How Do Your Beliefs About Money Shape the Way You Fundraise? | The Money Beliefs Activity Illustrated

March 6, 2023

Fundraisers and resource mobilizers rarely have time to explore how their relationships to money inform their work. Our "From Fundraiser to Resource Mobilizer: Changing Our Perspectives and Practices to Shift Power" training creates space for folks of various fundraising backgrounds to connect and learn with their peers, including trying on the Money Beliefs exercise and how to facilitate it! Learn more and register on the workshop page.


Comic illustrating the money beliefs exercise.

[Image description: "Money Beliefs Activity" comic illustrated by Learkana Chong. The comic is divided into 6 panels with the title and artist at the top, set against a blue header. Text and illustrations for each panel are as follows:

Panel 1 - Text at the top reads, The money beliefs exercise is an activity you can use with your comrades or co-workers to support with the redistribution of fundraising from one to the many. Illustration of an older masc Asian person wearing blue who is struggling to carry a wagon full of gardening supplies, with an arrow pointing right to a group of 4 people smiling and holding different gardening tools and supplies from the wagon, including the person who was previously struggling.

Panel 2 - Text at the top reads, It's a conversation that paves the way to greater awareness + understanding of how our lived experiences shape how we feel about fundraising. Illustration of a young woman wearing yellow with deep brown skin and curly black hair in a bun (head and shoulders only). She has a thought bubble next to her. Inside the thought bubble is a surreal scene of her raising her hands to the sky as a dollar bill reading "$O$" uses its pair of wings to fly away. Her pet ginger cat freezes as a bag of money with legs runs away. In the backdrop is a house, a tree, the sun, and a few birds, depicted in elementary-style scribbles.

Panel 3 - The same 4 people from Panel 1, but this time they are depicted just by their heads and shoulders. Person in blue has a speech bubble that reads, 'What do you remember the adults in your life saying about money when you were young?' Person wearing purple with tan skin and a dark brown wavy bob has a thought bubble with an ellipsis (...) inside of it. Person wearing orange with an ash brown complexion and shoulder-length braids has a thought bubble with a red exclamation point inside of it. Woman wearing yellow from Panel 2 is also featured.

Panel 4 - The same 4 people from Panel 2 but everyone has shifted slightly clockwise. Person wearing purple has a speech bubble that reads, 'My mom would usually reply, "With what money?" whenever I asked for a new game or toy. The lesson I took from that was there isn't enough money to go around.' Person wearing orange has the red underlined 100 emoji sign hanging above their head. Person wearing yellow has a speech bubble that reads, 'That resonates'. Person wearing blue has a speech bubble that reads, 'Thank you'.

Panel 5 - The same 4 people from Panel 2 but everyone has shifted slightly clockwise. Person wearing orange has a speech bubble that reads, 'Growing up, I'd always hear my parents talking about stretching their dollar. They were creative and resourceful with providing for our family. I think I got my "abundance" mindset from them.' Person wearing yellow has a speech bubble that reads 'That's real'. Person wearing blue has a big red +1 sign above his head. Person wearing purple has a big yellow lightbulb above their head.

Panel 6 - Text at the top set against yellow header reads, 'Interested in learning more + trying this on with others in a supportive space?' Illustration of person in purple and person in orange from previous panels smiling and holding up a white banner that reads, '* FROM FUNDRAISER TO RESOURCE MOBILIZER * (punctuated with yellow stars) A 3-day workshop series (underlined in a wavy green) sign up at (highlighted in yellow)' There is a speech bubble that reads 'JOIN US!' coming from the person in purple and a red heart floating above the person in orange.]


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