Important Information: The Human Rights and Economic
Justice program has two program officers, Mary Estrin and Holly Bartling.
Mary Estrin is the contact for groups located in the United States and
Holly Bartling is the contact for those groups based in Mexico. All applicants
regardless of prior history with General Service Foundation start by submitting
an online Letter of Inquiry, unless
otherwise directed by foundation staff.
If you need to contact either program officer, please do so by email,
their email links are provided below for your convenience.
goal of the Foundation's Human Rights and Economic Justice program support
efforts that protect, promote and create good jobs with living wages for
workers, including low-wage workers, in the United States and Mexico so
that workers on both sides of the border can live and work in dignity.
order to achieve this goal, GSF seeks to empower workers to speak on their
own behalf as effective advocates for low-wage workers. GSF supports organizations
involved in capacity building, advocacy, organizing, and leadership development
in order to empower low-wage workers within the United States and Mexico.
We also support diverse coalitions of worker's rights groups and grassroots
community-based groups working at the national level to increase the voice
and scope of economic justice work.
Public Policies that Protect Labor Rights
A more worker-friendly policy environment is also essential to improving
workplace conditions that would enable workers to participate more equitably
in the benefits of economic prosperity. GSF supports organizations that
improve trade policies that directly affect the U.S. and Mexico, and organizations
that promote worker organizing and worker rights protections, particularly
for low-income and immigrant workers. GSF also supports organizations
using federal, state, and local leverage points to expand worker rights
where such work can demonstrate national level impact.
Corporate Power and Promote Corporate Accountability
Strong citizen campaigns and coalitions are necessary counterbalances
to the power of corporations. Holding corporations accountable is crucial
to promote true sustainability and economic fairness for a broad base
of community members. GSF supports efforts that encourage corporations
to be more democratic and responsive to the communities they serve by
supporting shareholder activism, socially responsible investing, and community
empowerment to shape development in their own communities.
potential grantees, the Foundation will apply the following criteria:
that work to address needs identified by the underrepresented and low-income
communities that are directly impacted.
that connect local and national-level work.
that build communities' power so they are able to be a force for greater
that reach out to engage new and diverse constituencies.
Leadership and Diversity
that are considered leaders in the field, and that take risks and try
new ideas and strategies.
that are dedicated to enhancing the skills, knowledge and responsibilities
of its staff and members, and that build leadership from within its
membership, staff or constituents.
that have leaders who reflect the diversity of its constituency and
FOUNDATION DOES NOT FUND
based outside the United States or Mexico.
without significant promise of impact beyond a local or state level.
and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes.
or relief projects