The Justice Love Foundation

Connecting Diverse Voices for Change

 

The Justice Love Foundation, created by social justice and philanthropic leaders, is a diverse and responsive institution by design. We create convenings and investment strategies for social justice leaders that embrace a systems-level approach and harness the best impulses of justice, love, and collaboration to drive exponential impact. In particular, we focus on catalyzing, what we have coined, “philanthropic activism” and collaborating to bring forward and fund ideas that have transformative potential in the social justice ecosystem and can lead us to uncover new, more impactful ways of addressing chronic social challenges.

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Why We engage

Our Philosophy

We believe the world needs more support for social justice activists who are engaging in social change, so we take on new ideas and funding strategies, and systems-level driven collaborations across sectors with people and organizations that share our fervor to engage alongside the social justice ecosystem and change the world for the better, today. We don’t limit ourselves to one issue, but instead we value intersections and the leadership of existing social justice leaders to drive our ventures.

Engagement Purpose

EXPERIMENT EARLY AND OFTEN
A Human Centered design requires taking risks to discover new ideas and approaches that keep up with a rapidly changing social justice ecosystem. We believe that trying and listening to existing activists about what works, sharing the results of those strategies and building culture of empowerment are key to problem solving.

COLLABORATE AND LEARN
Collaborating across sectors enhances expertise and promotes solutions on which we can build. We explore a wide range of issues, industries and ideas to address chronic challenges to the social justice ecosystem. We share our expertise and experience openly, with other foundations, to accelerate collective learning and progress.

FUND SMART, HAVE FUN AND BE HUMBLE
Funding smart means acting with urgency, being open to change and embracing the leadership of activists who are on the frontlines. We insist on having fun by bringing passion and joy to our work. We remain ever humble, know that supporting a social justice ecosystem comes from the combination of many people’s efforts.

Strategic Values

 

FIVE STRATEGIES provide the backbone for a comprehensive approach: (i) We Ensure Funding Access to Grassroots Organizers (Invest – Rapid Response fund) (ii) We Communicate and Educate Traditional Philanthropic Partners (Convene) (iii) We Develop Sustainable Funding Networks (Invest -Collaborative Fund) (iv) We strive to Create Capacity Building Opportunity (Support) (v) We Lead our efforts through Networks (Convene and Support).

 

Mindset

We believe the world needs more support for social justice activists who are engaging in social change, so we take on new ideas and funding strategies, and systems-level driven challenges sustainable, smarter and more impactful. We work to use new rapid funding strategies, collaborate with directly with social justice leaders and accelerate innovative systems-level approaches to social change.

Collaborate and Learn

Collaborating across sectors enhances expertise and promotes solutions on which we can build. We explore a wide range of issues, industries and ideas to address chronic challenges to the social justice ecosystem. We share our expertise and experience openly, with other foundations, to accelerate collective learning and progress. 

Experiment Early and Often

A Human Centered design requires taking risks to discover new ideas and approaches that keep up with a rapidly changing social justice ecosystem. We believe that trying and listening to existing activists about what works, sharing the results of those strategies and building culture of empowerment are key to problem solving. 

Fund Smart, Have Fun and be Humble

Funding smart means acting with urgency, being open to change and embracing the leadership of activists who are on the frontlines. We insist on having fun by bringing passion and joy to our work. We remain ever humble, know that supporting a social justice ecosystem comes from the combination of many people’s efforts.

We believe that rapid response investing is revolutionizing the way we put investment dollars to work by aligning the pursuit of justice and love. We work to push the growing philanthropic activism movement forward to ensure that financial instruments that intentionally generate both financial and social returns move into the social justice ecosystem. As the field grows our work is focused on providing access to information that the movement needs to help those looking to start their philanthropic activist journey.

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

We are managed by a team with strong financial and operational track records, who have built deep networks and in-depth industry and/or social justice knowledge. We place objective success measures for both philanthropic funds and our Activist/Organizer partners with equally important goals.

Dr. Terrance Ruth, PhD

Dr. Terrance Ruth, PhD

Executive Director

Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews

Executive Assitant

Lucy Daniels

Lucy Daniels

Board Member

Jean Gross

Jean Gross

Board Member

Chris Price

Chris Price

Board Member

Noel Lichtin

Noel Lichtin

Board Member

Abby Sandling

Abby Sandling

Board Member

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Board Member

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I partner with the Justice Love Foundation?

If you are a Philanthropist or Foundation you can commit to be a financial contributor. Your funds will directly impact leaders in Social Justice. Also, you can join our network for shared-learning of ways to merge social justice and philanthropy. f you are an Organizer or Activist you can join our Justice Love Network to qualify for potential supportIf you are a casual social justice advocate, you can also engage by donating, signing up for our blog, and attending our convening. 

How do you determine who to fund?

The Justice Love Foundation hosts the creation of a grassroots social justice advisory committee. This committee is composed of actual organizers/activists and it is the recommendation of this committee that provides a list of organizers and activists to join the Justice Love Network. Once in this network, organizers and activists can request rapid response funding and apply for the collaborative fund. .

How is The Foundation different from other traditional philanthropic foundations?

The Justice Love Foundation is unique in three ways: (i) Funding decisions are shared with social justice organizers (ii) Investments are linked directly to the quality of life of individual organizers and not a program (iii) the Foundation committed completely to social justice efforts.

What is social justice philanthropy?

Social justice philanthropy focuses on the root causes of social, economic and environmental injustices. It strives to include organizers who are impacted by those injustices as decision-makers and leaders. It also aims to make the field of philanthropy more accessible and diverse. In social justice philanthropy, foundations are accountable, transparent and responsive in their grantmaking. Donors and foundations act as allies to social justice movements by contributing not only monetary resources but their time, knowledge, skills and access. Social justice philanthropy is also sometimes called social change philanthropy, social movement philanthropy, and community-based philanthropy.

How does The Foundation fund social justice leaders?

The Justice Love  Foundation uses two models to invest in organizers and activists: our Rapid Response Fund is a quick way to infuse low risk, high impact support into the personal lives of organizers. This fund help with transportation, housing and child related personal expenses. Our Collaborative Fund is a long term investment in the development of a quality of life standard for organizers and activists. This support is designed to be supplemental to existing income of the organizer.

What is the goal of the Justice Love Foundation?

The Justice-Love Foundation seeks to create a more inclusive community, centered in justice, equity and love, by creating a capacity-building investment network for social justice organizations. We are philanthropists and community leaders working for positive change in the communities we love.

What is Philanthropic Activism?

The Justice Love Foundation embraces philanthropic activism, which is a form of justice work that promotes the welfare of social justice organizations through philanthropy, especially by donating money to systemic change.  Additionally, we believe that philanthropic activism is unlikely to succeed without direct engagement with the communities it seeks to serve. Finally, we stand on the idea that success in changing systems requires a healthy and well-coordinated social justice ecosystem comprising activist, foundations, grantees and affected communities.

Can I volunteer for an Activist Cause or an Organizer ?

Yes, you can.  If you wish to volunteer for one of our Activists please click  HERE  and tell us how you like to be involved.  If you’re looking to get involved with a long-term, ongoing social justice campaigns, please click HERE and tell us about your interests. Our Activists and organizers are some of the most creative, social justice organizations  we have come across.

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