Adopt A Craftivist

Sarah facilitating a workshop

24 Nov Adopt A Craftivist

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Love what we’re doing? Be a part of it…

Hello craftivists!

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

Sarah xxx

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.

Or email me if you have any questions.

 

FAQs

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.

13 Comments
  • Rin Hamburgh
    Posted at 19:40h, 25 November Reply

    I’m in! Can’t have Craftivist Collective disappearing – you’re doing far too much important work! Proud to be able to help secure your future.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 00:04h, 29 November Reply

      Thanks Rin :) Let’s hope others agree. This is the most scary thing I’ve asked and I feel so vulnerable doing it but at least I’m being honest and I hope people respect that. We’ve already had over 20 people in 3 days pledge £10 to £20 a month which is so heartwarming and making me hopeful!:) x

  • Lorna Prescott
    Posted at 21:30h, 08 December Reply

    Hi Sarah
    I’m in too!
    Well done for being so brave. You are bringing to mind both Amanda Palmer and Brene Brown :)
    Ive been changing my approach to financial giving, in 2016 directly supporting artivists I know, instead of giving to charities. I was hoping it would make me pay more attention and support in other ways too, like loads of love on social media, but I haven’t got on top of that. I’m going to try again in 2017. So please nudge me to shout from the rooftops about what you get up to. And let me help you find some of the remaining supporters you need to pass your target. Loads of love and huge respect for doing this :) x

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 00:05h, 09 December Reply

      Oh Lorna thank’s so so much for your financial support and spreading the word. I’m not good at blowing my own trumpet so maybe keep up to date with what we are doing on social media, this blog and newsletter and you decide what is worth sharing and celebrating :) Thanks so much for adopting me! ;p x

  • Gregory Martin
    Posted at 22:47h, 12 December Reply

    Count me in! Love the Craftivist Collective. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 00:11h, 15 December Reply

      Thanks so much Gregory!:) with your help and others I will try my hardest to do awesome work. Gooooo team!:)

  • Kate
    Posted at 10:03h, 14 December Reply

    I have only recently become aware of your initiative. I too used to work for Oxfam so a bit of a link there! have signed up for the year’s support. Hope you get the money you need to continue your great work.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 00:11h, 15 December Reply

      Oh Kate thanks so so so much for adopting me!:)

  • joy clarke
    Posted at 12:42h, 23 December Reply

    Happy Christmas! Thanks to Time Out, I’ve just adopted you so hope my support goes someway to help you continue your work.

  • joy clarke
    Posted at 12:46h, 23 December Reply

    Happy Christmas! Thanks to Time Out, I’ve adopted you so hope my support goes someway to help you continue your work.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 12:08h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks so so much for adopting me Joy!:) It makes an enormous difference to the way I can work

  • Tina Helfrich
    Posted at 08:57h, 08 October Reply

    Have loved being a sponsor in 2017 and hope you will let us know what increase you need for 2018. Congrats on the book launch and please keep up your good work and inspiration.

    • Craftivist Collective
      Posted at 09:52h, 08 October Reply

      Tina your emotional and financial support means so much and yes it would be a huge help if you could continue to adopt me each month for £10 or more if you can.

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