Activist Collaboration Fund

The Ms. Foundation for Women


Deadline: April 17, 2020


The Ms. Foundation for Women is launching the Activist Collaboration Fund

to strengthen collaboration in and across social justice movements for

women and girls of color, trans women and girls of color, and indigenous women and girls.

Its creation comes at a time when movements for justice and equality face increased political challenges. As multi-pronged attacks on women and girls of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, indigenous, and low-income communities continue, social justice activists and organizations across diverse movements are organically coming together to build stronger relationships and collaborations to defend against threats and proactively strategize toward a future of justice and shared liberation.

Collectively, they are asking for greater funding and resources to support collaboration in meaningful and non-prescriptive ways.

The Activist Collaboration Fund seeks to deepen collaboration across movement building organizations, learn with movement leaders, and increase investment in social justice movements across the country. It will primarily invest in women and girls of color led groups focused on one or more of the following areas:

1. Relationship Building: Deepening relationships and building trust across organizations, including proactively preventing conflicts by building shared understanding, repairing relationships, and working through challenges that can stall cross-movement collaboration

2. Shared Analysis: Increasing shared analysis, messaging, and mobilization of constituencies across intersecting social justice movements

3. Strategy and Planning: Co-creating strategy, plans, and managing the logistics of projects, campaigns, and initiatives across multiple organizations

4. Healing Justice Support: Creating policies; providing support, training, or spaces for healing, resiliency, wellness, and restoration for staff working on collaboration and organizations’ sustainability