Category: Current events and politics

#MeToo & the Culture of Fundraising

Unequal power dynamics between givers and askers can often lead to inappropriate behaviors. Priscilla Hung shares stories of when “strategic intimacy” has gone awry, and offers transformative practices that can guard against the pernicious aspects of the culture of fundraising.

May Day: Protection, Dignity & Respect for All

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training is proud to unite in solidarity with immigrant rights organizations, labor unions, students, clergy, social justice activist groups, and communities across the country this May Day for A Day Without Immigrants.   On Monday, May 1 we will honor and join in a national strike with hundreds of thousands […]

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.

Small, Local Groups Struggling to Keep Donors

Dear Kim, I work in an arts program that serves very poor public schools in a very poor state. Without us, 2nd -5th graders in public schools in our area would have NO arts program at all. We have no government funding and little foundation funding. We have built a base of donors and we […]

Preparing for the Trump Administration

Dear Kim, How bad are things going to get under President Trump and what can we do to prepare? ~Sick at Heart Dear Heart, First I have to say I am not a psychic. I have no idea how bad things are going to get. For some people, things are already bad. We have not […]

Will BREXIT Affect Fundraising?

The BREXIT vote, for anyone coming back from an off-the-grid vacation, is the recent decision by a very small majority of people in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. British fundraisers are picking themselves up after this surprising, and for most of us, disappointing, vote.

Resourcing the Movement for Black Lives

William Cordery takes a close look at the role institutional philanthropy has played in supporting the Movement for Black Lives, and how foundations can be more effective partners to social movements.

Individual Giving & Structural Inequities

Dear Kim, I have just heard that the USA is not the most generous country in the world. Is this true? Who is? I am really disappointed because I thought this was something to be proud of. ~Flag is drooping Dear Flag, There are several indices of generosity and Charities Aid Foundation, which publishes one […]

How well are we treating people who work for social justice?

by Margi Clarke, RoadMap Consulting We know that the social justice sector is not funded as well as the overall nonprofit sector. Just 14% of grant dollars go to groups addressing the root causes of economic, social, and environmental injustice. We also know that many social justice groups suffered large budget cuts due to the recession […]

1.29 New Report: The Wages of Peace & Justice

In collaboration with DataCenter and the National Organizers Alliance, RoadMap has produced The Wages of Peace and Justice, a 2012 National Compensation Survey of Social Justice Organizations. This survey provides invaluable information about salary and benefit trends among community organizing and advocacy organizations and the extent to which these compensation policies reflect social justice values. […]