Investing to Win: A 20 Year Philanthropic Review of Youth Organizing

Across the country, young people have been at the forefront of momentous social change. Mobilized en masse, they have achieved critical victories from historic voter engagement to ending the school to prison pipeline - ultimately increasing visibility of the youth organizing field in philanthropy and beyond. However, with persistent disparities across constituencies, issues, and geographic regions,  youth organizers are expressing the need for a new level of resources to address our most pressing issues.

Our 2020 Funder Scan,
"Investing in the Power of Young People: 20 Years of Philanthropic Support for Youth Organizing," evaluates the critical role philanthropy has played in shoring up a youth organizing field poised to meet the multiple challenges of this moment. Compiling insights from interviews with institutional funders and surveys of over 312 youth organizing groups, this report  portrays  a funder community that has transformed alongside the youth organizing field in major ways.

Join us April 27th for “Investing to Win” - a conversation with key leaders of the youth organizing funder community. Together we will journey through the historical arc of funding for youth organizing over the last twenty years and engage in an honest conversation regarding the strategic opportunities and lessons philanthropic leaders have gained along the way. This session will assess the pivotal role of philanthropy in ensuring  that young people have the resources they need to play a leading role in advancing movements for racial, economic, and gender justice. 

Don't miss Part 1 of our #PowertoWin Field Scan Series!

  • Nat Chioke Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Lori Bezahler, President, Edward W. Hazen Foundation
  • Seema Shah, Ph.D., Founder and Principal, COMM|VEDA Consulting
  • Sanjiv Rao, Director, Ford Foundation
  • Albert Maldonado, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment