Jean Hardisty Catalytic Impact Fund

Named for the late Jean Hardisty, beloved WDN member, political scientist, and feminist activist, the Jean Hardisty Catalytic Impact Fund supports critically needed community organizing and social justice movement infrastructure through timely, catalytic investments. The fund supports the work to achieve a more robust democracy, opportunity for everyone, and long-term environmental sustainability for all.

In 2016, the Hardisty Fund’s focus is funding the Movement for Black Lives. Over $200,000 of general operating support has been mobilized through WDN to fund Black-led organizing, with the goal of disrupting the systems that result in police violence, mass incarceration, and all economic and social injustice.

The overarching goals of the Hardisty Fund include:

  1. Honoring the legacy of Jean Hardisty
  2. Building long-term grassroots strength and infrastructure
  3. Deepening WDN’s investment in and understanding of how social change happens
  4. Shifting public narrative towards a culture of caring

Hardisty Funding is prioritized for work that:

  1. Responds to needs identified by community leaders
  2. Is grounded in solid research and analysis
  3. Centers the voices and experiences of people in impacted communities
  4. Leverages opportunities that are timely and catalytic

Learn about the work supported by the Hardisty Fund:


Emergent Fund: Get Ready, Fight Back

The 2016 election results present immediate threats to a wide range of communities who were belittled, criminalized, and attacked during the presidential campaign: immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. We don’t know exactly what will come, but we must be prepared. Now is the time for us to use our collective power to stand with them and support them in what they are doing, to listen to what they need, and to fund the new strategies that will emerge. Visit for more information.

Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)

BOLD is a national leadership training program designed to help rebuild Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement.

We Dream in Black

The National Domestic Workers’ Alliance’s new initiative, We Dream in Black, is led by #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Alicia Garza. To quote Alicia on her work, “It is all about empowering women of color, immigrant women, and low income women. It’s about bringing the margins back to the center to really shape our vision for a new economy, a new democracy, and a new society.” WDN’s support is the first dedicated funding for this initiative.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

BYP100 is providing key support to Black organizing nationally and will play an important role in both responding to needs in the moment as they arise, and building long-term infrastructure among Black youth activists in cities across the country. BYP100 combines direct action work with short- and long-term policy organizing, from building a collaborative agenda for Black lives to focusing on voter engagement around the important role of elected prosecutors.

(and Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, for technical support)

BLMHTX is a Black-led organizing group in Houston, Texas that formed after the death of Sandra Bland and has evolved to work on issues of criminal justice and developing new visions for valuing Black lives. The Hardisty Fund provided BLMHTX with its first core operating grant that allowed them to staff the coalition work on prosecutor accountability. A sub-grant to TOPEF for technical assistance is included to support this emergent organization.

Police Union Accountability Organizing

Color of Change co-founder, James Rucker, and his new firm Springboard Partners are looking at how to create accountability for police unions, a pillar of power in the justice system, through local organizing. Springboard Partners in pioneering a replicable model for making police unions more accountable to communities instead of institutions set up to preserve the status quo.

Political Research Associates (PRA)

Founded by Jean Hardisty, PRA has produced investigative research and analysis on the U.S. Right since 1981. A social justice think tank, PRA holds a unique position in studying the entire U.S. Right and its influence both domestically and internationally. PRA’s 30 years of experience helps journalists, advocates, scholars, and the public to understand and challenge the right-wing.

The Hardisty Fund is supported by a Coordinating committee of 11 WDN members who seek ongoing input from the full WDN membership.