On August 10-11, 2012, over 700 social justice fundraiser organizers from across the country came together in Oakland to build and strengthen our collective resources, grassroots fundraising skills, and vision for our movements. Below are some highlights:

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The Debate: The framing of “We are the 99%” (started by Occupy Wall Street) is the most important new development for progressives in decades.  It has captured the imagination of people around the world and created a moment that needs to be converted into a long-term movement for social change. Debaters: Jan Masaoka, Anne Ryan, Libero Della Piana, & Maria Poblet. Debate Moderator: Kim Klein.

Opening Keynote: Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, champions the need for social justice organizations to widen our audience.


Opening Keynote: Attica Woodson Scott of the Louisville Metro Council and formerly of Kentucky Jobs with Justice shares ten ways to turn fundraising into organizing.


Closing Keynote: Kim Klein challenges us to focus on the broader struggle for a fair and just tax policy in order to build more stable and successful organizations.