North Star Fund's 2017 Community Gala was a resounding success. Thank you to our honorees, attendees, host committee, co-chairs, board, staff, volunteers, and guests for your support and your fierceness! Your generosity raised $1,019,869 and counting to go directly to the fight for social justice on the front for the next four years and beyond. Stay tuned to this space for our 2018 gala details, to be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. In the meantime, you can also learn more about us at

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Meet the Honorees



Honoring individuals who have demonstrated an enduring commitment to social justice


Hugh Hogan

For three decades, Hugh Hogan has dedicated his career to the racial justice movement, ecological consciousness, and social justice philanthropy. He led North Star Fund until last year, and is now executive director of the van Ameringen Foundation, a private foundation investing in prevention, education, and direct care in the mental health field. Hugh believes that truly meaningful change requires building and sustaining the leadership of the people and communities most directly affected by injustice.




Rashad Robinson is the executive director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Powered by over one million members, Color Of Change pushes decision makers in the corporate and public sectors to create a less hostile and more human world for Black people and all people. North Star Fund recognizes Rashad for his leadership and influence in racial justice philanthropy and is especially proud of collaborating on the 2015 Let Us Breathe Forum.



Maggie Williams

Maggie Williams is an advocate, donor organizer, and co-founder of the Advocacy Institute, which equips grassroots activists and community organizers with the critical skills they need to effect legislative change in their communities. For nearly two decades, Maggie has worked to support progressive policy issues as a lawyer, legislative counsel, and advocate. Maggie believes that true social change happens through centering the experiences of those most affected by oppression.



Recognizing grassroots activists striving for equality, economic justice, and peace



African Communities Together (ACT) fights for civil rights, opportunities, and better quality of life for over 200,000 African immigrants living in New York City. ACT was founded to boost the community organizing of the city’s multiple, diverse African communities, including many Muslim and undocumented people. ACT connects African New Yorkers to critical city services, civic engagement, leadership development, and a platform to organize their communities, empowering them to thrive.


New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrant workers through community organizing, grassroots advocacy, and delivery of services. Based in Queens, NICE primarily serves the Latinx community and is a resource for all newcomers. NICE provides supportive services to low-wage workers and continues to fight exploitation empowering its members to create movements for workers’ rights.



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Since 1979, North Star Fund has helped fuel the movement for a more just and equitable city. Through effective and strategic grants and technical assistance, and by inspiring donors to move resources to communities directly affected by injustice, North Star Fund has helped grantees win better schools, housing, health care, working conditions, and stronger families for all New Yorkers. 


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