Community Supported Organizers

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CSO = A New Model for Supporting Autonomous Agents of Change

Backbone Campaign's Community Supported Organizer (CSO) pilot program is a nascent but promising innovation in funding social change work. Backbone designed this model to work similarly to Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). CSAs create a stable funding source for local farmers through a synergistic relationship with community members who pledge support.  In return, the CSA member receive a share of the harvest and a deeper connection to the farm and the food they eat. We believe that the CSO model presents a new way to support our most talented change agents, establish meaningful connection to the work being done, and a deep pride in the harvest.

Being a CSO provides a way for a self-directed change agent to be innovative and responsive to emergent opportunities. They are not constrained by an organizational bureaucracy directed from afar.  They are not locked into an inflexible plan or narrow mission.  A CSO is accountable only to a diverse community of sustaining donors from whom they crowd source recurring donations. This community benefits from a CSO's increased skill and capacity gained through their immersion in the work and their access to training, skill shares, reflection, mentorship and tactical tools that Backbone Campaign provides.  We all enjoy the harvest of accelerated positive change and mounting victories.

Eviction_Free_Zone.jpgWe believe that the CSO concept can help further empower autonomous activists and organizers around the country to dedicate themselves more fully to the work they are doing in their communities. This will help lead us faster to the positive and just changes we strive to see happen in our world.

Click on any of the individual CSO pages to find out more and support their work.

Or make a contribution that is divided among all the CSOs on this page by clicking here.







  Support CSO Amanda Schemkes

Support CSO Renaissance the Poet,

a Liberationist, working to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex, and to bring about Climate, Global, and Restorative Justice through Grassroots Organizing, Advocacy, Protests, and Education.

Support CSO Amanda Schemkes,

grassroots organizer and lawyer providing legal support to activists, frontline communities, and political prisoners.


Support CSO Jacob Johns 



Support CSO Jacob Johns,

progressing society by working on multiple interconnected issues involving social justice and minority rights.


Support CSO Carlo Voli,

an autonomous change agent striving for Climate Action and Global Justice! 



Support CSO Antonio Zamora,

fighting systemic poverty and climate change, activating young people, standing up for peace and justice 

Lee sobre Antonio en espanol

Read about Antonio's work in English