Stories

The David D. Dodge Foundation makes grants to nonprofit human rights organizations. With each grant, there is a story. We invite grantee organizations to share their stories here.

  • Project Sheluka - Many Lozi-speaking people of Zambia’s Western Province live in traditional villages, between 100 and 300 individuals, along the vast Barotse Floodplain.  Villages are situated along the edge of the floodplain and the adjacent forest.  Together villagers work to secure resources to live with environmental conditions dictated by annual flooding of… Continue reading
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation - The need for an independent and resilient press is more urgent now than ever. Between the rapidly evolving public health crisis around COVID-19, and the protests surrounding racial and social injustice, press freedom is at the forefront of it all. The world is also experiencing a dangerous surge in authoritarianism… Continue reading
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative - The Southern Poverty Law Center is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. SPLC envisions a world in which everyone can thrive and the ideals of equity,… Continue reading
  • Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation – Sports and Recreation Program - Razia Jan, native Afghan and award-winning humanitarian, is the founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that improves the lives of young women and girls through community-based education in the rural district of Deh’Subz, Afghanistan. Built on the knowledge that education is key… Continue reading
  • The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Justice Powered by Information & Action (JPIA) Program - Research consistently shows that death sentences: Are given based on race instead of the severity of the crime. Have been given to many people who were later proven innocent. Do nothing to deter crime or increase public safety. Cost states millions more than alternative justice would. The US should abolish… Continue reading
  • Human Rights Watch San Diego Film Festival - The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) was founded in 1988 by Human Rights Watch, on the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recognizing the rising importance of cinema, the festival highlights the personal struggles of those affected by discrimination, persecution, state-sponsored violence and oppression. Using the power of… Continue reading