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GRANTMAKING: MOVEMENT R&D

PERSPECTIVE STRATEGY

FUNDING BOLD MOVEMENT INNOVATIONS

OVERVIEW

Our pooled giving process is one of the ways we take collective action as a community. Through this process, we support “Movement R&D”: the bold, upstart, innovative experiments in movement-building. Breakthroughs emerge when space exists to be creative and try new things. By pooling our resources, we provide risk capital for leaders on the ground, striving to create social change.  Between 2013-2019 there have been over 170 Movement R&D grants made. This process has always aimed to fund envelope-pushing work that might not otherwise garner support from traditional sources of philanthropy. The Movement R&D process has also been iterative following its first cycle in 2013. Solidaire members have been deeply involved in helping to shape the process; identifying potential grantees, seeking movement guidance and eventually creating and serving on a grantmaking committee made up of Solidaire members and movement leaders. These collaborative efforts with movement leaders have resulted in powerful grantmaking to seed some of the most critical movement work of our time.

Dream Defenders (Winter 2013)

#NotOneMoreDeportation (Summer 2014)

Movement for Black Lives Convening (Summer 2015)

Mijente (Winter 2015)

National Black Food & Justice Alliance (Winter 2016)

Native Organizers Alliance (Spring 2016)

Say Her Name / Black Trans Lives Matter Network Gathering (Spring 2016)

Indigenous Climate Action (Summer 2017)

Cooperation Jackson (Summer 2017)

Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice (Winter 2017)

Native Organizers Alliance (Winter 2017)

Seeding Sovereignty (2018)

Justice for Muslims Collective (2018)

Ignite NC (2018)

We will continue to learn from our funding cycles and adjust, refine and shift the Movement R&D process to meet stated movement needs. This process aims to be responsive to and in conversation with movement organizations, entities and leaders so that we are supporting the ideas that have real potential to have broad and deep impacts across movement.

2020 CYCLE

2020 Movement R&D Process 

Supporting Movement Ecosystems NOW!

The realities of the global pandemic have meant that Solidaire’s grantee partners are responding, planning, and holding sacred space for their communities. Many organizations and groups are also struggling with the reality of moving operations online, ensuring safety and security while organizing online, beating back white nationalism, and the march toward fascism and organizing to stop the denial of the vote. They are doing all of this and more while working to ensure mental and physical health for their staff. 

Movements that have been organizing to stop climate catastrophe, evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs, and the brutal deportation machine, have seen concrete wins in this perilous time. Indeed, these movements and those that have been organizing for disability justice and for an end to prisons are the reason we have responsive concrete examples of care and hope right now. Movements have created the possibility of a just response for our entire society.  

Even in the midst of all their amazing work, our grantees and others on the frontlines share that they are also coping with donors and foundations shrinking back from the moment and withdrawing funding commitments. They also report that the requests coming from funders to advise, fill out surveys, sit on webinar panels, and more require vital time being lost to their organizing work. This is the opposite of what we must be doing as a network of people with access to wealth. Moving more money to buttress social change infrastructure and removing all barriers to accessing money will help movements hold on to and surpass the wins of the current moment. 

Solidaire Grantmaking is Expanding not Constricting     

With our mandate more urgent than ever, Solidaire is endeavoring to: (1) expand the money we move to frontline social change agents to build their capacity to do their core work (2) remove barriers to accessing that money (3) lean into our principles and practices for resource mobilization and (4) create responsive learning opportunities for ourselves and our partners in the philanthropic sector.

We have been in ongoing and deep listening and conversation with grantee partners in recent weeks and months and have as a result created a responsive grantmaking structure to meet the needs of our grantees. We are focusing on building our past grantee partners’ capacity. These organizations represent a wide range of work across all regions of the United States. The groups vary in the size and scope of their work and that is a good thing. We are working to shore up movement ecosystems which are populated by large and small entities but all that are bringing innovative vision and practice to their organizing.   

Prior to the Covid-19  pandemic, we had decided to open the R&D grant cycle to past grantees.  This now enables us to reconnect with past grantees to help shore up the foundation of grassroots power-building ecosystems across the nation.  

How the Movement R&D Process Will Work:

  • July-September 2020, Round 2: 
      • Moving money to past grantees that serve as capacity builders, anchors in a region or issue and with budgets over $500k
  • Date TBD: 
      • Mutual aid / technical assistance and open cycle 
  • Ongoing Learning: 
    • We are building a resource reader to highlight the work of our past grantees as part of this cycle.  We want to share with Solidaire members and our wider grantmaking community the work you, past grantees, have done.  If you are a past Movement R&D grantee, please use this one-page form to submit up to four resources that highlight your work. We would like to gather into one document, a list of resources that reflects some of the amazing work and vision you and other grantees are advancing. This document will be shared widely and publicly with Solidaire members, allies, and partners. Please send us any resources you think best convey your work.  This can include, but is not limited to the following:
      • Articles
      • Op-eds
      • Pamphlets 
      • Podcasts  
      • Reports 
      • Videos 
      • Interviews 
      • And more!

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]

2019 CYCLE

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

Reproductive Justice is intersectional and essential to sustainable communities. Reproductive Justice is creating the social, economic and political conditions for all people to build healthy and sustainable lives. The term Reproductive Justice was coined by Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice in Chicago in 1994. They recognized that the traditional reproductive rights movement (Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America) which was led by and mainly benefiting middle class and wealthy white women at the expense of communities of color, could never articulate or properly support and uplift the needs of women of color, trans folks and other marginalized communities. 

Instead, they developed a framework that combined reproductive rights and intersectional social justice in order to address the multiple ways various issues, such as wage theft, climate change, immigrant justice, and food access, affected marginalized families. Since its inception in 1994, Reproductive Justice groups all over the country have been at the helm of advancing radical policy around equal wages, health care accessibility, chemical regulations while also providing direct services to marginalized communities that are directly impacted and in some ways have been harmed by larger reproductive rights groups.  In this moment where bodily autonomy is being attacked in many states around the country, it is the perfect time to support the intersectional work being led by reproductive justice organizations to support a variety of social justice issues and defend the bodily autonomy rights of all individuals. Solidaire is looking to support reproductive justice groups across the South, as an ecosystem, to further develop their collaborative efforts and advance innovative work to support people’s rights to bodily autonomy.

2019 REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE GRANTEES

We are excited to announce the 2019 Movement R&D Grantees.

This year, we received 90 nominations and 50 full applications for groups doing a wide range of reproductive justice work across the southeast and southwest. The 23 Movement R&D Grantees reflect our commitment to supporting innovative work that is taking place in historically under-resourced communities, and to groups that are working on a range of intersectional reproductive justice work. This includes birth justice, abortion access, environmental justice, building the power of the ballroom community, migrants organizing across borders for health justice, leadership development for communities pushed to the margins and more.

From building a grantmaking team of movement leaders doing reproductive justice work in the south, to following their guidance throughout the nominations, application and decision making process, this grants cycle was truly a powerful testament to putting our values of power sharing and movement accountability in to deeper practice.

The full list of grantees is as follows:

 

Organization/Entity Southern States Based In
Access Reproductive Care – Southeast AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, TN
Black Phoenix Organizing Collective AZ
Carolina Youth Action Project SC
Central Arkansas Harm Reduction Project AR
Feminist Women’s Health Center GA
Gina Breedlove GA
H.E.A.R.T. Crew MO
Holler Health Justice WV-focused, but also KY, TN, VA, GA, NC, MS, and AL
Indigenous Vision AZ, NM, OK, LA, TX
Jamaa Birth Village MO
Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective KY, VI, WV, AL, FL, TN, NC, MI
Liberation House: Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network GA, NC, MS, TX
Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund MS
Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC) LA
RestoreHER GA
Santa Fe Dreamers Project NM, TX
SpiritHouse Inc NC
SWOP’s NM Con Mujeres NM
T.A.K.E Resource Center AL
Texas Equal Access Fund TX
The South Florida Healing Justice Project FL
Trans Queer Pueblo AZ

*This list is provisionally based on final approval from our fiscal sponsor.

You can learn more about the Movement R&D process and see lists of past grantees here. Please check back in our news and updates section to see when we will be opening the 2020 Movement R&D cycle.

 

To learn more about the focus of this 2019 cycle, take a look at our reproductive justice reader which includes a great list of books, articles, podcasts, films and more on the topic. To learn more about the 2019 Movement R&D cycle, please email Chi-Ante Singletary: [email protected].

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