Social justice groups need more than direct grants to carry out work that is often hard and slow-going. Public Interest Projects and its collaborative funds also powerfully invest in building the capacity of grantees to ensure their sustainability. Recently, two of PIP’s sister funds — Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) and the Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) — teamed up with grassroots fundraising expert Margie Fine to train grantees in CPER sites across the country, including Jackson, MS; LA and San Francisco; Denver; Philadelphia and Chicago), giving groups critically needed tools to diversify their funding base for the long haul.
In the slideshow above, groups in Jackson, MS, learn how their grassroots organizing skills prepare them to carry out a donor campaign. Photos by Al White of Action Communication and Education Reform.