These videos are opportunities to more deeply explore the themes raised throughout the Realizing Democracy learning series. Featuring the voices of organizers, academics, and community leaders, we hope these videos will continue unpacking the relationships between philanthropy and social movements and weaving together our understanding of government, the economy, and civil society organizing.

The Relationship Between Movements & Philanthropy

When funders invest in social movements it can sometimes shape or even replace the priorities of those movements in a process called “movement capture.” Watch Maurice Mitchell of the Working Families Party and Dr. Megan Ming of the University of Washington examine lessons from history and reflect on where we go from here.


In the summer of 2020, people's movements across the country took to the streets to protest police violence and the murder of George Floyd. Defund is the story of how three campaigns put forward a new vision to invest in care and communities.