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Democracy Northwest Funders Group - July 2024

Democracy Northwest Funders Group - July 2024

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Event details

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
2:00pm to 3:00pm PDT

About this event

The Democracy Northwest Funders Table brings together funders focused on civic engagement, community power-building and making political representation more inclusive and accountable. Conversations can include guest speakers ranging from grassroots advocates to elected officials.

This meeting will explore Strategic Alignment Tables and the role they can play in supporting philanthropy to shift the political landscape at the state level to advance a transformative agenda. To register for this event, please contact our policy team.


Maria De La Cruz, Senior Director, Raikes Foundation

Maria De La Cruz is the senior director for the resourcing equity and democracy portfolio at the Raikes Foundation. She joins Raikes from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), where she served as vice-president and chief external affairs officer overseeing strategic development as well as communications and marketing efforts. A seasoned executive leader, resource mobilizer and philanthropic organizer, Maria is passionate about moving money to those with the least wealth, opportunity and power. 

Previously, Maria worked at Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ). While at HFJ, Maria served in several leadership roles including as a board member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, the co-chair of the Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative and a co-chair of the Giving Project Network. Committed to the values of racial justice and collective liberation, she led HFJ's fund of the sacred circle, a community-led grant program committed to Native communities in Minnesota, and she launched the Emergency Fund for Black Lives to support Black-led community organizing in the wake of the murders of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. 

After the murder of George Floyd, Maria sprung to action organizing individual donors and institutional funders to move millions of dollars to frontline groups organizing for racial justice. She also served on the design and core teams of Freedom Funders, a national network working to build philanthropy dedicated to Black Freedom. Maria holds a bachelor's degree in women's studies from Metropolitan State University, a master's degree in nonprofit management from Hamline University School of Business and a juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. 


Dan McGrath, Senior Strategist, Grassroots Power Project

Dan McGrath brings more than 20 years of community, labor and organizing experience to Grassroots Power Project (GPP). For 12 years, Dan served as the founding executive director of TakeAction Minnesota, a nationally recognized multi-racial organization where he built a top-notch and diverse staff and leadership that won numerous issue, electoral and organizing campaigns. TakeAction Minnesota’s work with other leading organizations is nationally recognized as a model for state-based alignment. Dan also served as executive director of Progressive Minnesota and organized school bus drivers with SEIU International. Dan’s international experience includes work at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation in the Republic of Ireland, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and election observation in El Salvador. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Teresa and their three children, Harriet, Winston and Joseph, where they camp and cross-country ski as much as possible.


The Democracy Northwest Funders Table is a community of funders who come together to discuss philanthropy’s role in building a more reflective democracy. These meetings are only open to Philanthropy Northwest members as a benefit of network membership. See our Democracy Northwest webpage for more details and contact our policy team to learn more.