The Vaid Group's consulting engagements bring us in partnership with diverse organizations, foundations, communities and social innovators. We are working to build networks and coalitions; conduct research and evaluate programs; and to design and run creative initiatives that advance equity and justice.
Examples of current work:
1) Donors of Color Project. We designed and are leading a unique, national research and organizing project to understand, engage and network people of color with high wealth. You can download the report on HNW people of color on this site (www.donorsofcolor.org). Our partners in this work are Faces of Giving and the Advancement Project. This project is supported by the Ford Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Open Society Foundation, the Women Donors Network, the NY Women's Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, Women Moving Millions, Arcus and individual donors.
2) National LGBTQ/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group. We designed a convening and research project in 2013 that produced the ground-breaking report, A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT people and People Living with HIV. The report's release set the stage for the formation of this national network in 2014. Over the past 4 years, the Vaid Group team has helped organize and staff this national network of over 50 organizations, and over 120 individuals, working to reduce the harms caused by criminal legal systems to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons and people living with HIV (PLHIV). This initiative has been supported by: Mandel-Rodis Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation, Palette Fund, H. Van Ameringen Foundation.
3) LGBTQ Poverty Initiative. The Vaid Group initiated and helped staff a participatory research and organizing project conducted by 9 organizations. The goal was to develop a national poverty policy agenda that could help increase awareness and engagement on issues affecting low-income and poor LGBTQ communities, and to increase engagement by the LGBTQ movement to address and end poverty in the US. A report titled Intersecting Injustice: Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All has been written with input from over 220 people. It will be published in May of 2018. Our partners in producing the report include: Center for American Progress, National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Whitman Walker Clinic, Trans Women of Color Collective, CUNY Graduate Center Social Justice Sexuality Project, and the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. The Vaid's Group work on its poverty initiative has been supported by the Ford Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, the Williams Institute, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
4) American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund. We worked with the teachers union to document, analyze and assess its efforts to fund critical innovations that were initiated by teachers around the country. The report we produced, A 'Big Bet' on Educator Led Collaborations and Solutions can be found at https://www.aft.org/bigbet.