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 to 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 Brewsee of Arise for Social Justice, MNF grantee
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.
The board of the Markham-Nathan Fund granted the Performance Project a Spring 2021 Grant for their work in the performing arts that is deeply linked to social justice. In their own words. “The Performance Project brings people together to create theater and visual...
Congratulations to The Real Cost of Prisons Project for receiving a Spring 2021 Grant. Lois Ahrens about their work. The Real Cost of Prisons Project is currently focused on two organizing projects involving statewide coalitions. The first is centered on ensuring that...
The Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice is deeply concerned about the challenges people and social justice organizations are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We created the COVID-19 Emergency Grant to address these challenges. Due to the generous support of our...
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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.