[A] move to a… data-driven, results-oriented approach oftenworks against deeply transformational work of organizations,as it requires a smaller, narrower focus or goals. The focus of the funder is almost always then on whether the recipient organization hit the numerical benchmarks… Some organizations can get stuck trying to make benchmarks in particular programs rather than thinking about larger transformational impact.
– Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network
Grassroots movement building requires adequate funding, resourcing, and organizational capacity. In the post-Great Recession context, the nonprofit world continues to transform and respond to radical changes in fundraising. Grassroots Change recently sat down with Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Network Director of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network, to discuss the current landscape of organizational development needs and best practices in fundraising to support grassroots movement building. Read the interview.
Join Grassroots Change for the annual Place Matters Conference in Portland, Oregon from October 4 – 6. Our director, Mark Pertschuk, will deliver a plenary talk on October 5 entitled “Building a Public Health Movement Begins with the Local Community.”
Immediately following the 9:30 plenary, Grassroots Change will host a breakout sessioncalled “From Berkeley to Boulder: Using Lessons from the Tobacco Playbook to Address Sugary Beverages.” We’ll be joined by:
- Annie Tegen, Vice President for Policy, Healthy Food America & former Senior Program Manager with Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
- Sara Soka, the Campaign Manager of Berkeley’s successful soda tax movement
- Michael Bare, Program Manager, Preemption Watch, a program of Grassroots Change
Public health has taken a comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco use to protect the public’s health, and the tobacco industry has responded in predictable and well-documented ways. This session will take lessons learned from tobacco policy and prevention to help public health practitioners prepare for addressing sugary beverages.
The breakout session will be interactive, exploring industry tactics common to many grassroots public health movements. In particular, we’ll highlight examples from recent soda tax campaigns and the longer track record of the tobacco prevention movement, including legal challenges, front groups, and preemption.