In the wake of the 2016 elections, Muslim Americans faced a wave of hate crimes, immigrant communities faced criminalization and raids, women faced attacks on basic rights, Black and Latinx communities faced ongoing attacks on civil liberties including voting rights and police violence, and LGBTQ communities faced attacks on basic protections.

As organizers in these communities scrambled for new strategic responses, the field of philanthropy did the same. We were all asking the same question: How can our work rise to the level of this crisis?

A collaboration between Women Donors Network, Solidaire Network, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance, the Emergent Fund was formed to provide rapid-response funding to defend communities against injustice and develop innovative strategies to transform our country. Learn more about the donor networks that founded the Emergent Fund below.


solidaire network

Solidaire is a community of individuals with access to financial resources who are committed to funding progressive social movements. We bring our whole selves – with all of our privilege, experiences, knowledge, and networks – to the struggle for a more just and equitable society.

Solidaire’s primary constituency is individuals with wealth who have the ability to move $50,000 or more in annual giving personally or through a family foundation.

Please reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about joining our community. We'd love to hear from you!


Threshold foundation

Threshold is a progressive foundation and a community of individuals united by our commitment to create a just, joyful, and generative world.  For more than three decades, Threshold has been a catalyst for social and environmental change by seeding hundreds of nascent organizations, and by supporting the inception of multiple donor networks and socially responsible businesses throughout the world.  We are a multi-generational membership organization devoted to aligning our resources with our values while fostering a fertile training ground for the full and authentic expression of our passions and purpose.

Learn more about Threshold’s community and grantmaking by visiting:



women donors network

Women Donors Network’s (WDN) mission is to advance a just, equitable, and sustainable world by leveraging the wealth, power, and community of progressive women donors. We are a vibrant community of 200+ individual women philanthropists with a purpose. Together we make contributions of more than $175 million a year toward social change.

WDN develops individual women donors to be our most powerful selves. At the same time, we support the field with bedrock funding and incubate high-impact initiatives that create long-lasting change.

Learn more about our community, our impact, and how you can join online:


Democracy Alliance

The Democracy Alliance, founded in 2005, is the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States. We play a leading role in fostering the infrastructure necessary to advance a progressive agenda for America. We invest in every aspect of progressive power-building – from policymaking to organizing grassroots communities to winning state and national issue and electoral campaigns. We address the most pressing challenges of our day through investments in three connected areas: a just democracy, a fair economy and an environmentally sustainable future.