Category: Current events and politics

6.1 What Happens When Real Fundraisers, Do Real?

Unless you’ve been living north of the Arctic Circle, you have probably witnessed the spectacle masquerading as reality and bombarding the airwaves these days. Now I do know some people that only watch world news and some who have no television at all…otherwise, like I said: north of the Arctic Circle. Over the past couple […]

4.21 EPIP Conference Report Back

By Ryan Li Dahlstrom & Ash Hammond We just returned from the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference in Philadelphia. The conference brought together the next generation of grantmakers and organizers within philanthropy from across the country who are interested in advancing social justice philanthropy. We’re excited to share some of what we learned […]

3.31 Honoring César Chávez

Today we celebrate César Chávez Day. Here’s a guest post from Mike Roque, a longtime organizer and fundraiser, and GIFT’s first Executive Director. by Mike Roque César Chávez was born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, AZ. Eight states currently celebrate César Chávez Day along with many cities. One day, Chávez will be the first Latino […]

1.17 Inspiration from the Civil Rights Movement

We welcome guest blogger, Holly Fincke, a fundraiser and fundraising consultant. You can read the full article this post is based on in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, free if you’re a subscriber or just $3. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday 2011 – A day to remember the leader and the movement that shook the country […]

11.8 “Why Philanthropy Should Welcome the Tea Party” – Huh?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted an article last week about Why Philanthropy Should Welcome the Tea Party, causing quite a stir. While many of us would say that civic engagement and mass organizing are positive things – and many of us on the Left have envied the Right’s long-term funding strategy of multi-year general support […]

10.21 What Would You Do with $155 million?

As a fundraising consultant to small social justice nonprofits with organizational annual budgets that normally fall below $2 million, I have talked to or worked with many groups who are or have been in financial crisis. The causes for these crises are often varied and complex, from losing a major grant because a funder slashed […]

9.7.10 Can You Tell a Sweet Story of Budget Cuts?

We are living in the era of budget cuts and they present a unique opportunity for the psyche of any fundraiser. The economic crisis (for lack of a better term) has impacted us in a myriad of ways – layoffs, organizational mergers, shifts in program priorities, and more. They’re not new of course, but more […]

7.22 What are We Afraid of?

In my direct fundraising and also my fundraising consulting work, the majority of nonprofits that I work with see themselves as social justice groups, and of those, many see themselves as racial justice organizations. The staff, board and member/client base of most of these groups, for obvious reasons, are usually made up of mostly people […]

Fundraising as Movement-Building: Breast Cancer Action

These are exciting, scary and sometimes confusing times we live in. From the recent national controversy surrounding SB 1070—the Arizona law that criminalizes immigrants and encourages racial profiling—to last month’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there is plenty to be upset about. As social justice fundraisers, though, our job is to see […]