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...

A Look Back: Our COVID-19 Emergency Grants

In the Fall of 2020 as a global pandemic raged the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice responded. We realized early on that his pandemic would only worsen already existing racial and economic injustices. People in our community needed help. We responded by...

Hope, but Demand Justice

Congratulations to Pat Hynes and her new book Hope, but Demand Justice. Pat is a longtime activist and director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (MNF grantee) "As this past Earth Day was observed, it is poignant to read of the myriad assaults on the...

Reading Frederick Douglass Together, July 3, 2022

A Public Reading of Frederick Douglass's Fourth of July Address Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 11 am On the Grounds of Historic Northampton"Reading Frederick Douglass Together brings people together to read aloud Frederick Douglass’s speech, What to the Slave is the Fourth...

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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