Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?

Sanctuary as a concept must evolve and be expanded. It can be a call that unites broad swaths of institutions and civil society if it is based in the belief that collective protection should extend to all communities facing criminalization and persecution and defend against all the agencies that threaten us.

Making Change: How Social Movements Work – and How to Support Them

Social movements are a hidden underpinning of the American story. This report seeks to provide a guidepost to both funders and the field by detailing what makes for a successful social movement, what capacities need to be developed, and what funding opportunities might exist.

From Protest to Power – Behind the scenes of disruptive social movements

We live in a political era defined by crisis, great promise, and a visible resurgence of popular movements. Strides in economic inequality, criminal justice reforms, and other issues have been made. However, questions on grassroots activism sustaining lasting change, impact, creating successful movement structures, and donors catalyzing movement growth remain. The "From Protest to Power" convening, co-hosted by Ford Foundation and the Solidaire Network, explores these questions through a series of lively and participatory presentations.

Living Resource Systems: A New Approach for Supporting Movement Networks

Funding must fit the movement cycle and timing is critical. Healthy movements have cycles, and the needs of a thriving, expanding movement change dramatically and rapidly. However, these shifts are neither unpredictable nor random. Funders must be able to anticipate these shifts and be able to respond with agility in order to be most effective.

Reports from the Movement Strategy Center

The Movement Strategy Center offers a plethora of resources that speak on transformative practices, collective impact, intersecting issues, and building progressive power. This is a curated list.

Race and Policing – A Resource from IssueLab

This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.

From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

Transformative Campaigns are a means to create the operational alignment our progressive infrastructure needs to build a new, and specific, type of power: the power to govern based on our values. The capacities needed to govern are much different than the capacities we’ve needed to successfully elevate grievances and lead protests. In order to govern, we need political power. In order to govern with progressive and social justice values, that political power has to be independent from the two dominant political parties. That’s why a critical mass of progressive and social justice organizations is aligning around a strategic focus on building independent political power.