OSF pledges $20 million for grassroots advocacy efforts

OSF pledges $20 million for grassroots advocacy efforts

The Open Society Foundations has announced investments totaling $20 million in advocacy efforts aimed at strengthening U.S. democracy, supporting a care-centered economy, slowing climate change, advancing racial equity, providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and creating millions of living-wage infrastructure jobs.

The bulk of the funds will be awarded through the Open Society Foundations' 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, to progressive advocacy groups organizing in support of policies included in the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan and forthcoming American Families Plan. To that end, grants will support coalitions seeking to pass the strongest possible economic jobs package in five areas: the care economy; infrastructure, green jobs, and racial equity; climate; immigration; and building back better.

Recipients include Care Can't Wait, a coalition working to secure an expansion of paid leave, child care, and home and community-based care services for seniors and people with disabilities; the THRIVE agenda of the Green New Deal Network; Climate Power, a partnership established by key movement and environmental organizations; the We Are Home Campaign, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational coalition focused on getting the Biden administration and Congress to take immediate action to protect millions of immigrants from the cruelty of the U.S. detention and deportation system; and Real Recovery Now, a coalition that includes the Center for American Progress Action, Community Change Action, MoveOn, Care in Action, SEIU, Roosevelt Institute, and Working Families Party that is working to support messaging and communications efforts relate to elements of the administration's Build Back Better package.

In addition, OSF will work with other funders to raise and invest more than $125 million  in calls for reforms aimed at advancing a more just and inclusive  economy.

"The initiatives in the American Jobs Plan have deep and broad public support. But we've too often seen popular reforms get demonized before by partisans and special interests. We are not going to let that happen at this defining moment for our country," said  Open Society-U.S. executive director Tom Perriello, who oversees the Open Society Policy Center. "Facts don't always win without real muscle behind making sure those facts get in front of the American people....This is both a jobs agenda and a national unity agenda that delivers urgently needed results to people of all races, regions, and political views to rebuild a more inclusive and secure American dream."