The Markham-Nathan Fund For Social Justice

 

Funding grassroots social justice organizations in Western Massachusetts

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The Markham Nathan Fund for Social Justice – Who We Are

The Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice serves grassroots social justice and peace groups in Western Massachusetts. The fund was created in 2009 by Northampton activist organizers Marty Nathan and Arky Markham, with their friends, in honor of their deceased husbands’ tireless devotion to building a better world. The MNF makes awards of up to $3000 to small activist organizations in Western Massachusetts that are dedicated to organizing and supporting the poor and powerless for a more just and peaceful world. An organization can have income from other sources up to $175,000.

“The Markham-Nathan Fund knows the needs of the community and understands the local organizations, so to be funded by them is a great honor because it means that local people appreciate our work.”

 Michaelann Bewsee of Arise for Social Justice, MNF grantee

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COVID-19 Emergency Grant Announcement

The Markham-Nathan Fund (MNF) for Social Justice is proud to announce a special COVID-19 Relief and Organizing Emergency Granting Program for small grassroots organizations in Western Massachusetts who are offering relief from the public health and economic crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic in the context of organizing for social justice and workers’ rights. 

History shows us that during times of crisis the corporate elite will take advantage of widespread fear and disorientation to centralize power, deregulate industry, privatize our common wealth, and eliminate political rights in a drive to maximize profits. We have seen these tendencies in our country in the aftermaths of hurricanes and fires and are beginning to witness them in the midst of the devastating social and economic dislocations in the fight to limit the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured Initiatives

Celebrating Marty, September 18, 2022 in Florence, MA

Celebrating Marty, September 18, 2022 in Florence, MA

On September 18, 2022 starting at 3pm at Bombyx in Florence, Massachusetts the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice will celebrate the life and work of our beloved Marty Nathan, MD. Dr Marty Nathan - A Celebration of Life Please join us to to celebrate and honor an...

Eggtooth Productions (Fall 2022 Grantee)

"Secret to Life unbinds the stories of Women Of Color through a process of gathering, performing, and preserving them. This is accomplished through phenomenological interviews, music composition, performance, and documentation. Secret to Life first mines stories from...

The Shoestring (Fall 2022 Grantee)

"The Shoestring was founded in 2017 and grew out of the need identified by our early writers and editors for accessible, fair, and accurate journalism in Western Massachusetts, unbeholden to advertisers and unafraid of offering a critique of the powerful in our...

Connecticut River Defenders (Fall 2022 Grantee)

"Connecticut River Defenders is a nascent and informal group (“formalized” in 2022) of seasoned social justice activists from Franklin, Hampshire, and Hamden Counties. We came together as individuals over the past two years to bring attention to the urgent problems...

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The Markham-Nathan Fund knows the needs of the community and understands the local organizations, so to be funded by them is a great honor because it means that local people appreciate our work.

- Michaelann Bewsee of Arise for Social Justice, MNF grantee