The Revolution Will Not be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex

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Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
South End Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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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 politi-cal 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 exposé of the “nonprofit industrial complex” and its quietly devastating role in managing dissent.

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User Review  - Lisa Faye - Goodreads

While a bit uneven, this still a great set of essays. I know that being part of the NPIC makes me a pretty lazy revolutionary at times and this book really challenged me. The last section on reimagining resistance really stood out for me. I'll be rereading this many times. Read full review

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User Review  - Zach Blume - Goodreads

Pretty awfully written, but an important subject and fantastic historical accounts of how the Ford Foundation has de-radicalized entire sectors of US activism as a case-study in how foundations de-mobilize social movements. Read full review

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Among the largest feminist organizations in the world, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

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