Resourcing & Sustaining Our Movements Track

Collaboration, solidarity & abundance

How can we resource and sustain our work and movements in ways that energize us, strengthen our organizing, question capitalism and wealth, and build community power? The Resourcing & Sustaining Our Movements track will look at grassroots and foundation fundraising how-to’s, self and community care strategies, alternative economic models (i.e. co-ops, gift economies, etc.), grassroots entrepreneurship, and the role of media, art and technology in supporting it all. Through participatory workshops, storytelling panels, skill shares, and peer networking spaces, we will explore how to mobilize the resources (people, time, money, skills, land, and care) we need for our movements and communities to adapt and thrive. We will leave with new fundraising ideas, new ways to move resources, relationships, and the spirit of collaboration, solidarity, and abundance.

Coordinators of this track are Crystal Middlestadt, Tanya Mote, Joy Messinger, Aghilah Nadaraj, Devi Peacock, and KP Pestaño.

Would you like to share grassroots fundraising strategies or alternative economic models that support movement building work over the long-haul? Are you an artist, entrepreneur, or collective with tips and tools for resourcing and sustaining your work? Do you have creative ways of generating income and resources for social justice to share with others?

We are looking for hands-on workshops, strategy sessions, and meet-ups that:

Share stories, skills, and best practices on grassroots fundraising, resourcing and sustaining cultural and artistic work, giving circles and community resource sharing, self and community care, social media strategies for resource development, alternative economies, strengthening organization and group policies and infrastructure, and more

Provide tools, practice space, and share skills for developing business plans for artists & entrepreneurs, managing data and databases for grassroots fundraising, crafting your funding plan, “pitch” or identity, and more

Explore and highlight fundraising as a tool for movement building, legacies of giving in communities of color, closing the wealth divide, cooperative and local economic models, and the ways to address challenges fundraisers face

Challenge capitalism and traditional models for funding and resourcing our work

Expand our understanding of how to generate and move non-monetary resources to organizations, movements and individuals.

If resourcing and sustainability resonate with you, we want to hear about the work you are doing.

We are especially looking for proposals that:

  • Make complex ideas accessible and exciting
  • Share hands-on, creative skills
  • Value the expertise of people most impacted by a given problem
  • Use clear language that welcomes people from any background or experience level
  • Result in tangible resources and strategies
  • Explore solutions that span the internal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions of the problems we face

Proposals are due March 16, 2018.

You may email comments or questions to the organizers at

Click here to propose a session!

Sessions must be accessible to all bodies, genders, and ages by creating a space that is inclusive and welcoming, inspired by the AMP Network principles.

Mobilizing Our Resources Network Gathering

Radical resource-building, sharing & visioning

We all have our own issues around money, and it’s time to drop our baggage. We need to be comfortable with money in order to transform how we use it.

What happens when we resolve our money issues? What does a transformative, sexy, abundant resource mobilizing culture look like, feel like, and sound like? How could changing our stories about money collectively change our movements? And most importantly: if we burnt it all down and started over again, what would we build?

We will share storytelling, case studies, and interactive discussions. We will generate ideas, swap fundraising practices, and strengthen our evolving network of resource mobilizers. Participants will walk away with new relationships, concrete strategies to transform our resource mobilization practices, and ongoing mantras to transform ourselves. Together, we will lay the groundwork for a strong network of radical resource mobilizers dedicated to building our collective power and strengthening our movements.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Crystal Middlestadt, Leah E. Olm, Wazi Maret, Tanya Mote, Mario Lugay, and Allen Kwabena Frimpong.

Are you a movement leader, fundraiser, resource mobilizer, or community organizer working to move money and other resources (people, skills, land, capacity, etc) to the frontlines of struggles for justice and equity? Have your efforts been impacted by self-doubt, guilt, or embarrassment; feelings that intensify at the thought of asking for what you and your communities need? Are you looking for a community of support to help reclaim your sense of power and abundance, while you inspire others to do the same?

The Mobilizing Our Resources network gathering invites collaboration across movements with a focus on the shared needs we have to resource our work and our communities. Centering the experiences of working class and people of color, participants will network with peers, share stories and experiences of personal development and innovation in fundraising, and explore working grassroots models that are redefining economic power and influence.

Together, we will imagine more just and accessible alternatives to current practices of fundraising for social justice movement-building. Our exploration will emphasize strategies and initiatives that reflect reparations and resource mobilization values. By reparations, we mean initiatives like financial compensation and legal reform for communities that have been harmed. Resource mobilization describes our ability to organize people and resources for movement wins.

We are especially looking for participants who are eager to collaborate beyond the AMC and who already have some level of experience with fundraising, resource mobilization, and/or development of alternative economic models for social justice movements.

We encourage participants to strategize and continue the conversation by submitting sessions and mealtime meet ups in conjunction with the Resourcing & Sustaining Our Movements track at the AMC.

This network gathering is limited to 60 participants. For more information and to register, please email or fill out our registration form here.

Learn more about 2017 Allied Media Conference programming here.