We are RG – Young and wealthy organizing for justice

We are RG – Young and wealthy organizing for justice


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Resource Generation Organizes young people with wealth
To leverage their resources And privilege
For social change. My family made the money I inherited through
generations of land claiming and land owning very early on in the United States.
My starting salary was over $100,000, which is more than either of my parents ever made
so it was just clear to me that I didn’t need that kind of money to live on.
Our wealth comes from the gaming enterprises. Resource Generation has given me the ability
to say, ‘Where are we investing our money? Where is our money going?’
A lot of people who grow up with access to wealth and privilege and have progressive
or radical politics tend to at a certain point feel a kind of tension.
I was raised going to private school in Manhattan, and so it’s like, if every single person’s
going to need to be engaged to transform society, then who am I best suited to organize?
Coming here, to connect with people who have financial wealth helps me to always kind of
see both sides of the picture. I think the most transformational work that
RG does is raising the consciousness of young people with money and class privilege, because
that moves people to action. Resource Generation offers lots of tools to
help people think about their investments and how they can align it with their values.
It also offers them relationships to financial planners who can help them. And for self-education,
there’s also the Mission Related Investing Fellowship.
One of the things that Resource Generation does really well and is really unique to the
community here is creating cross-class giving circles, meaning that a donor who can maybe
give $10 to an initiative is equally as important as a donor who can give $10,000 to an initiative.
The organizations that are being funded are organizations that are definitely not getting
funding from a lot of more mainstream foundations. So the tax justice campaign is young people
with financial wealth saying, ‘Tax the rich.” And that’s largely because the taxes on capital
gains, on investments, is much, much lower than the taxes on work. So we’re saying, ‘Tax
wealth like work, at the very least. Maybe tax it more.’
The Hummingbird Collective is a project that is moving about $500,000 to grassroots immigrant
justice organizing in Arizona. These are groups who are really directly calling out Sheriff
Joe Arpaio, who are taking direct action, who are getting a lot of people in the streets
and making noise. Last year, I was involved in a Social Justice
Fund Giving Project in Seattle. So I got to learn a lot about organizing that’s happening
in this region and go on site visits and read the grants about all these amazing projects
that people are working on. And through that process, I gave more than I had ever given
before, that year. Resource Generation is transformative
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