Stories

With diverse stories from practicing Indie Philanthropists, here is your source for inspiration from the front lines of creative grantmaking. Fueled by collaboration and brazen innovation, these protagonists provide you examples of unconventional funding in action to help ignite your own Indie work.

Funding Creative Activism with the Action Switchboard
by: Action Switchboard
Micro Granting
Seeding Possibilities through Flow Funding
by: Aepoch Fund
Flow Funding
Sharing the Wealth, Saving the Amazon
by: Amazon Watch
Micro Granting
Giving Back, Giving Together
by: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) - National Giving Circle Network
Giving Circles
Trust in Community
by: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Community-Based Decision-Making
The People’s Philanthropy
by: Bread for the Journey
Micro Granting
Getting People of Color onto the Supply Side of Philanthropy
by: Community Investment Network
Giving Circles
A Pioneering Approach to Funding Individual Artists
by: Creative Capital
Funding Individuals
A Structure that Reflects Our Values
by: Criminal Justice Initiative
Community-Based Decision-Making
FEAST is FUN FUNDING
by: FEAST Toronto
Micro Granting
Fueling the Spirited Fires of our Time
by: Fire This Time Fund
Giving Circles
Making the world safe for avant-garde art
by: Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Community-Based Decision-Making
Spending Down as an Opportunity to See Impact
by: French American Charitable Trust (FACT)
Spending Down
Funding Queerly: Doing It Together
by: Funding Queerly
Giving Circles
Stand With Women. Stand With Us.
by: Global Fund for Women
Community-Based Decision-Making
Local Voices for Environmental and Social Change
by: Global Greengrants Fund
Micro Granting
Becoming an Authentic Partner for Change
by: International Development Exchange (IDEX)
Partnerships
Makers Muse – Giving Without Strings
by: Kindle Project
Funding Individuals
Solutions Lab: Nurturing Communities from the Edge
by: Kindle Project - Solutions Laboratory
Funding Start-Ups
Story Coming Soon…
by: MIX Santa Fe
Funding Start-Ups
Spending everything for a different kind of perpetuity
by: Quixote Foundation, Inc.
Spending Down
Seeding Economic, Social and Environmental Change
by: RSF Social Finance
Funding Start-Ups
Living democracy, Feeding Hope
by: Small Planet Fund
Funding Start-Ups
A New Way of Giving
by: Social Justice Fund Northwest
Giving Circles
Supporting Movement Infrastructure
by: Solidaire
Partnerships
The story of 18: Creating a New Vision for Philanthropy
by: Southern Partners Fund
Community-Based Decision-Making
Seeking Connoisseurs of Community
by: Spark Grants - The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Funding Start-Ups
Helping Young People Improve their Communities: The Bay Area Inspire Awards
by: The Bay Area Inspire Awards
Funding Individuals
Everything Must Go: Spending Down on Purpose
by: The Chorus Foundation
Spending Down
Partnership: Building a movement from the ground up
by: The Community Midwifery Fund housed at The Groundswell Fund
Partnerships
A Healing Artist’s Way: introducing flowfunding into my practice of philanthropy
by: The Flow Fund Circle (Marion Weber)
Flow Funding
Pollinating Resistance & Resilience
by: The Hummingbird Collective
Community-Based Decision-Making
The Lia Fund: An Adventure in Philanthropy
by: The Lia Fund
Spending Down
A Grant Everyday
by: The Pollination Project
Funding Individuals
Rapid responses for courageous activists and resilient communities
by: Urgent Action Fund
Funding Individuals