We generate funds for our members because traditional models don’t.
The Solidarity Economy Giving Circle is open to anyone interested in solidarity economy, community-based democratic control of resources, and innovative grassroots philanthopy. This 1-year program will allow participants to:
- Deepen knowledge and awareness of solidarity economy practices in the five boroughs
- Identify how race, class, and gender shape your experience and that of solidarity economy groups
- Make meaningful contributions to grassroots changemakers who lack access to capital and power
- Build analysis with a community of givers to transform how we move money together
- Connect to solidarity economy leaders and organizations proving another economy is possible and growing in NYC
What is it?
The Solidarity Economy Giving Circle is a newly formed group of donors committed to collectively moving money to build an economy in New York City that is based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.
What is the commitment?
The first cohort of the Solidarity Economy Giving Circle runs 1 year. Each member commits to making and/or raising a meaningful gift of at least $1,000. Participants in the giving circle also collaborate with CEANYC staff and volunteers to host a Giving Party open to all to share stories of solidarity economy leaders and mark the end of each cohort.
Giving circle participants gather four times between September 2017-May 2018. Each of these sessions is a combination of exercises and discussions led by giving circle volunteers as well as informational presentations by community members who are active in the solidarity economy. The group decides which topics they want to cover.
How does fundraising work?
The giving circle fundraising is led by volunteers, primarily young people with wealth and class privilege, who are advised by CEANYC staff and Board members. Giving Circle participants set their own fundraising goals as individuals or together in partnership and work within their network to resource this process, including receiving support and training from each other, Resource Generation, or other aligned giving circles.
Where does the money go?
These funds will be pooled and CEANYC’s democratically controlled member organizations will decide how to distribute the money. This helps to shift the problematic power consolidation that is the norm in funding, in which those with wealth also decide whose work is worthy of grants.
In order to ease the burden on volunteers to convene, facilitate, recruit, and sustain the Solidarity Economy Giving Project (SEGP) as a community, and to place trust in community members who best know their needs, SEGP donors agreed CEANYC’s elected Board of Directors will determine giving circle allocations for 2018. (The Board may revise this strategy to include former grantees and community members in later iterations, but is starting with a simple structure to kick off the project.)
How do I tell you about a project I think you should support?
If you would like to suggest a project for the giving circle to consider donating to, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get involved if I do not live in New York City?
We believe there is value in creating local giving circles that are engaged in moving money to local projects. If you are interesting in starting a giving circle in your community to help support the solidarity economy, we are happy to work in collaboration.
What if I have more questions?
Please reach out to email@example.com.