Tag Archives: Social Movements


Big Gifts for Social Justice Causes: Where are the Major Donors?

October 27, 2016

I once attended a professional workshop that dealt with understanding the lives of wealthy Canadians for the purpose of fundraising and major donor engagement. As someone who first made a career working in small community agencies and supporting social justice movements like the rights of migrant workers, my initial thought attending this session was that … Continue reading

Grassroots Fundraising – Getting to the Root of the Issues

June 28, 2016

Whether it’s working with young people to help them understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of food or working together for collective liberation, grassroots organizations play an important role in society. They’re important because they help fill social, environmental and economic gaps, by bringing awareness and organizing around a social issue to provide resources … Continue reading

Can Philanthropy Learn From Social Movements Like #BlackLivesMatter & Efforts To Stop Anti LGBTQ Laws Like Bill 1523?

April 25, 2016

Imagine if institutional philanthropy could be strengthened by the kind of mutual trust that social movements are getting by matching fundraising strategies with movement building principles. Nonprofits and foundations should consider different ways to build connections with increasingly diverse people who also focus on news and movements which are not always mainstream. Strong citizen organizations … Continue reading

Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement – Part I

April 7, 2016

Philanthropy:  practical benevolence, esp. charity on a large scale – Oxford English Dictionary the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes – oxforddictionaries.com goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially: active effort to promote human welfare – merriam-webster.com an act or gift … Continue reading