Movement Commons is a national campaign to re-imagine and practice transformative, regenerative, and collaborative approaches to building power and resourcing social justice movements. We bring together development staff in local cities and sites across the country to catalyze collective action that shifts practices away from scarcity and competition and towards abundance and cooperation, builds collective stewardship over our shared movement bases and resources, and promotes effective, values-driven ways to use technology as a means to nourish and support the political journeys of everyday people.
Justice Funders believes that a just and thriving world cannot be achieved if institutional philanthropy is constrained by its ingrained practices that uphold the accumulation of wealth and power, while perpetuating systemic social and economic inequality. We recognize that philanthropic capital has been — and continues to be — accumulated through the extraction of wealth from low-income communities and communities of color. Therefore, we believe that philanthropy must undergo a deep, systems-level transformation whereby financial assets are redistributed to the communities most impacted by injustice by transferring the management and control of those resources to social justice movements that are advancing racial and economic justice.
It is when movements — rather than philanthropic institutions — have the economic power and self-determination over how resources are allocated, that they can leverage their political and cultural power toward advancing systemic change for a Just Transition.
To take responsibility for supporting our movements to build intentional practices and infrastructure to collectively steward those resources, Justice Funders is cultivating deep collaboration among social justice movement organizations, rooted in abundance and cooperation, to develop transformative approaches for raising and stewarding resources that build power for movement ecosystems.