Will Cordery is Founder & Principal of Freedom Futures and a Consultant with Leverage Philanthropic Partners; both social impact firms working to advance justice by providing capacity building to foundations, nonprofits and high net worth individuals striving for progressive social change.
Will has worked in institutional philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, and community organizing for advancing racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQI freedom, global human rights and progressive public policy. Will’s movement resourcing work includes working with Project South, the 2007 US Social Forum, and the Movement for Black Lives. His donor organizing includes work with Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Amnesty International USA. Will’s philanthropic institutional grantmaking includes working Marguerite Casey Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – in all three roles Will developed grantmaking strategies focused on supporting racial justice movement work in the US. In his op-ed published immediately following the murder of George Floyd, Dear Philanthropy: These Are the Fires of Anti-Black Racism, Will called out philanthropy’s overall failure to fully fund Black-led organizing in recent years; and challenged the sector to fund racial justice with abundance and for the long haul.
Will’s board/committee leadership includes work with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Greater New Orleans Funders Network, Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, and Grantmakers for Southern Progress. Will is also a 2021 Curriculum Advisor for the Global Engagement Lab at the EDGE Funders Alliance, and an alum of the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ Connecting Leaders Fellowship. In May 2020, Will was elected to the board of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation as one of its first non-family trustees. Will also serves on the boards of Tides Advocacy — an intermediary that moves money to support 501c4/political organizing across the US.
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