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We’re glad to talk with you about your foundation or grantee partners’ needs. For more information, or to set up a time to discuss, email us at info at socialmovementtechnologies.org. The best starting point is to watch the info session recording below which details a range of ways SMT is partnering with funders.
In the present moment, organizing groups urgently need to expand their online/offline organizing capacity. Some have already incorporated digital tools and tactics into their work, while others must now work quickly to catch up. Groups are either going to adapt or be sidelined. More than an adaptation to a temporary change, this is part of an ongoing shift demanding new ways of organizing, and new ways of managing teams.
In response, many funders are finding it cost-effective to sponsor a cohort of grantee partners to ramp up their campaigning. SMT has a deep library of resources, training, and coaching available to groups and a proven model for bringing it to funder-supported cohorts. Funders are sponsoring grantees with support for:
SMT is working or has worked under contract with the following foundations: 11th Hour Foundation, Amplify Fund, Andrus Family Fund, Groundswell, Liberty Hill Foundation, NEO Philanthropy, Rose Foundation, Rx Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Surdna, Wilburforce Foundation, and Woods Fund. Many more have sponsored groups of grantees to attend SMT trainings.
SMT has become a major source of online/offline campaign training for progressive movements. Founded 10 years ago, SMT has trained over seven thousand staff members from 4,400+ groups. During the week of March 23, 2020, SMT held a series of two webinars on the transition to remote teams and organizing in this moment – attended by the capacity limit of 1000 attendees.
SMT’s intensive digital campaign training has become a key go-to for digital training for staff, with over 1000 alums. Over 70 organizing networks are “Outreach Partners,” helping spread the word about SMT trainings. Major groups have sent 15-80 staffers to SMT intensive training including for example Amnesty International, Greenpeace, 350.or, and ActionAid, and in the U.S.: Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Jobs with Justice, State Voices, Color of Change, SEIU, UNITE HERE, and many others.
The latest funder briefings were held in January 2023. They included an overview and testimonials from SMT funder partners, groups that have received coaching and campaign implementation support from SMT, and participants in SMT trainings. Watch the overview for funders of the Americas (23 min). Watch the overview for funders of social change work in Africa, Asia, Europe and MENA (18 min).
Jayshree Pather, WoMin, Africa (3 mins)
Irene Rojas-Carroll, Bay Rising, North America (4 mins)
Shavaun Evans, Food and Farm Communications Fund, North America (3 mins)
Caroline McCoy, Woods Fund, North America (3 mins)
Lisa Weinstein, Wilburforce Foundation, North America (2 mins)
Jennifer Epps-Addison, Center for Popular Democracy, North America (3 mins)
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