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Directly affected communities are the essential creative force in the larger arc of social change, and we’ve built Borealis Philanthropy from the ground up as a vehicle to resource these communities.
Borealis Philanthropy directs resources to people building powerful, thriving communities that serve all of us, with those most impacted by injustice leading the way. We invest in leaders, organizations, and movements using diverse and innovative strategies to pursue transformational change, and we work with donors to support movements in ways they may not be able to do on their own. Through our work with both funders and grantee partners, we aim to shift power and invest in communities.
Borealis is made up of nine funds that work collaboratively to enhance our collective impact within movements across the country.
From Black-led movement-building, to queer and trans liberation, to disability justice and inclusion, community organizers are working every day to bring about transformational change. We’re here to listen to, invest in, and support them.
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*All 2021 financials are unaudited.
Our grantmaking centers the wisdom and experiences of those who are most impacted by injustice and gives them the support and space to bring innovation, creativity, and impact on the issues they’re working to change. We strive to give multi-year, unrestricted funding, provide capacity building support, and rapid response funding.
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Our staff brings real-life experience and awareness of the work, and we always aim to hold ourselves accountable to and prioritize the interests of the people on the ground. Because we find power in the diversity of our experiences, we are able to make effective and strategic grantmaking that directly responds to the needs of communities we serve and create solutions that aim to end all systems of harm.
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As Roe v Wade is Threatened, Philanthropy Must Invest in a Future Led by Trans, Queer, and BIPOC Reproductive Justice Organizers
We must act now. The Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. The Court’s decision will not be a weakening or dismantling; it is a complete obliteration of the protective legislation. While drafted, the Court has...
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Disability Inclusion Fund Moves $3.5 Million to Disabled-Led Organizations and Organizers Working for Transformative Change
Established in 2019, Borealis Philanthropy’s Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF) exists to seed and expand the capacity of the disability justice movement, and amplify powerful grassroots leaders at the forefront of policy advocacy, community organizing, and narrative...
Stewarding and Building a Legacy: Insights from the Disability Inclusion Fund’s Latest Round of Participatory Grantmaking
In late September, a group of disability justice leaders gathered at the historic Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California. Surrounded by imagery of the activists and advocates who came before them—and architecture that embodied the principles of inclusivity—they...