Solidaire is not a foundation and we do not have a traditional application or grantmaking process. Solidaire is a community of individual donors learning about how to best use our financial resources to support social movements that are fighting for deep systemic change. We believe an abundant ecosystem of movement building organizations are required to address the injustices we all face. We do some giving together, but for the majority of our members’ philanthropy we encourage long-term donor relationships directly with movement groups rather than through Solidaire regranting vehicles. We created this fact sheet to help grant-seekers navigate the processes through which we move money to movements.
Rapid Response for Movement Movements
From the beginning of Solidaire, our community has stood ready to act in support of unanticipated moments of crisis, uprising and mobilization. We believe movement moments like these can shift the popular imagination, mobilize new and unexpected communities, and make crises that have always existed impossible to ignore. Through our Rapid Response giving, Solidaire members remain vigilantly prepared to take risks in real time, trusting leaders to tell us what they need, and giving directly to frontline organizations in the heat of movement moments. Our goal is to ensure lack of financial resources is not a barrier to action.
Solidaire does not make grants for Rapid Response. Instead, we share Rapid Response funding opportunities with our membership, who decide whether they can respond to a request on an individual basis. We track pledges and our members send the money to groups directly as soon as 24 hours after hearing about a request. External submissions for funding are vetted against our criteria by staff before being presented to the membership to consider.
If you would like to inquire about submitting a Rapid Response opportunity please:
Movement R&D Fund for Movement Innovations
The Movement R&D Fund (“Research and Development”) is intended to convey an openness to taking risks by supporting movement leaders to explore, iterate, and test new ideas and tactics that have the potential to organize at a massive scale and have movement-wide impact. We prioritize leadership from marginalized communities, giving them flexible “risk capital” that doesn’t require or anticipate specific answers, deliverables or outcomes.
The Solidaire Movement R&D Fund makes grants. All members contribute part of their dues to this pooled fund, and the granting decisions are led by a movement-engaged committee made up of members and a majority of former grantees.
If you would like to submit a proposal for our Movement R&D Fund:
- Visit our Grantee page to see the latest updates on this cycle.
- Email us to be added to our email list for notifications about the funding cycle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aligned Giving for Movement Infrastructure
Ultimately, we believe that the short-term funding vehicles above will not provide social movements with the resources they require to build strong infrastructure to grow and develop over years. At Solidaire, we think of this infrastructure as including leadership development, organizing and base-building, communication and data tools, media and culture, and independent sources of funding. To this end, in September 2016, we launched our Aligned Giving Strategy designed to allow members to collectively move at least $1 million a year for five years – a total of $5 million over five years – toward the Movement for Black Lives. The Movement for Black Lives has taken shape over the past two years, and includes a strong set of connected organizations, including intersections with gender rights, economic inequality, education, immigration, climate change, and politics.
We do not make grants through our Aligned Giving Strategy. Instead, the Aligned Giving Strategy has been set in partnership with leaders in the Movement for Black Lives and provides a structure for Solidaire members and other donors to help build the infrastructure of the movement by making commitments directly from donors to organizations and collaborative strategies in the field.
Learn more by visiting our Aligned Giving Portal: