Solidarity Economy Giving Circle

 What is it?

The Solidarity Economy Giving Project is a newly formed giving circle 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.

The giving circle will be a cross-class, multiracial group of activists and donors who will build community together, engage in political education, and share in decision making about projects to support.

How does it work?

The first cohort of the Solidarity Economy Giving Project (SEGP) will run for 1 year, with participants meeting 4 times. Building towards each member making and/or raising a meaningful gift of at least $1,000.

Participants in the giving project will also collaborate with CEANYC staff and volunteers to host a low stakes giving party to celebrate the completion of the first cohort.

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.

 

How do I get involved?

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 you 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 with the least access to resources 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

Glad you are interested in participating. Please complete this form and we will be in touch with you with more information.

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 organize@gocoopnyc.com.

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 organize@gocoopnyc.com.