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November 13, 2015

Major Liberal Donors Weigh Funding for Black Lives Matter

Some of the biggest donors to liberal causes and Democratic politicians will discuss offering direct support to the Black Lives Matter movement at an upcoming closed-door conference Politico reports.

The Democracy Alliance, which holds its annual winter meeting next week in Washington, is recommending that top contributors give to a handful of endorsed organizations that are funding Black Lives Matter and consider ways to steer money to grass-roots outposts of the activist campaign against police violence in minority communities.

The alliance was created in 2005 by a group of big donors on the left, including billionaire financier George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, to build a funding infrastructure to advance liberal causes. Black Lives Matter leaders are slated to attend a Tuesday night dinner with major contributors ahead of the conference.

Democracy Alliance member Steve Phillips said, "The progressive donor world should be adding zeroes to their contributions that support this transformative movement." But a closer partnership could be fraught with tension, Politico writes, noting that Black Lives Matter has sought to distance itself from establishment politics and that its confrontational tactics have alienated some traditional donors.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy opinion column on philanthropy and the Black Lives Matter movement.