WHO WE ARE
Borealis Philanthropy is resourcing the world we know is possible.
Founded in 2015, Borealis has grown to include nine collaborative funds working to enhance our collective impact within and between movements across the country. From Black-led movement-building, to queer and trans liberation, to disability justice and inclusion, our work is rooted in the understanding that in order to upend oppressive systems, we must support the people most impacted by those systems.
What We Do
We connect grantmakers to organizations that share their mission. We team with philanthropy to conceive, develop, and implement grantmaking initiatives that resource the many innovative organizations within each of our respective grantmaking funds.
Through our nine collaborative funds, we create opportunities for donors to learn from organizers on the ground and provide resources to leaders, organizations, and movements pursuing transformational change.
We remove barriers to funding for grassroots organizations and invest in intersectional movement work across communities so that they have the resources they need to thrive.
Simply put, we dream big, we take bold risks, and we fund leading-edge work
rooted in liberation and justice for all people.
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Chicago
- We reckon with this country’s long history of racial injustice built on anti-Black racism and Native American genocide and work to repair harm with all communities that have been impacted.
- Communities are connected and interdependent, and people share responsibility for one another.
- We have the collective power to have agency over our lives.
- Our political, social, civil, and economic systems and institutions are representative of and responsive to all communities.
- Everyone leads joyful, vibrant, and free lives.
Mijente, Photographer: Angela Jimenez @AngelaSnappy
We regenerate. We metabolize hurt and harm, as we disrupt and withdraw from ableism and lack. We conceive spaciousness and brandish grace, humanity, and joy to seed new worlds.
We marry conviction and belief to cultivate inner courage and brave hearts, to be the Atrevida. We defy the status quo and contribute to a more equitable world for all.
We work to align our actions and values. We engender trust and reciprocity. We may not always get it right, but we learn, evolve, and remain accountable to individual and communal relationships.
We exist in thriving living connection. We practice solidarity and mutuality with, within, and across expansive communities.
Our Board of Directors
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a philanthropic intermediary?
Philanthropic intermediaries are both grantseekers and grantmakers. Intermediaries provide strategic capacity and expert guidance to individual donors as well as foundations. Often, as in the case with Borealis, they connect donors with limited access to lesser-known organizations, enabling funders the opportunity to support in places and ways they may not be able to do on their own. Intermediaries may support nonprofits in building their organizational capacity as they are more flexible with their grantmaking, making grants of all sizes or to emerging groups and movements. Read more about how giving through Borealis Philanthropy helps bolster the movement ecosystem.