About UsPhilanthropy for more vibrant communities.
What We Do
Our Strategic Approach
We identify and promote community leaders and amplify the ideas and work of local organizations and individuals. Explore our grants.
We connect, align, and partner with community organizations and other foundations to build effective long-term strategies.
We embrace intentional gathering as a practice, creating transformational and meaningfull relationships across our shared work.
Values & Guiding Principles
We believe that a person’s race or other identity-based characteristics should not be predictive of their access to housing or health care or their overall wellness.
Meaningful collaboration requires disrupting existing power structures that serve to elevate those with resources over those with experience.
We believe in granting trust not just funds, which requires recognizing and celebrating the varied and unique strengths of community-based organizations.
We have a responsibility as custodians of financial resources to operate with integrity, keep ourselves accountable, and focus on sustainability.
We commit to help dismantle systems of structural oppression by redirecting power to marginalized communities and people with lived experience — people who have had their power systematically taken away.
We examine whether each decision we make and each program or community in which we invest serves to advance equity.
Uplifting Community Leaders
We work to identify and promote grassroots leaders, amplify the ideas and work of local organizations and individuals, and facilitate connections among community-based coalitions and agencies.
Driven by Collaboration
We prioritize listening and learning and seek partnerships rather than acting unilaterally.
Investing Broadly in Communities
We will prioritize coalitions over single agencies, focus on systems, and follow the lead of communities to make decisions about additional investments of funds and other support.
Lucky Michael, AMRF Southern California Program Officer.