Social Justice

Within the social justice funding area, the Samueli Foundation’s top priorities are to:  

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  • Support grassroots organizing and organizations led by and for indigenous, people of color, or communities impacted directly at the intersections of gender and sexuality justice, racial, economic and social justice, criminalization, reproductive rights, and models for community justice.  
  • Support programs that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access by building empathy, cultural competency and reducing stereotypes that are based in the false hierarchy of human value (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).  

Featured Partners & Projects

UCI School of Social Sciences Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Healing Program

In response to the race-based violence of the 2017 Charlottesville protest, the Samueli Foundation and UCI sought to build a program for high school students that would unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism – primarily a belief in the hierarchy of human value. Under the leadership of Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Diversity, Belinda Robnett and Director Teresa Neighbors, the University of California Irvine has embarked on a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Learn more here.

Trans Justice Funding Project’s Collective Action Fund at Tides Foundation

The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. They make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application they receive. They center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Learn more here.

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. Through the practices of rematriation, cultural revitalization, and land restoration, Sogorea Te’ calls on native and non-native peoples to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do. Learn more here.