Non-profit

RISE Together Fund

Website:

www.proteusfund.org/rtf

Formation:

2009

Type:

National Security Policy Donor Collaborative

Formerly:

Security & Rights Collaborative (2009-2019)

Project of:

Proteus Fund

ReThink Media

The RISE Together Fund (Rights, Inclusion, Solidarity, Equity) is a center-left donor collaborative founded in 2009 by ReThink Media and the Proteus Fund, the group’s fiscal sponsor. From 2009 to January 2019, the Fund was known as the Security & Rights Collaborative.

The RISE Together 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]

RISE Together Action Fund is the lobbying arm of RISE Together Fund and a project of the 501(c)(4) Proteus Action League.

Funding

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]

According to a 2019 request for funding proposals, RISE Together typically issues grants of $1,000 to $6,000 to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits; donations to 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofits are issued through the RISE Together Action Fund, administered by Proteus Action League. [3]

According to the Proteus Fund’s 2017 IRS filing, it expended $2,649,649 on the RISE program. [4]

RISE Together Fund Grant Recipients

According to the Proteus Fund’s online grant database, the Proteus Fund has distributed grants through the RISE Together Fund to the following nonprofits: [5]

RISE Together: Grant RecipientsAmountYear
Grand Total:$5,678,968
ACCESS$60,0002015
Arab American Association of New York$30,0002015
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus$82,6002015
Bill of Rights Defense Committee$20,0002015
Center for Intercultural Organizing$20,0002015
Center for New Community $15,0002015
DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving$60,0002015
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding$50,0002015
MAS Boston Society$15,0002015
ReThink Media$405,1602015
Sikh Coalition$60,0002015
South Asian Americans Leading Together$60,0002015
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition$25,0002015
The Arab American Institute Foundation$40,0002015
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice$32,0002015
ACCESS$60,0002016
Arab American Association of New York$48,7002016
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus$60,0002016
Center for Intercultural Organizing$20,0002016
Center for Social Inclusion$37,5002016
DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving$60,0002016
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding$50,0002016
Islamic Society of North America$6,0002016
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance$5,0002016
ReThink Media$474,0002016
Sikh Coalition$66,8002016
South Asian Americans Leading Together$60,0002016
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition$2,50002016
The Arab American Institute Foundation$40,0002016
Veterans for Peace$5,0002016
Washington State University Foundation$5,0002016
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice$20,0002016
ACCESS$17,0002017
ACCESS$6,0002017
Allied Media Projects$32,5002017
American Muslim Advisory Council$7,0002017
Arab American Association of New York$30,0002017
Arab American Civic Council$6,0002017
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus$65,0002017
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles$6,0002017
Bus Federation Civic Fund$10,0002017
CAIR - Chicago$7,0002017
Centro De Salud La Comunidad De San Ysidro$5,0002017
Chhaya Community Development Corporation$7,0002017
Council on American-Islamic Relations California$24,7502017
DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving$60,0002017
Georgia Muslim Voter Project$23,3332017
Greater Birmingham Ministries$30,0002017
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding$50,0002017
Islamic Society of North America$7,0002017
LA Voice$7,0002017
MAS Boston Society$30,0002017
Muslim Advocates$7,0002017
Muslim Community Network$7,1002017
Muslim Students Association - West$30,0002017
Muslim Wellness Foundation$6,0002017
National Immigration Law Center$10,0002017
National Iranian American Council$10,0002017
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance$7,7002017
NEO Philanthropy$25,0002017
OneAmerica$6,0002017
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans$37,9002017
Project South: The Institution for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide$40,0002017
ReThink Media$547,0002017
Sikh Coalition$60,0002017
South Asian Americans Leading Together$60,0002017
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition$40,0002017
The Arab American Institute Foundation$50,0002017
The City University of New York School of Law Foundation$7,0002017
Unite Oregon$20,0002017
University of Southern California$40,0002017
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice$7,6322017
Action Center on Race and the Economy Institute$10,0002018
ADC Research Institute$6,0002018
Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice$10,0002018
Allied Media Projects$45,9482018
Arab American Association of New York$40,0002018
Arab American Civic Council$3,0002018
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus$65,0002018
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon$8,0002018
CAIR Foundation$7,0002018
Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota$9,0002018
Defending Rights and Dissent$30,0002018
DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving$60,0002018
Emgage Foundation$30,0002018
Greater Birmingham Ministries$30,0002018
Indiana University Foundation$10,0002018
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding$50,0002018
Islamic Society of North America$4,4002018
Jetpac Resource Center$8,0002018
MAS Boston Society$30,0002018
Muslim Students Association - West$30,0002018
Muslim Students Association - West$1,3502018
Muslim Wellness Foundation$8,0002018
National Iranian American Council$7,0002018
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance$10,0002018
New York Immigration Coalition$,50002018
OneAmerica$4,0002018
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans$30,0002018
PICO National Network$30,0002018
Project South: The Institution for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide$30,0002018
ReThink Media$425,0002018
Sikh Coalition$47,2952018
South Asian Americans Leading Together$70,0002018
Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ$30,0002018
The Arab American Institute Foundation$55,0002018
The Praxis Project$6,0002018
Unite Oregon$40,0002018
University of Southern California$40,0002018
Yemeni American Merchants Association$5,0002018
ACCESS$15,0002019
Allied Media Projects$48,3002019
Arab American Association of New York$40,0002019
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus$65,0002019
Center for Intercultural Organizing dba Unite Oregon$40,0002019
Council on American Islamic Relations of Arizona$5,0002019
DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving$60,0002019
Iraqi Community Center of Washington$3,0002019
Muslim Justice League$15,0002019
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans$30,0002019
PICO National Network$30,0002019
ReThink Media$325,0002019
Sikh Coalition$66,0002019
South Asian Americans Leading Together$70,0002019
Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ$30,0002019
University of Southern California$40,0002019

References

  1. “Security and Rights.” Security and Rights | ReThink Media. 2018. Accessed January 24, 2018. https://rethinkmedia.org/security-and-rights. ^
  2. The Proteus Fund. Security and Rights Collaborative 2017 Grants. December 4, 2017. A list and descriptions of grants made to MASA groups in 2017. ^
  3. “RISE Together Fund: Request for Proposals.” Proteus Fund. 2019. Accessed July 18, 2019. Original URL: https://www.proteusfund.org/wp-content/uploads/RTF-2019-RR-Opportunity-Fund-Proposal-Guidelines.pdf. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-Fund-2019-Proposal-Request.pdf ^
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Proteus Fund. 2017. Part III (Statement of Program Service Accomplishments), Line 4c. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/Proteus-Fund-2017-Form-990.pdf ^
  5. “Our Grants.” Proteus Fund (Grants Database). Accessed July 3, 2019. Original URL: https://www.proteusfund.org/grants-index/. Archived here:

    2019: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-2019-Grants.pdf

    2018: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-2018-Grants.pdf

    2017: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-2017-Grants.pdf

    2016: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-2016-Grants.pdf

    2015: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/07/RISE-Together-2015-Grants.pdf ^

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