Free our Future San Diego action organized by Mijente
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.
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...
A photo of Micheal Brown posted to Facebook in 2013. (Source: abcnews.com; Photo courtesy of Brown Family from Facebook) Today marks eight years since the 2014 police killing of Michael “Mike” Brown Jr., an unarmed Black teenager, in his hometown of Ferguson,...
Spark Justice Fund Moves $2.4 Million to Organizations Working to Decarcerate, Close Jails, and Advance Transformative Visions of Pretrial Justice
Established in 2019, Borealis Philanthropy’s Spark Justice Fund (SJF) proudly resources grassroots groups working to decarcerate, redirect resources for jails to community, and transform our collective vision of community-led safety. This month, the SJF awarded $2.4...
The Spark Justice Fund (SJF) is thrilled to share that we’ve welcomed a new member to our team: Sade Dumas (she/her) who will serve as the fund’s Program Director. Sade is fervently committed to amplifying the voices of individuals, families, and communities impacted...