Northeastern Students4Giving will award a one-time grant of $10,000 to an organization striving to achieve social and economic justice for under-represented and marginalized communities. Specifically, we will fund programs that empower communities to engage with and strengthen social and economic institutions to protect rights and freedoms that may be threatened on the basis of individuals’ identities, including race and ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or other characteristics that put individuals at risk of social and economic injustice. Applicants must recognize communities’ inherent strengths and resilience and work with them directly to build their capacity to address systemic injustice and inequity. Applicants may focus on individual services or collective action, including but not limited to educating communities about their rights and strategies for securing them, legal counseling, social movement building, community organizing, advocacy, and lobbying. These examples are illustrative, not exhaustive. Proposed activities must be permissible for organizations with 501(c)(3) status.
We will favor applicants that:
• Demonstrate clarity of purpose informed by a deep understanding of the need(s) being addressed and the community being served.
• Are community oriented and use strengths-based and culturally appropriate approaches.
• Have demonstrated expertise in working with at-risk and under-represented populations.
• Provide a rigorous and defensible rationale and strategies for their work and evidence of how it results in systemic change.
• Demonstrate fiscal responsibility, sustainability, sound management, and ethical governance.
• Work collaboratively with public agencies, other nonprofits and community organizations.
Applicants’ work must demonstrably benefit, but need not be limited to, the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and/or the South End.
What We Will Fund
This grant is intended to fund overhead and operating expenses that are essential to, but not directly associated with, the delivery of programs and services. Applicants must demonstrate an existing commitment and expertise relevant to this funding priority and will be asked to:
• Explain how the grant will contribute to the organization’s overall ability to advance social and/or economic justice through community empowerment and engagement.
• Explain how they hold themselves accountable to their constituents for meaningful results.
We look favorably on applications from organizations working collaboratively with public agencies, other nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders, but we will award the funding only to the applicant.
Applicants must adhere to the following eligibility requirements:
• Past recipients of NS4G grants are not eligible to apply.
• NS4G will only fund registered 501(c)(3) organizations.
• As part of their selection process, students will conduct a limited number of site visits to organizations advancing to the final round of consideration. Applicants must be willing to host a site visit and be accessible via public transportation.
• At the conclusion of the grant period, the recipient will be asked to submit a report on their activities during the period of the grant.
• Applicants must adhere to comprehensive non-discriminatory practices in hiring and providing services and must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion within their organization.
• Faith-based organizations may apply, provided that the purpose of the grant is not to advance or promote a particular faith or worldview.
Our Decision-Making Framework
We engage in a rigorous review process to identify organizations that demonstrate:
• Clarity of purpose and a deep understanding of the need(s) being addressed and the community being served.
• Credible strategies for achieving and measuring impact.
• Fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
• Sound management and governance.
We hope that our application process will benefit all applicants by exposing them to a larger pool of funders. Therefore, we ask applicants to complete a two-step process:
1) Submit a brief Grant Application directly to NS4G. The application is available here.
2) Upload an organizational profile to the Boston Foundation’s Giving Common at www.givingcommon.org.
To learn more about our rationale for working with The Giving Common, please visit our FAQ.