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Funding Progressive Groups: Managing the Risk

Date: 12/6/2011
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: The San Francisco Foundation 225 Bush Street, Ste. 500

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jenga towerNo doubt you have heard the news stories: a "sting" operation or other attack against an organization that empowers communities and encourages civic engagement, or against an organization that provides health services to women. How can you navigate the seas of controversy when funding such organizations? How have other funders managed risk when they support progressive causes? How can you work with grantees to minimize the risk of possible attack?

Alliance For Justice has designed a series of discussions for funders and social justice organizations to talk through the process of crisis readiness and management before an attack happens. Join us for a funder-only convening to learn about strategies and tools that help ward off controversy and provide support in the event of an actual crisis.

Come Join Us To

  • Hear about funders’ experiences managing the risk of working with controversial organizations;
  • Learn from nonprofits’ experiences navigating the perils of addressing controversial issues; and
  • Learn about communications tools and strategic actions that can help funders manage and prevent crises.

Target Audience

This program is free and open to NCG members.


Proteus Fund Program Officer Dimple Abichandani leads the Security & Rights Collaborative, a grantmaking program to restore rights lost after 9/11 in the name of national security. Dimple also manages an innovative communications infrastructure that serves 120 human rights organizations with the goal of increasing communications capacity and coordination. Prior to joining the Proteus Fund she was the Director of Program Development at Legal Services NYC, where she developed advocacy projects to address the civil legal needs of low-income immigrant communities. Dimple currently serves on the advisory committee of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education.

A veteran public relations, political communications and media strategist Dan Cohen founded Full Court Press in 2001 to provide public relations, public affairs and crisis counsel to companies, foundations and nonprofits who wish to use strategic communications to make social change. He applied his belief in brand building public relations to all of the General Mills Brands including Wheaties, Cheerios, Box Tops for Education & Betty Crocker. His work at General Mills in the mid-1990's was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being on the forefront of leveraging brands to greater PR success. Dan is a licensed attorney but chooses to practice strategic communications&#8230his passion.

Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund Vanessa Daniel has over 15 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker. Prior to leading Groundswell, Vanessa worked for Tides Foundation, where she supported the Colin Higgins Foundation (LGBT youth), the Economic Justice Fund, the Bridging the Economic Divide Initiative, and the Reproductive Justice Initiative.  Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, and East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and on the steering committee for Bay Area Justice Funders Network.

Nayantara Mehta is Senior Counsel with Alliance for Justice in Oakland, CA. She works through Alliance for Justice's Nonprofit Advocacy Project and Foundation Advocacy Initiative to help strengthen the capacity of the public interest community to influence public policy. Nayantara manages the Immigrant Advocacy Initiative of the Nonprofit Advocacy Project, through which AFJ supports the ability of immigrant rights groups to engage in nonprofit advocacy work. She conducts trainings throughout the country on the rules governing advocacy and lobbying by public charities and private foundations. 


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