New Majority Fund



The New Majority Fund

Headwaters Foundation’s mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice. The New Majority Fund supports organizations that are led by and for communities of color and use a community organizing approach to address root causes of injustice. Eligible organizations will have an organized constituency base; a clear analysis of structural causes behind the challenges their community faces; and concrete goals and strategies to build power and change systems.

The New Majority Fund will award two-year general operating grants, totaling $20,000. Grantee partners will nominate 2-3 leaders, staff members, or board members to participate in Headwaters Foundation’s first-ever Movement Leadership Program in July 2018. 

Funds for the grants will be raised by members of the Giving Project, a cross-class, multiracial group which will work together over the course of six months to raise dollars from their friends, family and communities.  

Please click here to read a PDF version of the New Majority Fund guidelines and application questions. 

Movement Leadership Program

At Headwaters, we believe that change is created by individuals who have the courage to stand up, the wisdom to join together, and the support to create durable, sustainable solutions. We created the Movement Leadership Program to deepen our commitment to New Majority Fund grantees by investing in deep relationship building among social change leaders and fostering cross-movement collaboration. Headwaters is committed to investing time, space, partnerships and network of relationships to support participants of the Movement Leadership Program.

The New Majority Fund will award two-year general operating grants totaling $20,000. As part of receiving a New Majority Fund grant, grantee partners will nominate 2-3 leaders, staff members, or board members to participate in the Movement Leadership Program. Headwaters will launch the first cohort in July 2018 with a retreat. The program will include monthly meetings throughout the year.

Possible topics include:

  • Building transformative leadership practices
  • Creating networks across movements
  • Cultivating individual donors
  • Navigating philanthropy and foundations
  • Communicating our stories in a broad, powerful way

To be eligible for the Movement Leadership Program, organizations must be grantees of the New Majority Fund grant. 


For additional information about the New Majority Fund, contact our program officers: