Brenda Haywood & Martha Darling
Christine Bresling
Artwork by Brenda Haywood
Artwork by David Fichter
Christine Breslin

Our Story

Haymarket People’s Fund gives money to grassroots groups of local organizations across the region who believe that change is possible. We’ve been behind the scenes, providing money to almost every major social justice movement in New England since 1974.   Each year, our volunteer grantmaking panel made up of community organizers from across the region awards grants to local organizations in New England’s neighborhoods and communities.


Haymarket believes that communities that come together with a vision of justice can get the job done, provided they have the resources. That’s where Haymarket comes in.


We are a public 501(c)3 foundation based in Boston, named not after Haymarket Square in downtown Boston but after the Haymarket affair, the 1886 working people’s event in Chicago which paved the way for the 8-hour workday.


Each year, Haymarket awards grants to local organizations in New England’s neighborhood and communities. This money is strategically allocated by our volunteer grantmaking panel made up of community organizers from across the region. They are actively involved in working for change on a daily basis in their own communities and know where resources are needed most.


Over the course of 48 years, Haymarket has granted over 31 million dollars. One hundred percent of those funds have gone to changing the status quo. The contributions of many hundreds of people like yourself keep this organization vibrant, strong and true to our mission.


As a basis, we know that it is necessary to have a shared analysis and language to understand the dynamics of systemic racism. That is why in addition to providing grants, Haymarket supports social change movements through training and capacity building. Recognizing how significantly racism has affected the impact of social justice movements in the United States, we focus on making the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond ( Undoing Racism workshop available annually.  


At Haymarket we see social change philanthropy as a form of community organizing. For years, we have organized to help leverage more money to go to change, not charity through wealth conferences.


Currently we work with givers of all levels to encourage giving to those communities most affected by injustice through workshops, annual grantee gatherings, and other programs.