Category: Community Organizing

If You Build It They Will Come: Creating a Culture of Fundraising

Does creating a culture of fundraising seem like an insurmountable task at your organization? Beth Rayfield shows us how we can overcome challenges and get on the path towards greater financial sustainability.

How Do We Fundraise Now?

No matter how your group is funded or what issues you’re focused on, Kim Klein has helpful insights and practical advice for fundraising under 45 for all of us.

Join GIFT at the 19th Annual Allied Media Conference

Join us in Detroit this June 15-18 as we explore how we can fund, resource and sustain our work and movements in ways that energize us, strengthen our organizing, and build community.

Navigating Race & Class Dynamics in Fundraising

Learn how Community Coalition in South Los Angeles built internal support for launching their membership program, using “Race Retreats” for staff to explore their relationship with money and overcome their hesitancy to ask their working class Black and Latinx constituents to invest financially in the work.

Seeding Justice: Revenue-Generating Membership and Fundraising Canvasses for Community Organizing

After the 2008 financial crisis, many social justice groups were forced to rethink their dependence on foundation funding. Learn how base-building organizing groups from around the U.S. have built cost-effective membership and fundraising canvasses to grow a sustainable source of funding from the grassroots.

Planting Roots for the Migrant Justice Movement in Phoenix

By Caroline Picker. From the July-August 2015 Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Puente Human Rights Movement had outgrown their meeting space. Here’s how they raised $100,000 in six weeks to purchase a building of their own. ON ANY GIVEN MONDAY EVENING, pink streaks from another spectacular Phoenix sunset light up the sky as cars pull into the Puente Human […]

Our Mulitpronged Approach to Crowdfunding: Melding the Old & the New

By Noelle Hanrahan & Lyla Denburg. From the May-June 2015 Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Read how Prison Radio staff and supporters came together to raise $60,000 to defend free speech rights for prisoners.

Viva La Causa: Fundraising Lessons from the United Farm Workers Movement

Rona Fernandez shares fundraising stories from the UFW, showing what can happen when a group moves away from its core constituency as its main source of support. From the July-Aug 2014 Grassroots Fundraising Journal  

Silos are for Farms: How to Make Fundraising a Part of Your Organizing

By Tina Cincotti of Funding Change Consulting. How to continue to develop a culture of fundraising—where fundraising and organizing go hand-in-hand—and reap the results in a far stronger organization.

1.3.13 A New Membership Structure Sustains an Organization

By Theo Yang Copley   The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is an LGBTQ organization that actively puts into practice a philosophy of grassroots fundraising, drawing from the energies of a strong and engaged membership. SRLP serves multiple needs of low-income and people of color transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex communities in New York City, […]