Tzedek Social Justice Fund
The Tzedek Social Justice Fund redistributes money, resources, and power to support systems change and community healing in Asheville, North Carolina. Through adaptive, trust-based philanthropy, we resist oppressive systems and work to transform our collective home into a place where everyone flourishes. We fund work that is centered on LGBTQ Justice, Racial Justice, and Combatting Antisemitism.
The Tzedek Social Justice Fund (Tzedek) redistributes money, resources, and power to support systems change and community healing in Asheville, North Carolina. Through adaptive, trust-based philanthropy, we resist oppressive systems and work to transform our collective home into a place where everyone flourishes.
We dream of a thriving Asheville, where everyone’s needs are abundantly met and where everyone is safe, respected, and celebrated. We believe that a community rooted in joy and love is possible.
The Tzedek Social Justice Fund (Tzedek) has supported the social justice work of grassroots organizations, collectives and cooperatives, nonprofits, and local leaders since the late 1980s. We believe that philanthropy has the potential to play an essential role in creating more equitable and humane systems instead of serving the status quo as toxic philanthropy has historically done. Our work is rooted in the hope that philanthropy will one day be obsolete – and that day will be when collective liberation is the reality instead of the dream.
Tzedek funds Asheville-based social justice organizations and leaders working in the areas of LGBTQ Justice, Racial Justice, and Combatting Antisemitism. While not religious, Tzedek’s work is grounded in Jewish social justice values. These include justice (Tzedek), equitable giving (Tzedakah), repairing the world through social action (Tikkun Olam), and leadership (Hanhagah). These values call us to action.
We’ve learned that individuals, who often work outside of organizations and traditional funding structures, are indispensable parts of the social change ecosystem. We fund individuals working in wide-ranging community efforts – from artistic interventions to grassroots organizing, from creating healing spaces to leading nonprofit, governmental, and private entity collaborations.
Our organizational grantmaking funds traditional nonprofits, grassroots and movement organizations, funder collaboratives, cooperatives, and community groups with fiscal sponsors working in the areas of racial justice, LGBTQ justice, and combating antisemitism. Grantees engage in systems change, community healing, and the redistribution of money, resources, and power. Their work includes advocacy, healing justice, direct service provision, community organizing, youth programming, popular education, legal and policy changework, and cultural work.