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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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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