Funding for Cultural Change: Creating and Meeting the Moment
Monday, July 9
3-4 ET | 2-3 CT | 1-2 MT | 12-1 PT
Over the last few years, we have seen several cultural moments, such as #MeToo and the response to police violence, take place that have raised social justice struggles to the national platform. These unique cultural moments have opened up new and earnest conversations about the type of country we want to become and addressed issues that have been mostly ignored. In this discussion, we will explore how grassroots leaders have taken these moments, or helped create these moments, to build long-term power in their communities and hear how funders have been supporting this work.
Moderated by Xiomara Corpeño, Groundswell Fund
- Norma Wong, Aloha Lahui Collective Action Fund and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission
- Stevie Valles, Chicago Votes
- Nse Ufot, The New Georgia Project
- “Culture will eat strategy for lunch!”
- Countering Dominant Narratives: Work on culture change is how vulnerable communities can organize to counter oppressive dominant narratives in society.
- Culture Change is About Organizing: Culture change is gained through experience with communities and building narratives proximate to the lives + language of those communities.
- Trust Organizers: Meet organizations on the ground where they are and trust them to understand the communities they work with.
- Provide General Operating Support: Allow flexibility in grants for organizations to experiment and see what works in their engagement with cultural organizing.
- Rapid Response Funding: Funders need flexibility in their grantmaking budgets to support culture change work in moments of opportunity.