Cash, Speed, and Trust

In addition to the rapid-response work, Solidaire pools its money for the very unsexy costs of movement infrastructure—things like rent and salaries and plane tickets to conferences. The network has pledged $25 million over the next five years to the Movement for Black Lives, making it one of the civil rights cause’s biggest backers. “Solidaire is filling a niche by moving money quickly to the smallest, scrappiest groups at the edge of the movement,” says Aaron Dorfman, head of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a left-skewed philanthropic watchdog group. He sees Solidaire within a larger ecosystem of activist groups “pushing to win” against the Trump administration—from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood skirmishing in the nation’s courts and statehouses to women’s marchers taking the fight to the streets.

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