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Ayni Institute — Momentum Training

Participants at the January 2016 Momentum training in Boston. (Photo courtesy of the Ayni Institute)
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Award Date 
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To support Momentum trainings
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Published: August 2016

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $40,000 to the Ayni Institute to support a “Momentum” training session for black organizers, including from the Movement for Black Lives. We wrote more about the Ayni Institute on our page about our March 2016 grant to the organization.

This is a “no-process” grant. For no-process grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay. In keeping with the lack of process, we don’t plan to publish in-depth pages about the reasoning behind these grants.