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PEAK Grantmaking

Build Lasting Change: Investing in BIPOC-Led Non 501(c)(3) Organizations is Legal

Organization Members Only

Imagine funding a brilliant Black filmmaker whose documentaries move gun rights advocates and victims of gun violence to have dialogues and develop creative solutions to create policy change. Or imagine investing in a dozen 501(c)(4) community-owned grocery cooperatives, that also serve as community kitchens for indigenous communities to share their families’ culture and reclaim long-forgotten recipes. Alongside the grants for the filmmaker and grocery co-ops, is a multi-year grant for a project of children of immigrants who dream of using technology to reunite families separated by deportation and detention orders and organize communities to advocate for policy change.

If your foundation is serious about awarding grants that advance justice and equity and build resilient communities, then funding organizations and emerging movements that center on LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated, homeless, indigenous, Black, Latin American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and disabled community members and leaders will go a long way toward building an equitable investment strategy regardless of their tax-exempt status. This session will explore the rules that permit foundations to invest in non 501(c)(3) entities and provide you an opportunity to hear from a powerful founder of several non 501(c)(3) entities.


Leslie Barnes

Senior Counsel
Alliance for Justice

Jessica Byrd
Founding Partner
Three Point Strategies