Our Vision ~ Montclair Fund for Women will invest in programs that promote Social and Economic Justice, Educational Advancement and Achievement, and the Strategic Strengthening of Historic Black organizations to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Montclair Fund for Women is rooted in the linage of the YWCA that dates back to the “Great Migration” and the Civil Rights Movement. Each year MFW, with all deliberate intent, will support projects related to that legacy by awarding grants to other historic civil rights organizations endeavoring to achieve 21st century goals:
Grants will be awarded to support:
Capacity building and strategic planning to help historic organizations address 21st Century issues and challenges;
Administrative integrity – such as accounting services, annual audits, risk management/insurance, or similar organizational necessities;
Community forums to build coalitions for justice across “traditional” race/ethnic lines; Research and Analyses that offer fresh insights into race and gender equity issues; Use of public or social media to explore and educate policy advocacy;
The convergence of seismic shifts in the economy – from manufacturing to hi-tech jobs; from misguided application of federal safety net programs designed to help war widows to 60’s/70’s welfare regulations that pushed low-income fathers out of their families; and more, have wreaked havoc on the stability of the traditional family, especially low-income black families.
MFW invites legacy organizations, congregations, scholars to engage our communities in analysis and introspection regarding the disintegration of black families, the effect on the well-being of our children, and the possibilities for reversing these genocidal trends to save the future of our families and our children.
Organizations must present compelling mission-oriented, research-based projects, prove IRS and NJ tax-exempt status, and present certified financial statements.