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Reposted from a private Facebook conversation:
The original question regards approaching wealthy potential donors who may be interested in funding voluntaryist/anarchist causes.
In my own rather limited experience with activist fundraising, I do know that the key questions these folks are going to ask you is: How much do you need? How are you going to spend it? and How can I measure the value of my investment?
Inasmuch as we are a movement, we are a polycentric one. Each of us may have very different answers to those questions, and each of us would frame the discussion with such prospective donors differently.
The “How are you going to spend it?” question, though, is one which can be reframed a bit, as, “What sorts of activities and organizations do or could donors fund, which could be beneficial vehicles for us?”
I offer here a list of possibilities, in no particular order:
- think tanks
- publications (journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters)
- academic endowments (dubious)
- political parties, candidates and campaigns (distasteful, at best, to many of us)
- grant-making foundations
- public advocacy groups
- conventions and other mass public events
- political action committees
- media awareness projects
- charity organizations with compatible ideological orientation
- businesses to compete with government service provision (agora!)
- seminar series
- roundtable groups
If you can bite down on one of those — or anything else — and create a project or business plan for it, then you will have answered the questions you are likely to get from any serious donor prospect, and will be ready to go out and make the pitch.