement in California.

Centro por la Justicia $40,000 — To support a multiracial, environmental and economic justice organization in Texas and at the US-Mexico border.

Common Counsel Foundation $50,000 — To fund Native Voices Rising, a research and re-granting project that supports grassroots groups led by and for Native American communities.

Communities for a Better Environment $40,000 — To support the organizing of low-income and people of color communities for environmental health and justice in California.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights $60,000 — To counteract the root causes of crime and excessive incarceration by championing people’s rights to good jobs, quality education, and environmental health.

Environmental Health Coalition $45,000 — To achieve environmental justice in San Diego and Tijuana and build organizing alliances statewide.

Farmworker Association of Florida $40,000 — To support farmworkers’ efforts to secure decent wages and healthy workplaces.

Forward Together $60,000 — To promote the health and well-being of women, girls, gender non-conforming individuals and their families.

People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights $40,000 — To organize a base of low-income, Latinx San Franciscans to address issues at the intersection of the environment and the economy by community organizing, leadership development, and alliances.

SouthWest Organizing Project $40,000 — To support community organizing in New Mexico.

Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project $40,000 — To support organizing for environmental and economic justice in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains region.

Economic Equity and Fairness

Economic Equity and Democracy

Center on Policy Initiatives $45,000 — To develop an economic justice movement in San Diego.

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy $40,000 — To promote economic and social justice organizing in the Central Coast region of California.

Community Labor United $40,000 — To advance public policies that promote quality jobs, affordable and accessible health care, affordable housing, and environmental justice.

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy $45,000 — To build a faith-based, labor and community movement for equity and accountable economic development in Northern California's East Bay Region.

Georgia Stand-Up $40,000 — To promote regional economic justice and smart growth strategies through research, education, advocacy, and organizing.

Grassroots Global Justice $50,000 — To build a united national grassroots movement for social, economic, and climate justice rooted in feminist principles.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement $60,000 — To organize rural and urban communities to challenge factory farming in the livestock industry.

Land Stewardship Project $60,000 — To support the revitalization of rural economies in Minnesota by challenging factory farms and supporting local, sustainable family farms, while building a narrative that supports policies oriented to protect Minnesotans' access to healthcare and social justice.

LIFT Fund $40,000 — To support a collaborative that funds innovative partnerships and new forms of worker organizing.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy $45,000 — To advance and promote accountable and equitable economic development.

Missouri Rural Crisis Center $60,000 — To continue to strengthen a rural organization that is successful at developing local leadership and challenging industrial agriculture.

National Family Farm Coalition $45,000 — To provide important national representation for family farmers.

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development $40,000 — To empower Orange County residents and workers to shape economic policies that affect their lives.

Partnership For Working Families $50,000 — To support a national federation of regional power-building organizations.

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education $50,000 — To support an integrated program of grassroots organizing, alliance-building, and alternative policy development.

United for a New Economy $45,000 — To promote and protect the interests of working families in Colorado.

Working Partnerships USA $70,000 — To advance an equitable and sustainable economy in Silicon Valley.

Worker Rights

Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice $40,000 — To obtain democratic rights, environmental protection, and a decent standard of living for farmworkers.

Center for Innovation in Worker Organization $40,000 — To serve as an incubator for new innovative strategies that aid organizations in becoming more financially independent.

Central Florida Jobs with Justice $40,000 — To continue to strengthen the Jobs with Justice affiliate in Central Florida that plays an important role in the progressive landscape in the state, bringing together community groups and labor unions to work strategically and win statewide campaigns.

CLEAN Carwash Campaign $40,000 — To organize a car wash workers’ movement that raises the wages and improves the working conditions of this predominately low-wage workforce.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers $60,000 — To improve the wages and working conditions of Florida farmworkers.

Education and Training Institute $40,000 — To organize low-wage immigrant workers so they have a voice in their workplaces and communities.

Jobs With Justice Education Fund $130,000 — To develop a national network of labor, community, faith-based and student groups committed to economic and social justice movement-building.

Missouri Jobs with Justice $60,000 — To engage working people in campaigns that organize support for workers and issues critical to working people.

National Black Worker Center Project $50,000 — To use research, leadership development, technical assistance, and strategic communications to address the crisis of unemployment and low wages among Black workers.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network $80,000 — To support a network of day laborer organizing groups whose goal is to protect the rights of their members.

National Domestic Workers Alliance $80,000 — To build a domestic-worker rights movement.

National Farm Worker Ministry $40,000 — To build religious and community support for farmworkers organizing for economic justice efforts.

Nebraska Appleseed $40,000 — To increase the ability of Nebraska’s immigrant communities to promote their civil rights and improve their living and working conditions.

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste $40,000 — To reform state labor rights policies in order to improve the working conditions of farm workers.

Portland Jobs With Justice Education Fund $55,000 — To support a coalition of labor, community, faith-based, and student organizations to fight for economic and social justice, locally and globally.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United $80,000 — To build a national movement of restaurant workers that will improve their wages and working conditions.

Teamster Rank and File Education and Legal Defense Foundation $50,000 — To democratize the Teamsters Union by supporting the development of a rank-and-file movement committed to social justice.

Tenants and Workers United $40,000 — To build a powerful working people’s organization in northern Virginia that can influence public policy outcomes.

United for Respect Education Fund $50,000 — To support the organizing and mobilizing of workers of Walmart fighting for dignity and respect on the job.

United Students Against Sweatshops $40,000 — To strengthen a student organizing network that aligns with workers on campaigns for economic justice.

Worker Rights Consortium $40,000 — To combat labor rights abuses in the Global South and in the United States.

Workers Center for Racial Justice $40,000 — To eliminate the structural barriers to sustainable and living-wage employment for Black workers and to help advance a radical agenda that will lead to economic equity for all workers.

Workers Defense Project $40,000 — To organize low-wage workers to protect their rights and effect public policies and corporate practices.

Making Democracy Work

Community Organizing

ACCE Institute $40,000 — To increase the civic engagement of low- and moderate-income communities in California by helping local organizations develop non-partisan civic engagement efforts that encourage active public citizenship and voting.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation $45,000 — To support a network of volunteer-run chapters across the United States that brings new and emerging activists, seasoned leaders of all ages, and multi-issue organizations together to align, coordinate and lead efforts for cultural, community, social, economic and policy transformation.

Californians for Justice Education Fund $40,000 — To organize youth, people of color, immigrants and low-income communities in California to improve public schools through local and statewide public-policy reforms.

CAPACES Leadership Institute $40,000 — To offer a network of immigrant and farmworker organizations in the Willamette Valley, as well as social justice leadership and educational programming geared to their members, leaders, and staff.

Causa Justa: Just Cause $50,000 — To engage low-income residents of San Francisco and Oakland, primarily people of color, in campaigns to preserve affordable housing, prevent foreclosures and secure community benefits from plans for new local developments.

Center for Popular Democracy $65,000 — To provide technical and legal expertise to help build innovative organizing strategies to support local partners in building power and winning change for low-income communities and communities of color.

Center for Community Change $100,000 — To strengthen the effectiveness of low-income people and organizations led by people of color that are involved in national and statewide movements for social justice.

Communities Creating Opportunity $40,000 — To support the efforts of faith-based community groups organizing to advocate for living wage jobs, quality healthcare and racial equality in Missouri and Kansas.

Deaconess Foundation $60,000 — To increase the foundation’s capacity to fund local grassroots organizing in the St. Louis region of Missouri.

Defending the Dream Fund $65,000 — To support the new and urgent work that grassroots organizations are engaging in as vulnerable communities throughout the country face a rollback of civil rights and quality of life and a climate of intensifying hate and discrimination.

Faith in Action $80,000 — To organize a national network of congregation-based community organizations to fight for vibrant communities and sustainable shared prosperity for all.

Faith in Florida $40,000 — To support an organization that addresses various social justice issues at the statewide level in Florida by building a network of faith-based leaders and activists representing low-income and working class communities of color.

Food and Ag Justice Collaborative $50,000 — To effect major changes in the food and agricultural system by changing public narratives and waging policy campaigns challenging the power of corporate actors.

Gamaliel Foundation $60,000 — To train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.

Hoosier Action $40,000 — To build low-income community power committed to social justice and racial equity in a predominantly rural and White state, through strong narrative and civic engagement work.

InterValley Project $40,000 — To support a regional network in New England, organizing for social and economic justice during a time of shifting demographics and economic uncertainty.

ISAIAH $60,000 — To support a state federation of faith-based community groups organizing for affordable housing, immigrant rights, and other issues that benefit Minnesota families.

Kentucky Coalition $60,000 — To strengthen a multi-issue, statewide organization working to protect the land and the people from the devastation of the coal industry, raise the minimum wage, and increase voter engagement.

Miami Workers Center $40,000 — To build grassroots membership organizations fighting to preserve affordable housing and make sure that new development benefits low-income residents.

Organization for Black Struggle $40,000 — To support community organizing efforts in St. Louis County to combat structural racism and police brutality.

People's Action Institute $150,000 — To strengthen the capacity of local multi-issue, multiconstituency groups to participate in a national organization with the political will to advance racial and economic justice.

Rural Organizing Project $40,000 — To support social justice organizing in rural Oregon communities.

Southern Echo $40,000 — To engage African Americans in Mississippi and across the South in improving public education, reforming the criminal justice system, and protecting the right to vote.

Southerners On New Ground $40,000 — To build regional power within the LGBTQ community in the South, where members live at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Sunflower Community Action $40,000 — To organize Kansans in support of immigrant access to education, neighborhood redevelopment and fair-lending practices.

Texas Organizing Project Education Fund $40,000 — To improve the lives of low and moderate-income Texas families of color by building power through community organizing and civic engagement.

The Movement for Black Lives $50,000 — To support the infrastructure for the Movement for Black Lives that develops a network of Black-led organizations.

Unite Oregon $40,000 — To support the statewide leadership development, power-building, and policy campaigns of a group with a strong, intentional, and successful strategy of organizing across race, class, and urban/rural divides in the state of Oregon.

Voices for Racial Justice $50,000 — To strengthen the progressive movement for social and economic justice in Minnesota by training organizers and providing technical assistance to grassroots organizations.

Washington Community Action Network Education and Research Fund $40,000 — To organize people of color, women, people with low-incomes, people with disabilities, and immigrants to challenge economic inequality and structural racism in Washington State.

We Are Down Home $40,000 — To build power for small town and rural communities in North Carolina.

Democratic Participation

Basic Rights Education Fund $50,000 — To protect the rights and ensure the equity of LGBTQ communities in Oregon by building an intersectional movement through organizing, leadership development and advocacy.

Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute $50,000 — To increase the capacity of rural-based organizations in Black communities to participate fully in our democracy.

California Calls $50,000 — To convene community organizing groups working in California’s low-income communities and communities of color and coordinate civic engagement programs that will enhance large-scale state-level campaigns on environmental justice, tax and fiscal policy, and low-wage worker rights.

Center for Working Families $60,000 — To increase the capacity of residents in disenfranchised communities to participate in the democratic process.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition $40,000 — To advance immigrant rights and improve the quality of life for immigrants in Colorado.

Colorado People's Alliance $40,000 — To support organizing by low-income people, immigrants and communities of color for racial, economic, health, social and environmental justice in Colorado.

Illinois People's Action $40,000 — To develop a strong statewide coalition through leadership development, voter education and policy development.

Liberty Hill Foundation $70,000 — To organize LGBTQ people of color grassroots activists to link into the broader progressive movement in California.

Maine People's Resource Center $60,000 — To strengthen the grassroots membership base of a statewide social change organization.

Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collaborative $40,000 — To change the culture of democracy in Missouri by employing community organizing strategies to increase voter participation and affect public policies.

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund $40,000 — To advance a working-families agenda in Massachusetts through voter engagement, policy advocacy, and organizing.

New Virginia Majority Education Fund $40,000 — To organize communities of color, women, working people, LGBTQ, and youth to advance a progressive policy agenda in Virginia.

Oakland Rising $40,000 — To educate and mobilize low-income, immigrant and people of color to vote in Oakland and the Bay Area.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative $40,000 — To build a statewide collaboration of community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations, and policy institutes capable of advancing a progressive policy agenda in Ohio.

Oregon Voice $40,000 — To support a statewide network of community-based organizations to promote coordinated civic engagement in Oregon.

OutFront Minnesota Community Services $40,000 — To promote support for LGBTQ communities throughout Minnesota by engaging in community education and organizing to strengthen a movement that can change policy and the hearts and minds of all Minnesotans.

Power California $50,000 — To support community-based groups in California to increase progressive, non-partisan civic participation among low-income immigrant communities of color.

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada $40,000 — To support multiracial organizing that has achieved important successes in a state that has not had before the level of progressive infrastructure they have developed now.

Right to the City Alliance $40,000 — To build an unstoppable grassroots movement for land, housing, and development justice.

Somali Action Alliance Education Fund $40,000 — To build voter engagement and civic participation programs within Minnesota’s Somali community to allow them to more fully participate in the civic and political life of the state.

TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund $40,000 — To strengthen a progressive statewide coalition that is modelling how to build a large grassroots base, win local power and experiment in co-governance, shift collective narratives, and through all this, achieve significant policy changes.

The New Florida Majority-Education Fund $40,000 — To support an organization that is at the center of the state alignment work in Florida and addressing systemic issues that affect communities of color.

Virginia Civic Engagement Table $40,000 — To build the capacity of faith, civil rights, youth, labor, disability, environmental, civic, LGBTQ, women's rights and immigrant organizations to effectively engage underrepresented voters through a statewide strategy in Virginia.

Western States Center $40,000 — To support progressive organizing infrastructure in the U.S. Northwest and nationally, in order to build inclusive democracy and defend it from the threat of White Nationalism and other discriminatory ideologies.

New York

ALIGN $50,000 — To create good jobs, vibrant communities and an accountable democracy for all New Yorkers.

Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice and Healing $40,000 — To shift the paradigm and practice of public safety, health and justice from one of criminal justice to human justice.

Coalition for Economic Justice $40,000 — To support a coalition of community, labor and faith-based groups in Buffalo.

Communities United for Police Reform $40,000 — To strengthen communities’ ability to hold law enforcement accountable.

Community Voices Heard $60,000 — To organize low-wage workers and people on public assistance by advocating for affordable housing, public-job creation and other issues of concern to the poor.

Long Island Jobs with Justice $45,000 — To support a critical nexus of labor and community organizing on Long Island.

Make the Road New York $60,000 — To promote economic opportunity and democracy in New York State through organizing and collective action.

MinKwon Center for Community Action $40,000 — To support grassroots organizing efforts in the heart of the Korean immigrant community of Queens.

New York City Coalition for Educational Justice $40,000 — To support the coordination of a coalition working to improve public schools in New York City.

New York Civic Engagement Table $50,000 — To build long-term power for progressive social change in New York State.

New York Communities Organizing Fund, Inc. $40,000 — To organize low-income communities on Long Island, utilizing democratic engagement for social and economic equity.

New York State Census Equity Fund in the New York Community Trust $50,000 — To support the New York State Census Equity Fund's activities on Long Island related to the 2020 Census.

New York Taxi Workers Alliance $50,000 — To build the collective power of taxi workers to improve their working conditions.

Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition $40,000 — To pass progressive legislation in NY state and build enduring progressive power within the Bronx — with a focus on ensuring directly impacted communities are at the center of decision making.

Planned Parenthood of Nassau County/ Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic $50,000 — To educate and mobilize New York citizens on the issue of reproductive rights and health.

Public Policy and Education Fund of New York $45,000 — To build a powerful statewide membership organization for economic and social justice.

PUSH Buffalo $40,000 — To support community organizing and leadership development programs in Upstate New York.

Research and Education Project of Long Island $40,000 — To support a progressive, multi-issue membership-based organization on Long Island that builds community wealth, a healthy environment and equitable schools for low-income, people of color residents of Long Island.

VOCAL-NY $40,000 — To build long-term power for low-income people affected by drugs, homelessness and mass incarceration.

Social Justice Infrastructure 

Capacity Building

American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute $40,000 — To develop a robust and coordinated network of leaders and organizations representing America's diverse Muslim communities.

Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity $40,000 — To build effective Black organizations that can develop community leaders, healers and political leaders, for equity and liberation.

Blackbird $45,000 — To build, support and sustain a Movement for Black Lives that elevates visionary and strategic Black voices and catalyzes a national movement for racial justice.

Center for Story-based Strategy $60,000 — To equip grassroots organizers with framing and messaging strategies to build movements for systemic social change.

Center for Third World Organizing $40,000 — To strengthen the organizing and leadership skills of people of color and organizing groups across the United States.

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training $20,000 — To strengthen the grassroots fundraising capacity of social change organizations.

Grassroots Policy Project $40,000 — To help social, economic, and environmental justice organizations engage in strategic practice.

Movement Generation $40,000 — To strengthen a national, grassroots movement for social, economic and climate justice.

Movement Strategy Center $40,000 — To provide critical support for national progressive alliances and local community organizing initiatives through capacity-building, organizational development and the training of progressive leaders.

Progressive Technology Project $50,000 — To increase the technology resources available to grassroots organizing groups and to promote their strategic use for progressive movement-building.

re:power $40,000 — To provide capacity building support to grassroots organizations.

RoadMap $240,000 — To foster strong organizations that can lead a sustainable and increasingly powerful social justice movement.

Veatch Program Organizational Development Fund $75,000 — To strengthen the work of Veatch grantees by supporting organizational development activities.

Veatch Program Travel, Networking and Technical Assistance Fund $69,985 — To support travel, networking, planning and technical assistance designed to strengthen the effectiveness of Veatch grantees.

Informed Public Discourse

Democracy Now! $50,000 — To support an independent, global, grassroots daily news program that airs voices and stories that are often overlooked via radio, television, and the internet.

Institute for Policy Studies $60,000 — To support social justice movement through research and policy analysis that strengthens grassroots organizations and disseminates progressive information in conservative areas.

Institute for Public Accuracy $45,000 — To broaden public discourse in the United States by gaining media access for those whose voices are commonly excluded by corporate-backed institutions.

Labor Education and Research Project $55,000 — To strengthen communications and organizing work that builds a democratic and socially-just labor movement.

Political Research Associates $60,000 — To ensure that progressive social change organizations and the public are informed about the strategy, movements, institutions, and ideologies of the Far Right in the U.S.

Race Forward $40,000 — To advance racial justice by animating the public dialogue and by supporting municipalities and other entities to implement policies and practices that promote equity.

Progressive Philanthropy

Association of Black Foundation Executives $20,000 — To help philanthropic institutions achieve their missions by addressing the specific concerns, strengths, and needs of Black people and communities.

EDGE Funders Alliance $20,000 — To support grantmaking that promotes global relations, policies and institutions that foster economic and social justice.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy $20,000 — To develop new leaders in philanthropy to strengthen the sector and its impact on communities.

Engage New York $20,000 — To support a network of progressive funders in New York State.

Funders Committee on Civic Participation $20,000 — To increase funding for nonpartisan civic participation and to educate funders so that their grantmaking more effectively strengthens the progressive movement for social justice.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees $20,000 — To support a network of funders dedicated to advancing justice for immigrants.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy $20,000 — To make philanthropy more responsive to the needs of socially, economically, and politically disenfranchised groups.

Neighborhood Funders Group $70,000 — To strengthen the capacity of organized philanthropy to understand and support community organizing for social justice.

Solidaire Network $20,000 — To support the development of a community of donors and funders aligning their resources with movements that promote dignity, justice and equality.

Women's Funding Network $20,000 — To support a network of funders dedicated to gender equity.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grants Allocation Summary

Total Allocations: $12,618,985


Veatch Board of Governors Transitions, 2020

In June 2020, Carol Garbarino, our Chair for the past year, completed her service on the Veatch Board of Governors. We thank her for her leadership. We also said goodbye to long-time Veatch Governors Bill Kahn and Carol Klitzner. We are so grateful for their commitment throughout their time with the Veatch Program.  We welcomed Ron Roel to the Board in March 2020, and Janet Bendowitz, Barbara Grosmark and Diane Lombardy in June 2020.  

The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock provides support for efforts within the religious and spiritual mission of the congregation where their purposes are best served by outside agencies acting under the Veatch Program and the congregation.



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