August 2020
Supporting Front-line Organizations Through the COVID-19 Crisis
PDF's De Colores Rapid Response Fund supports grassroots organizations responding to "Movement Moments" through strategic organizing interventions, especially in communities of color and working class communities.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio and Chelsea Greenroots received $1,000 grants in March, right as the country moved into lockdown to ensure they could adapt their organizing strategies to this unprecedented crisis.
Chelsea Greenroots is based in Chelsea, MA, a densely populated city where over 60% of residents are Latino, almost half are immigrants, and 80% of the workforce are considered "essential employees." Chelsea had the worst COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts and among the worst nationally.

Chelsea Greenroots responded immediately, organizing city-wide fundraising efforts, food distribution centers, and ensuring multilingual communications of essential information. Executive Director Roseann Bongiovanni said, Funding from PDF allowed us to ensure our COVID19 response was accessible in 8 major languages spoken by people in Chelsea. This is so important in ensuring our community has the access to the information and resources that they need during the most significant crisis hitting our community in a century.”

Movement for Justice in El Barrio is a majority-women community organization that fights for housing justice, immigrant justice and gender justice in East Harlem, NYC. PDF's grant supported ‘Movimiento's COVID-19 Emergency Response for Immigrants in El Barrio’ which helped ensure mutual aid and emergency resources were “quickly and efficiently dispersed to COVID-19 positive community members, their immediate families and others impacted by this pandemic.” Here's what they said about receiving the grant from PDF:
PDF also funded the ‘Rural Trans and Queer Health Justice Initiative,’ launched by Out in the Open, which is based in Brattleboro, VT.

Because of the healthcare disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ people in rural areas and the overlapping experiences of poverty, transphobia and homophobia, racism, and a lack of resources, this initiative was launched in response to COVID-19 in order to make medical resources safe and accessible for their community.

Click here to view our funding map and see our full list of recent grantees

Your ongoing support enables PDF to provide rapid response grants to community organizations that are making a difference. Consider making a contribution to support our grantmaking.
Please join us for our upcoming Peace Talk, which features renowned and engaged experts in the field, including Ira Helfand, Marty Nathan, Michael Klare, and Laura Reed. Climate change and the continued existence of nuclear weapons represent two of the most pressing and existential threats to humanity and the planet, and yet these two issues are also interlinked. These panelists will explore the connections between the risks of nuclear weapons and climate change, as well as what social movements, governments, and concerned citizens can do in response.

This event will be live-streamed on August 20th, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET. Please register by clicking here. Please note that this event will be live-streamed through YouTube and that registration is required. If you are not able to attend the live stream but would like to be sent a recording of the event, please register.

Co-sponsors for this event: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Physicians for Social Responsibility/Pioneer Valley, Working Group to Prevent Nuclear War, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership,The Resistance Center, American Friends of the Palestinian House of Friendship, Climate Action Now Western Mass, Earth Action, Haydenville Congregational Church, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Peace and Justice Team of First Churches of Northampton and the Peace Development Fund.
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Mark Your Calendars:

Fundraising 101: Your Work Deserves to Be Well Funded
September 9th 3pm PST / 6pm EST  
September 10th 10am PST / 1pm EST 
Are you interested in stepping up your fundraising game, but not sure what to do now that we can’t meet in person? Many of the same basic ideas of fundraising still apply and some things need to change. PDF trainers will walk through the fundamentals of fundraising for community-based organizations and talk through how to make sure you can raise the money you need during social distancing. RSVP here.Please note: this webinar is available to participants in PDF’s fiscal sponsorship program and recent grantees.
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