Recent Activities

Thursday, Feb 27
EDGE Funders Convening 
Breaking the Silos  – Deepening our engagement on grassroots organizing and building movements for power, locally and beyond.

Tuesday, February 25
Breaking the Silos – Grassroots Organizing and Building Movements for Power, At Local Levels and Beyond
1:50pm – 3:20pm ~ Concurrent Session

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Grassroots Strategies for a Just Transition to a Next Economy
In person: Overbrook Foundation: 122 East 42nd St, Suite 2500, New York City (Right off Lexington Ave, next to Grand Central)
Or join via online webinar/conference call. RSVP here

December 12, 2013
20 Years after NAFTA and the Zapatista Uprising: What’s Happening in Mexico?
Co-sponsored by Grassroots International, EDGE Funders Alliance, IDEX, and the IHRFG Latin America Funders Working Group
4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT
RSVP here

November 25, 2013
“Sowing Seeds of Disharmony: Africa Under Pressure to Harmonize Seed Laws”
Co-sponsored by EDGE Funders Alliance, Grassroots International, IDEX, Swift Family Foundation, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD), Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), and Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group. 
12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT
More information here

October 15, 2013
“What Funders Can Do Now to Stop Next Gen Trade Pacts From Undermining Social and Environmental Progress.”
10 am PDT,  1 pm EDT
Organized by EDGE Funders Alliance, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF). More information here

October 1, 8:00 am
Morning Breakfast Briefing at EGA’s Annual Retreat, New Orleans, LA
Equity + Alignment = Impact

Co-sponsored by Overbrook Foundation, Kresge Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, Chorus Foundation, Patagonia and EDGE Funders Alliance

The ability of grassroots base-building organizations and large NGOs to effectively build power collaboratively has been a persistent obstacle within the environmental movement, exacerbated by limited philanthropic resources available for organizing. Together with grassroots leaders and big, national green groups the Overbrook Foundation and allied funders are developing a bold new initiative for achieving impact at scale. Join us for a conversation about plans for building greater equity and alignment for greater impact, through this and related initiatives supported by engaged funders. Co-Sponsored by The Johnson Family Foundation;  Patagonia, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, Solidago Foundation and the Chorus Foundation.

September 19, 2013
“Egypt in Context: Challenges and Opportunities for Funders”
10:00 am PDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm EET
RSVP here

#Justice4Trayvon: Two Opportunities for Action:
Aug. 1st Donor Teleconference: “Youth Action in Response to Zimmerman Acquittal – A Critical Moment for Justice” 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PST
Aug. 15th Donor Teleconference: “What is the appropriate role for Philanthropy following the Trayvon Martin decision?” 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00 AM-12:30 PM PST
RSVP here

Land Grabs and the Criminalization of Social Movements
Thursday, June 20th at 9:00 am PDT/12:00 pm EDT, 6:00 pm Heidelberg
This briefing with Flavio Valente (FIAN International) and Maitri Morarji (Wellspring Advisors) will address the interconnection between land grabs and the criminalization of social movements, providing funders with a fresh analysis on what’s happening on the ground and in the global policy arena. Please rsvp to Saulo Araujo saraujo [at] by Thursday, June 13.

Communities Uniting for a Just Transition: Our Power Camp & Campaign Briefing
June 25th from 12-1:30pm eastern (9-10:30am pacific)
Get a fresh report back from the Our Power Camp and action hosted by Black Mesa Water Coalition in Black Mesa, AZ and learn about the Climate Justice Alliance’s newly launched Our Power Campaign. More information. RSVP here

Narrative Strategy & Social Change
Friday, April 26, 2013
The New York Foundation

A workshop and dialogue for funders on storytelling, communications and movement building. Sponsored by: Ford Foundation, Solidago Foundation, The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Chorus Foundation, Compton Foundation, New York Foundation and Edge Funders Alliance

EDGE Funders Alliance 2013 Just Giving Conference
Global Social Change Philanthropy
What is to be done and who do we do it?
Kellogg Conference Hotel Washington D.C.
May 21-23, 2013
The Just Giving Conference provides a unique space for grantmakers to deepen their understanding of the current landscape of grassroots and transnational initiatives addressing structural injustice in key areas. Learn more…

Funders Exploring Transitions to Social and Ecological Transformation
March 2013
Together with the Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (FPH) who will be hosting this two day meeting at its agro-ecological retreat center outside Paris, EDGE Funders is convening two dozen grantmakers just before the World Social Forum in Tunis to deepen collective understanding and develop potential collaboration in support of new forces and dynamics working on transitions towards deep societal transformation.

These conversations will continue at the WSF, at our Just Giving Conference in Washington, DC and then at the annual meeting of the European Foundation Centre, in Copenhagen at the end of May.

Funders at the World Social Forum in Tunis
March 2013
EDGE Funders is providing hotel, logistics and program support to grantmakers attending the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis at the end of March. Tens of thousands of civil society actors from the region and around the world are expected to attend, with discussions ranging from the right to self-determination and for freedom of movement, for a world “free from the war as an instrument of domination;” for democratic institutions and governance models; for building alternatives upon principles of cooperation and financial justice; and for collective reflection on the meaning of new social struggles and on the World Social Forum process itself.

EDGE Funders Alliance Learning Call
Strategies for Agro-Ecology: The Policy of Seed Laws, Seed Saving and Sharing
Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00 am PST/12:00 pm EST
A conversation with Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety in South Africa hosted by Jennifer Astone of the Swift Foundation.

EDGE Funders Alliance Learning Call
A Special Interactive Webinar: How California Funders Joined Forces to Increase Impact
Wednesday, October 24th, 3-4pm EST / 12-1pm PST
How can foundations help build movements for opportunity and social change… and win? Facilitated by: Mary Manuel, Senior Advisor, McKay Foundation

EDGE Funders Alliance/Occupy Philanthropy Learning Call
Dreams, Obstacles & Opportunities for Occupying Philanthropy: Dialogue about Race, Class, Gender, and Power & Privilege
September 27th- 11:00-12:30PST/ 2:00-3:30 EST
What does it mean to “Occupy Philanthropy,” especially in relation to race, class and gender.