OVERVIEW: Resist seeks grassroots and local LGBTQ rights organizations.
IP TAKE: This funder does not support organizations with operating budgets over $150,000.
PROFILE: Resist’s history is different from most foundations. Its foundations begins in 1967 “when the ‘Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority’ was issued to support draft resistance in opposition to the war in Vietnam. The document became central to the “Boston Five” conspiracy trial. The Boston Five—which includes Reverend William Sloan Coffin, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Michael Ferber, Marcus Raskin, and Mitchell Goodman—became the five founding members of Resist. Other founding members include Grace Paley, Noam Chomsky, Robert Lowell, Barbara Guest, and Allen Ginsberg. Resist “supports people’s movements for justice and liberation” and “believes in grassroots organization, creativity, and power.”
Resist does not have specific areas of interest. Rather, the foundation focuses broadly on LGBTQ issues through grassroot support in the form of five kinds of grantmaking. The foundation offers general support, multi-year, technical assistance, emergency, and accessibility grants. Resist restricts its multi-year grants to current grantees. LGBTQ grantees include Trans Student Educational Resources and the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival. To get a broader sense of the types of LGBTQ organizations Resist supports, explore its searchable grantees list.
Grants of up to $4,000 are available for general support, accessibility, and multi-year awards. Resist offers grants for $500 technical assistance and $1,000 emergencies.
Resist accepts unsolicited grant applications. It features six application deadlines per year for its accessibility, general support, and multi-year grants. The foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis for emergency and technical assistance.
- Jax Gil, Co-Director, Western Region
- Kendra Hicks, Co-Director, Eastern Region