2011 Grants

In support of Seasons’ new strategic direction which aims to strengthen transformative leadership for movement building by investing and mobilizing resources, Seasons invited selected groups to apply for grants in this grant cycle. Seasons’ objective is to support movement leaders and their organizations to deepen their engagement with transformative approaches in order to generate more alignment, coherence, effectiveness and impact across a range of social change initiatives. Groups who were invited to apply for grants were organizations that Seasons deemed best exemplify a commitment to building visionary and effective social movements through transformative leadership.

Pathway #1: Campaigns & Initiatives

Partner with others to strengthen the leadership of high-impact social justice campaigns and initiatives.

Caring Across Generations Campaign (CAG) – $60,000

The Caring Across Generations Campaign is anchored by Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). CAG is a campaign for quality care and support, and a dignified quality of life for all Americans, across generations. For CAG, organizing across generations and communities will bring dignity and value to the contributions of our nation’s aging population and the workforce who cares for them.

This grant went to support CAG’s Strategy, Organizing, and Leadership (SOL) component. SOL is a movement-building training program for NDWA member organizations. It aims to transform individual and organizational leadership and capacity for local organizing and movement-building for respect, recognition, and labor standards for domestic workers and to build a powerful movement for social and global justice. The SOL Training Initiative is a collaboration between NDWA, Social Justice Leadership, and Generative Somatics.

Pathway #2: Networks & Organizations

Support systematic and linked leadership development in formal and informal networks, alliances, and anchor organizations pursuing transformative social change.

Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) – $50,000

ACRJ promotes and protects reproductive justice through organizing, building leadership capacity, developing alliances and education to achieve community and systemic change.

This grant supports infusion of Forward Stance values and practice into ACRJ’s Strong Families campaign, a campaign housed within EMERJ, ACRJ’s national movement building initiative. Strong Families is a 10-year national, multi-sector initiative promoting cultural shifts and policy change to broaden the definition of family and to help families of all kinds to thrive.

Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) – $50,000

CTWO is a racial justice organization led by people of color. It provides organizer-training programs and supports an active network of organizations and activists of color to achieve racial justice at the local and national levels.

This grant supports CTWO’s Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) pilot project. BOLD aims to seed transformative organizing more deeply into Black social justice organizations in 2-3 cities in order to reinvigorate their fight for socio-economic equity, opportunity and dignity.

Florida New Majority (FNM) – $50,000

FNM’s mission is to organize, educate, and mobilize communities in Florida to win equity and fairness throughout the state – building movement for a better, fair and equitable Florida for the benefit of all residents. By building common cause among diverse communities FNM is expanding democracy; developing the leadership of underrepresented communities; and shifting the role of government away from corporate interests to supporting the well-being of all Floridians.

This grant went to support the Florida Transformative Organizing Institute and to launch “Movimiento Encuentros,” taking transformative organizing deeper into Florida’s social justice ecosystem and key alliances.

National People’s Action (NPA) – $50,000

NPA is a national organizing, policy, research and training center for grassroots community organizations. It is dedicated to building grassroots power to reclaim U.S. democracy and advance a far-reaching racial and economic justice agenda.

This grant went to support NPA’s project, “Gathering Waves,” which seeks to embed transformative practice in the NPA network, including its 26 affiliate organizations across 12 states.

Pathway #3: Capacity Building

Increase training and other technical assistance resources for leaders of transformative social change and their organizations.

Generative Somatics – $45,000

The mission of Generative Somatics (GS) is to grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement, one that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo and embodies the creativity, rigor and life affirming actions needed to forward systemic change.

This grant went to support GS’ teacher training which will prepare 50 trainers through a multi-session Somatics and Social Justice program. Generative somatics is an integrative approach using somatic awareness, somatic bodywork and somatic practices to create lasting change. These trainings will be hosted by both GS and Social Justice Leadership.

Rockwood Leadership Institute – $40,000

Rockwood provides individuals, organizations and networks in the social benefit sector with powerful and effective training in leadership and collaboration. Rockwood’s trainings are organized around six core practices – Purpose, Vision, Partnership, Resilience, Performance, and Personal Ecology.

This grant went to support the launch of an interactive Rockwood Alumni Network with the goals of 1) building a strong community of transformative social change leaders with shared values, goals, and strategies; 2) enabling Rockwood to become an important resource for leaders in public benefit communities beyond Rockwood trainings; and 3) creating and facilitating capacity-building leadership development opportunities for the Rockwood Network.

Social Justice Leadership (SJL) – $45,000

SJL helps usher in the transformation to a just society by catalyzing a new generation of individuals and organizations to lead a renewed social justice movement.

This grant went to support scale up of SJL’s capacity to bring its transformative organizing model (TO) to a greater number of social justice organizations and networks through a training the trainers program and through codification of SJL’s TO theory, method and model.

Social Transformation Project (STP) – $40,000

STP builds the power and effectiveness of progressive leaders, their organizations, alliances and movements by helping them to integrate transformational ideology, systems and practices into their work. STP evolved from the Rockwood Institutes’ Leadership from the Inside Out (LIO) yearlong program. The LIO network consist of over 180 leaders from national organizations or regional groups with national impact.

This grant went to support growth of the LIO alumni network through cross-sector movement building, leadership coaching, organizational transformation and strategic communications.

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