Author Archives: theoyangcopley

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, […]

4.4 AAPIP Promotes “Democratic Philanthropy” through Queer Justice Fund’s Missed Opportunities Report and New Giving Circles

by Theo Yang Copley It is probably no surprise that there is a long-standing need for funding for organizations that support Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ communities, but I was surprised by just how little funding these organizations get. The numbers tell the beginning of the story: in 2009, the amount of foundation funding […]

11.1 What Disability Justice Has To Offer Social Justice by Theo Yang Copley

I attended my first workshop on disability justice facilitated by Mia Mingus and Stacey Milbern, two Korean queer women with disabilities, at the United States Social Forum in 2010. Sitting in a room with others wanting to talk about disability and ableism within a social justice framework was like coming home for me. During the presentation and […]

7.19 The Human Side of Major Donor Programming

This month I am writing about what cori parrish at North Star Fund calls “the human side of donor programming.”

5.19 A GIFT Alumna Reflects on Grassroots Fundraising

Greetings! This is my first official post to the GIFT blog and I am grateful and excited to be writing here. In this post, I interview Monica Raye Simpson about her experience with the GIFT Internship for people of color. Monica is a skilled grassroots fundraiser, facilitator, board member, performance artist and mentor. She is […]

2.24 Donor Diversity and My Favorite Philanthropy Blog Post

We’re honored to re-post a blog from a member of Resource Generation, Theo Yang Copley, written in response to one of GIFT’s posts by Pam Pompey. From the moment I read Pam Pompey’s blog post about an experience with her organization The Ujamaa Institute on the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s (GIFT) blog, I could […]