The Collective Future Fund brings together social justice movements, survivors, and donors to heal, resource, and mobilize to shape a collective future free from all forms of patriarchal violence.
We prioritize support for work led by survivors, Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color, queer, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color, people of color with disabilities, and im/migrants, who are cultivating community, building impactful movements, and sustaining transformational work. Together, we envision a world of collective safety, healing, and liberation.
Aleyamma Mathew, Director
Aleyamma Mathew is a nationally known expert on the intersection of gender and economic justice. With over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and advocacy sectors at the local, state, and national levels, she has led advocacy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and campaigns for economic policies to protect women’s rights, safety, and economic security, with a focus on women of color, immigrant and refugee women, and low-wage women workers.
Aleyamma is currently the executive director of Collective Future Fund (CFF), an organization that brings together social justice movements, survivors, and donors to heal, resource, and mobilize to shape a collective future free from sexual harassment and violence. With a priority on supporting and sustaining efforts that are led by survivors and women of color, the Fund envisions a world in which all women and girls––cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming––can live, learn, and work in safety and dignity.
Born in Kerala, South India, Aleyamma is based in Philadelphia where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Arts Initiative. She is an alumni of the East West Center’s Asian Pacific American Leadership Program and received a Fulbright Award to study Malayalam in Kerala.
Marjona Jones, Senior Program Officer
Marjona Jones brings a combined two decades of experience in organizing for racial and economic justice and philanthropy to the Collective Future Fund. Most recently, at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program, Marjona led efforts to transform Veatch into a critical source of support for the infrastructure and capacity building of Black-led organizing.
While at Veatch, she joined the Board of the Neighborhood Funders Group, co-chaired the Funders for a Just Economy (FJE) affinity group, participated in the Just Transitions/Project Phoenix cohort, and sat on the steering committees of the LIFT Fund and the Defending the Dream Fund. As co-chair of the Funders for a Just Economy affinity group, she made space for funders to interrogate their role as grantmakers and the mandate to fund racial justice and gender justice as part of building a just economy. She spearheaded efforts to center Black, trans and women of color leading economic justice organizations in this work, and built best practices for intersectional grantmaking, helping funders break down silos that weren’t serving grantees.
Before entering the philanthropy field, Marjona was an organizer for social and economic justice for 14 years; she was the organizing coordinator for Brown Community Development Corporation (BCDC) in Brooklyn, NY, a coalition organizing and then organizing director of NY Jobs with Justice, and a labor organizer. Marjona is a native Chicagoan now residing in Brooklyn, NY.
Jardyn Lake, Program Associate
Jardyn Lake oversees and provides programmatic management and grantmaking support to Collective Future Fund. They bring deep wisdom and many talents to the CFF team. Jardyn, a Southern Black/queer cultural activist, youth worker, and artist, brings 15 years of social justice organizing and leadership experience. Jardyn was politically trained by the Highlander Center and SONG. Jardyn has organized and led liberatory work, both nationally and internationally, ranging from the decriminalization of Black and Latinx queer and trans youth to Black immigration justice work.
As a non-binary, Black feminist, Jardyn brings a gender expansive vision and imagination to Collective Future Fund, and helps resource women of color, femmes, and gender non-conforming people through CFF’s grantmaking. Jardyn is interested in creating a queer and trans Black, Caribbean, and African transnational dialogue to inhabit spaces of joy, collective healing, and reclamation.
Ariel Jacobson, Special Advisor
Ariel Jacobson (she/her) works with organizations, networks, and foundations dedicated to advancing gender, racial, and economic justice. She is passionate about art, storytelling, and narrative as pathways to a future where violence is no longer the norm. In 2017-2018, she worked with NoVo Foundation spearheading the creation of its Radical Hope Fund, a global call for projects that culminated in $34 Million to support collaborative efforts rooted in bold experimentation, visionary feminist organizing, and transformative movement building.
Previously, Ariel was a Movement Maker in Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation, and served as Development and Communications Director at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization that builds power and voice for restaurant workers. She has two decades of experience with a range of social justice and human rights strategies from organizing to grantmaking, to policy advocacy, to youth-led governance, with organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, MADRE, the Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development, Youth in Action, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She lives with her family in Albany, NY.
The Collective Future Fund is supported by the following donors:
- Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
- Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- Ford Foundation
- General Service Foundation
- Nathan Cummings Foundation
- NoVo Foundation
- Open Society Foundations
- Pivotal Ventures
- Unbound Philanthropy
- Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
The Fund is fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. As one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations, RPA has facilitated $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries and serves as fiscal sponsor for more than 50 projects.
“Despite many victories for gender equality in the past decades, the war on women and girls’ bodies continues, requiring us to build transnational solidarity and collective action.”
Nicolette Naylor, International Program Director for the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice Program, Ford Foundation