CJSF Community Partners
CJSF Community (Grantee) Partners: The organizations that CJSF supports are advancing our mission to bring together the resources of philanthropy with the power of grassroots organizing to ensure that all schools welcome students and nurture their full potential. Of significant note and in light of CJSF's mission and vision, we also are pleased that where possible and where aligned with desired strategic outcomes for justice in education, CJSF grants to core community partners will be: (1) two-year grants rather than one-year grants; (2) general operating support grants rather than project support grants; and (3) a minimum of $50,000 to each grantee in the form of grant dollars and technical assistance and capacity-building supports.
CJSF Place-based Initiative Partners: As part of its Education Anew Strategic Plan, CJSF is developing a place-based focus that will accompany its extensive national reach. In addition to the organizations that comprise the core CJSF grantee portfolio, we also now fund two D.C.-based groups, two Miami-based groups, and six groups as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Initiative in Dayton, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; and the Mississippi Delta. CJSF is working with groups on the ground to develop place-based strategies in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Florida, places with differing levels of organizing infrastructure, policy development, and mix of traditional and public charter schools. Going deeper in these places with local funding partners will allow us to (a) learn from the organizing work happening on the ground in those places, (b) identify key cross-sector partnerships for education equity, (c) examine organizing in different charter school environments, and (d) begin to craft a set of assessment tools for measuring success of community organizing to effect change at the classroom level.
CJSF Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Initiative Partners: To support capacity-building for community organizing groups to engage in ESSA implementation advocacy at the state and local levels, the Communities for Just Schools Fund will provide grants and technical assistance (1) for the development of local- and state-level expertise among community organizing groups for ESSA implementation and (2) targeted to support work in three implementation sites: Dayton, Ohio; the Mississippi Delta; and Boston, Massachusetts. With matching dollars from foundations, LDF and DSC have been resourced to serve as the lead organizations in charge of coordinating and supporting a national network for advocacy focused on ESSA implementation.