celebrate with us!

Join North Star Fund in a celebration of community organizers, donor activists, philanthropic partners, and grassroots communities across the five boroughs. In these times of struggle, we take strength in the bold and joyful vision for social justice that we are building together in New York City—now and into the future.

2017 COMMUNITY GALA

TUESDAY, APRIL 18
6:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION
7:00 PM DINNER AND AWARDS FOLLOWED BY DANCING

PIER SIXTY AT CHELSEA PIERS

23RD ST AND WEST SIDE HIGHWAY
NEW YORK, NY 10011

Meet the Honorees

 

2017 NORTH STAR AWARD RECIPIENTS

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

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.

 
 

2017 FREDERICK DOUGLASS AWARD RECIPIENTS

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

 
 

AFRICAN COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

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

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.

 

Past GALA Highlights

Opal Tometi accepts the 2016 Frederick Douglass Award on behalf of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). BAJI is national organization that was formed to educate and engage African American and Black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social, and economic justice.

Julissa Reynoso accepts the North Star Award, presented by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, at the 2015 Community Gala. Raised in the Bronx and a former North Star Fund board member, Julissa has been pushing for equality and justice at home and abroad for more than two decades.

I attended my first Community Gala in 2014 and was amazed by the collection of people in the room. It was so inspiring to see how the Community Gala brought together organizers on the ground and donor activists, all of whom are working to create a more inclusive New York City.
— Lisa Steglich, North Star Fund board member

WHO WE ARE

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. 

JOIN the celebration

Join us for a fun and festive evening! Purchase a seat at the table for yourself, friends, or North Star Fund grantees.

 

MORE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE

Your special message will be featured in our print program, e-journal, and displayed prominently live at the 2017 Community Gala.

Your special message will be featured in our print program, e-journal, and displayed prominently live at the 2017 Community Gala.

The more the merrier! Our Host Committee is composed of our early supporters who bring friends, family, and community to the celebration.

The more the merrier! Our Host Committee is composed of our early supporters who bring friends, family, and community to the celebration.

There are many ways to celebrate. Email us to learn more about the gala or ask any questions you may have.  

There are many ways to celebrate. Email us to learn more about the gala or ask any questions you may have.
 

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