24 Nov Adopt A Craftivist
Love what we’re doing? Be a part of it…
Thank you for considering giving us your support.
Looking back over the last eight years, I’m blown away by how far the Craftivist Collective has come. Together we have achieved so much…
- We’ve helped 50,000 staff in one organisation go from minimum wage to the Living Wage.
- We’ve influenced campaigners and charities around the globe to incorporate slower, kinder and more beautiful elements of activism into their toolkits.
- We’ve seen many universities across the world include our work in their curriculums.
- We’ve gone from receiving hostility and ridicule for our approach to activism to gaining worldwide credibility, praise and even an award from the charity sector for our way of campaigning!
- We’ve gathered over 22,000 followers on social media keen to learn more, be inspired and empowered to be better global citizens in our world.
- We’ve helped art institutions bring activism to their audiences in a gentle way.
Shouting, heckling, and hating are not the only forms of political engagement. Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Our gentle protest approach to craftivism is part of that light, and it is getting in.
But there’s still so much more to be done. In these times of increasing uncertainty, more and more people are turning to us for help. My passion is to keep supporting and inspiring people to protest gently and more effectively to help make our world even more awesome than it is!
If only passion was enough. Unfortunately, the reality is that I also need to make the books balance at the end of every month. There’s no big organisation paying a monthly wage here. And being a pretty niche operation means we don’t tick all that many funding boxes. Our ethical kits are made by me at home so I’m limited as to how many I can make at a time. And there’s only so many talks and workshops and paid consultancy jobs I can do on top of all the free support I give to individual craftivists.
I’m keen to stay independent and stick to my principles when it comes to things like keeping this website ad-free and turning down offers of paid work that don’t fit with the principles of the collective. But that means I need your help. If you’ve been inspired by the work we do in any way, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider supporting it. By adopting me (not literally – you don’t need to get the spare room ready!) you will help ensure that the Craftivist Collective survives.
This isn’t a new concept for activists – campaigners throughout history, from Martin Luther King and Gandhi to Peter Tatchell and Jack Monroe, have relied on the kindness of strangers and friends. Now I’m appealing to that same kindness to help keep the Craftivist Collective thriving.
You can donate as a direct debit each month here:
You can donate any amount you wish per month here:
Thank you in advance – I am genuinely grateful for every single person who contributes to this cause that I really believe has the power to make a significant difference. Your adoption will unleash a full-time, fully-focused, all-action craftivist out into the world, armed with a pair of scissors to shape the future, thread to weave our values through all of our activism, and the knowledge that she can actually focus on this hopefully for a long time to come. The future of the Craftivist Collective (and me!) is in your head, heart and hands. Just think what we could achieve together in the near future…
All my love, respect and gratitude as always
PS Monthly giving helps me budget, but I understand that for some people that isn’t possible. If you prefer to give a one off donation, that would be most welcome too.
Isn’t there another way of getting funding?
Being pretty niche in what we do and focusing on transformation rather than transactions means we do not tick many funding boxes. I could apply for funding that fits the funders objectives but that would dilute or compromise our work.
Why not get a part time job?
In this line of work I would have to say no to most opportunities that are on offer to deliver creative activism events, projects or teaching since they are all sporadic and could be any day, evening or weekend. It would be incredibly difficult to find a part time job with such flexible hours and have the energy to do both.
Is this a thing, you know paying for an activist? Throughout history and still now, individual campaigners and campaign organisations often rely on supporter donations to give them the time and flexibility to focus on creating what they judge to be the impactful work- Pankhurst, Biko, Gandhi were just at one end of a long line of passionate, generous, canny people who saw a cause they felt needed to be fought for and they backed it. Now I’m not promising I will be able to deliver change quite on that scale, but I will promise you that I will fight for change through those most radical of things – creativity, beauty, organisation, love, and truckload of hard graft.
Can I GiftAid my payments?
The Craftivist Collective is a social enterprise as opposed to a registered charity so GiftAid is not possible. This is because the UK Lobbying Act of 2014 (often called the ‘gagging law’) has limited how much campaigning charities can do and it’s important we are not censored.
Why not use patreon.com?
It’s an American website that takes a percentage of the donation.
Can my company sponsor you?
Yes and I can send you an invoice if that helps. However as a sponsor you will not have control over content or have your name visible unless all supporters are listed as well.