Resource Organizing Project – What We Do

What We Do

“Many movement fundraisers face burnout. ROP directly connects us to community, resources that continue to grow, and a voice in the process. We also break bread, enjoy libations, and dance!”

– “Celebration of Grassroots Organizing” Partner

Fundraising can be a form of organizing, power-building, and healing.

We support community organizers and solidarity economy practitioners to align fundraising with movement values.

We offer:

More information on ROP:

Sustainer Learning Circles

“Every time a fundraising goal felt daunting, our cohort helped us work through kinks and cheer us on.”

– “Sustainer Learning Circle” Participant

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The Sustainer Learning Circle (SLC) is a yearlong cohort of four grassroots organizations that level up their monthly donor programs in community by:

  • Learning and sharing best practices
  • Developing a unique sustainer strategy
  • Supporting each other to implement the plan

Each organization receives a stipend and matching fund to incorporate into their strategy. Read more about the SLC here.

Click each state/geography below to view our 2022 cohort participants:

Connecticut
  • Make the Road CT
  • Students for Educational Justice (SEJ)
Maine
  • Black Portland Organizers Working to End Racism (P.O.W.E.R)
  • Presente! Maine
Massachusetts
  • Beantown Society
  • Boston Ujima Project
  • Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity (CCDS)
  • The City School
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
  • GreenRoots
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)
  • Pa’lante Restorative Justice
New Hampshire
  • Granite State Organizing Project
  • NH Youth Movement
Rhode Island
  • Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR)
  • Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE)
  • Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE)
Vermont
  • The Root Social Justice Center
Regional
  • Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

To participate, fill out our interest form by August 22, 2022

Grassroots Fundraisers Circle

“Our fundraising leadership built a community of practice and mutual support, shifting away from isolation.”

– “Grassroots Fundraisers Circle” Participant

Grassroots Fundraisers Circle (GFC) is a virtual drop-in space for movement fundraisers in New England to find connection, grounding, and support, and move together from scarcity toward abundance. Meetings are on Monday afternoons once a month, facilitated by fundraising peers.

Spring, 2023 Schedule (Theme: Wisdom In Our Network): Last Fall, we brought in outside experts to learn about donor organizing together. This season, we’re returning to the wisdom we all bring as movement organizers and fundraisers!

We meet on Zoom on the first Monday of the month, 1-2:30 PM.

  • Peer Support Space (2/13): Bring your questions and challenges for group discussion
  • Values-Aligned Grantwriting (3/13): Hear from “Offering for Movement Grantwriters” alumni
  • Liberatory Events (4/10): Hear from the fundraisers behind the “Celebration of Grassroots Organizing”
  • Monthly Donors (5/8): Hear from “Sustainer Learning Circle” alumni
  • Peer Coaching (6/12): Share your wisdom!

To participate, email Liza@ResourceOrganizingProject.org

Celebration of Grassroots Organizing in Boston

“The Celebration continues to be a core part of our fundraising strategy. It’s also a really fruitful multiyear partnership, helping our members connect with more local organizations and build fundraising skills.”

– “Celebration of Grassroots Organizing” Partner

The Celebration of Grassroots Organizing (formerly known as the Lobster Feed) is an annual picnic organized by, and funding, 15 community organizing groups on the frontlines of movements for justice and liberation in Boston:

  • Alternatives for Community & Environment
  • Asian American Resource Workshop
  • Boston Ujima Project
  • City Life / Vida Urbana
  • The City School
  • Families for Justice as Healing
  • Greenroots
  • Haymarket People’s Fund
  • Matahari Women Workers Center
  • Muslim Justice League
  • New England United for Justice
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston
  • Resist, Inc
  • Stories Inspiring Movement
  • Youth Justice and Power Union

SAVE THE DATE! Our 10th Anniversary Celebration of Grassroots Organizing will be Saturday, June 3, 2023, at First Parish Dorchester. Sponsorship opportunities are available now.

Check out our 2022 Event Report (Español), designed by Tamarack Media Cooperative!

Past event reports:
2021 (Español)
2020
2019
2018
2017

Upcoming…

ROP and our partners have multiple projects in the works, such as: