In April-June 2016, 69 grants totaling $13,353,500 were approved by the Surdna Foundation staff and board to further the foundation’s mission of fostering sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Grants are listed below by program area with additional information about the specific line of work within each program.  Grant information is also available on our grants database.

Strong Local Economies                                                                                               
Alliance for a Just Society, Seattle, WA - $325,000           
To support Main Street Alliance’s work to:
• Educate and engage small business owners in public debates and policy campaigns aimed at improving economy-boosting job quality standards including earned paid sick leave, increasing minimum wages, paid family leave, fair scheduling, wage theft, and ban-the-box/employment opportunities.
• Engage small business owners in the development and implementation of a policy agenda that prioritizes equitable, local economic development policies that advance opportunities for high road small business owners who prioritize livable wages, paid sick leave and career advancement; and focuses particularly on strategies to improve economic prospects for business owners and communities of color.
• Develop innovative outreach and engagement strategies aimed at increasing the Main Street Alliance’s ability to contact and engage business owners systematically and at scale. (3 years)
Category:  Job Quality and Career Pathways         

The American Prospect, Washington, DC - $125,000       
To support The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program and for general operating support. (1 year)
Category: Equitable Economic Development       

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Baltimore, MD - $127,000
To support the Baltimore Integration Partnership, which connects low-income Baltimore City residents, who are predominately African American, to economic opportunity by leveraging resources and the purchasing power of anchor institutions. (1 year)
Category: Equitable Economic Development                                                                                                                        
Brookings Institution, Washington, DC - $600,000             
To support the Metro Program, which seeks to help cities and metropolitan areas adopt economic development and infrastructure investment strategies that generate good jobs, rising incomes, greater access, and better opportunities for all workers and families. (2 years)
Category:  Equitable Economic Development                                      

Center for Family Life, Brooklyn, NY - $45,000    
To support the Center for Family Life’s next phase of work, to develop an innovative model for scaling, inspired by the traditional franchising model in the for-profit sector, and by innovative replication strategies used at the Arizmendi Bakery in the Bay Area. (1 year)
Category:  Business Development and Acceleration          

Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, New Brunswick, New Jersey - $80,000     
To support the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization’s efforts to expand two programs (the co-enforcement project, and the Building the Bench leadership initiative) designed to build the organizational infrastructure of worker organizations producing job quality measures. (1 year)
Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways         

Democracy at Work Institute, Oakland, California - $750,000      
To develop the Workers to Owners program that will spur more businesses to convert to worker cooperatives and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), with significant potential to increase job quality for low-wage workers of color. (3 years)
Category:  Business Development and Acceleration          

Detroit Economic Growth Association, Detroit, MI - $80,000       
To establish the Detroit African American Business Leadership Council and develop an equity dashboard to build linkages, encourage collaboration, and launch new enterprises for African Americans in Detroit. (1 year)
Category: Equitable Economic Development       

Didtechnology, Inc., New York, NY - $100,000    
To provide program support to the BIG Accelerator program, a 12-week accelerator program for Black and Latina women technology entrepreneurs located in downtown Atlanta. (1 year)
Category: Business Development and Acceleration           

East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland, CA - $350,000            
To strengthen the East Bay Community Foundation’s capacity and leadership in advancing equitable economic development work in the East Bay and ultimately in the Bay Area region by promoting collaboration and consensus among stakeholders for policy change and promising approaches, and by increasing the level of resources and investment from philanthropic, public and corporate donors for this regional work. (2 years)
Category:  Equitable Economic Development       

Family Values at Work: A Multi-State Consortium, Milwaukee, WI - $575,000     
For general operating support to build the national movement for earned sick days and family and medical leave insurance, and to support the upcoming Working Women’s Power Summit in September 2016, led by a partnership of organizations, including Family Values at Work. (3 years)                
Category:  Job Quality and Career Pathways         

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), Minneapolis, Minnesota - $450,000
To enable MEDA to build a coherent and integrated ecosystem of business development/support services that will allow businesses to grow and thrive within the Twin Cities and Minnesota region. (3 years)
Category:  Business Development and Acceleration           

Neighborhood Funders Group, Oakland, CA - $25,000    
To support Project Phoenix, which aims to build a diverse learning community of funders as a way for philanthropy to support just transitions to the new economy that engage low income and people of color communities. (1 year)
Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Minneapolis, MN - $450,000       
To support Neighborhoods Organizing for Change as part of a statewide coalition – Minnesotans for a Fair Economy (MFE) – to advance a state workers’ rights agenda. (3 years)
Category:  Job Quality and Career Pathways         

New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), New Orleans, LA - $375,000  
To create a dedicated Small Business Ecosystem Development work-stream within NOLABA to create more accessible on-ramps to economic opportunity for all New Orleanians. (3 Years)
Category: Business Development and Acceleration           

The New York Women's Foundation, New York, NY - $50,000     
To: 1) increase philanthropic investments that expand economic opportunities for young women of color; 2) strengthen community organizations and leadership of young women of color; and 3) promote policy and systems change. (1 year)
Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways          

Opportunity@Work, Washington, DC - $100,000
To support the Rhode Island TechHire Learning Lab with the goal of accelerating the acquisition of higher wage jobs by underserved/underrepresented populations in struggling communities. (1 year)
Category:  Job Quality and Career Pathways         

Positive Futures Network (YES!), Bainbridge Island, WA - $375,000          
To support YES! Magazine’s efforts to diversify its pool of journalists and permanent staff (including annual fellowships for writers of color). (3 years)
Category:  Equitable Economic Development       

Race Forward, New York, NY - $100,000               
To support three specific projects: 1) Facing Race Conference Sponsorship at the level of $25,000; 2) Colorlines at the level of $25,000; and 3) Distribution of the Title VII Report at the level of $50,000. (1 year)
Category: Business Development and Acceleration           

Raise the Floor Alliance, Chicago, IL - $100,000  
General operating support for education, training, and advocacy work to improve job quality for Chicago’s low-wage workers, as well as exploration of partnership between worker centers and members of the Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance. (1 year)
Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways         

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, New York, NY - $300,000           
General operating support to engage restaurateurs in an alternative restaurant association, Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment (RAISE), to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant professionals in the low-wage workforce. (3 years)
Category:  Job Quality and Career Pathways        

Transform Finance, Oakland, CA - $175,000        
To support the refinement of Transform Finance’s strategy, build out its staff, and increase its reach and impact in bridging finance and social justice. (2 years)
Category:  Business Development and Acceleration          

Woodstock Institute, Chicago, IL - $250,000        
To promote equitable access to capital for women, people of color, and Low- and Moderate- Income (LMI) owned small businesses (SBs) and SBs in LMI areas through national research, advocacy for strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) SB rules, SB leadership, and best practices.        (2 years)
Category:  Business Development and Acceleration                          

World Business, Chicago, IL - $150,000  
To support Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), a network of Chicago’s leading anchor institutions – hospitals, universities, cultural institutions, corporations, and others committed to using their purchasing power to accelerate economic growth. (1 year)
Category: Equitable Economic Development       


Sustainable Environments
ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York
, New York, NY - $100,000   

To support the NY Renews coalition (statewide) to advocate for policy changes that simultaneously reduce New York State (NYS) greenhouse gas emissions, create living wage jobs and strengthen front-line and impacted communities. (18 months)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment        

Center for Social Inclusion, New York, NY - $150,000      
To support the Senior Fellowship for a Just Community Energy Transition position. (2 years)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment                                                                                                        
The City Project , Los Angeles, CA - $75,000          
To create and implement a collaborative, comprehensive framework for urban infrastructure decision-making in Los Angeles that is socially just, engages low-income communities of color, and improves community resilience. (1 year)
Category: Urban Water Management                      

Community Labor United, Boston, MA - $80,000              
To provide general operating funds to support organizing among labor, community and grassroots groups to advance policies that promote clean energy, transit infrastructure and quality job creation. (1 year)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment        

Dream Corps, Oakland, CA - $350,000    
To support Green For All’s efforts around the Clean Power Plan, organizing 1,000 Black churches and advocating for a 100% clean energy future. (2 years)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment        

Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Washington, DC - $75,000    
To support engagement with the federal government, key state and local stakeholders to support community-led transitions to clean energy systems and thriving economies.  The Clean Power Plan (CPP) and coal-impacted communities will be the focus of this work. (1 year)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment        

Fair Food, Philadelphia, PA - $50,000      
General operating support to allow Fair Food to evaluate its core programs and address organizational capacity need. (1 year)
Category: Regional Food Supply                                 

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, New York, NY - $150,000          
To support the development of a set of actionable financing solutions that can help ensure affordable, equitable, and sustainable access to water and to ensure that water stays under public control. (2 years)
Category: Urban Water Management      

Greater New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, LA - $275,000  
To support the Greater New Orleans Foundation to build on its momentum from the Urban Water Series and strengthen the green infrastructure solutions movement in the City of New Orleans. (2 years)
Category: Urban Water Management                      

Grist Magazine, Seattle, WA - $75,000   
General operating support for Grist’s expanded coverage of next generation infrastructure. (1 year)  
Category: Other                                                                                                                                                

Groundwork USA, Yonkers, NY - $200,000           
To develop community-based social enterprises that provide green stormwater infrastructure services and enable low-income communities to build wealth as well as secure environmental benefits of retrofitting the landscape. (2 years)
Category: Urban Water Management      

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Los Angeles, CA - $50,000        
To explore and map ways for the Los Angeles region to adapt to and mitigate the severe drought by investing in water infrastructure projects that leverage community benefits to ensure sustainability and quality employment standards are applied during implementation. (1 year)
Category: Urban Water Management

New Jersey Future, Trenton, NJ - $280,000          
To support two municipalities to develop water infrastructure solutions that address combined sewer overflow (CSO) problems and provide broader community benefits; and, to provide communication, technical assistance and share learning to help city and regional sewer utilities build successful water infrastructure campaigns. (2 years)
Category: Urban Water Management                      

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Brooklyn, NY - $50,000    
To support to The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance’s Climate Justice Agenda – a policy framework, recommendations and advocacy campaign designed by low wealth communities and communities of color to create long term meaningful engagement and accountability with NYC public policy. (1 year)
Category: Integrated Infrastructure          

Partnership for Southern Equity, Atlanta, GA - $25,000  
To support a strategic planning process for the Advancing Equity and Opportunity (AEO) Collaborative, which was formed in 2014 to work towards equitable and transformational energy initiatives across the American South. (6 months)=
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment        

Rutgers University Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ - $470,000   
Support to expand Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program that assists New Jersey communities in implementing green infrastructure solutions to stormwater challenges, targeting communities with combined sewer overflow systems. (3 years)
Category: Urban Water Management      

Smart Growth America (SGA), Washington, DC - $550,000           
To support SGA's programs that promote the transition to next generation infrastructure within the United States. (2 years)=
Category: Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns               

The Solutions Project, Oakland, CA - $65,000      
To support equitable, clean energy transition by facilitating conversations among communities and organizations and resourcing project efforts. (1 year)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment                        

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Atlanta, GA - $370,000      
General operating support for the growth of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Energy Equity working group and capacity to increase engagement with equity-focused advocacy groups in energy planning processes, and efforts in state, utility and regulatory energy efficiency policy. (2 years)
Category: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment                                                                        

Southwest Georgia Project For Community Education, Inc., Albany, GA - $56,000             
To support a series of capacity building efforts in order to prepare the organization for operating a food hub and deepening its impact within the Southeast regional food economy. (1 year)
Category:  Regional Food Supply                

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Los Angeles, CA - $150,000              
To support state level campaigns developed by the Miyako Network coordinated by long-standing Surdna grantees, Public Advocates and Urban Habitat to ensure equity is integrated into public policy. (2 years)
Category: Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns

Trust for Public Land, San Francisco, CA - $400,000          
To provide project support for the Climate-Smart Cities program. The program works with cities to integrate new green infrastructure tools that apply an equity lens to improve city decision-making processes and create a clear pathway for greater community leadership on stormwater issues. Work will primarily take place in New Orleans, LA and Richmond, CA and will inform how the Trust for Public Land’s other 18 cities across the country could use the tool. (2 years)
Category: Urban Water Management      


Thriving Cultures   
Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ - $250,000   
To support CultureHub Phoenix, a prototype for a comprehensive strategy to cultivate, facilitate, measure and visualize new intersections between the arts, ASU, the city of Tempe, and the larger community. (2 years)
Category: Artists and Economic Development      

Columbia Film Society, Columbia, SC - $10,000  
To support Indie Grits 2017: Visiones, a four-day festival of film, visual art, music, and more that will explore how Latino and Latin American film, culture, and arts are transforming the American South. (1 year)
Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change           

Design Futures, Austin, TX - $50,000       
To support Design Futures’ long term planning efforts as it expands to fully support its robust network of thought leaders and to maximize the impact of Design Futures on race and equity issues in the field. (1 year)
Category: Community Engaged Design    

Designing Justice Designing Spaces, Oakland, CA - $50,000          
To support the community engagement process in East Oakland, CA, to design a hub for restorative justice and community services that will heal and strengthen neighborhoods stressed by crime, disinvestment, and the threat of gentrification.    (1 year)
Category: Community Engaged Design    

Downtown Community Television Center, New York, NY - $120,000        
To support DCTV's PRO-TV program, which provides free media arts training and professional development to New York City teenagers and young adults. (27 months)
Category: Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement          

DreamYard Project, Bronx, NY - $150,000            
To support the DreamYard ACTION Project. (3 years)
 Category: Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement                        

Fractured Atlas Productions, Inc., New York, NY - $50,000            
To support the Cause Collective’s In Search of the Truth (Truth Booth) project to tour the United States in its search for answers to the statement, “The truth is...”. (1 year)
Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change           

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), Biloxi, MS - $150,000      
To increase the resilience and equity of the Gulf Coast in the areas of land use, infrastructure and ecology by advancing the community engagement work of GCCDS. Specifically, Design Studio will: 1) initiate projects in advance of additional grant funding; 2) work on projects with community partners that do not have the financial means to completely cover our staff costs; and 3) share best practices and lessons learned with other communities and organizations information. (2 years)
Category: Community Engaged Design                    

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, CA - $250,000               
To support JACCC’s general programs and participation in Sustainable Little Tokyo, a community-driven initiative transforming Little Tokyo with a focus on economic, environmental and cultural/historic sustainability.  (3 years)
Category: Community Engaged Design

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD -  $600,000     
To support the launch of a 10-year initiative to jumpstart an equitable creative economy in Baltimore and build the city’s capacity to support creatives across racial, gender, generational, and disciplinary boundaries. (3 years)
Category: Artists and Economic Development      

National Performance Network (NPN), New Orleans, LA - $50,000           
To strengthen the organizational capacity of NPN/VAN by conducting a successful leadership transition. (6 months)
Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change                           

People's Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC), Philadelphia, PA - $300,000            
To further incorporate art and community design into PECCDC’s core programming. Through this work the organization will broaden its use of the arts to advocate for social justice and promote equitable development. Specifically, PECCDC will: 1) host an ongoing artist residency program known as Time Exchange, in which 6 artists per year will each have 3 months of free access, organizational and financial support; and 2) implement several community design and placemaking projects along the Lancaster Avenue corridor. (3 years)
Category: Community Engaged Design

Queens Museum, Queens, NY - $300,000
To support the Queens Museum in providing opportunities for artists and cultural producers to address pressing social issues in our surrounding community and engage a broader public via art making, interpreting socially-engaged art projects, artists’ residencies, public programs, and workshops. (3 years)
Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

University of California at San Diego/UCSD Center on Global Justice, La Jolla, CA - $150,000
To advance a community design process that will result in a masterplan to further develop the UCSD EarthLab Community Station, a 4-acre outdoor environmental classroom and cultural space in the diverse, underserved neighborhoods of Encanto. (2 years)
Category: Community Engaged Design                                

The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana, CA - $240,000     
To build artistic services for teens by: 1) adding core dance classes to meet growing demand created by higher retention rates; 2) creating new performance opportunities for teens at venues such as the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles; 3) developing a master artist in residence program that will connect teens to dance by prominent choreographers as it is being developed; and 4) adding multidisciplinary artistic programs, such as documentary film, to deepen and broaden participants’ exploration of personal and cultural identity. (3 years)
Category: Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement                          

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA - $150,000   
To support CultureBank, a new model for investing capital and returning value to investors, utilizing both financial and non-financial assets to invest in culture-shifting creative entrepreneurs and their enterprises. (1 year)
Category: Artists and Economic Development                                                                                                                                                

Capacity and Infrastructure
BoardSource, Washington, DC - $50,000               
General operating support. (2 years)

                                                                                                               
Flexible Grantmaking Fund
Center for Social Inclusion, New York, NY - $500               
General operating support in lieu of an honorarium for Maya Wiley's participation in Surdna's Learning Lab. (1 year)
Category:  Presidential Fund        

Democracy Alliance, Washington, DC - $30,000
To support two New Venture Fund projects, the Climate Education Fund and the Inclusive Economy Fund. (1 year)

Project&, Chicago, IL - $60,000  
To support the production and launch of a multi-media national initiative, Working in America, including a photo exhibition in partnership with American Libraries, a radio series broadcast on NPR, and an online community of narratives.  (1 year)            
 

President and Fellows of Harvard College, Cambridge, MA - $20,000      
To support the Initiative for Responsible Investment’s project and the Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security, which works with labor unions and pension trustees on issues of responsible investment and leadership. (1 year)

                                                                                                                                                               
New Orleans Fund           
Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN), New Orleans, LA - $80,000      
To support GNOFN, which was created to inspire and support philanthropic investment in the greater New Orleans region, to attract and optimize resources that maximize impact for the future of the community and develop models for communities around the world. (2 years)

Power Coalition, New Orleans, LA - $140,000     
To support the work of the Power Coalition, a New Orleans focused collaboration to address community engagement and resident power through a network of local NOLA organizations.  (18 months)

                                

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