2023 Annual Report

SOLIDARITY IN ACTION

Reflections on Growth in 2023

SOLIDARITY IN ACTION

Reflections on Growth in 2023

Liberating Wealth for Movements to Win

In 2023, we launched and implemented our 10-Year Strategy to liberate wealth for movements to build lasting community power. Our members and team are aligned with this vision and are building a political home for members to unleash their potential and lead philanthropy in radical transformation. Our commitment to accompany movements as they contest for power is unwavering as we refine how to invest in movement experimentation, protection and imagination while bolstering sustainable infrastructure for movements to scale and win. 

 

In 2023, when mainstream and corporate philanthropy pulled back from racial justice funding, Solidaire had the opportunity to put solidarity into action to support movements. Our members stepped up to fulfill our funding commitments to our movement partners as they grappled with the harmful effects of this funding cliff. When a global movement sprang up against war and occupation, our network leveraged their resources and deep roots in movement organizing to immediately deploy money to the organizations that are leading the movement for peace and racial justice.

OUR MOVEMENT ANCESTORS

We are profoundly grateful for the guidance and inspiration our dearly departed loved ones Jill Soffer, Amy St. Pierre, Ravi Khanna and Janisha R. Gabriel provided. They remain forever in our hearts and imbue our work with purpose. As we reflect on the remarkable journey of 2023, including achievements and strategic pivots propelling us forward, we honor their memories and contributions.

Illustrated portraits of the busts of Jill Soffer (a middle aged white woman with long blond hair), Amy St. Pierre (a middle aged white women with long brown hair), Ravi Khanna (a senior South Asian man with short grey hair and glasses) and Janisha R. Gabriel (a middle aged Black woman with short natural curns, glasses, a hat and large earrings). They each have their name and a different colored circles haloing their head. Below is a splash of maroon with the words, Our Movement Ancestors written in cursive

OUR 10-YEAR VISION

Between 2023 and 2033, Solidaire Network aims to increase left influence, build on our existing work and engage with members, movement partners and strategic collaborators by:

(Hover over or tap on the round icons to learn more about the outcomes of our strategy.)

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Icon of a lock inside a shield

Protecting Movements

Strengthening movement capacity to fight and win against authoritarianism by increasing movement organizations' ability to mitigate security threats posed by a fascist, white Christian nationalist and anti-democratic right

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Icon of people holding a banner that says Act Now!

Organizing Mobilized Masses

Strengthening the capacity of movement organizations to absorb and develop mass numbers of people spurred into action by recent mobilizations for racial justice.

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Icon of hands putting envelopes in a voting box

Building Electoral Power

Expanding voting rights and the electorate, and building progressive power by mobilizing new and unengaged voters at the grass roots, increasing access to the polls and enfranchising individuals excluded from voting.

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Icon of four hands holding one another, forming a square

Aligning Movements

Supporting a higher level of alignment and cooperation among organizations and social movements that work intersectionally for racial, gender, economic and climate justice.

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Icon of hands holding a heart with a dollar sign in it and arrows pointing in both directions

Shifting Philanthropic Practices

Influencing philanthropic partners and shifting philanthropic practices such that movement organizations are less reliant on the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) structures and the directives of the wealthy.

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Icon of a people networked with gears

Resourcing Community Governance

Resourcing experiments that redistribute wealth toward community-led and community-governed efforts and that reduce the overall concentration of wealth.

OUR 10-YEAR VISION

Between 2023 and 2033, Solidaire Network will aim to increase left influence, build on our existing work and engage with members, movement partners and strategic collaborators by:

Icon of a lock inside a shield
Icon of a lock inside a shield

Protecting Movements

Strengthening movement capacity to fight and win against authoritarianism by increasing movement organizations' ability to mitigate security threats posed by a fascist, white Christian nationalist and anti-democratic right.

Icon of people holding a banner that says Act Now!
Icon of people holding a banner that says Act Now!

Organizing Mobilized Masses

Strengthening the capacity of movement organizations to absorb and develop mass numbers of people spurred into action by recent mobilizations for racial justice.

Icon of hands putting envelopes in a voting box
Icon of hands putting envelopes in a voting box

Building Electoral Power

Expanding voting rights and the electorate, and building progressive power by mobilizing new and unengaged voters at the grass roots, increasing access to the polls and enfranchising individuals excluded from voting.

Icon of four hands holding one another, forming a square
Icon of four hands holding one another, forming a square

Aligning Movements

Supporting a higher level of alignment and cooperation among organizations and social movements that work intersectionally for racial, gender, economic and climate justice.

Icon of hands holding a heart with a dollar sign in it and arrows pointing in both directions
Icon of hands holding a heart with a dollar sign in it and arrows pointing in both directions

Shifting Philanthropic Practices

Influencing philanthropic partners and shifting philanthropic practices such that movement organizations are less reliant on the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) structures and the directives of the wealthy.

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Icon of a people networked with gears

Resourcing Community Governance

Resourcing experiments that redistribute wealth toward community-led and community-governed efforts and that reduce the overall concentration of wealth.

NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS

This selection of awards and press coverage highlights the contributions and reach of our network in 2023.

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  • 2023 NCRP Impact Awards, in white letters on a pink circle

    2023 NCRP Impact Award

    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 2023 Impact Award: Solidaire was awarded the Mover and Shaker Award for Bold Peer Organizing.

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    Donor Organizer of the Year

    Inside Philanthropy named Solidaire Network the 2022 Philanthropy Awards Donor Organizers of the Year.

CONNECTING MEMBERS

Donor Organizing to Build a Political Home

Together, our staff, members and movement partners are building a beloved community to liberate wealth to build a sustainable future. We are transforming ourselves and our giving while co-creating a political home where members can engage in genuine relationships as our whole selves. We inspire one another to deepen our connections, gain clarity and embrace bravery, empowering each other to be the agents of change that the world needs.

Through our personal and collective growth, we work to transform the limitations of traditional philanthropy and co-create a future rooted in solidarity and interdependence. We organize and strengthen ourselves as a movement-aligned base of donors by engaging in collective political education, offering peer-to-peer support and building skills in organizing. Our collective work allows us to face difficult truths and fill critical gaps that are essential to sustain strong movements and a uniquely loving and powerful political home.

SOLIDAIRE MEMBERS

Members in 2023

360

60-perc

60%

Individual Members

40%

Institutional Members

Solidaire members span generations, races, class backgrounds and giving capacities. Individual and institutional memberships are not fixed categories, and members often move between these experiences. Our individual members are often a part of family foundations, while our members representing institutions contribute a vibrant mosaic of ideas and experiences, enriching our network profoundly. We are a leader-ful network, and our members share a commitment to movements and collective growth.

SOLIDAIRE REGIONAL HUBS

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TESTIMONIES FROM OUR MEMBERS

"Thank you, Solidaire, for creating this radical space. You inspired our imaginations around what is possible to redistribute wealth in meaningful ways."

—Solidaire member

“I feel immense gratitude for this political home. I have never been in a space where my identities and purpose meant I was in the exact right place at the right time.”

—Solidaire member

“It was so wonderful to be in a multiracial cross-class space and feel safe and comfortable.  That is exceedingly rare and precious. It was also such a pleasure to be in community with so many queer folks and to be in a truly inclusive community where everyone can be SEEN and loved as they are.”

—Solidaire member about our network gathering

DONOR PROTAGONISM

Solidarity Circles

Solidarity Circles are member-driven spaces where members educate and organize each other toward action. The spaces are designed to address varying topics, questions or aspects of our members’ lives that matter to us and influence how we show up in solidarity with social justice movements. We launched our Solidarity Circles in January, and by the end of the year, about half of our members had participated in a circle.

See the names of our member-led Solidarity Circles below.

Member-led Resource Mobilizations

Solidaire members are committed to showing up for racial, gender and climate justice both in pooled fund contributions to our grantmaking work and through timely movement moments through our member-led Rapid Response channel. Below is a summary of some of the most impactful Rapid Response funding themes from July 2022 to December 2023.

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Southern Funding

Solidaire members showed up in big ways to fund Southern movements alongside our Southern Hub through a five-year commitment to the Southern Power Fund (August 2022) and by working alongside the fund on overlapping climate justice resourcing efforts. Solidaire shored up support through direct cash infusions for the Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund (July 2022) and for the Jackson, Mississippi, water emergency (September 2022), helping members download Cash App to move needed resources quickly and directly to the area.

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Indigenous Sovereignty and Land Back

Our network continued to deepen its commitment to Indigenous sovereignty and land rematriation efforts across the country by funding suicide prevention at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (September 2022), the land back campaign in Northern California (October 2022), the Ramapough land-back campaign in New Jersey (May 2023) and a climate justice organizing training site in Minnesota (July 2023).

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Abolition

In 2023, Solidaire members resourced inspiring abolition projects and movements. We fortified the emerging Stop Cop City movement in January and July by resourcing bail funds, the ballot referendum campaign and legal support, in collaboration with institutional members like Equation Campaign and allied networks like Resource Generation. Solidaire also resourced an urgent abolition movement moment in October, supporting Southern organizers to turn Confederate statues into public art pieces.

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Antiwar Movements

In the fall of 2023, Solidaire members aligned with an emerging antiwar movement that called for peace and an end to U.S. military funding in Israel-Palestine. Our community resourced early ceasefire campaign efforts for the Jewish solidarity organization IfNotNow (October 2023), Palestinian-led organizing to demand humanitarian aid and a ceasefire in Gaza (November 2023), and a New York Times ad by Black faith leaders opposing war (November 2023).

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Worker Organizing

In April, Solidaire members supported a group of poultry workers in Arkansas who were fired after a weeklong strike at a Tyson Foods plant. Coordinating alongside Venceremos, a Movement Infrastructure Fund partner, members funded lost wages for workers who had been organizing and building power in Arkansas across five Tyson plants since 2019.

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Trans Justice

Members demonstrated their readiness to show up for trans justice in April. Our community met the moment through an urgent fundraising appeal to save San Francisco's Transgender District, the nation’s first such designated district. In collaboration with institutional members at the Women’s Foundation California, Solidaire supported the district by closing a funding gap, ensuring that trans people can continue to find community and safety in San Francisco and beyond.

POLITICAL EDUCATION

Solidaire members engage in dynamic political education programming about critical and timely issues in donor organizing, philanthropy and movements for social justice. Members and movement partners lead relevant and interactive programming, online and in person.  

Here are some highlights from our 2023 political education programming. Use the arrows to navigate the slider.

Unity and Power Network Gathering

We came together for our 10-year anniversary gathering, Unity and Power, on the Pueblo of Santa Ana in October of 2023. At our first in-person meeting since 2019, we deepened relationships, connected with local communities, grew our organizing and leadership skills and developed collective strategies for liberation. 

10-Year Strategy Regional Hub Gatherings

Solidaire members co-created our 10-year strategy with Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director, and Malachi Garza, organizing director, as they met in person at regional hub meetings across the country. Together, we dug into the strategy and collaborated on what it will take to realize our vision from April to August 2023.

Worker Solidarity

Solidaire members Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Pamela Shifman and Holly Fetter led this session to explore emerging issues in funding labor organizing and the fight for workers’ rights. Solidaire staff Beezer de Martelly and Jas Wade shared Solidaire's worker center funding strategy in our pooled funds for this impactful event in May 2023.

Black Liberation Is for Everybody

Leading Black movement organizers joined us for this four-part series to explore core issues in the fight for Black liberation, including Black feminisms, anti-capitalism, disability justice and abolition. Members learned from movement leaders and examined core funding themes that animate movements in our Black Liberation Pooled Fund from March to July. 

Renewing Our Strength

Our 2022 member retreat combined virtual programming and regional in-person gatherings. Our time together included sessions with frontline movement leaders, workshops on donor organizing and radical grantmaking, arts and cultural performances and even a comedy hour.

Rooting into Disability Justice with India Harville

Our Black Liberation Pooled Fund movement partner India Harville led us in this two-part series exploring how disability intersects with race, gender and class and how to apply disability justice principles to our practices in September of 2022.

Unity and Power Network Gathering

We came together for our 10-year anniversary gathering, Unity and Power, on the Pueblo of Santa Ana in October of 2023. At our first in-person meeting since 2019, we deepened relationships, connected with local communities, grew our organizing and leadership skills and developed collective strategies for liberation.

10-Year Strategy Regional Hub Gatherings

Solidaire members co-created our 10-year strategy with Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director, and Malachi Garza, organizing director, as they met in person at regional hub meetings across the country. Together, we dug into the strategy and collaborated on what it will take to realize our vision from April to August 2023.

Worker Solidarity

Solidaire members Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Pamela Shifman and Holly Fetter led this session to explore emerging issues in funding labor organizing and the fight for workers’ rights. Solidaire staff Beezer de Martelly and Jas Wade shared Solidaire's worker center funding strategy in our pooled funds for this impactful event in May 2023.

Black Liberation Is for Everybody

Leading Black movement organizers joined us for this four-part series to explore core issues in the fight for Black liberation, including Black feminisms, anti-capitalism, disability justice and abolition. Members learned from movement leaders and examined core funding themes that animate movements in our Black Liberation Pooled Fund from March to July.

Renewing Our Strength

Our 2022 member retreat combined virtual programming and regional in-person gatherings. Our time together included sessions with frontline movement leaders, workshops on donor organizing and radical grantmaking, arts and cultural performances and even a comedy hour.

Rooting into Disability Justice with India Harville

Our Black Liberation Pooled Fund movement partner India Harville led us in this two-part series exploring how disability intersects with race, gender and class and how to apply disability justice principles to our practices in September of 2022.

ACCOMPANYING MOVEMENTS

Accompanying Movements as They Contest for Power

In 2023, social justice movements witnessed a significant reduction in charitable contributions, with grassroots and BIPOC-led organizations bearing the brunt of this downturn. Our partners continue to tell us that they need “long-term, principled investment from philanthropy” as they cope with crises on legislative fronts, at the ecosystem level and internally within their organizations. 

 

In response, we launched the In It Together campaign during the summer to fulfill our fourth year of commitments for our multiyear grants within the Black Liberation Pooled Fund and the Movement Infrastructure Fund. During our network gathering in October — inspired by our time together and the powerful testimony from the movement leaders directly impacted by the conflict in Israel-Palestine — our members not only met our In It Together goals, but raised an additional $2.1 million to support antiwar organizing and further racial justice work against antisemitism and Islamophobia. Our network showed up to fill the gap and respond to the moment with integrity and love.

GRANTMAKING IN 2023

$7,915,711

Grantmaking commitments in FY2023*

$13,592,486

Money moved to movements**

* FY2023, or July 30, 2022 - July 1, 2023

** Some funds were committed in prior years

Our pooled funds are a powerful tool for members to move money collectively and consistently to frontline movements for social justice. Advisory entities composed of movement leaders continually advise our Movement Partnerships and Grantmaking Team on curating and adapting to the emerging needs of social movements. Our pooled funds support the most impactful and innovative groups creating change and often complement the member-led rapid-response giving of our network.

OUR POOLED FUNDS

Our network continues to advance the frontlines of social justice organizing through our pooled funds. We are honored to partner with groups leading intersectional work toward our collective liberation through base-building, experimentation and innovation and by building infrastructure for our movements to win.

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Black Liberation Pooled Fund

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

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Movement Infrastructure Fund

This fund provides long-term scaffolding for movement formations and organizations.

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Janisha R. Gabriel Movement Protection Fund

This fund moves money quickly to address urgent security needs and to build movement protection infrastructure.

In 2023 Solidaire added two new grantmaking vehicles to our network. The Building the Fire Fund is an existing fund that has found a new home with our network. The Unity & Power Fund is a one-time emergency funding vehicle launched by our members in response to the genocide in Palestine.

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Building the Fire Fund

The first fund dedicated to Indigenous reproductive justice found a home at Solidaire in 2023.

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Unity & Power Fund

In 2023 Solidaire launched Unity & Power for antiwar and racial justice organizing for just and sustainable peace in Israel-Palestine.

GRANTMAKING PRACTICES

Our grantmaking is grounded in the following principles that help to guide and orient our work:

  • Fund the intersections of racial, climate and gender justice
  • Place a low burden on oversight and a high burden on trusted relationships
  • Focus on people closest to the pain, particularly Black and Indigenous leaders
  • Acknowledge movements need stable as well as responsive funding

INTERSECTIONAL ORGANIZING

We fund intersectional organizing because just as oppression impacts us all our fight for liberation must too. Our partners in our Black Liberation Pooled Fund are fighting for abolition, trans rights, disability justice and worker's rights. Indigenous sovereignty is climate justice, gender justice and queer liberation. We cannot support the rights of migrants or immigrants without looking at racial justice, economic justice and the rights of the LGBTQAI+ community. Our movement partners are deeply rooted in their communities and fighting for the freedom of our whole selves and communities.

100%

Intersectional Movements

50%

Black-Led Organizing

90%

BIPOC-Led Climate Justice Groups

30%

Indigenous-Led Organizing

100%

Intersectional Movements

50%

Black-Led Organizing

90%

BIPOC-Led Climate Justice Groups

30%

Indigenous-Led Organizing

STRATEGIC ECOSYSTEMS FUNDED

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The South

Solidaire continues to fund in considerable proportion in the South. We fund land justice, electoral justice, cultural work, criminal justice reform and much more. The South remains the region that receives the most funding from our grantmaking. Our ongoing involvement in organizing resources for the Southern Power Fund bolsters this level of commitment.

National Anchor Groups

The thinking behind our initial funding mandates from our movement elders was that in order to fund movement infrastructure, it would be important to support resource providers, networks, political homes and self-determined entities. Many of our partners hold unique positions in their ecosystems since they are anchor organizations on a constellation of issues and their work has national implications and influence. Organizations like the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Mijente, Vision Change Win, Illuminative and Palestine Legal all help ground and resource their movement ecosystems so the ecosystems can grow and thrive.

Land Sovereignty and Stewardship

Solidaire’s land justice funding encompasses climate justice, Indigenous sovereignty and Black land stewardship. A key focus for much of this work is the effort to take land off the speculative market and return it to community control and stewardship. Land justice is also a cross-cutting area that includes work happening at the intersections of tenant organizing, environmental racism, trans rights and autonomy, and farmworker rights. The work of the Homes for All ecosystem, Taproot Earth, Parceleras Afrocaribeñas and Indigenous Climate Action reflect the expansiveness and nuances of Solidaire’s funding in this area.

FUNDING EXPERIMENTATION AND PROTECTION

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Since launching our Movement Protection Fund in 2020, we have moved over $4 million to protect movement leaders and organizations increasingly targeted by far-right hate groups. We have funded physical and digital security and pushed philanthropy to expand its funding in this area. We have consistently resourced holistic movement security, delivering at key moments by supporting Black, Indigenous, Arab, Muslim, migrant, LGBTQIA+, worker and other communities facing threats to their organizing.

With the mandate from our movement elders to fund infrastructure in robust and creative ways, we have aimed to resource everything from political homes that nurture leadership development to resource hubs and providers who offer essential services to movement organizations and leaders. Our commitment to helping to undergird and grow movement infrastructure has resulted in Solidaire moving nearly $10 million to these efforts since FY2021.

This has long been a value of Solidaire’s, and we continue to fund in this way. A key example of Solidaire responding to movement moments has been the work we have funded via the Unity & Power Fund. In the midst of a powerful and renewed effort to organize for Palestinian liberation, Solidaire members helped to move over $1.7 million to groups diligently working to realize this goal.

TESTIMONIES FROM OUR MOVEMENT PARTNERS

“When I was at my lowest, fearing for my safety and the safety of my children, Solidaire showed up and had our back.”

Janisha R. Gabriela Movement Protection Fund partner

“I love Solidaire because they understand the needs of the collective and how to be in solidarity with impacted communities and organizations like ours who are from the frontlines. That shared understanding is a breath of fresh air. Land Back means that Indigenous communities have the right to say no to destructive projects on our homelands. It also means we know how to steward them back to health as our ancestors have for millenia. Healing the lands means also healing the people. It means you trust us, and fund uas like you want us to win.”

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Sacred Earth Solar

“Equity and Transformation connected me with Solidaire, and thank God you guys were there. It helped me to save myself so I was able to breathe and have a moment to think so that I continue fighting this fight,”

Karl Ferrell, Community Organizer, Movement Protection Fund partner

“For organizations such as NBWC, commitments and true philanthropic partnerships that fund our mission, not because it’s trendy but because they know we can’t address inequity without addressing its root causes in areas like racial equity are essential. This is the partnership we have with the Solidare Network and is crucial to continue the fight to end anti-Black racism and discrimination in the workplace.”

Tanya Wallace-Gobern, National Black Worker Center

MOVEMENT PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

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HEARD is an abolitionist organization led by deaf and disabled people who support deaf and disabled incarcerated people with political advocacy, direct services and political education. They created and maintain the only national database of deaf and disabled incarcerated people. HEARD was successful in pushing the Federal Communications Commission to pass the Martha Wright-Reed Act, which mandates accessible communication technology for deaf and disabled people within correctional institutions, in addition to requiring the cost of prison phone calls be lowered. 

In an exciting win, HEARD welcomed home a member after being incarcerated for 30 years. The person collaborated with HEARD staff to enact multilayered organizing with family members and the community, engaged in attorney education, tracked legislation and advocated across different sectors. Two staff members flew to the parole hearing and were able to speak about the long-term relationship the organization had with this person and the vast network of support this person would be coming home to. They organized and advised his attorney, raised funds for rent and food, partnered with people and resource organizations in his city, connected him with therapy and provided his family with assistance in learning American Sign Language. This powerful story reflects the intersection among reentry guidance, incarcerated advocacy and the prison visitation and commissary fund in HEARD’s work.

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HEARD's core staff team all met in person for the first time for a strategic planning/visioning retreat that was made possible with support from Solidaire's Accompaniment and Capacity Strengthening Fund. 

A new wave of community-centered development has begun across the country as community organizations invest in community buildings. These projects bring security and sustainability for organizations and help coordinate movements regionally. For many, their efforts began with a need to find more stable and centralized homes for their work—however, for others, the efforts have been a direct response to physical and policy attacks by the far right. Here are three examples of how our movement partners secure their futures:

The LOVE Building: Having opened its doors in the fall of 2023, the LOVE Building is in the Core City neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. It is the vision of six community organizations: Allied Media Projects, Detroit Disability Power, the Detroit Justice Center, the Detroit Community Technology Project, Detroit Narrative Agency and Paradise Natural Foods. The goal of the project is to allow each group to have accessible, permanent locations while showing how non-extractive development could benefit a neighborhood. The collective created a Community Benefits Agreement with the community that centers disability justice.

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Northside Center for Power & Transformation soon to be in in St. Louis, Missouri.

Northside Center for Power & Transformation: Two of Solidaire’s partners, ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis, have purchased a large former church building in St. Louis, Missouri, that will become the Northside Center for Power & Transformation. After ongoing harassment and a devastating fire to Action St. Louis’ office in 2021, the organization began working more closely with ArchCity to identify and co-develop a new space to grow St. Louis’ organizing network. Northside Center for Power & Transformation will house three organizations and allow for community use more broadly, with a gym, commercial kitchen, and training and conference space, among other spaces.

Brownsville Futures Project: Occupied by Project South and the Hunger Coalition since 1996, 9 Gammon in Atlanta, Georgia, recently became owned by Project South. Now the organizations are working to invest in the building and 4.5 acres as part of a larger effort to steep themselves in the rich history and legacy of the Brownsville neighborhood while making it a contemporary movement-building campus. The partnership between Project South and the Hunger Coalition is rooted in and organizes historic communities threatened by displacement through gentrification.

These capital projects are major feats for even well-established organizations, especially given the lack of progressive philanthropic entities and focus in Michigan, Missouri and Georgia. On top of annual organizing and fundraising, organizations doing such work must take on $10 million to $20 million campaigns and manage large renovation projects. Yet, the stability and investment can grow in organizing efforts for the long haul. While Solidaire is increasing its interest and capacity in integrated capital, the need for flexible funds on the ground is growing quickly. We can be poised to help meet these needs.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM MOVEMENT

  • Make long-term, principled investment that movements can count on
  • Expand funding, especially when there are growth points in ecosystems and organizations
  • Support capital investments to help movements secure their physical and political futures 
  • Fund in ways that connect ecosystems; connected ecosystems can build power 
  • Resource underfunded regions, not ones where winning is deemed most possible  
  • Organize resources alongside movements in real time, at catalytic moments

MOVING FORWARD

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Scaling Our Donor Organizing

In 2023, Solidaire accomplished incredible work organizing a base of donor organizers and influencing the philanthropic sector. We continue to be a critical force to liberate wealth through lifesaving, intersectional funding — a commitment quantified by the substantial total funds we've mobilized in 2023. As we look to 2024, our vision centers on enhancing movement alignment, amplifying left power, transforming philanthropy better to support power building and countering material obstacles to progress. We would like to thank our ancestors, friends and families. Our kinship is pivotal to continue the fight for justice and equity.

THANK YOU!

For your contributions to our beloved network in 2023 and beyond. 

THANK YOU!

For your contributions to our beloved network in 2023 and beyond.