Theory of Liberation
How We Got Here
Our 10-year strategy was made possible by the the insight and deep relationships developed during our Our Theory of Liberation and the learning and reflection processes. In 2019, with new leadership at the helm, and anticipating the challenges and opportunities emerging, Solidaire engaged in a Strategy Evaluation and Theory of Liberation process to define its strategic direction—and outcomes—for the next three years (2019-2022). Solidaire doubled down on its commitment, with a 10-year goal to move $1 billion to social change movements so that grassroots organizers have more of the resources they need to win. This means:
- The revenue streams of social movement organizations in the United States are increasingly less dependent on traditional philanthropy and foundations.
- Resource holders are transformed into donor organizers, moving new and unprecedented amounts of solidarity and support to the frontlines of social and racial justice movements.
In 2022 we engaged independent professional evaluators to assess Solidaire’s progress in implementing our Theory of Liberation since 2019. They conducted interviews and surveys with stakeholders including members, movement partners, board, and staff. Through this process we took a critical look at our progress in order to find our path forward. We produced Reflections & Learning, an interactive digital report to share what we learned with our members and philanthropy at large.