2015 Session 9 – Fundraising

Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program
2015 Session 9: Grassroots Fundraising as Organizing

Required Readings

  1. Andrea Smith, “Introduction: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded”  from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, eds., The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. (19 page PDF*: Smith Intro Revolution Will Not Be Funded). (bio).
  2. Vicki Quatman, “Organizing and Fundraising: Sisters in the Struggle”. (9 page PDF: Quatman Organizing and Fundraising). (bio).
  3. Kim Klein, “The Ten Most Important Things You Can Know About Fundraising”. (2 page PDF: Klein 10 Most important Things). (bio).
  4. Paula X. Rojas, “Are the Cops in Our Heads and Hearts?”  from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, eds., The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. (9 page PDF: Rojas Are the Cops in Our Heads). (bio).

Recommended Readings

  1. Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth, “8 ways to raise $2,500 (or more) in 10 days (or less, sometimes)”. (4 page PDF*: Klein Roth 8 Ways to Raise 2500). (bio).
  2. Kim Klein, “Prospect Identification:  You Already Know All the People You Need to Know To Raise All the Money You Want to Raise”. (4 page PDF: Klein Prospect Identification). (bio).
  3. Kim Klein, “The Fine Art of Asking For the Gift”. (4 page PDF: Klein Fine Art of Asking). (bio).

Readings are provided free for use by participants studying in the Anne Braden Training Program for Anti-Racist Organizers, a noncommercial, nonprofit educational program. We encourage everyone to buy the works from which excerpts have been taken – please support these authors and publishers.

Author Biographies

Publicity Photo of Kim Klein from Building Movement Project.

Kim Klein

Kim Klein is internationally known as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is a member of the Building Movement Project and leads workshops on tax policy and the importance of the “commons” for them as well as being a regular contributor to their website. She is the founder of the bimonthly Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She is also the author of Fundraising for Social Change, Fundraising for the Long Haul, which explores the particular challenges of older grassroots organizations, and Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Training Program for Religious Organizations or Projects, Raise More Money  which she edited with her partner, Stephanie Roth, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis. Widely in demand as a speaker, Kim Klein has provided training and consultation in all 50 states and in 21 countries.

Vicki Quatman is a longtime social justice organizer in the South.  She has written widely on organizing and fundraising for the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.  She wrote You Can Do It! A Volunteer’s Guide to Raising Money for your Group for the Appalachian Community Fund.

Publicity photo from Mama Baila

Paula X. Rojas

Paula X. Rojas is a member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She has been involved in the founding and organizing of a number of low-income, working class women of color led organizations, including Sista II Sista, Pachamama, and the Community Birthing project.  Sista II Sista is a Brooklyn-based collective of working-class young and adult Black and Latina women building together to model a society based on liberation and love.  The organization is dedicated to working with young women to develop personal, spiritual, and collective power.  They are committed to fighting for justice and creating alternatives to the systems they live in by making social, cultural and political change.  Paula Rojas has played a leading role in the formation of the Another Politics is Possible Network in NYC that brought a large working class multiracial delegation to the U.S. Social Forum to participate in sessions about creating new movements in the U.S. from below and to the left.

Publicity photo from Klein and Roth

Stephanie Roth

Stephanie Roth is the co-director of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and the editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She has worked as a staff member, board member, volunteer and consultant with nonprofit organizations in the US and overseas since 1978, with an emphasis on grassroots, social justice organizations. She also facilitates meetings and retreats. She is the co-author of The Accidental Fundraiser and co-editor (with Kim Klein) of the anthology Raise More Money: The Best of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Prior to her work at GIFT, she was the founder and director of the Long Island Technical Assistance Center, and Co-Director of New York Women Against Rape. She holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA and serves on the board of A Jewish Voice for Peace.

Publicity photo of Andrea Smith from CSUN

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith is a Cherokee intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. Along with Nadine Naber, she cofounded INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence in 2000, and she is a member of INCITE!’s National Planning Committee.  INCITE! is a national grassroots organization that engages in direct action and critical dialogue to end violence against women of color and their communities.  Smith was also a founding member of the Boarding School Healing Project which “seeks to document Native boarding school abuses so that Native communities can begin healing from boarding school abuses and demand justice.” Smith has worked with Amnesty International, coordinating the research project on sexual violence and American Indian women.  She is currently a professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

* Note: number of pages refers to pages within the PDF file to provide a sense of the download size, not the number of pages of readings included. Links to external web sites open in a new page.

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