Money for Our Movements: did we miss something?

The program committee for Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference could use your advice

What workshop topics do you want to see at the conference this year?

Here are some topics from our ’08 conference that we thought it made sense to have again. Please let us know if you really want to see a topic that we didn’t list; if you convince us that it’s worth it, no promises, but we’ll do our best to land a fantastic presenter to cover that topic (that presenter might be you!).

Please weigh in: Post a comment to this blog or email manish[at]

And if you didn’t already, submit your own proposal now; they’re due on May 11th!

Some of the proposed workshop topics:

Asking Major Donors

Capital Campaigns

Coordinating Fundraising, Finance and Program Work

Cultivating & Upgrading Donors

Direct Mail

Earned Income Strategies

Evaluating Your Fundraising Results

Fundraising & Communications

Fundraising Databases

Fundraising from and by Members

Fundraising and Movement-Building

Fundraising Planning

Grassroots Fundraising 101

Online Fundraising

Philanthropy in Communities of Color

Planned Giving

Racism in Fundraising: For People of Color

Racism in Fundraising: For White Folks

Raising Local Money for International Causes

Raising Money with Email

Raps that Raise Money

Special Events

Transforming Fundraising Challenges into a Vision of Social Justice Fundraising

Volunteer-led Fundraising

Youth-led Fundraising

5 Comments to Money for Our Movements: did we miss something?

  1. May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see a workshop on grassroots funding events that reinforce mission and can be produced on a shoestring…could that be possible? Event promotion planning, etc. should be included.

    • May 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Katherine! More and more grassroots groups are scaling back their special events (or replacing them with other fundraising activities). “Special events on a shoestring” sounds like an interesting topic. I’m sending your idea to our program committee.

  2. Dick Cook's Gravatar Dick Cook
    May 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see a session on endowments. When do they make sense for movement organizations? What are the arguments for and against in light of the volatile investment situation? How can small organizations set them up?

    • May 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Dick! I cringe when I think of social justice groups diving into the mess of endowments. But some GIFTers disagree with me, and that’s fine 😉

      We’ll see if the program committee is interested in this as a workshop topic. If you have ideas for a workshop presenter on this topic, please email me and let us know!

      • Dick Cook's Gravatar Dick Cook
        May 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        The only person I know who has done this well is Kim. it was a few years back, but she might have some thoughts on the topic or more current names.
        We are trying it. But what sounded like a brilliant strategy for sustainability at our 15th Anniversary in March of 2008, turned into “Can you explain again why we should put money into an account that will disappear?” by October.

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