The Leading Edge Fund is a $2 million fund created to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California. Launched by the Rosenberg Foundation in partnership with the Hellman Foundation, the Leading Edge Fund awarded nearly $250,000 in general support and technical assistance over three years to each of eight fellows who are tackling deep barriers to opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities. In addition to general support, the fellows receive technical assistance on strategy, program design, fundraising and communications.
The 2016-2018 Leading Edge fellows are taking on pervasive inequity and injustice in the areas of criminal justice, immigrant rights and racial justice through policy change and movement building. From ending racialized police violence, to shining a light on disproportionate incarceration rates for Native Americans, to expanding the role of the public defender to ensure representation for immigrants, the fellows’ cutting-edge ideas have the potential to transform the state. The Leading Edge Fund is supporting these innovative leaders in their efforts to fundamentally change the odds for, and with, the most disenfranchised Californians.