Lists of Grant Recipients

Annotated List of 2020 Grantees

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Asia Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) holds a vision of environmental justice for all people—that all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. They believe educating and activating a new constituency of low-income Asian and Pacific American immigrants and refugees through grassroots organizing, policy education, and civic engagement advances California and the country on a path towards climate justice. Their focus is to build a powerful and interconnected movement for social, economic and environmental justice that cools the planet. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Their work serves to create jobs and economic opportunity and stability for current and future generations of Californian families by growing a renewable energy economy. This grant supports their deepening somatic work with staff and leadership team members.

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

Bend the Arc exists to create a just, fair, and compassionate America. Its mission is to engage Jews in sustained action that manifests the tradition of working to heal and repair the world, and to create a powerful, widely recognized Jewish voice championing equality and justice. Bend the Arc is the only national progressive Jewish organization that focuses on domestic issues. Its work incorporates three core approaches: 1) advocacy on issues that diminish inequality and increase opportunity for all Americans, including immigration reform, marriage equality, progressive tax reform, and voting rights; 2) organizing and base-building through online platforms and field building strategy; 3) signature leadership programs that help build and strengthen a pipeline of leaders firmly grounded in a shared set of faith values, and armed with the moral authority and prophetic call to action needed to foment large-scale social change.

Black Embodiment Initiative

The Black Embodiment Initiative is aimed at bringing about relational transformation in our communities through embodiment and towards justice. The initiative emerges from the somatic teaching and healing justice work of its founder, Prentis Hemphill, who has worked to integrate embodied learning and relational transformation into Black movement since the start of the Black Lives Matter uprisings in 2014. For the last several years, Prentis has been a practitioner and facilitator within movement attending to interpersonal and organizational breakdowns, challenges and transformations amidst the work of building political strategy and organizing. This new effort is to take the skills and learnings that have supported movement and make a broader intervention, providing frameworks, principles and practices that build embodied emotional capacity and make room for just relationships.

Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)

BOLD is a national leadership training program designed to help rebuild Black social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement. BOLD fulfills its purpose by equipping Black organizers and Black leaders of social justice organizations with the personal and organizational tools they need to build and sustain trusted relationships, strong organizations, and allied social movements, and to be more strategic and effective change agents. BOLD’s curriculum has three domains: transformative organizing, embodied leadership, and political education. They use somatics to increase self awareness and create paths/commitments of individual, organizational, and movement transformation. Over its first five years of operation, BOLD has trained 150 Black leaders from more than 80 base-building organizations and alliances, mobilizing around the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, gentrification, unemployment, voter disenfranchisement, and health care.

Center for Whole Communities

Center for Whole Communities (CWC) fosters inclusive communities that are strongly rooted in place, where all people – regardless of income, race, or background – have access to and a healthy relationship with the natural world. CWC strengthens the capacities of environmental and social sectors by connecting their leaders to one another, by helping them to develop more durable and compelling responses to problems that cannot adequately be addressed in isolation, and by transforming their movements to act in concert with each other’s goals and aspirations. CWC holds a unique strategic position as a bridge between diverse groups; they take on the issues that in the past have created divides: the necessity to think and act beyond narrow definitions of success, the consequences of specialization that limit our efforts and ability to connect with others, and the roles of race, class and privilege in organizations and movements.

Change Elemental

Change Elemental strengthens visionary organizations to create a more just world. Since 1980, it has provided consulting and coaching services to thousands of organizations, leaders, networks, movements, and funders throughout the US and developed thought leadership on critical topics of concern for social justice actors. MAG has strived to meet its mission by evolving and utilizing innovative approaches to strengthening organizations, leaders, and networks; conducting research on critical organizational issues faced by its clients; and sharing its insights and experiences with the social justice sector and the nonprofit organizational development field.

Chicago Torture Justice Center

The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence. This grant supports CTJC’s holistic approach to politicized healing, transformational leadership development, nurturing of community relationships and alliances, and building of a liberatory culture.

CHIRLA: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is a California leader with national impact made of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as agents of social change to achieve a world with freedom of mobility, full human rights, and true participatory democracy. CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions, and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil, and labor rights. Guided by the power, love, and vision of community, CHIRLA embraces and drives progressive social change. For 29 years, CHIRLA’s innovative programming in community education, community organizing, civic engagement, policy and advocacy, and leadership development for youth has served the immigrant communities of the Los Angeles region. This grant supports the bolstering of practice within the organization’s leadership and staff, as well as the expansion of mental health and wellness to CHIRLA’s base and the broader immigrant communities the organization serves.

Climate Justice Alliance

The mission of Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is to build local resilience, remedy climate change’s root causes, and lead a Just Transition out of the extractive energy economy. CJA is comprised of frontline communities who hold the vision to respond to the interconnected climate and economic crises through meaningful, regenerative ways of working and living in harmony with the planet to build healthy, sustainable, just communities using non-extractive models, practices, and policies. CJA is an alliance of 68 community, frontline, and environmental justice organizations; movement networks; and support organizations at the forefront of the climate crisis. This grant supports CJA to develop and deepen the capacity of staff and leadership to ground personal, community, and movement-building spaces in culture, compassion, and creativity that recognizes injustice and conflict, heals communities, and honors the natural world.

Daily Acts

Daily Acts’ mission is to transform local communities through inspired action and education, which builds leadership and local self-reliance. To address “the crisis of consciousness and connection at the heart of our ecological and social issues,” they help reconnect people to their own power, to community, and to nature. Daily Acts’ models create solutions that regenerate nature and unleash community genius while spreading the skills, models, and policies to reduce resource use and catalyze local self-reliance. This grant supports internal efforts to make the values of self-care and personal ecology (that are ultimately at the heart of their work) more explicit in their written language, resources, program models, and replication trainings. Additionally, the grant supports the integration of transformative change approaches into the Daily Acts Leadership Institute and the Sonoma County Resilient Homes and Hubs Network.


The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) convenes coalitions of community, labor, and people of faith to build power with low-income workers and communities of color and fight for economic and racial justice. EBASE embraces a “whole-worker” approach to holistically engage low-income workers, people of color, and immigrants to achieve economic justice. Through its campaigns, EBASE intentionally embeds opportunities for workers and residents to engage in transformational leadership experiences. By pushing themselves to develop a new skill, embody a new role, and otherwise push their personal growing edge, grassroots leaders’ internal transformation changes the way they stand up for their communities. EBASE’s faith-rooted organizing program, FAME, utilizes an interfaith approach, uniting spiritual traditions to infuse the economic and racial justice movement with love, joy, and hope. This grant supports EBASE campaign leaders to bring transformative practices further into coalition spaces and an interfaith approach to strengthening personal commitments to justice.

East Bay Meditation Center

The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) is a non-religious center located in downtown Oakland that provides training in inner awareness practices to the diverse populations of the Bay Area, especially those who may not feel welcome in a traditional meditation center. EBMC has been called the most diverse meditation center in the country. The three pillars of EBMC’s mission are: Training in Inner Awareness Practices; Transformative Social Action; and Diversity. Because their mission specifically focuses on Transformative Social Action, and they emphasize the connection between inner transformation and progressive social change, the center draws a large number of social justice activists. EBMC holds a vision of a culture of social change work that is kind, non-blaming, non-harming, strategically effective in reaching activist goals, compassionate, and skillful in communication and in action. Much of their programming is designed to support the efforts of individuals to bring these skills to their social justice work. They charge no fees for their programs, which makes the teachings and refuge they offer open to everyone regardless of socioeconomic class. This grant supports EBMC’s Practice in Transformative Action yearlong program for social justice activists and transformative thought leaders.

Essie Justice Group

Essie Justice Group is an organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Their award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Essie Justice is building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice — including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transgender women, and gender non-conforming people. This grant support EJG’s work to create a national community of activists and advocates building a more compassionate and just society as a unified, loving, and powerful group.

Forward Together

Forward Together promotes and protects reproductive justice through organizing, building leadership capacity, and developing alliances and education to achieve community and systemic change. Reproductive justice exists when all people have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their gender, bodies, and sexuality for themselves, their families and their communities. Forward Together’s efforts at capacity building, leadership development, and agenda alignment have found their deepest expression in the development of their transformative practice, Forward Stance. The Forward Stance core principles—energy, synergy, rhythm, momentum, positioning, leveraging, and awareness—physically link how our consciousness can increase or decrease our effectiveness as leaders working towards social change. By integrating Forward Stance into the infrastructure of the emerging Reproductive Justice Movement from the ground up, Forward Together helps to build power and strengthen the capacity of the progressive movement as a whole.

generative somatics

The mission of Generative Somatics is to grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo and embodies the creativity, rigor and life-affirming actions we need to forward systemic change. They formed the Somatics and Social Justice Collaborative to create theory, principles, and processes to address consumptive and destructive patterns in our communities, through deeper, transformative change at the individual organization and movement level — to bring transformation to the center of how we create lasting systemic change through organizing and movement building. Somatics understands that we “embody” our social environments and then act from those deep habits/learnings.

Justice Funders Network

Justice Funders seeks to abundantly resource social justice movements while also proactively creating regenerative economies that build wealth in low-income communities of color. In order to achieve this, they challenge ingrained philanthropic practices that uphold the accumulation of wealth and power, working toward deep, systems-level transformation that practices redistribution of wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities. Hidden Leaf’s grant supports the pilot of Maestra, a leadership development learning and coaching program to equip philanthropic executives with the strategies, skills, and support to guide their organizations through a Just Transition, aligning practices with the values and needs of the communities they fund. At the heart of this program is the belief that in order for philanthropic executives to embrace a Just Transition for their institutions, they must have the ability to imagine an alternative to the dominant structures of organized philanthropy and begin practicing into that alternative. Maestra is premised on the belief that participants require a deep, personal transformation which can only be facilitated with the integration of a transformative practice.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a diverse movement to work for a new economy that ensures we all have good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment. They strive for a society where people have power over their own lives and a voice in civic life, good career path jobs with family supporting wages and health benefits, and where they live in environmentally healthy communities with safe and decent housing, good schools, clean air and clean water, and other basic necessities. LAANE organizes broad alliances and they use community organizing, research and communications to build the power to pass innovative public policies. Their work is based on the conviction that jobs in growing industries which cannot be exported—particularly those in the service sector and the new green economy—are the foundation for rebuilding broadly shared community prosperity. They have programs that aim for creation of good jobs and environmental improvements in major areas of economic activity including port trucking, construction, energy efficiency, waste and recycling, grocery stores, and the tourism industry. This grant supports LAANE in enhancing their transformational organizing work with staff through retreats and transformational coaching.

Movement Generation

Movement Generation’s mission is to help build a vibrant and proactive movement for ecological justice and climate justice in the United States. Movement Generation works with emerging and young leaders from grassroots organizations in communities of color to forge long-term collaborations that help build a mass social movement for social and economic transformation grounded in an understanding of ecology. Specifically, they host retreat intensives focusing on strategy development, provides technical support and campaign integration to organizations working for ecological justice, and delivers community Earth Skills workshops. They promote a holistic approach to solving the “eco-crisis” (the crisis of home), as it has economic, ecological, interpersonal and intrapersonal manifestations. They seek to support creativity, collaboration and innovation towards a transformation in our movements.

Movement Strategy Center

Movement Strategy Center (MSC) builds the progressive social justice movement by increasing the capacity of individuals, organizations, alliances, and sectors to be more strategic, collaborative, and sustainable. A national leader in the areas of political strategy and methodology, MSC supports organizations to develop the skills, culture, analysis, and vision to work together in broad alliances. MSC supports movement building by helping to build critical consensus and alignment around shared strategies through the development of local, regional and national networks of progressive groups across issues and constituencies. In promoting transformational movement building, MSC has developed new approaches and frameworks that place transformative practice at the core of progressive movement building.

Mujeres Unidas y Activas

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. MUA achieves its mission by creating an environment of understanding and confidentiality, empowering and educating its members to provide mutual support, offering trainings to build economic security and leadership, working in diverse alliances on the local, regional, national, and international levels, and organizing campaigns to win immigrant, workers’ and women’s rights. This grant supports MUA’s efforts to build the personal leadership and transformative organizing skills of their staff and constituents.

National Labor Leadership Initiative

The National Labor Leadership Initiative’s mission is to create a community of labor movement leaders dedicated to individual and mutual learning and development, strengthening and transforming the organizations they lead, and building a broad progressive movement that empowers working people in a rapidly changing world. Each year NLLI offers a national program which serves national elected union leaders and staff as well as leaders from national community organizing and worker center networks. The curriculum uses mindfulness as a key tool for developing self-awareness, emphasizing transformative personal leadership skills; tools for organizational leadership to make progressive labor institutions more powerful and effective; and building movement across labor unions, allied community organizing networks, and alternative forms of worker organizing.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) is an innovative and experimental statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations, and policy institutes across Ohio. OOC’s vision is to organize everyday Ohioans to build a transformative base of power for the purpose of achieving social, racial and economic justice in Ohio. The OOC carries out this mission through investing in a diverse portfolio of organizing methods, experimental strategies, non-partisan 501c3 electoral programs, leadership training, and integration with policy organizations. This grant gives OOC the opportunity to strengthen its statewide infrastructure, build the leadership capacity of its staff and membership, equip OOC for even more effective organizing success and generate important lessons on best practices for state-based transformative organizing.

Partnership for Working Families

Partnership for Working Families (PWF) is dedicated to building power and reshaping the economy and urban environment for workers and communities. They work to ensure that low- and middle-income workers and communities participate in the process and share in the benefits of economic growth and development, emphasizing the creation of high quality jobs, affordable housing, environmental health, and career pipelines for shared prosperity. Their current base of 17 established partners—augmented by more than a dozen emerging organizations and coalitions—is redesigning the way communities engage in decision-making, development, and the U.S political-economy. PWF has a core belief in participatory democracy, supported by deep, permanent relationships between union, community, environmental, and faith leaders and constituencies. They are cultivating a new generation of leaders that connects strategic worker and community organizing and cutting edge public policy to the building of an energized power base in key metropolitan areas nationwide. This grant supports PWF’s Leadership Development program, including the practice of transformational coaching.

People’s Action

People’s Action Institute is a network of grassroots organizations that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. PAI has over 200 organizers working in 29 organizations to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States. In an effort to build a deeper consciousness for social change, PAI engages their base through practices such as direct-action, house meetings and community organizing. The campaigns they support strive for tangible concrete changes for communities through policy and consciousness of social injustices and the empowerment to fight them. Core to PAI’s work is the belief that “personal transformation is the foundation of social transformation.” This grant specifically supports the transformative elements woven into their organizing model: attention to deeply personal relationship building, collaboration, compassion, and storytelling.

Power California

Power California (formerly Mobilize the Immigrant Vote) was founded in 2004 as the first-ever statewide multiracial immigrant civic engagement coalition in California. Power California’s mission is to lift up the progressive voice and power of low-income immigrant communities of color in California through year-round and strategic communications, voter engagement, capacity building, and alliance building. They work to advance a new model of civic engagement and alliance building led by grassroots immigrant leaders themselves, rooted in a deep commitment to humanity and transformation, drawing on the most sophisticated thinking in the field, and highly agile to the changing landscape and needs. This grant supports PC’s transformative organizing practices and their work to incorporate culture shift and transformation at every level of their organization, including the Board of Directors, statewide staff, and community partners.

Power U

Power U is organizing and developing the leadership of Black and Brown youth and Black women in South Florida so that they may help lead the struggle to liberate all oppressed people. They envision a society free from all forms of oppression in which decisions are made democratically and resources are utilized for the collective benefit of everyone. Current campaigns focus on civic engagement, ending gender violence, and transforming the school-to-prison pipeline. This grant supports Power U’s work blending leadership development, political education, and integrated voter engagement to address social issues in ways that promote democratic processes and sustain healthy ways of relating to one another.

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through grassroots organizing, education, and non-violent direct action. RAN’s longstanding history of protecting rainforests remains at the heart of their work to confront the climate crisis, just as their ongoing solidarity with frontline and Indigenous communities remains a cornerstone of all their work. They assert that we cannot solve the climate crisis without protecting the world’s remaining forests, just as we cannot protect forests without curbing the causes of global warming elsewhere. This inescapable truth guides and informs RAN’s work and is the reason that they are dedicated to protecting the world’s remaining old-growth forests, while fighting climate change and accelerating a clean energy transition by ending our addiction to oil and coal. This grant supports RAN’s continued leadership trainings, staff retreats, and work with outside facilitators to promote transformational practice integration, personal ecology, and contemplative practices supported by natural spaces.

Rockwood Leadership Institute

Rockwood Leadership promotes social change by providing individuals, nonprofit organizations and issue sectors with powerful and effective training in self-reflective leadership and collaboration. Every year Rockwood serves more than 250 leaders working on key issues of our day. By the end of 2009, Rockwood had nearly 3000 alumnae/i, making it the nation’s largest provider of multi-day, transformational leadership trainings for the nonprofit social change sector. The Rockwood model of change begins with the premise that leadership can be taught and learned—it is not limited to an elite few. Equally important in Rockwood’s theory of change is that “personal mastery” is a primary component of creating leadership excellence. Set in a nurturing retreat environment, Rockwood’s unique curriculum employs exercises and perspectives that teach personal mastery and core leadership and collaboration skills, combining corporate leadership training techniques, personal growth methodologies, conflict resolution exercises, contemplative and reflective disciplines and emotional intelligence practices.


SCOPE (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education) seeks to address the severe conditions of poverty and unemployment facing Los Angeles’ inner-city communities. SCOPE was established in 1993 in response to the civil unrest that took place the previous year in LA to develop proactive solutions that address the social and economic disparities faced by low-income communities of color that fueled the unrest. SCOPE fills a critical niche in the movement for social change—organizing communities of color in poor and working-class communities to ensure that they are active participants in the democratic process. Developed at the local level, SCOPE’s programs advance the interests of low-income families and create models that are replicable at the state and national levels. This grant supports a new series of workshops and trainings for staff focusing on inner awareness, including a series of Healthy Lifestyle workshops for staff.

Social Transformation Project

The Social Transformation Project (STP) exists to catalyze networks of social change agents and practitioners committed to transformational change. They are developing resources to address the critical next-stage needs of leaders who require expertise and support to integrate transformational ideology, systems and practices into their organizations and movements. Their strategies are to: train and mentor significantly greater numbers of intermediaries to meet the growing demand for consultants and coaches trained in the transformational arts; support field-building by convening and facilitating the emergence of networks of transformational intermediaries and front-line leaders; support frontline leaders to bring transformational practices into their organizations, coalitions and movements; and develop and proliferate tools, practices, methodologies and ideology that empower the work of practitioners of social transformation.


Stand (formerly ForestEthics) exists to protect Endangered Forests, wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing. Their innovative, inspiring and effective campaigns challenge corporations and catalyze environmental leadership in industry, governments and communities. Their work has played a leading role in the protection of over 65 million acres of forests in the last several years. All of their achievements have involved turning corporate adversaries into allies. They approach each company with a nonjudgmental willingness to listen, and then vigilantly embody that spirit of openness throughout a long and often contentious process. They promote consciousness for social change through an extensive process of staff development that focuses on cultivating sustainable working methods, inner alignment and tools for personal mastery. This grant supports Stand to expand and improve their usage of the concepts of personal mastery, at both the individual and organizational level.

Windcall Institute

The Windcall Institute is dedicated to nurturing and developing resilient leadership among community and labor organizers engaged in the work of social justice in low-income communities and communities of color. Windcall fosters transformative leadership through its Residency and Staying Power programs aimed at improving the quality, effectiveness, and vitality of social movements and the organizers who devote their lives to them. They are addressing the need for organizers to be grounded, connected, and visionary in order to both imagine and implement life-affirming and creative ways to make fundamental social change, grounded in organizing.

Youth United for Change

Youth United for Change develops young leaders in Philadelphia with a critical political, historical, and economic understanding of society, and empowers them to improve the quality of their lives and communities. YUC’s vision is to develop the leadership of youth from communities of color who are capable of leading and governing all of society, using grassroots organizing as the training vehicle; to build an organization powerful enough to help create community-based power focused on maintaining the right of Black and Brown people to control their own lives; and to produce leaders who can organize their communities to change the structure of society towards justice for all people. This grant supports YUC’s membership training in leadership development, public education reform, and community organizing. Current campaigns focus on transformative school reform and health justice.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

—His Holiness the Dalai Lama