Solidaire Network 5-Year Retrospective 2018-2022


Since 2018 Solidaire has set its sights on creating the infrastructure to liberate wealth for intersectional social movements and to build lasting progressive power. Our network has moved critical resources to those at the frontlines of emerging and historical movements for racial, gender, and climate justice. We have intentionally built teams that have the experience and analysis necessary to support our donor members as they strive to transform themselves and the consolidation of power through engaging in bold wealth distribution.

Through cultivating meaningful relationships, equitable collaborations with those fighting on the frontlines, and innovating our grantmaking practices, we have become a trusted and supportive partner to grassroots formations. Solidaire aims to organize with our allies and push the sector toward a model of philanthropy that goes beyond charity toward resourcing social movements resources at the scale necessary to transform society and build a multiracial democracy. Solidaire is working with an urgency that matches that of our movement partners to lay the foundation for a new vision of a future rooted in inclusion, equity, and justice.

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    The Solidaire membership is the heartbeat of Solidaire. Building a loving, bold, and rigorous community is foundational to who we have become. Solidaire members are the lifeline that allows us to be in right relationship with each other, our communities, and the social movements we are a part of. Through excellent staff and member-led work and programming, Solidaire membership has increased in size as well as in our opportunities for connection within our unwavering commitment to radical giving and intersectional social movements.


    Membership Snapshot



    Individual members (66%)

    Institutional Members (34%)

    Member Growth

    Click or touch the tabs on the left to see the membership totals for that fiscal year:

    FY 2018

    Total Members: 108
    Number of States: 18
    Individual Members: 82 (76%)
    Institutional Members: 26 (24%)

    Map of membership at the end of fiscal year 2018

    *Membership data from fiscal years 2018 - 2020 are based on estimates

    FY 2019

    Total Members: 122growth by 13%
    Number of States: 19
    Individual Members: 96 (79%)
    Institutional Members: 26 (21%)
    Map of membership at the end of fiscal year 2019

    *Membership data from fiscal years 2018 - 2020 are based on estimates

    FY 2020

    Total Members: 142 Member Growth 16%
    Number of States: 22
    Individual Members: 111 (78%)
    Institutional Members: 31 (29%)

    Map of membership at the end of fiscal year 2020

    *Membership data from fiscal years 2018 - 2020 are based on estimates

    FY 2021

    Total Members: 222 Member Growth 56%
    Number of States: 25
    Individual Members: 166 (75%)
    Institutional Members: 56 (25%)Map of membership at the end of fiscal year 2021

    *The uprisings after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor drew many new members inspired by Solidaire’s track record funding Black-led organizing. We responded to the moment by launching the Black Liberation Pooled Fund and making a call for other funders to follow suit

    FY 2022

    Total Members: 304Member Growth 37%
    Number of States: 31
    Individual Members: 202 (66%)
    Institutional Members: 102 (34%)

    Map of membership at the end of fiscal year 2022

    *Our growth in institutional members brings diversity to our network, including class, race, and age. Institutional members also afford Solidaire a unique opportunity to impact foundations and the philanthropic sector.

    Program Highlights

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    • Black Liberation Is for Everybody Series

      The Black Liberation Is for Everybody series is a four-part series and a component of Solidaire’s commitment to support Black-led movements and to deepen our members’ engagement in the struggle for Black liberation.

    • Member-Led Solidarity Circles

      Solidarity Circles are member-driven spaces where members educate and organize each other toward taking action. Solidarity circles address varying topics, questions, or aspects of our members’ lives that matter to us and how we show up in solidarity with social justice movements.

    • Defund the Police for Funders

      Defund the Police for Funders was created by the Decarceration Working Group to help donors and foundations understand the call to action, learn how to talk about it within philanthropy, and how to avoid common mistakes among funders.

    • Power Concedes Nothing Series

      This three-session study group is based on the book Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections and is led by the book's editors Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, and María Poblet. 

    • Solidarity Circle for Exective Directors

      This ten-part series supports members in leadership roles to thrive in their philanthropic transformation work. Vini Bhansali and Akaya Windwood lead based on their book Leading with Joy – Practices for Uncertain Times

    • Changing Paradigm Series

      The 2022 Changing Paradigms Series features three learning sessions to support network members in designing and implementing new paradigms to drive change within and beyond their philanthropic institutions.


    We believe in the power of social movements to transform our society toward racial, gender, and climate justice. We believe in the power of Black and Indigenous leadership and the efficacy of frontline communities to solve the biggest problems of our time. Solidaire is purposeful in building relationships with our movement partner grantees that inform our grantmaking practices, identify trends, and expand our support of movement ecosystems for the long term.

     FISCAL YEAR 2022

    Movement Partners Snapshot


    movement partners


    are multi-year partnerships


    Black-led organizations in overall grantmaking


    Indigenous-led organizations in the Movement Infrastructure Fund


    average grant to general operating budgets


    moved to the frontlines of social change


    Grant vehicles


    invests in a robust ecosystem of Black-led social change organizations.


    protects our movements and leaders through funding urgent security needs.


    provides long-term scaffolding for organizations at the frontlines of justice movements.


    advances the impact of social justice funds targeting communities they best serve.

    Key Lessons in Grantmaking

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    We seek continuous guidance from movement leaders through the committees we established to design and escort our pooled funds.


    We aid movement organizations by funding the ecosystem of resource providers, networks, and alliances to create a healthy infrastructure. We are moving larger grants with multi-year commitments.


    Our administrative processes include one to two-question applications, video applications, and no written reporting. Instead, our grant practitioners take the burden from our movement partners by doing our own due diligence.


    We are responding and amplifying the call of our movement partners when they tell us how philanthropy can better serve the movement. Partners have asked for backend infrastructure strengthening, peer-to-peer learning, additional funding and support navigating the often opaque work of organizing and leveraging partnerships with donors and philanthropy.


    We trust Black and Indigenous movement leaders and provide seed funding that allows experimentation. We fund initiatives with lasting visions such as healing and safety practices, land justice initiatives, and political strategy.

    Movement Partner Highlights

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    In 2020, Equality Labs received Movement Protection Fund funding to scale their systems to support more movement leaders in trauma-informed physical and digital security


    The Janisha R. Gabriel Movement Protection Fund

    The demand for racial justice in the summer of 2020 saw a dangerous and targeted backlash in right-wing violence and digital harassment of those who work for peace and justice. Solidaire responded by launching the Janisha R. Gabriel Movement Protection Fund. We moved $3,209,200 to the urgent needs of movement leaders facing threats of violence, state surveillance, and online harassment campaigns. Through this new vehicle, funds were distributed for physical, digital, and legal security to 86 applicants, who typically received funds within a week. We responded to the moment through swift innovation and have now folded this funding into our Movement Infrastructure Fund.


    Southern Power Fund

    When our movement partners at Highlander Center, Southerners on New Ground, Project South, and Alternate Roots told us that funding the South was urgent, our members leaped into action by providing seed funding for the Southern Power Fund in 2020. Organizing in the South is drastically underfunded despite being the frontline of the struggle for climate justice and against harmful political policies impacting the nation. The foresight and trust of our members helped Southern Power Fund to be ready to move critical resources to abortion providers and reproductive justice advocacy after the SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade. In addition, it moved immediately to support mutual aid efforts after the flooding in Central Appalachia in the summer of 2022.

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    Southern Power Fund movement partner The Ordinary People Society (TOPS)

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    Close the Workhouse is a successful jail closure campaign in St. Louis. 


    Too often, philanthropy creates a climate of competition instead of collaboration. Our grantmaking team connects directly with movement partners to discover what they and movements need to thrive. For example, through our Black Liberation Pooled Fund, we partner with Action St. Louis, which builds power for Black communities through housing justice, electoral justice and anti-carceral organizing. Action St. Louis collaborates with our Movement Infrastructure Fund partner, ArchCity Defenders, a holistic legal advocacy organization working for the rights of communities of color. Together the organizations run a monthly renter’s meeting, collaborate on Close the Workhouse, and even co-host a podcast, Under the Arch.


    We strive to cultivate a sustainable, joyful work culture while centering our commitment to movements. We work to create and promote a workplace where diverse individuals can thrive while advancing Solidaire’s collective goals. Our staff members are a cross-class, multiracial, multicultural group of people rooted in movement work. Since 2018 we have greatly expanded our Finance, Operations & Culture department.

    We pivoted from primarily rapid response giving to long-term multi-year general operating support through our pooled funds and became an independent 501(c)(3) entity in 2020. This allowed us to bring on Movement Partnerships and Grantmaking Practitioners to build deeper relationships with our grantee partners. Solidaire runs lean, with supporting services representing 11% of our budget over the last two years. 89% of our budget goes into the frontlines as direct grants.

     2018 - 2022

    Our Team's Growth

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    Staff Members

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    Board of Directors

    Key Lessons in Our Culture

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    Solidaire Network prioritizes its staff’s well-being, health and work-life balance. Solidaire employees are critical to our ambitious theory of liberation goals.  How we compensate them and how we express our gratitude for their talent, commitment, and hard work is central to our success now and into the future.


    We are intentional in our efforts to recruit and retain a community of experienced, high performing and values-aligned employees. We seek employees who share the desire to be transformational rather than merely transactional in manifesting our collective vision for racial, gender and climate justice.


    Our focus on organizational health and culture is constantly rising to meet emerging needs including the pandemic and honoring cultural traditions for bereavement. We celebrate our entire network including staff, Board members, consultants, and our members.

    Highlights of Solidaire Culture

    The New Rules of Old Money


    October 17, 2021 | Harper's Bazaar
    by Nancy Jo Sales

    Image of Susan and Regan Pritzker

    Philanthropy used to be all about black-tie galas and dedicated wings. But the scions of some of America’s richest families are now partnering with progressive organizations to democratize generational wealth and put their money where the movement is.

    "It’s Not Just About Moving Money." How Solidaire Is Challenging Wealth, Power and Privilege

    October 26, 2022 | Inside Philanthropy
    by Dawn Wolfe

    Image of Solidaire Board Retreat 2022, Smiling group in front of redwood trees

    Solidaire is a philanthropy-serving organization whose ultimate goal is to upend conventional philanthropy. Additionally, the organization believes that the systems that have allowed the concentration of power and wealth “must be fundamentally reimagined” to fulfill the group’s vision for social and racial justice.


    Finance and Investments

    in 501(c)(3) Grants
    Graph that shows $36.5 million dollars given to C3 grants from fiscal year 2018 - 2022. The bar chart breaks up the total by fiscal year: $1 million in 2018; $1.6 million in 2019, $1.7 million in 2020; $23 million in 2021; and $9.1 millkion in 2022. There are footnotes that read: Fiscal years 2018 - 2020 are unaudited estimates; Fiscal years 2021-2022 totals are audited financial, accrual based. Footnote for FY 2022 reads: This total is lower than FY 2021 because our second year of commitments, distributed in 2022, were recorded in the previous year

    Finance and Investments Highlights

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    Integrated Capital

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    Attracting Large Gifts