The Collective Future Fund 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 efforts that are led by 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.
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.
The Collective Future Fund is supported by the following donors:
Aleyamma Mathew, Executive 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.
Before joining the Collective Future Fund, Aleyamma served as the Director of the Women’s Economic Justice Program at the Ms. Foundation. There she led investment strategies for ensuring women’s economic security, including through advocacy and organizing for improved wages, workplace policies, and childcare access for women, focusing on low-wage workers of color and immigrant workers.
Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Aleyamma was the Policy Director at the Partnership for Working Families, where she led multi-city campaigns focused on job quality, environmental protections, and equal access to public resources for low-income communities. Aleyamma also worked as the Program Director for the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development for Human Rights where she trained grassroots organizations on assessing local policies using a human rights framework, and participated in the U.N. CERD Review Process in Geneva to highlight human rights violations against women of color in the United States. Aleyamma was part of the Founding Steering Committee and served as the Program Director for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, where she developed research and policy initiatives and a technical assistance program for community based agencies serving low-income Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, refugee, and immigrant communities.
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.
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.
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.