The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex

Book - 2007
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A $1.3 trillion industry, the US nonprofit sector is the world's seventh largest economy. From art museums and university hospitals to think tanks and church charities, over 1.5 million organizations of staggering diversity share the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation, if little else. Many social justice organizations have joined this world, often blunting political goals to satisfy government and foundation mandates. But even as funding shrinks and government surveillance rises, many activists often find it difficult to imagine movement-building outside the nonprofit model. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded gathers original essays by radical activists from around the globe who are critically rethinking the long-term consequences of this investment. Together with educators and nonprofit staff they finally name the nonprofit industrial complex and ask hard questions: How did politics shape the birth of the nonprofit model? How does 501(c)(3) status allow the state to co-opt political movements? Activists or -careerists? How do we fund the movement outside this complex? Urgent and visionary, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded is an unbeholden expos of the nonprofit industrial complex and its quietly devastating role in managing dissent.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : South End Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780896087668
9780822369004
Branch Call Number: 303.484 R45i
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: INCITE!

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This collection of essays by radical activists and community organizers raises important questions about the role of money in setting the agenda of non-governmental organizations. They point out the difficulty in working for a more just world while being funded by people and organizations that m... Read More »


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ScienceMommy
Jan 25, 2018

Really important questions are raised by the authors as they document how non-profits and foundations with agendas effectively co-opt authentic grass-roots advocacy for social change. (And often these agendas are NOT what those supporting these organizations think they are supporting.) Apparently this is nothing new. If you care about "doing good", and working for social justice, or if you like to give to worthwhile causes...you should probably read this book.

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