Road map to change

The Bread & Roses Community Fund board of directors created a Change Committee in 2011. It was made up of staff, donors, grantees, board members and Community Grantmaking Committee members to take on the challenge of creating an updated model for how Bread & Roses can position itself to address the challenges and maximize the opportunities faced by community organizers and allies in the struggle for social change today.

To achieve this, the Committee recommends aligning the organization’s programmatic activity into two intersecting areas:

1. Money for the movement

Bread & Roses’ role in building movements for social change is to raise money. To that end, the Committee recommends that Bread & Roses expand and improve its engagement of individual donors to encourage their financial support for Bread & Roses’ movement building programs targeting groups engaged in strategic change making. Elevating candid discussion about money and giving with donors as well as organizers will be thoroughly woven into the planning and implementation of Bread & Roses’ grantmaking, leadership development and networking building activities.

2. Power to the changemakers

The Change Committee recommends that Bread & Roses support movement building in the Delaware Valley by providing integrated, sustainable, and strategic capacity-building for grassroots groups working for real change through three programs:

1)  Expanded grantmaking
2)  Stronger programs for capacity building & leadership development
3) Strategic convening and network building

To reach these conclusions, the Change Committee conducted in-depth research and analysis to explore comparable efforts in other communities, and the past and possible future trajectory of giving here in the Delaware Valley.

Most importantly, the Change Committee engaged Bread & Roses stakeholders. The committee held 2 intensely participatory town hall meetings, each attended by over one hundred community members; 1 full-day strategy session with local organizers and community leaders; 5 focus groups of community members, grantees, union leaders and other organizers, and donors; collected feedback from over 275 stakeholders in an online poll; and conducted over 30 one-on-one interviews of donors, political thinkers and other stakeholders.

The clear message from the hundreds of stakeholders who gave feedback is that Bread & Roses’ primary role should continue to be as a grantmaker to small grassroots social change organizations.

However, many stakeholders want Bread & Roses to do more.

To implement these big changes, Bread & Roses will need help. If you would like to help draw a “road map to change” to set goals to help Bread & Roses implement these changes over the next several years, please contact Maura Kelly at maura@breadrosesfund.org.