In 2007 the Foundation for Change awarded $62,000 in grants to twenty grassroots organizations working for progressive social change:
ten grants totaling $25,000 from our General Fund.
seven grants totaling $17,000 from our Fires 2007 – Fund for Change.
three grants totaling $20,000 from our FEX/Media Justice Fund.
The Center for Middle Eastern Women will work to raise awareness about the rights of Middle Eastern women living in San Diego
Inner City Youth, San Diego will produce a series of half-hour program segments for residents of Southeastern San Diego on topics such as “Stop the Violence” and “Community Problem-Solving.”
San Diego Social Forum Committee will host a San Diego Social Forum in 2008 with the hopes of establishing the networking and coalition-building event as an annual gathering
Somali Family Services of San Diego will educate San Diegans from Somalia regarding voting rights and practices.
Through a program called “Unity Literary Connection ,” African American Writers and Artists, Inc., will foster positive relationships between youth in the Diamond District and incarcerated youth.
Guerrero Azteca Peace Project will work to speak truth to young people of color about military recruitment in area high schools.
Organizacion Vanguardia de Mujeres Libres Maria Magdelena will work to promote the health and growth of an organized group of sex workers in Tijuana’s red light district. DanzigAward Winner
San Diego Indie Music Fest will celebrate independent music, art, business & thought, thereby creating positive change in our city and beyond.
Servicios Asistenciales “LaRoca”Tijuana will offer a 10 – week bi-national program, engaging groups from San Diego and Tijuana to interact and learn about environmental issues.
Sun and Moon Vision Productions will create an updated media project, “Youth OUT LOUD!” addressing LGBT issues in area schools. Cua Award Winner
FIRES 2007 – Fund for Change
Paradise Community Services is providing group and individual instruction of available benefits to Hispanic non-English-speaking victims of the North County fires.
Justice Overcoming Boundaries is partnering with other local groups to launch an organizing campaign with affected communities to ensure the fair distribution of fire relief services.
American Friends Services Committee is delivering sleeping bags, wool hats, and information to recently-immigrated farm workers affected by the fires, intending to build trust with the leadership of this hard-to-reach population.
Border Angelsis coordinating the largest Latino outreach to fire victims in the migrant community, having established distribution centers with other organizations throughout the county.
American Civil Liberties Union has co-authored a comprehensive report documenting civil rights abuses of the vulnerable during the fires – a translated report will help advocate for policy changes on both sides of the border.
Center for Social Advocacyis working to directly assist the most invisible and vulnerable fire victims with supplies necessary for the most basic human survival through their ongoing outreach program.
FEX/Media Justice Fund
Activist San Diego is exploring the establishment of a full-power, non-commercial activist radio station to give media access to marginalized communities.
Sun & Moon Vision Productions is creating a “Media Justice Tool Kit” for distribution at “Cine Luna” film exhibitions.
Voz Alta is creating a cross border project training youth in use of basic and advanced tools for media production.