Tag Archives: Social Movements


Exotica: Sex and race in face-to-face fundraising

January 9, 2019

Cover Photo by Drop the Label Movement on Unsplash. “But really, where are you from?” – that dreaded question I often received when meeting donors in my first fundraising job. I had begun in the role feeling like I had finally found my path, like I could do anything. I lost that confidence quickly when … Continue reading

La charité 3.0 commence par… un don d’impact

December 17, 2018

C’est le donateur qui oriente désormais les actions caritatives, qui doivent maintenant avoir un impact concret.   C’est en écoutant la radio que j’apprenais (ou plutôt que je me remémorais) que le 5 septembre était la Journée internationale de la charité. Longtemps à l’agenda, la notion de charité était intrinsèque à notre devoir de mortel. … Continue reading

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