YGB Launches Movement Fund
Since its founding in the Fall of 2014, YGB has helped organize too many direct actions to count, countless freedom schools, education sessions, community conversations, debates, and resource workshops, and has helped raise funds to meet the needs of Black and Brown people in WI and across the U.S.. Still, our organization - labeled "radical," "dangerous," and "unfindable" - has remained at the fringes of financially established organizations and without consistent funding. The community has missed out because of it.
While Madison and the surrounding areas continue to benefit from YGB and collaborator social justice work, the entrenched funding structures continue to avoid committed support that values and sustains real grassroots work. Our experience is not unique.
Throughout the state of Wisconsin and across the nation, initiatives must sacrifice impact and core values in order to become palatable to mainstream funders. This is a big deal, and sheds light on why some of the problems we aim to solve persist in the city with the highest non-profits per capita in the state.
TO MAKE REAL CHANGE, WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY WE FUND CHANGE
YGB has just launched Movement Fund in an effort to combat this problem. The new organization is a crowdsourced tool to build funding for low-barrier grants that support social good work that may fall outside of the usually supported criteria. Grants focus on key areas including Meeting Needs, Building Awareness, Advocacy and Action.
|"We believe that, if we can help improve the bottom line of organizations that get involved, we can build consistent funding for those who are too often forgotten AND create more resources for social good work." said Sed Smith, YGB organizer. "It's our way of bringing independence and consistency to a broken funding world."|
The fund has already made grants but plans to use this crowdsourced referral marketing structure to generate a new level of social justice funding for our community.
AND WE WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED.
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