Borealis Philanthropy

Supporting the Spark Justice Fund

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018, Spring 2020

Location National

Borealis Philanthropy is a philanthropic intermediary that helps donors find and fund grantees that are doing the most effective, constituency-led work. They believe that community leaders who are closest to the problems are also closest to the solutions. Founded in 2015, Borealis focuses our support across ten donor collaborative funds at the intersections of criminal justice, Black-led movements, LGBTQIA+ communities, disability justice, immigrant rights and more.

The Spark Justice Fund (SJF) is a donor collaborative that supports constituency-led grassroots efforts throughout the country to end cash bail, transform pretrial justice, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration. SJF provides grantees with predominantly general operating, multi-year grants, as well as organizational development support and a range of capacity building supports. Over multiple years, Art For Justice Fund supported SJF’s distribution of close to $4.5 million to 28 small and medium-sized community-based organizations like Action St. Louis, Free Hearts (TN), Law for Black Lives, and Michigan Liberation Education Fund that are often overlooked by larger foundations.