Upswell Pop-Up

July 27, 2021

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Let’s Talk About Money

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Our culture likes to pretend that it’s impolite to talk about money and yet, as nonprofit, movement, or foundation leaders, it rules our every waking moment.

So, let’s talk about money. Do we actually have enough resources in this sector? Are they getting to Black, Native, Latinx, and other communities of color? How well are we accounting for our ongoing crises? And what are our data telling us about whether we are moving in the right direction or need a major course correction?

There are a ton of questions, and leaders from all levels of the charitable community have different paths toward solutions. In Pop Up #3 we’ll make sense of how organizations and movements should be resourced to achieve the healthy and antiracist world we’re striving to create.

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2:00–2:05 pm ET

Welcome and Housekeeping

2:05–2:15 pm ET

Film: Maw Jaw

Maw Jaw, a dance film by Megan Lowe Dances, explores mixed-race Asian American experiences, and ideas around place-making/community building for Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Maw Jaw rehearsals occurred outside in public spaces around San Francisco’s Chinatown—activating benches, railings, poles, stairs, and play structures—inviting passersby to witness the creative process, enhancing community engagement, sparking conversations, and inspiring interest in dance as a tool to engage with the environment/people around us. This project was made in partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of the 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival.

This will be an exclusive screening for the Upswell community ahead of the film's public premiere.

2:20–3:10 pm ET
Workshop A

Early Learnings from the Community-Centric Fundraising Movement

This last year has been challenging, overwhelming, eye-opening and, most importantly, has forced us to be more intentional in what we do and how we do it. This includes the way we do fundraising. Community-Centric Fundraising is a movement that pushes us to re-evaluate our modern-day fundraising practice and philosophy to its core. Now more than ever is the time to evolve and reshape fundraising using a systems lens with an eye toward social and economic justice.

2:20–3:10 pm ET
Workshop B

Integrating Healing Strategies into the Community and Workplace

Wellness in the home, community and workplace is created by "well" individuals, or those striving to live in balance. Sometimes we have to "let go" of things that keep us stuck or out of balance, that is called healing. This informative session will provide tools for healing and living in balance.

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm
Workshop C

Digital Fundraising Tools for People-Powered Movements

In 2020, we saw communities all over the country pool together limited resources to help those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, combat anti-Black institutionalized racism, rally for voting rights, fight for social justice, and empower individuals across the nation to take action. These people-powered movements showed us that you do not need to rely on big-money donations and mega-donors to transform the power structures in our country.

During this training, online fundraising experts will show you how to build and run a flexible, inexpensive, and empowering digital fundraising program. So whether you are an individual, small team, or large-scale organization, ActBlue’s accessible online tools can help you inspire your supporters to get involved and help you reach your organizing goals.

3:15–4:30 pm ET
Main Stage

Will Reparations Close the Racial Wealth Gap?

As our society has begun to understand the magnitude of change needed to systemically advance the causes of racial justice and liberation, some funders are implementing a reparations strategy specifically designed to restore what was taken from Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in the United States.

In this session, you’ll explore the models of reparative-focused funding that are working to heal, restore, repair, and rebuild communities – and identify what more needs to be done to move the entire sector in this direction.

Join speakers, Edgar Villanueva, Jen Ford Reedy and Janaé Bonsu who have each had roles shaping reparations-focused philanthropic models, creating new funds to increase the wealth of Black and Native communities, or advocating for reparations-focused policy agendas to repair harm done to Black people by government or corporations for generations.

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