Movement Theory

From Protest to Power: Video

Can social movements make lasting change without just fading away? Watch a series of thought-provoking presentations from young organizers and activists that show us how. Hosted by the Ford Foundation and Solidaire, the video includes talks from Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Taj James, Jackie Mahendra, Thenjiwe McHarris, Carlos Saavadra, and Tamara Shapiro.

Philanthropy Resources

The Wrong Way to Rebuild the Democratic Party

Democrats need to embrace a new vision. That means dumping the failed leaders of the past—including David Brock.
By Leah Hunt-Hendrix. Article published on politico.com.

Philanthropy Resources

What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Resisting Trump

By Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder of the Chorus Foundation.
Article on medium.com.

Grant-Seeker Resources

Grant-Seeker Fact Sheet

Information to help grant-seekers navigate the processes through which we move money to movements.

Grant-Seeker Resources

Rapid Response Criteria for Organizations

Information for groups wishing to submit a Rapid Response funding request to our community.

Movement Theory

Strengthening Black Organizing Across the United States

By DeAngelo Bester and Valery Jean. Published by the Philanthropic Institute for Racial Equity.

Philanthropy Resources

What We’ve Learned After a Decade of Climate Funding

By Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder of the Chorus Foundation.
Article on medium.com.

Theory in Action

A Vision for Black Lives

In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda.

Theory in Action

Cultivating the Grassroots

Lessons from the climate movement: a winning approach for environment and climate funders.

Movement Theory

Movement Net Labs

The Movement Netlab is a practice-centered ‘think-make-and-do tank’ whose goal is to help develop powerful conceptual and practical tools that help facilitate the growth and effectiveness of the most dynamic, emerging social movements of our time.

Theory in Action

Agenda to Build Black Futures

These are resources from an organization we admire, Black Youth Project 100.  As they put it, “America’s economic system has systematically failed Black communities for whole lifetimes with discriminatory policies;…

Philanthropy Resources

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

NCRP offers helpful advice, research, and best practices for grant-makers.

Movement Theory

Zeynep Tufecki: Online Social Change

Zeynep Tufecki analyzes why technology has made movement moments expand and replicate so quickly, and the dangers that accompany organizing in the age of the internet.

Philanthropy Resources
Philanthropy Resources

Donor Communities

We believe that community is crucial for social movements. Find yours.

Movement Theory

Movement Strategy Center

Movement Strategy Center offers great resources for funders and activists.

Theory in Action

New York Foundation: What Happens When Communities Organize?

Last year we set out to demonstrate something our experience has shown to be true: that when people come together around issues of common concern, good and important things happen.