Investing in change
Fund for the Public Interest Foundation is a project of Fund for the Public Interest and The Public Interest Network. Through the Fund Foundation, we seek opportunities to help like-minded organizations and allies make a difference.
In 2020, the Fund for the Public Interest Foundation program donated $2.1 million to 41 organizations. In 2019, the Fund for the Public Interest Foundation program donated $1.5 million to 55 organizations.
Our programs include Calling For Action, Direct and In-Kind Giving and our Emergency Fund for Community Action.
Some of the groups who have
received our grants:
Calling for Action
Winning campaigns to solve America’s problems ultimately depends on our ability to organize people: to bring people together to call for change in one voice. While digital outreach is a powerful tool in the organizing toolbox, an email to a decision-maker is no match for a personal phone call from a constituent. Nor does a web signup form deliver the same motivational power as an organizer calling a member or volunteer.
Through this program, we combine the old-fashioned power of the telephone with up-to-date calling technology to reach hundreds of thousands of people each year, building the membership of social change organizations and amplifying their voices in the halls of power.
Highlighted Grant: Common Cause - Calling on the For The People Act
In January and February 2019, Common Cause members made 3,896 calls to members of Congress in support of the For the People Act, a measure designed to improve voter participation, promote sensible redistricting, and mitigate the impact of Citizens United and other court decisions that have opened the floodgates to big money in politics. In March, the U.S. House passed the bill. Every Democratic senator has co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill.
Direct and In-Kind Giving
We and our Fund Foundation program affiliates support our allies' public education, issue advocacy, citizen engagement and non-partisan voter registration and mobilization efforts through direct grants and in-kind donations of staff time.
Highlighted Grant: Fair Fight - Making voting secure and accessible
Making voting secure and accessible for all is what a healthy and vibrant democracy requires. Leading up to the 2020 general election, Environment America contributed $100,000 to Fair Fight to support vital work educating voters about their rights, encouraging them to vote and raising awareness about efforts to protect and reform our elections.
Our Emergency Funds back organizations working to solve problems in moments of acute need. In 2020, the Public Interest Network joined with the Fund Foundation to create the Emergency Fund for Community Action to support community groups nationwide that work to eradicate racism, reduce gun violence, heal communities, and achieve fair, effective public safety programs and criminal justice systems.
In years past, our Emergency Funds have provided resources for organizations such as the California Wildlife Center, to help rescue and rehabilitate sea lions, birds and more in the wake of wildlife emergencies.
Urban League of Portland
Highlighted Grant: Urban League of Portland
Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.