RESIST funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change.
RESIST began in 1967 with a "call to resist illegitimate authority" in support of draft resistance and in opposition to the Vietnam War. That history sustains us as our movement evolves and as our concerns broaden and deepen. We remember what it is like to move forward and beat the odds.
As a foundation, RESIST is unique because we are part of the movements we fund. We do the work individual donors don't have time to do: reaching out to activist organizations and researching their campaigns and projects. We operate on a national scale and know the big picture, and we challenge grantees to connect their own issues with the concerns of other activists. Our frequent funding cycle means we can respond to time-sensitive organizing campaigns.
The Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft in San Diego, California writes, “RESIST has helped us to continue doing counter-militarism work in one of the most militarized communities in the world.”
The Rural Organizing Project in Scappoose, Oregon, tells us, "We are thrilled with the new computer system RESIST helped to fund. Our struggles with the Radical Right will continue, but now we have the equipment to struggle more effectively."
RESIST is more than a foundation. We're also a resource center, providing grassroots organizations with technical assistance and information about other funding sources. Finding Funding: A Beginner's Guide to Foundation Research gives progressive activists a quick entry-point for grant-writing. Resist also publishes a highly respected Newsletter.
When you make a contribution to RESIST, you'll receive our Newsletter. Each issue takes a thoughtful look at a political topic related to our grant giving. One donor writes, "I cannot tell you how much more promising the world seems the day your newsletter comes."