As POV’s Community Engagement and Education team, we know that so many of our partners are experts at engaging their communities around issues of local and national importance. With that in mind, we wanted to share this exciting new initiative with you. Open Society Foundations has announced a new rapid-response initiative to support community organizations combatting hateful rhetoric. Since November 8, the Southern Poverty Law Center has received over 700 reports of “hateful harassment and intimidation.” The Open Society Foundations initiative is an effort to move swiftly to address this urgent problem, providing support designed to encourage and empower communities to resist the spread of hate and strengthen services and protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.
Projects must be:
- Responsive to a specific incident, threat or risk and benefit frequently persecuted populations;
- Timely, urgent, and concrete—the event or situation you are responding to requires immediate action that is well thought out with a clear set of goals and outcomes that can be achieved within six months.
Applicants’ organizational strengths must include the following:
- Positioning in their community as a trusted resource, led by the communities they serve and responsive and accountable to those communities;
- Commitment to serving persecuted populations and the values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal protection;
- Longstanding track record of serving persecuted populations, protecting civil rights, and/or fighting against racism and discrimination.
The Open Society Foundations initiative aims to serve direct resources quickly to organizations that are well positioned to provide support, services, technical assistance, and outreach to individuals and organizations dealing with acts of hate.
We encourage our partners to apply to this unique opportunity and stay in touch with the Community Engagement and Education team as your work progresses.
Learn More HERE.