November 2020
PDF's Community Organizing Grants Empower Grassroots Organizations
PDF's recent grant partners played a critical role in this historic election, getting out the vote in key battleground states, like Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center (NV), Nation Outside and Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan (MI), La Conexion and People's Justice League (OH), Southside Workers Center and Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (AZ), Community Movement Builders (GA), and Human Rights Coalition and Philly Thrive (PA).

While electoral organizing is not the focus of PDF's grant partners, we know that organized communities are more civically engaged and empowered. Here's a full list of our 2020 Grantees.

Peace Development Fund's Community Organizing Grant cycle opens for application from December 1st to December 30th.

All our Community Organizing Grants are unrestricted, general operating support, with a focus on new organizations and those without access to larger philanthropic resources. Every year, we fund grassroots, power-building organizations that are aligned with our four pillars of grantmaking: Organizing to Shift Power; Working to Build a Movement; Dismantling Oppression; and Creating New Structures.
Peace Development Fund grantees are also eligible for PDF's capacity-building program, The Sustainability Project, which offers three years of training to support fundraising capacity, board development, and financial management and budgeting.

The Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR) had this to say about participating in the Sustainability Project: "The training gave us tools to improve our fundraising activities and the knowledge we gained will make AMOR more financially stable and stronger, allowing us to have more impact on the work that we are doing in the community."
Please join us for our upcoming Community Organizing Grantee Town Halls:



Where do we go from here? We Fight On! In each of our town hall events you will hear from organizers about how they are preparing to continue the struggle for justice. We know that real change requires grassroots organizing, this event is a great way to connect with organizers nationwide and learn about the community organizations PDF supports.

Support the Frontlines of Social Justice this #GivingTuesday
With your gift to PDF, you'll join our community of donor activists and support grassroots organizers who are making a difference in their communities.

Your contribution of $25, $50, or $100 this #GivingTuesday will go directly to our Community Organizing Grant cycle, which resources grassroots organizations working for peace and furthering social justice!
A MAJOR VICTORY FROM PDF GRANT PARTNER RISE ST. JAMES

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended its permit for Formosa Plastics’ proposed plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana. If built, the plant will be one of the world’s biggest petrochemical plants, it will pollute a predominantly Black community, disturb unmarked burial sites of enslaved people, degrade wetlands, contribute to climate change and add to the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Yet just months ago, this plant was on a fast-track toward construction.

Rise St. James, a grassroots racial and environmental justice organization is a leader in the fight to #StopFormosa. This news was a major victory for their community. “I’m overjoyed by this news," said Sharon Lavigne, Director of Rise St. James.

Goliath is starting to fall thanks to Rise St. James and others, and PDF was proud to partner with them this year through our Community Organizing Grants! Make a gift to PDF this #GivingTuesday so we can continue to support organizations like Rise St. James in our 2021 Community Organizing Grant cycle.
Mark Your Calendars:

Community Organizing Grants Town Hall
November 17th 3pm ET  
November 19th 6pm ET 
Join PDF for two roundtable discussions with several of our 2020 Community Organizing Grantees from across the country. This dialogue will bring together community organizers working on different issues and will highlight some of the successes and challenges facing organizers in the movement today. Register by clicking here.

Community Organizing Grant Cycle Opens for Application
December 1st, 2020 
Applications open for the 2020 PDF Community Organizing grant cycle. They are due December 29, 2020. Read more about it here.

Support Peace Development Fund on this #GivingTuesday 2020
December 1st, 2020 
#GivingTuesday is an international day of charitable giving. Please support PDF’s goal of raising $5,000 for our Community Organizing Grants cycle. Your support will provide grants to grassroots organizations working toward peace, justice and lasting systemic change in their community.
Thank you for your support.