Engaging New Donors into Activist Philanthropy
Rad Donors is short for Radical Donors. Radical, as in: 1. adj. ‘arising from or going to a root or source’ & 2. slang. ‘fine; wonderful; cool’. These are two hallmarks of activist philanthropy as we see it, philanthropy that adopts a systems thinking perspective, tackling societal problems from a root-cause, bottom-up approach & uses fresh, creative tactics to do so.
We want to invite new funders to join us on this mission, because we need many more bold funders to take action – today – more than ever. If you are not much of a reader, just click on the video below:
We have identified and supported more than 53 activist collectives & grassroots movements that are shaking up the status quo and transforming our society from our current system of extraction & oppression to one that puts people and planet over profit.
We do not shy away from public protest, civil disobedience and direct actions that might cause public controversy.
This year we want to grow our ‘Reflex Fund’. This is a pot of money for activists doing important work across Europe. Our team reviews and approves grants very quickly, with funding released up to 2 weeks or less (with a record response time of 48hrs!). The Reflex Fund is intended for activists & collectives that have very little or no financial support, and often doing work that is edgy, experimental and provocative.
We have the staff, the vetting procedures, the networks, the infrastructure for giving grants all in place, so 100% of the money you give will simply go directly to into action.
We are looking for radical donors who want to donate money to rad ideas & actions.
Our fundraising target for 2019 is €50,000, the question is simple, do you want to be one of our Rad Donors?
For example, there are numerous things we could do with a €5,000 euro donation:
If you want to check out a bit more what we’re doing and who we’re supporting you can check out our new annual report.
If you also just want to give us feedback regarding anything mentioned thus far, we’re keen to hear from you.
– We organise and contribute to funder gatherings and regularly participate in outside events to engage more funders in philanthropy with a systems change orientation
– We are facilitating the set-up of a new network of young inheritors interested in social justice philanthropy together with our partner, EDGE Europe (find their open call here).
Our Founder Toni, composed a thought piece detailing some of these ideas, offering some steps regarding what a progressive philanthropic journey, might entail.