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News January 23, 2020

Bread & Roses Community Fund receives Reinvestment Fund’s Community Champion Award

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Bread & Roses Community Fund, the leading funder of grassroots organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia region, is receiving a $15,000 Community Champion Award from Reinvestment Fund in recognition of its work supporting grassroots organizing for change, and to fuel that work in the future.

“We deeply appreciate this award from our friends at Reinvestment Fund,” said Bread & Roses Executive Director Casey Cook. “We share their commitment to advancing equity and justice for all, and we know that supporting grassroots organizing is critical for delivering that vision. This award will help us reach our goal of moving more than half a million dollars to local movements for change in 2020. We need the support of institutions like Reinvestment Fund if we’re going to see real change within our lifetimes.”

The Community Champion Award is a small grants program that recognizes nonprofit organizations that are aligned with Reinvestment Fund’s own mission. Awardees are selected by an appointed staff committee that makes its selection from a pool of organizations nominated by staff. The selection is approved by Reinvestment Fund’s Community Advisory Board. In most instances, the organizations have volunteers that are Reinvestment Fund staff or another existing relationship. In this case, the history goes back decades. Reinvestment Fund was incubated at Bread & Roses before spinning off in 1985.

“It is such an honor for us to be able to give back to Bread & Roses,” said Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of Reinvestment Fund. “Their support shaped Reinvestment Fund in many ways in our formative years and created the foundation for our growth into the national mission-driven financial institution that we are today.”

Bread & Roses was nominated for the award by Reinvestment Fund’s Director and Philadelphia Market Leader, Elizabeth Frantz. “Bread & Roses is a unique funder of community organizing in the Philadelphia region. Many of its grantees would not be able to undertake the great work that they do without Bread & Roses, and I wanted to support this movement building in Philadelphia.”

Bread & Roses provides critical support for grassroots organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia region. Its core mission is to bring together donors, community organizers, and other allies of movements for change to raise and distribute money for grassroots organizing. Bread & Roses distributes more than half a million dollars each year and provides essential infrastructure, training and support to organizers. As a convener, Bread and Roses  brings people together across race, class, gender, and age to work together towards a vision of justice and equity. It accomplishes many of these goals through its Giving Project program, which combines community-driven fundraising and grant making with transformative training and deep community building.



About Reinvestment Fund

Reinvestment Fund is committed to building strong, more equitable communities by making health, wellbeing, and financial security available and accessible to families, regardless of income or zip code. It integrates data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, Reinvestment Fund brings high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access–creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives.

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