Report Back from #AMC2017

“Because we are powerful. Because there is enough. Because our communities are teeming with brilliant, resilient people. Because we change each other with every word and every deed. Because good movement building is rooted in generosity. The first ever Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies Network Gathering is a wrap! Our coordinator and facilitator team sends you love from Detroit: the city with a mighty heart.”

~Tanya Mote Facebook post June 15, 2017

Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies Network Gathering coordinating and facilitation team at the Allied Media Conference, June 15, 2017 (Left to right: Tanya Mote of Su Teatro, Mario Lugay of Giving Side, Veronica Garcia of GIFT, Allen Kwabena Frimpong of Movement NetLab, and Crystal Middlestadt of GIFT. Kendra Hicks of Resist is not pictured.)

Building on the success of the “Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements” track, Crystal Middlestadt of GIFT partnered with Tanya Mote of Su Teatro (Denver) and Kendra Hicks of Resist, Inc. (Boston) to organize the first “Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies” network gathering at the 19th annual Allied Media Conference, held June 15-18, 2017 in Detroit.

Each year, the AMC convenes 2,000+ social justice organizers, media makers, technologists, fundraisers, and educators around the shared strategy of media-based organizing, defined as any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of problems and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world. 

This Reimagining Movement Resource Strategies daylong mini-conference, reached nearly 60 fundraisers, movement builders, organizers, and radical philanthropists to engage in dialogue and skill building essential to organizing resources for communities on the frontlines of struggles for justice and equity. From the World Cafe conversations on decolonizing oneself and affirming one’s value and worth to the design sprint on reimagining the giving experience, participants were encouraged to expand their thinking, forge new connections, and gain new inspiration as resource mobilizers. 

The coordinating team sends a special thank you to the facilitation team: Allen Kwabena Frimpong of Movement NetLab, Mario Lugay of Giving Side, and Veronica Garcia of GIFT.

Real Talk with Major Donors workshop (Left to right: Kirin Kanakkanatt, national organizer at Resource Generation (moderator), Emmanuel Garcia of Crossroads Fund, Emily, member of Resource Generation, Nitika Raj, and Patti of a local family foundation. 

GIFT was honored to partner with Su Teatro, Third Wave Fund, and Allied Media Projects to coordinate the 4th “Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements” track. This year’s track was well rounded with more content for cultural organizers and artists along with dynamic sessions on the fundamentals of grassroots and foundation fundraising:

  • Building an Individual Giving Program from Scratch with People’s Action Institute


  • Build it Strong: Collective Governance for Collective Liberation with Design Action Collective & AORTA co-op 


  • Creative & Free Digital Communication Strategies with the Wilmington Wire 


  • Crowdfunding for Social Justice with ioby 


  • Get Over Your Fear of Asking with GIFT, Third Wave Fund & Su Teatro 


  • Know Admin, Know Art: Resource Sharing Through Fiscal Sponsorship with Fractured Atlas, Allied Media Projects, and CultureWorks 


  • The Nuts & Bolts of Fundraising from Foundations with Third Wave Fund 


  • Organizing for Cultural Equity panel moderated by Su Teatro with guests from the National Performance Network, Radical Arts & Healing Collective, Mangos with Chili, and Esperanza Peace and Justice Center


  • Real Talk with Major Donors panel organized by Resource Generation 


  • Resourcing Your Work Through Residencies with Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Documentarian-In-Residence with the Institute of American Indian Arts 

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