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Meet Our Opening Plenary & Closing Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the speakers for our opening plenary!

Grassroots Fundraising Revolution:
From Asking for Money, Towards Organizing the People’s New Economy

Dara Cooper, co-founder of National Black Food & Justice Alliance | James Beard Foundation Leadership Award recipient

With roots in numerous cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Jackson, MS, Dara Cooper is a national organizer with the National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA), an alliance of Black led organizations working towards national Black food sovereignty and land justice. She is also an anchor team member of the HEAL (Health Environment Agriculture and Labor) Food Alliance, a cross sector alliance of organizations working to transform our unjust food system. She is currently working on a project elevating racial justice and food systems infrastructure work (such as food hubs and co-ops), after completing a southern tour interviewing Black farmers, co-ops and food hubs throughout the south in partnership with the Center for Social Inclusion.


Paulina Helm-Hernandez, former SONG Co-Director & current program officer, Foundation for a Just Society

Paulina is a queer artist, trainer, political organizer, and strategist from Veracrúz, Mexico, who has made the US South her home for more than two decades. For eleven years, she was the co-director of Southerners on New Ground, a social justice advocacy organization supporting LGBTQ people in the US South. Prior to that she coordinated the Southern regional youth activism program at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Paulina has a background in farmworker and immigrant/refugee rights organizing, anti-violence work, and gender and sexual liberation work that centers people most affected by poverty, war, and racism.


Nicole Marín Baena, Director of Finance and Economic Development, Mijente

I grew up in an immigrant family in the South. My parents were textile workers, and when the factories started to close (after NAFTA), my family would move to wherever there was a mill still open; from town to town all across Appalachia. I experienced firsthand how companies can extract all the labor and resources from a place and move on to the next, leaving nothing of use behind. After my community in western North Carolina experienced some devastating immigration raids, we started working together and talking with other communities to try to figure out how to build new economic relationships that are rooted in places and can withstand the different storms that will come.


Mary Hooks, SONG Co-Director

Mary Hooks joined the SONG team as a field organizer for the state of Alabama in March 2011. The chapters of her life begin with a life of poverty, being parentless, and shy. Her story unfolds as a rebellious teenager who converts to a devoted Christian in Pentecostal church, comes out as a lesbian, and is left without the support of her foster or church family, and stricken with tons of Christian guilt. As a student at a private Lutheran college, Mary redefined her self and discovered a radical desire to be a catalyst for change in the world. Since then Mary has relocated to the hot shades of Atlanta, GA, and has found her niche in organizing with SONG, throwing dope parties and singing with the Juicebox Jubilees, a queer choir, created to provide a safe space for folks to gather their voices together, sip a little wine, and sing songs that uplift, inspire, and liberate.

And you don’t want to miss our closing keynote, Decolonizing Wealth: A Call to Mutual Healing and Thriving


Edgar Villanueva, Author of Decolonizing Wealth

VP of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Edgar is an instructor with The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University and currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States.

Edgar previously held leadership roles at Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.

Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Edgar is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, NY.


We hope you can join the conversation.

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Each year at the Money for Our Movements conference, we choose a topic relevant to grassroots organizers and fundraisers for our stellar debate team to argue ALL sides of the issue, sparking our imaginations and inviting us to think outside of the box. 

Previous debates have focused on topics ranging from insider vs. outsider political strategies to movement vs. organizational building to grassroots vs. institutional fundraising. 

Attendees consistently tell us the debate is one of their favorite parts of Money for Our Movements, and we think this year will be no different. Join us as we explore these questions and more:

  • Is branding necessary to instill confidence in our organizations and attract the necessary resources to advance our missions?

  • Does focusing on organizational branding lead us down a corporate path and prevent us from building a movement together?

Introducing our emcees and debate team:

Emcees & Debate Moderators: Latinos Who Lunch: FavyFav & Babelito

FavyFav is a Las Vegas native working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. His work draws from art history, popular culture and his Guatemalan/Mexican heritage. He has participated in exhibitions and been awarded artists residencies across the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Las Vegas venues include the Contemporary Arts Center, Trifecta Gallery and The Clark County Government Center. Favela has curated many shows throughout southern Nevada, at spaces such as UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum to El Porvenir Mini-Market in North Las Vegas. Recent exhibitions of note include Unsettled at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, featuring site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West at the Denver Art Museum and the group exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness currently touring the United Kingdom. FavyFav is also the 2018 recipient of the Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. To view Favy’s work please visit,, or check out our News and Updates section below for upcoming exhibitions in a city near you.

Babelito, is a recent Ph.D. in Ibero-America colonial art history from the University of New Mexico. Since 2007 he has explored themes of violence, identity, race and class difference in colonial Latin American art. Among other venues, Babelito has presented his work at The Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), The Denver Art Museum, The College of Art Association and American Studies Association. He has curated art exhibitions for Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla México, for the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas and for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). An essay titled “Hagiographical Misery and the Liminal Witness: Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits and the Politics of Imperial Expansion,” was published by Brill in the spring of 2018. Currently, Babelito is a Visiting Professor in Chicago, collaborates to the education programs of Arquetopia, Foundation for Development in Puebla and Oaxaca Mexico, and lectures on Latinx visibility in the podcast world.

MFOM18 Debate Team

Erica Clemmons, State Director of 9to5 Georgia
Erica Clemmons is a community activist at heart. Her passion for the development of young black labor members started as a steward for UFCW Local 1996 in Atlanta Ga., where Erica became the voice for many workers fighting for fair treatment in the workplace.  Erica quickly grew a presence in the labor community as a talented activist, where she worked in many different cities helping to organize members of the community to organizer their workplace. After spending time with UFCW in Ohio, Michigan and Chicago, Erica came back to the south to help organize communities of color.  Currently Erica is the State Director of the Georgia Chapter of 9to5 National Association of working women where she continues to fight to end employment discrimination against women. The membership of the Georgia Chapter is predominately the most marginalized women of color in the communities of Metro Atlanta. Erica’s work with 9to5 focuses on building power in Georgia through leadership development, and civic engagement. She is working to help create policy that will be more reflective and inclusive to communities that she works in.  She is also the current under 40 chair for the International Coalition of Black Trade unionist (CBTU) and the vice president of the local CBTU Metro Atlanta chapter. CBTU, is a constituency group of the AFL-CIO, and a voice for black workers in the labor movement.

Mario Lugay, Giving Side Founder
As Justice Funders’ Collaboration Director, Mario partners with philanthropy and field practitioners to design, pilot and scale both innovation and coordinated action that advances social movements. Mario comes to the organization via Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, where he served as a 2016-2017 Civic Innovation Fellow, and currently holds the position of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GuideStar, and is the founder of the technology platform, Giving Side.

In 2010, Mario co-founded the New American Leaders Project, the country’s first and only organization dedicated to training first- and second- generation immigrants to run for elected office. He has held leadership positions at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, as well as the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, providing leadership around new and unprecedented philanthropic investments in both integrated voter engagement strategies and for a fair and accurate 2010 census count. He built significant community organizing experience as the National Coordinator of Racial Justice 911 and at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in the Northwest Bronx.

Mario is a long-time philanthropic and nonprofit consultant, speaker and trainer. He currently is an advisor to the High Net Worth POC Donor Collaborative, Digital Impact and New Media Mentors, and previously served as board member of Resource Generation, American Prospect, and as board chair of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Mario scales opportunities for individuals to engage civically and for progressive social change. He started this work as a community organizer in the Northwest Bronx and later joined the field of philanthropy. There he became the first program director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, providing leadership around new philanthropic investments in both integrated voter engagement strategies and for a fair and accurate 2010 census count.

Today, Mario explores bringing the best of technology to the best side of ourselves.

Heather Yandow, Third Space Studio
Heather Yandow inspires nonprofit leaders to be more strategic and thoughtful in their action. She is known for her appreciation of both data and story as well as her belief that it is better to be great than to be good.

Heather is the creator of Third Space Studio’s annual Individual Donor Benchmark report. Recent reports have been covered by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Nonprofit Times and the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

Heather brings more than a decade of experience as a fundraiser, facilitator, outreach coordinator, and project manager to Third Space Studio and our clients. Prior to joining Third Space Studio in 2010, Heather was the Director of Development and Communications with the NC Conservation Network, a statewide network of over 100 organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health. During her nine-year tenure, Heather developed sustainable strategies to diversify revenues, directed a growing fundraising program, and built a comprehensive set of benchmarks to track programmatic progress.

Heather is a founder of the Beehive Collective, a giving circle in Raleigh, and is a former board member of Democracy NC and ncyt: NC’s Network of Young Nonprofit Professionals. Heather holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina.

In her free time, Heather enjoys riding bikes, hanging out with her dog, and enjoying the great music and food in the Tria

Xochitl Bervera, Director of Racial Justice Action Center (RJAC), Atlanta
Xochitl Bervera is a queer Chicana/Latina organizer, lawyer, movement builder, and teacher/trainer. She is currently the Director of the Racial Justice Action Center which building the grassroots leadership, power, and capacity of marginalized communities to fight for – and win – political, economic, and social transformation in Atlanta and Georgia. At RJAC, she leads the organization’s engagement in Transformative Organizing which includes intensive leadership development strategic campaigns, policy advocacy led by the directly impacted, and movement building in order to advance a vision of a radically restructured society where justice exists for all people. RJAC’s grassroots projects include Women on the Rise (WoR) and the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co).

Xochitl has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, media, and policy advocacy, and training and technical assistance, mostly focused on ending criminalization in Black and Latino communities. She has organized in California, New York, Louisiana, and Georgia. She is passionate about uniting communities of color to resist incarceration, detention, and deportations. Xochitl is also a student and teacher of generative Somatics, learning to develop the leadership capacities of individuals and groups, support communities in healing from trauma, and transform oppression into powerful and coordinated action for liberation.

Read the full 2018 Debate Resolution


Check Out this Amazing Line Up of Workshops
(partial list~full schedule coming soon)

Advanced Topics for Movement Resource Mobilizers

  • If You Build It…Capital Campaigns for Social Justice Organizations
  • Shifting from Transactional to Transformative Development: The Movement Commons Fundraising and Power Project
  • Strengthening Connections between Fundraising, Communications and Program
  • Fundraising Planning for Growth and Equity
  • The New Architects of Social Finance: Building Out your Funding Streams and Creating Just Capital for your Communities

Emerging Grassroots Economies

  • Using Cooperatives for Sustainable Economic Development

Fundraising Skills, Strategies, and Systems

  • Building Power Within & Power With to Mobilize Resources
  • Foundations, Program officers and Writing Proposals: Everything You Wanted to Know about Foundations and Were Afraid to Ask
  • Too Tapped to Thank
  • Make a $5,000 Ask During a 30-Minute Lunch 
  • Planned Giving with Few Resources & Little Time
  • We Make Money Moves! Fundraising While Black
  • #OwnIt: Using Grassroots Fundraising to Build Equity for Our Communities
  • Power to the People: Crowdfunding to Mobilize Community Agency
  • To 501(c)(3) or Not To 501(c)(3)?
  • Power in Numbers: Breaking Down Budgets & Financials
  • Relying on Monthly Sustainers During Organizational Crossroads
  • Fundraisers Unite! Building a United Front With the Vision of Human Development
  • By the People, For the People: Fundraising for TGNC Liberation
  • Budgeting for the Resistance: Start Here

Fundraising with Boards & Teams

  • Where’s The Ask?
  • All Aboard: Building a Fundraising Team
  • Fundraising Bright Spots: Learn & Take Action
  • Secrets to Building a Fundraising Board
  • Building Strong Fundraising Partnerships
  • Why We Fail: Changing Behaviors & Mindsets
  • We’re All in This Together: How Development Staff Can Work with the Executive Director, Board, and Program Staff in Fundraising

History, Politics & the Current State of Giving & Philanthropy

  • Show Me the Funding: How the Muslim Community’s Funding Framework has Evolved
  • Alternative Fundraising Structures for Grassroots Organizations
  • Black LGBTQ Migrants and Strategies for Survival
  • Alternative Fundraising Structures for Grassroots Organizations

Personal Wellness & Sustainability

  • Change Agent, Give Yourself a Break: Systems and Resources to Run Your Life & Work on Autopilot
  • Not for the Meek: Fundraising as a Contemplative Practice
  • Sports Bras, Safety Nets, and Saying “No”: Real Talk About Safety for Money Organizers
  • Stop Workplace Bullying and Harassment in Our Nonprofit Workplace

Raising Funds Online

  • Raise $20,000 in 20 days 
  • 21st Century Telethon: Peer-to-Peer Text Messaging for Fundraising
  • The ABCs of Digital Fundraising
  • Bowling for Abortion Access: The Collective Power of Grassroots Supporters & Peer-to-Peer Fundraising