Resist

resourcing the resistance, seeding the future

Boston, MA   |  https://www.resist.org

Mission

Resist is a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation. We redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.

Ruling year info

1984

Co-Director

Yani Burgos

Co-Director

Katherine Lebron

Main address

PO Box 301240

Boston, MA 02130 USA

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EIN

04-2433182

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Grant-making

RESIST provides general support grants to progressive activist groups throughout the United States engaged in direct organizing as well as emergent strategies for social justice and liebration. Grants are made four times each year.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RESIST, founded 1967, is a progressive foundation that supports grassroots organizing for peace, economic, social and environmental justice, and provides political education for social change activism. For 40 years, RESIST has funded groups that challenge reactionary government policies, corporate arrogance, and right-wing fanaticism through organizing, education and action. Today, RESIST remains committed to social change, and the activist groups that are funded reflect RESIST's goal of a much more equitable distribution of wealth and power both within and between nations. RESIST funds small-budget groups in the US who struggle towards a broad vision of social justice, while continuing to oppose political and institutional oppression.

Each year we have 6 funding cycles. During each cycle, we give out $60,000 to $70,000 to grassroots community-based organizations. In addition, we publish 6 Newsletters to communicate about progressive work being done by groups we support.

We have a staff of 5, who all serve as Directors for their area of work - Grants - Eastern Region, Grants - Western Region, Communications, Administration/Finance, and Development.

Progress on our goals and strategies is monitored by our Board of Directors who are representative of the communities we support.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Resist serves all people, with primary focus and support for those most impacted by oppression who are leading their communities toward justice and liberation.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Organizational 360 Reviews,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We issue annual giving guides for black liberation and queer liberation. In our most recent queer liberation giving guide, we received feedback that we did not include enough giving options centering indigenous voices. We then did a follow up email with this focus entirely.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Over the past five years we have gone from transactional relationships with donors and grantees to transformative ones. We see our primary work as relationship building and connecting. One important way we shifted our processes and power is that we formed a grant making panel made up grantees to make decisions for future grants. This was in direct response for us to be more accountable to our grantees.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Resist

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2021
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Board chair

Allen Kwabena Frimpong

Adastra Collective

Nisha Purushotham

Seth Kirshenbaum

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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