In this two-part episode we explore the problematic and controversial role of philanthropy inside social movements. In this first part we feature Vini Bhansali, Executive Director of the Solidaire Network, a community of donor organizers mobilizing critical resources to the frontlines of intersectional movements for racial, gender and climate justice. This episode offers a critical view into how non- profits are funded, and explores ways to transcend from philanthropy to the redistribution of wealth.
We question the insufficient response of philanthropy to “fund social movements so we can win”, as Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson proclaims in Part 2. Woodard Henderson is the co-director of the legendary Highlander Research and Education Center. Come back in two weeks for Part 2 of this episode.
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The Word of the Day is Wealth Redistribution. The term refers to the transfer of resources from those with vast amounts to those who do not have access. In our movement context, wealth redistribution is being discussed, from front-line communities to non-profit organizations, in an effort to hold those with economic power accountable to the dire economic conditions most people face in our society. The generation of wealth is possible by exploiting working-class people and communities to generate excesses for a tiny ruling class, which hordes wealth to be inherited by their descendants.