Building a diverse financial support stream of small, individual donors is essential for justice work. For too long, organizations have not addressed how they are influenced by fundraising paradigms. The Good Shepherd Collective puts a premium on unlinking social movements from large donor institutions and individuals and putting the focus on pursuing a campaign that represents the will of the people. We have watched how international aid has shackled the voices of the people by imposing restrictions on programming, silenced the language of liberation and nonviolent resistance, and mandated working within specific political frameworks. We are rejecting those models of economic reliance on large institutions and developing a broad, diverse, sustainable model based on affordable micro-donations.
We are building our programming on the commitment of individuals to donate one, two or three dollars a month. When a community works together to give in small, consistent amounts, we have more freedom to be flexible and principled. We are better able to address the immediate needs of the area when we are not locked into dogmatic grant restrictions. In this tremendously fluid situation, when mass home demolitions, land confiscations, and war can break out at any moment, we must put ourselves in a position to act effectively and immediately.
We are asking you to invest in this movement and give a small amount each month. Donating one, two, or three dollars a month makes a huge impact.