Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter TO and #BLMTOtentcity

On Sunday, March 20th, Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition organized a peaceful rally and protest at Nathan Phillips Square to speak out against ongoing incidences of anti-Black racism in the city. Specifically named incidents were the City of Toronto’s threat of shortening of AfroFest from two days to one and the recent SIU decision not to publicly name or charge…

Returning to community resources

By Marisol Fornoni I stumbled upon this interesting article from Vu Le, who runs a blog called Non Profit With Balls entitled “Why individual donations strategies often do not work for communities of colour”. I strongly encourage anyone interested in fundraising or entering the fundraising profession to read this. Fundraising a lot of the times is based on connections. That’s something…

GETTING READY FOR GRANTS

By Marisol Fornoni Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions out there when it comes to grants. It’s incredibly hard for first-timers to get their grant application approved. As competition increases for funding and funding continues being cut, it has become harder to obtain funding for organizations that are piloting new ideas or that have no ‘track record of success’ (as funders like…

OG Snapshots: Braxton

This week’s feature Original Griot is Braxton Words and photography by Braxton I don’t know if anyone has ever identified themselves as an Experiential Artist, however I see myself as one. No matter the art form I immerse myself in the experience. I don’t like titles which is the main reason I explain to people in conversations that I simply…

La Junta

By Marisol Fornoni As a fundraiser, most organizations are interested in talking to ‘big money’ guys, including banks and large government grant-making organizations. The assumption is that if these organizations decide to fund your project, you are set for the duration of your program. By doing this we tend to place all our fundraising efforts into one basket, hoping that if…

The Online Hustle

By Anelia Victor Your network can be engulfed with your friends and family ‘re-sharing every bit of material you put out; they are providing you with the analytic but they aren’t your target audience. How can you tap into the network you need? Re-evaluate your network Who are you are following? What does your feed say to you? If you…

Fundraising and Accountability

By Marisol Fornoni   “Already surrounded by this mad city the caterpillar goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him” Mortal Man – Kendrick Lamar   As the resource coordinator for Lost Lyrics, it is my role to acquire new resources and partnerships to make sure our organization can further expand its mission. This includes getting money to keep…

OG Snapshots: Thunderclaw

By Veronica Fredericks The Original Griots is an internship program for the older students of Lost Lyrics who have grown up with Lost Lyrics. Our OG’s joined Lost Lyrics when they were ten, and now in their early adulthood, these young people are translating and expanding their knowledge into tangible skills. The OG’s practice a range of different art forms…