Philanthropy does not invest enough funds in grassroots organizing after the elections. Pooling our funds enables us to move quickly and make a much bigger dent in this gap than any of us could achieve on our own.
Bringing multiple funders to the table also allows us to tap into each other’s knowledge and relationships in the field and use these insights to make smarter investments.
Right now, economic inequities and worker imbalance are at the forefront of public debate in this country, making this a critical time to seize momentum, drive structural economic reforms, and establish real economic power for the New America Majority at the state and local level. By providing countercyclical funding, the Carry on the Fight Fund will prevent the backslide that typically occurs after Election Day and ensure grassroots groups in priority states have the capacity to hold public officials accountable in 2021 while continuing to build power for successful legislative and electoral campaigns in 2022 and 2024.
The Carry on the Fight Fund aims to:
- Enable grassroots organizations to hold elected candidates accountable to their constituents on critical economic issues;
- Funnel momentum built during the 2020 election cycle into efforts that support structural economic reform initiatives in 2022 and 2024; and
- Ensure efforts to raise public awareness, understanding, and support for a new economic paradigm continue after Election Day.
To be most effective and ensure we meet the greatest need, the Fund will use a participatory framework. In addition to a Grantmaking Advisory Committee made up of the contributing philanthropies, we will tap into the expertise of our Movement Oversight Committee, which includes leaders in grassroots organizing and movement building who bring a strong understanding of economic power analysis and governance work — and/or ties to local elected officials. The Movement Oversight Committee works closely with the Grantmaking Committee.