The Revolution Will Not Be Funded book: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded book: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex

by Incite Women

Massive and mostly unregulated, US non-profits are the world's seventh largest economy. Art museums, university hospitals, think tanks, church charities, and over 1.5 million organizations of staggering diversity share the same tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation. Many social justice organizations have joined this field, sometimes forgetting political goals to satisfy government and foundation mandates. As funding shrinks and government surveillance rises, many activists still find it difficult to imagine movement-building outside the standard nonprofit model. This book collects essays by radical activists from around the globe critically rethinking the long-term consequences of the 501(c)(3) investment. With educators and nonprofit staff they name the "non-profit industrial complex" and ask the hard questions: How did politics shape the birth of the non-profit model? How does 501(c)(3) status allow the state to co-opt political movements? Activists or careerists? How do we fund the movement outside this complex? Urgent and visionary, this exposé of the "non-profit industrial complex" is not bound by granters.