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Blog: More than the Poor Cousin


It’s time for human rights organizations to harness the power of local giving – and for funders to support them to do so

Individual giving has power. Consider the huge outpouring of donations to organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union that followed Donald Trump’s executive ban on seven Muslim-majority countries in January 2017. Millions of dollars were raised by donations from hundreds of thousand individuals within hours of the ban, the mobilization of a massive, perhaps normally invisible, constituency using the act of giving as an expression of protest and solidarity…

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Rooted in resistance and embracing hybridity: Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve’s virtuous circles of community action and environmental stewardship

If you have ever heard of Canada’s Clayoquot Sound, it is most likely to have been in reference to the War in the Woods. During the late 80s and 90s, our region – which is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island – received national and international attention for resistance to the forest practices of the current day. The resistance began in our communities – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and grew to attract supporters from across Canada and beyond. While the Clayoquot Blockades led to changes in the forest practice code in our region, this call from community voices to do things differently was also the beginning of our community foundation.

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