What is Solidaire?

Solidaire is a membership community of people with wealth who are committed to supporting progressive social movements which address crucial needs now, next year and beyond.  We aim to respond quickly and nimbly to urgent needs, while also making long-term sustained commitments to build movement infrastructure.

Facilitated by Solidaire’s communications platforms, members develop deep knowledge and connections with organizations on the front lines of resistance, action and innovation. Through their interactions, Solidaire members gain the confidence and knowledge of how to channel their donations to organizations that are on the frontier of transforming our society.

Our History

Solidaire began with the desire to answer a single question: What is the role of financial resources in supporting social movements that are fighting for deep systemic change?

In 2011, movements shook the globe. From the Arab Spring to anti-austerity protests in Europe, and Occupy Wall Street here at home, we witnessed the power of collective action – of individuals and communities taking to the streets and putting their bodies on the line to make their voices heard. It was surprising and challenging. What did these protesters want? Why was such disruption necessary? These movements upended the status quo, both in their vision and in their tactics.

Watching these events unfold led to reflection on the history of social movements, and the realization that they often take decades to achieve their goals. Deep structural change takes massive shifts in culture and narratives, as well as in social, political and economic institutions. The women’s, abolition, and civil rights movements each challenged a deep conception about who had rights, who was fully human, and who should be allowed to participate in society as an equal.

Upon further reflection, we realized that such movements don’t just happen. They require infrastructure. They require organizations and leaders that can sustain energy and vision over time. And this infrastructure requires resources.

In 2012, we decided to create a community of donors who wanted to participate in building this kind of long term social movement infrastructure. We looked at models and surveyed the landscape. Then, in 2013, Solidaire was born, launching with just a handful of people. Now, in 2018, we have over 160 members around the country, and we continue to experiment and learn together about the best role we can play in creating the kind of deep structural change our society needs.

Join Our Community!

If you are a person with wealth and are interested in making your giving more strategic, coordinated, and transformative, consider joining our community! Please reach out to our staff for more information: eugenia@solidairenetwork.org.

Founders

Our founding group worked together throughout 2012 and 2013 to create the shape, culture, and processes that make up Solidaire.

Farhad Ebrahimi

Jason Franklin

Richard Graves

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Jee Kim

Brooke Lehman

Brendan Martin

Billy Wimsatt

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee oversees the health of the organization and keeps us focused on our long-term goals.

Jason Franklin (Co-Chair)

Molly Stranahan (Co-Chair)

Ingrid Benedict

Holmes Hummel

Brooke Lehman

Sophie Robinson

Deborah Sagner

Our Staff

Rajasvini Bhansali

Rajasvini Bhansali

Job Position

Executive Director

Ravi Khanna

Ravi Khanna

Job Position

Director of Finance & Operations

Eugenia Lee

Eugenia Lee

Job Position

Director of Community Engagement

Janis Rosheuvel

Janis Rosheuvel

Job Position

Program Director

Jacqueline Behan

Jacqueline Behan

Job Position

Events and Operations Associate