In spite of an apocalyptic last three years, DC Fund had much to celebrate in terms of our progress and support to changemakers of color. Among our many accomplishments: we nearly tripled our giving, reaching over a million dollars in grant awards disbursed; streamlined our application process and made it more accessible; expanded our capacity building initiatives as part of our overall change strategy; and built institutional infrastructure, including hiring our first staff members!
We have big plans for this period and want to tell you about them!
UPDATES FROM DC FUND
The Programs Our Communities Need Now
Larger Grants & More Equity in our grantmaking process. In 2024, we are increasing grant sizes to $10,000 for Launching Groups and $25,000 for Growing Groups/Organizations.
Affirmations and Recommendations by the Compass Council
We are grateful to the Compass Council for their leadership, affirmations and recommendations.
Two familiar faces join our Staff of Instigators!
The Staff of Instigators DC Fund needs to expand our support for movement leaders as they take bold and impactful action towards systemic change.
Welcome Kush & Jaqui! Prior Grantmaking Team members and Grantees.
We are redesigning our programs with support from our partners.
Also in March 2023, we activated DC Fund’s first Compass Council, a council of stakeholders, to help us redesign our programs!
Board of Instigators Retreat
In March 2023, our Board of Instigators held its first in-person retreat since the pandemic to collaborate on our growth!
DC Fund’s Powers Up with a Programs Manager
In February 2023, we welcomed Elizabeth Tibebu to our DC Fund Staff to lead our current and future grantmaking programs!
Our Inaugural Executive Director
In May 2022, we named Tamira Benitez as DC Fund’s inaugural executive Director. Hiring a full-time executive director opened a new chapter of our commitment to support changemakers of color.