FRIDA exists today because of the collective power and vision of feminist activists across generations and cultures who understood the urgent need for a fund that centers the experience, expertise, and needs of young feminist organizers. This recognition of young feminist organizers' need for funding that holistically supports their sustainability and well-being birthed the creation of our participatory grantmaking model that would mirror the feminist values of solidarity, accountability, exchange, and caring connections. Over the last few years, we have delved deep into a process of reflection and learning about this grantmaking model, with full openness to the fact that the process we have developed and nurtured with love, might require a deep transformation. As part of our ongoing learning process, we uplift what has brought joy in this process, and let go of what needs to be left behind.
After undergoing this extensive reflection process, we share with you the “Resourcing Connections Report: Reflections on Feminist Participatory Grantmaking Practice”. This report hopes to reflect all the pieces of this interrogative research, and the vastness of young feminist knowledge and experience, with findings, derived directly from the feedback of these communities. We share the fruit of this research as part of our commitment to feminist accountability and with the hope to not only shift the power dynamics surrounding funding decisions but also to decentralize narratives about who holds knowledge about and solutions for community participatory practices.