October 2020
PDF's Grantees Getting Out the Vote
Thanks to supporters like you PDF's 2020 Community Organizing Grantees are mobilizing their communities to participate in the upcoming election and are making a difference in some of the key battleground states. Nation Outside: The Voice of the Formerly Incarcerated is based in Michigan and organizes to increase civic engagement of people impacted by the justice system.

Director Troy Reinstra underscored the “power of grassroots organizing,” particularly in a critical election year, saying, “There are three million people in Michigan who have been involved with the justice system, if we can tap into 10% of that, we can move the state.” 
Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan (DAYUM) is led by high school students fighting for accountability from leaders and justice for their communities. "In partnership with March for Our Lives, DAYUM is reaching out to marginalized young people in Metro-Detroit who feel disenfranchised by electoral politics," said DAYUM's founding Chair, Brooke Solomon. She added, "No matter who is elected the work of organizing for a better future does not stop."

In the battleground state of Ohio, La Conexión, a Latinx and recent immigrant organization, has been working to ensure their community is engaged in the election.

Director Maya Beatriz said, "Our main purpose was to make sure the Latinx community in NW Ohio was informed and educated about the process. We identified user-friendly information and made sure we translated that into Spanish as needed. We use social media and our own members list to send information to make the community aware of deadlines to register to vote, how to verify if they were registered, ensure they knew how to register online, and when early voting hours were."
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A Donor Advised Fund is a giving vehicle established at a public charity. DAFs allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then make grant recommendations over time. A Donor Advised Fund is straight forward to establish and manage at PDF, and grants can be anonymously. We provide 40 years of grantmaking experience in funding specific issues or communities. PDF carries out any needed research, ensures the reporting, and manages the government’s requirements while you work with PDF staff to make grant recommendations.
Through his DAF, The Babson 2020 Fund, Jamie Babson supports Indigenous rights organizations and projects, including the Nolumbeka Project in Massachusetts and

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Grantees From PDF's Donor Advised Fund Program
Every year, Donor Advised Funds housed at the Peace Development Fund support community organizations working for peace and justice in communities across the country and across the world.

Matahari Womens Workers' Center is a Boston-based organization "Where women of color, immigrant women, and families come together as sisters, workers, and survivors to make improvements in ourselves and society and work towards justice and human rights. Our goal is to end gender-based violence and exploitation."

Matahari had this to say of the grant from a DAF at PDF, "Funding for an organization led primarily by queer women of color under 35 by a funder who shares our values is a rare and powerful opportunity. It supports personnel salaries and office rental costs, which are a stabilizing force, and allow us to respond to crises and opportunities, build internal and external capacity, and contributes to sustainability, leadership development, and staff retention."
The Nolumbeka Project - Greenfield, MA
Third World Newsreel - New York, NY
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 30, 2019. 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.
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