Introducing: Fire This Time Fund Lessons Learned in Year 1
by Kristen Cox

This article first appeared in AREA Chicago #5: How We Learn.

Radicalization, nourished by a critical spirit, is always creative. – Paulo Frieire
I thought it would be an interesting experiment to invite peers in my larger social network, whose activist work—in anti-prison, education, media, LBGTQ health, and community arts circles—I admired and respected, to join me in devising a process that would fund informal, creative social change projects.

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Giving Circles

a form of shared giving and social investment networking -- represent a growing trend in philanthropy as community organizations established by individuals are seeking to have greater involvement in their giving.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded gathers original essays by radical activists from around the globe who are critically rethinking the long-term consequences of this investment. Together with educators and nonprofit staff they finally name the “non-profit industrial complex” and ask hard questions: How did politics shape the birth of the non-profit model? How does 501(c)(3) status allow the state to co-opt political movements? Activists or careerists? How do we fund the movement outside this complex? Urgent and visionary, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded is an unbeholden exposé of the “non-profit industrial complex” and its quietly devastating role in managing dissent. $18

Transforming Philanthropy into Revolutionary Giving
by Lisa Gray-Garcia aka Tiny

I just wonder what part of Re-thinking he didnt understand.. . I began reading an op-ed entitled Re-Thinking philanthropy by William F. Shultz published recently in the American Forum. From a quick e-glance at the subject line I was filled with excitement, imagining a critique of the rooted in slave/master hierarchy-becoming-seeds-of the non-profit-industrial complex- crabs in a barrel -system that-non-profit organizations barely survive on and compete with each other over crumbs for. But alas, no, I would be sadly disappointed as I read on.. seeing only a vague questioning of non-profit organizations who receive public money but don't provide health care to their workers.

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Money is Our Business - Notes from a Progressive Foundation
by Jeanne Kracher & Sheila O'Donnell

This article first appeared in AREA Chicago #8: Everbody's Got Money Issues (a project partially funded by a 2008 grant from Fire This Time Fund).

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. —Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Enough is a blog space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our lives: how we decide what to have, what to keep, what to give away; how we work together to build sustainable grassroots movements; how we challenge capitalism in daily, revolutionary ways.

Resource Generation

Resource Generation is a national organization that works with young people with financial wealth who are supporting and challenging each other to effect progressive social change through the creative, responsible and strategic use of financial and other resources.