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Stepping back into the Granting Work

May 19, 2022
Blog Post
When I started working at the RFC more than a dozen years ago, in July of 2007, my first role was the granting coordinator.

Celebrating Founder Robert Meeropol's 75th birthday!

May 14, 2022
News Item
On this day (May 14, 1947) RFC Founder Robert Meeropol was born; today he turns 75! (Check out this photo from the early days of the RFC - talk about a throwback!)

Robert Meeropol & Anne Sebba talk about her book "Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy"

Apr 20, 2022
News Item
We are delighted to share this excellent recorded interview from yesterday's "Issues that Matter with Cynthia," which featured RFC Founder Robert Meeropol (Ethel Rosenberg's younger son), and author… Read More
Angela Davis

"Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist."

Angela Davis, RFC Advisory Board member

Grants

Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist.

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Pie chart of 2021 grants

2021 Grants

Number of Children
208
Number of Grants
151
New Grants
17
Renewals
134
Total Grants Amount
$411,205.00

Application Deadlines:
March 21 & October 13

If you know of a child whom we might help, please let us know. We want all who qualify for our support to have the opportunity to receive it.

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Recent Grants

Mother Targeted for Pro-Choice Advocacy

$5000 for computers, educational materials, and recreation activities for the four sons, ages one to 16, whose mother participated in a news segment opposing her state’s abortion restrictions. As a result, her nonprofit lost funding and her children were harassed in the local school.
Gender Equality, LGBTQ, & Reproductive Rights
AL

Mom in Asylum Limbo for 10+ Years

$4800 for school tuition and three CIF awards for five siblings, ages 15-22, whose mother is an immigrants’ rights activist. As a result of her organizing, her asylum case was delayed for 12 years, making it difficult for her to gain employment; this caused her family great financial stress and led… Read More
Immigrants' Rights
NY

Mother Blacklisted

$4500 for educational support, recreational activities and computers for three children, ages 11 to 16, whose mother advocates for individuals who were wronged in the criminal justice system and now can’t work within a 100-mile radius of her home.
Civil Liberties
AL
Girls playing music

"We were so excited when we learned that you had decided to give grants for our music lessons. It has been difficult to pay for them since our father lost his job. Thank you for recognizing how our dad was singled out for his stand against war, and for realizing music's importance to our family."

RFC beneficiary siblings
Rosenbergs in the park, circa 1942

The Rosenberg Case

Despite massive, worldwide protest, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed on June 19, 1953, at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. They were convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Espionage in one of the most hotly-debated trials in U.S. history.

Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit"

Strange Fruit

The “Song of the Century” according to Time Magazine in 1999, was written by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan) in the late 1930s. The stark and haunting anti-lynching anthem, which Meeropol originally wrote as a poem entitled “Bitter Fruit” before changing the name and setting it to music, was first performed by Abel’s wife Anne at teacher’s union meetings. Billie Holiday made an iconic recording in 1939, and numerous other artists have since released their own versions. Strange Fruit still inspires a vast array of art and culture around the world today.

Pete Seeger

Art & Activism

At the RFC, we celebrate the power of art and artists to spark conversation and move people to action, while also creating beauty and community. We know that was true during the Harlem Renaissance and the Red Scare and the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements and it’s still true today.