Emergent Fund 2020

WDN co-founded the Emergent Fund with Solidaire Network right after the 2016 elections to help move quick resources with no strings attached to communities that were and continue to be under attack by federal policies and priorities – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. These communities need increased capacity so they can respond, act nimbly, and develop new strategies in this new period. The Fund focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color that are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination. We provide resources to defend against the ongoing crisis, and to develop innovative strategies to transform our country.

The Emergent Fund is a partnership between WDN, Solidaire, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance to provide a way for individuals at all levels to contribute their money strategically in this critical moment. The Fund is governed by an Advisory Council made up of leaders who represent the communities the Fund is designed to serve.

In 2020, our goal is to raise $1.5 million or more for the Emergent Fund. The Emergent Fund will be making grants to the field on a rolling basis throughout 2020. The more we raise, the more funding we'll make available to the groups on the front lines of the struggles we care about.

Click here for an evaluation of the Emergent Fund's impact.

If you'd like to give by check, please mail to WDN, P.O. Box 2930, San Francisco, CA 94126 with Emergent Fund in the memo.

For stock gifts, please call the office at 415-814-1333 for more information.