About the Foundation
The Solidago Foundation is a national public foundation that, combining over 20 years of deep field and funder expertise, cultivates innovation to ensure robust funding of progressive social movements.
The Foundation was originally founded in 1995 with the intent to completely distribute endowed assets by 2020. However, because of the ongoing need to support progressive, empowering, community-based organizations and collaborations, the Foundation is now committed to ongoing operation, and in addition to its own grantmaking, will be leading large new efforts in line with its mission to promote justice, equity, sustainability and enfranchisement for all. Current strategies include:
- Strategic leadership of signature projects
- Participating in collaborative grantmaking to accelerate impact
- Philanthropic consultation for aligned giving within our theory of change
- Hosting aligned donor-advised funds and select fiscal sponsorships
Strategic projects include creating a pipeline that allows for organizations to participate in new investments that allow them to scale quickly when needed, and leverage that growth for ongoing sustainability. Working with state and national partners, the Foundation seeks to fuel the full-spectrum of activity required to create lasting change (education, advocacy, lobbying, candidate selection and support for electeds). Other projects include helping align grantmaking with impact investing to bring local businesses and community groups together to build economic power that is by and for the public good. The Foundation is also launching a groundbreaking worker’s rights and climate justice portfolio that will increase capacities in the field, improve alignment, and grow novel sources of revenue for issue campaigns.
Headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Foundation has seven staff, and is expected to add several key new positions. The Solidago Foundation is a 501c3 public charity. It shares its staff with the See Forward Fund, a 501c4 social welfare organization via a common paymaster agreement. The two organizations are discretely managed with unique strategy plans.
It is the policy of the organizations to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, military status, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or gender.
To learn more visit seeforwardfund.org