Backbone Campaign

When the people lead, the leaders follow.

aka Backbone Campaign   |   Vashon, WA   |  www.backbonecampaign.org

Mission

The Backbone Campaign is working across the country to build a broad social movement that honors life, community, nature, and our obligations to future generations as sacred.

Ruling year info

2001

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Bill Moyer

Deputy Director

Amy Morrison

Main address

PO Box 278

Vashon, WA 98070 USA

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EIN

93-1271427

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By defending what is sacred - the water, air, right to vote, the commons, a liveable planet and cool climate, our children's future - Backbone Campaign challenges the paradigm that everything is for sale. We challenge corporate power and put power in the hands of "we the people."

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Solutionary Rail

a strategy to electrify U.S. railroads with renewable energy and to decelerate our trajectory toward rapid climate change.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Activists

Using artful activism, change agents using tools like light projection, giant overpass banners, digital projection, inflatable props, LEDs and more - to protect the people, places and species that are important in their community.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Backbone Campaign is working to remove the dams on the Lower Snake River, so the orca of the Salish Sea can have the food we need, and our rivers will once again be teaming with wild salmon.
We help community based activists deploy artistic props and tools that will amplify the voices of their community.
Our Solutionary Rail project seeks to decarbonize transportation and energy in the US by electrifying trains, running them on clean renewable energy, and using the railroad right of way to transmit electrons from solar and wind farms to the urban metropolises where markets exist.

We are growing Solidarity Brigades around the country and our goal for 2020 is to have 50 Solidarity Brigades. A Solidarity Brigade is a squad of activists trained in Backbone Campaign tools like light projection, bannering, prop deployment - so change agents in their communities can stand up and protect the places and species they love. Backbone Campaign strives to be activists' resource for creative interventions that keep the news cameras captivated and that get more people activated. When the People Lead, the Leaders Follow!
We are also providing artistic resources to the campaign to save the orca of Puget Sound, organizing human orca murals across the Salish Sea bioregion, banner actions, light projections, inflatables.

Backbone Campaign was started by artists in an artist-rich community. We harness the resources of our community, using our warehouse where we hold art builds, engaging our active volunteer artist network, and connecting change agents with artful activists. We are part of the Moving Forward Network, an alliance of community based activists working to fight the negative implications of global trade.

We have held 10 years of Localize This! Action Camps, a week long training for activists on how to deploy actions that demand change.
In 2018 we gifted over $25,000 in equipment and tools to squads of change agents across the country, so they could deploy artful activism tools.
In 2018 we increased our number of Solidarity Brigades from 15 to 28.
In 2019 we increased that to 35 squads across the US.
We have organized several coordinated light projection actions on Ending Fossil Fuel Use and Protecting the Climate, Ending Gun Violence and NRA influence on elected officials; Keeping Immigrants Safe and building welcoming communities; and more.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Backbone Campaign

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Lou Finley

Antioch University

Term: 2016 - 2022


Board co-chair

Yvette Arellano

FenceLine Watch

Term: 2018 - 2022

Mary Lou Finley

Jeff Snyder

Anthony Rogers Wright

Blake Kremer

Yvette Arellano

Daniel Lee

Margaret Flowers

Rivera Sun

David McLanahan

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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