In 2017 the Elias Foundation continued to open its program to new leaders, supporting the development of grassroots activists in the Lower Hudson Valley. Some small organizational grants were given to long-term grantees who are committed to the pursuit of systemic change for social justice and whose work empowers grassroots leaders.
In 2017 the Elias foundation continued the individual support of activist leaders known to the social justice community in Westchester. $100,000 was spent in support of the following leaders and their cohorts: Lamont Badru, Cornel Carelock, Tarin Gonzalez, Marcela Levine, Juanita Lewis, Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Luis and Jirrell Abraham. This support includes paying for college fees, equipment, books, coaching, travel and registration for conferences and trainings.
These grants aim to support the development and sustainability of the grassroots leaders whose work is central to the organization. The list also includes some larger, tie-off general support grants to organizations that have received long-term support from Elias.
Community Governance & Development Council
Yonkers, NY $37,900
This general operating support is given in honor of Lamont Badru, CGDC’s founder and a grassroots leader in our development program. Elias has supported CGDC since 2012.
Community Voices Heard
Yonkers, NY $13,400
This is the second of a five-year grant in general support of CVH’s organizing in Westchester. It also includes leadership training. Elias has supported CVH since 2004.
Hudson Valley Community Coalition
Hudson Valley Area, NY $50,000
This one-time grant continues general support and sustainability of this organization building communities that foster social justice and cultural awareness, working with immigrants, emphasizing advocacy, leadership development and community organizing. Elias has supported HVCC since 2009.
Neighbors Link / NL Community Law Practice
Mount Kisco, NY $20,000
This grant supports hiring 2 lawyers for their program offering legal services for immigrant families.
True He(ART) Academy
White Plains, NY $26,600
This grant is in honor of Cornel Carelock, the founder and teacher of this new program that provides self-healing and resilience strategies using the arts.
WESPAC Foundation / Westchester Social Forum
White Plains, NY $60,000
This general operating grant was made in honor of Nada Khader, executive director of WESPAC. It includes $10,000 in support of the Westchester Social Forum – building the movement for social and ecological justice.
Westchester Children's Association, Inc.
Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $60,000
$50,000 is a grant given in support of the Raise the Age campaign. $10,000 is the second of a five-year grant in general support. Elias has supported WCA since 2007.
2017 Other Support
Support to organizations to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College. Elias has been supporting organizations taking part in this program since 2008.
2017 Board Member Donations
Media - $4,000
In These Times
Direct Service - $102,000
YMCA of Central Maine
Trenton Circus Squad
Bronx Freedom Fund
Massachusetts Bail Fund
Chicago Community Bond Fund
Southern Center for Human Rights
Freedom Fighter Bond Fund of the Carolinas
National Network of Abortion Funds
Movement Organizing - $86,000
Youth Justice Funders Collaborative
Voice of the Experienced (V.O.T.E.)
Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC)
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Southern Maine Workers’ Center
Grassroots Global Justice
Jewish Voice for Peace
United We Dream
Southerners on New Ground
Policy - $34,000
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund
New Jersey Policy Perspective
Maine Equal Justice Partners
Sustainable Economies Law Center
New Economy Coalition