The RISE Together Action Fund (Rights, Inclusion, Solidarity, Equity) is a center-left lobbying group that funds activist groups. The Fund is a project of the Proteus Action League, a 501(c)(4) funding and fiscal sponsorship nonprofit.
The RISE Together Action Fund opposes national security policies pursued by both Republican and Democratic administrations and the activities of U.S. foreign intelligence services. It also seeks to close the terrorist detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay military base, regulate drone warfare, restrain foreign intelligence collection, and stop profiling of certain ethnic groups in America. 1
The overwhelming majority of the RISE Together Fund’s grants go to organizations representing Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities seen as likely to be targeted by national security activities. RISE funds organizations involved in political organizing and activism, combating public perception of these communities as sources of terrorism, and limiting scrutiny from law enforcement and national security entities. Grantees include the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Muslim Students Association-West, Sikh Coalition, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles, and Council of American-Islamic Relations-San Francisco Bay Area. 2
RISE Together Action Fund Grant Recipients
According to the Proteus Fund’s online grant database, the Proteus Action League has distributed grants through the RISE Together Action Fund to the following nonprofits:3
|RISE Together Action: Grant Recipients||Amount||Year|
|The Advocacy Fund||$100,000||2015|
|The Advocacy Fund||$25,000||2016|
|The Advocacy Fund||$100,000||2017|
- “Security and Rights.” Security and Rights | ReThink Media. 2018. Accessed January 24, 2018. https://rethinkmedia.org/security-and-rights.
- The Proteus Fund. Security and Rights Collaborative 2017 Grants. December 4, 2017. A list and descriptions of grants made to MASA groups in 2017.
- “Our Grants.” Proteus Fund (Grants Database). Accessed July 3, 2019. Original URL: https://www.proteusfund.org/grants-index/. Archived here: