query: how to give away money

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Wed Apr 18 21:24:30 CDT 2001

[ed:  here is a bit more information from Gaye on the Appalachian Community 
Fund, followed by some thoughts on the overall issue by Linda.]

From: Torybeth at aol.com


We think that ACF offers a unique and strategic model for funding grassroots
groups working for change.  These groups work with few resources and often
cannot access other grants monies.  ACF is a member of the Funding Exchange
and uses the model of "activist grantmaking" where community folks/board make
funding decisions.  We fund 40+ groups in Central Appalachia working on
everything from strip-mining to women's organizing to criminal justice to
youth leadership (and more).  Please check out our webpage (which is still
being worked on ) at
www.korrnet.org/appafund -- or email us at Appafund at aol.com.  Thanks for your
Gaye Evans
Appalachian Community Fund
107 West Main
Knoxville, TN 37902


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As someone who teaches a graduate-level social work Community Organizing 
Class, with a special interest in individual activism and the potential of 
the internet for community organizing, I am quite intrigued with your 
question.  I have given thought and teaching time to the internet/digital 
medium's potential for the "positive ripple effect"--making social 
connections that produce unanticipated and positive changes and an expanded 
pool of resources.  I have also thought about the potential for a Community 
Organizing class that includes social work and business students (the 
business students too want to know what finite steps they can take to "do 
good" without huge time commitments from their "fast-track careers").  I 
would be very interested in your perspective (and that of Randy and/or the 
list if it is appropriate)

I sent your query out widely and received some specific responses of 
individual projects recommended--
a) The Community Food Resource Center, which is progressive, effective and 
is all about food advocacy. I am copying Kathy Goldman, the Executive 
Director, and Claudia Dymond, Dir. of Development. This is a wonderful 
   b) A project to help med students continue a hepatitis prevention 
project in IDUs on
the lower east side of Manhattan

I have also read the responses posted to the list, especially the Haymarket 
that seems to be a great resource.  I think all efforts that link donors to 
projects are terrific, but I am intrigued with a possibility of broadening 
the pool of potential players that link in unexpected ways to get something 
done.  (And, hopefully, their success at taking one action leads to future 
action) But, my broader question remains (and since you know the "wealthy 
Would it be useful to develop a searchable database so that individuals can 
look for a range of approaches--for example, grassroots, progressive groups 
that seek to raise the minimum wage to community mural projects that have a 
cross-cultural impact and train ex-offenders as artists?  I don't think any 
one approach is the answer to dwindling resources, but wonder if this would 
be worth a try.  The real issue (assuming a class project that develops and 
maintains the "website" is what would draw your friends and others to even 
go to such a site???

This may be much more than you wanted, but I do find your question intriguing.

thanks for reading this and any insights/reactions you may have,

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