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Progressive Multiplier Names New Leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2021)

The Progressive Multiplier, a funding intermediary that helps progressive nonprofit organizations grow in scale and self-determination through independent revenue generation, has named Bethany Maki as its new Executive Director. She will succeed founder Phil Radford, who will remain involved as the President and partner closely with Bethany to forge philanthropic partnerships to support the work.

Maki steps into the role after a twenty-year digital marketing, fundraising, and strategy career – half in-house at some of the country’s most respected nonprofit organizations and half leading nonprofit strategy teams at premier agencies. She joined Progressive Multiplier in 2019 as its inaugural Director of Programs, moving into the Managing Director role earlier this year.

“We spent our first three years proving that our intermediary model worked – that we could provide a high leverage investment for funders and help movement groups scale with their own revenue,” Radford said. “Bethany has been at the root of that success. For every $1 Progressive Multiplier has granted, its grantees are on track to raise $3.80 to invest in their program work. That is a powerful multiplier of philanthropic dollars that progressive organizations are spending on their mission critical work. With the innovation coming out of our program right now, I am excited to see how far these groups are going to grow.”  

Movement groups working with The Progressive Multiplier are also excited about Maki’s appointment. “Bethany has created a unique working partnership with us,” said Chris Gilfillan of Living United for Change in Arizona. “Our projects really do get treated like experiments, and we have a lot of room to learn and support from her and the team in doing the work. They get what it means to be co-conspirators.”

Maki’s appreciation for the grantee partners is reciprocal. “The last two years working with our grantee partners have been a gift,” she said. “They are looking to intermediaries like us and philanthropy as a whole to invest more in the revenue generation and infrastructure that enables their work. Beyond that, they want to be part of developing a different way to look at fundraising. It’s not just dollars and cents. It’s about organizing lifelong allies who will show up in solidarity with groups’ members. It’s about having a harm reductionist model to capital. It’s about democratizing philanthropy to build a movement for and by the people it centers. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Progressive Multiplier’s part in this sea change.”

Maki’s appointment comes as Progressive Multiplier implements a plan of aggressive strategic growth to augment its already successful grantmaking and strategic assistance program. The organization welcomed Margaret Huang, President and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Secky Fascione, Senior Director of Investment Services at the Democracy Alliance, to its Board of Directors last quarter.

Huang said, “It’s more urgent today that frontline groups have the capacity to scale up and mobilize communities to protect our democracy. Bethany and the team at Progressive Multiplier are making sure that progressive organizations are able to raise independent money to sustain their operations, reach new and diverse audiences, and achieve greater impact.”

Several of the Progressive Multiplier’s grantee partners will be sharing what they’ve learned about raising independent money for their missions and what’s next as they approach 2022 at a virtual briefing on December 15th. For more information or to register, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nzC2WeYCSa2zpIDZsRvaYg

Contact: Violeta Bermudez, 844-634-6363 or [email protected]

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Leading Philanthropies Launch Progressive Stimulus Project

Washington, DC – More than a dozen major U.S. foundations announced today the launch of the Progressive Stimulus Project, a 36-month, $5 million-dollar annual initiative that aims to strengthen the financial sustainability and agency of local, state and national nonprofits.  In this watershed moment, these nonprofits are being called to quickly advance civic engagement and social justice while they reframe their work against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession.

“Philanthropy should be giving more, not less, in this time of crisis. And even if donors do give more, creative new fundraising strategies are vital to a sustainable future for progressive organizations. Wallace Global Fund is spending 20% of our assets this year as part of our efforts to fund the vital work being done right now to protect vulnerable families, communities, and organizations as individual giving collapses. We are honored to help support this innovative new program and call on our peers in philanthropy to recognize that supporting our nonprofit partners is far more important than protecting our endowments,” said Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund.

In addition to Wallace, the fund, managed by Progressive Multiplier (PM), is launching with the support of The JPB Foundation, Ford Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Four Freedoms Fund, Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The Resilience Initiative (a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors through a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation), the Overbrook Foundation, Amalgamated Foundation, The WhyNot Initiative, Resilient Democracy Fund and Rosenberg Foundation. To date, over $1.5 million have been contributed to the first year’s goal of $5 million. The Stimulus Project will support a new round of revenue generation projects with an initial cohort of local, state and national nonprofits, beginning in July of 2020.

The Progressive Multiplier provides financial and technical support for independent revenue generation projects to progressive nonprofits that are working towards systemic change. To date, for every dollar they have granted, their grantees are on track to raise an average of more than five dollars for their funded projects.

The idea of the Progressive Stimulus Project was first popularized when Gara LaMarche, the president of the Democracy Alliance, Philip Radford, executive director of the Progressive Multiplier, and Sonal Shah, the executive director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University wrote a piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy calling on philanthropy “to do what Congress does: adopt a stimulus package.”

  • Expected projects supported by the new pooled fund this year include:
  • Rapid response fundraising to support racial justice work and those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pivoting fundraising efforts to align with increased public awareness
  • Rapid diversification from fundraising streams lost to the pandemic, like face-to-face canvassing or galas
  • Expanded financing for existing successful fundraising at risk of getting defunded in upcoming budget cuts due to the recession

The JPB Foundation stated, “in economic downturns, we must work with others to strengthen the community-led organizations that fight for a strong social safety net, to alleviate poverty, and rebuild our society in a just and sustainable way. We are proud to support the Progressive Stimulus Project as one key element of investing in community organizations during this turbulent time.” For more information on the Progressive Stimulus Project, please write Mina Devadas at [email protected].