Ways to Give

Critical Resistance needs your support to keep our work strong and vibrant.




Did you know? Being a donor to CR has its benefits.

Each quarter CR hosts a donor call during which we bring together grassroots organizers and leadership, CR members, and our donors to discuss some current issues related to the prison industrial complex and strategies for resistance. Donors are invited to join, to listen, and learn more about a topic, and talk with our featured speakers and CR. Click here to see and listen to our Donor Call archive.

Annual Operating Giving

Becoming a donor to Critical Resistance is a straightforward way to keep CR strong. In the past few years, you have helped us intentionally and successfully transition from being funded primarily by foundationsMidYearIG1_grassrootsdonors to being funded primarily by grassroots donors like you. Grassroots donations now provide 67% of our total budget, which increases our financial stability and shifts more power and leadership into the hands of our local members.

Where your donations go:

Your donations help sustain our organizing to stop prison construction, to mobilize communities impacted by the violence of policing, and to develop alternatives to punishment and repression that sustain the health and well-being of our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Any amount directly supports practical and visionary organizing towards abolition. Donations of money, time, and other resources help propel our work forward. Click here to donate today.

Email or call us at 510.444.0484 to donate time or resources.

Monthly Sustainer

To help support Critical Resistance’s ongoing projects and campaigns, consider making a recurring monthly gift. This support sustains us throughout the year and is a wonderful way to spread out your giving over time. You can become a monthly sustainer online or through your workplace giving program.

Here are some reasons why our donors are monthly sustainers for CR:

“I give because I believe abolition must happen and will happen and a sustained movement will get us there.” – Cory; Portland, ORMelanie

“i am a monthly sustainer of critical resistance and their tireless members because i believe their important coalition building and advocacy work, will bring about liberation for all, and a world free from suffering and oppression.” – deb; Oakland, CA

“I support CR because I know that we can be sustained without prisons and safe without policing. I affirm the vision of organizers who see beyond bars and borders. ” – Holly; New York, NYOrange

“I support Critical Resistance because I am an abolitionist.  I know that I feel safe when I know my neighbors and when we all have enough to eat and a loving place to live where we cultivate community.” – Melanie; San Leandro, CA

Goods and Merchandise: Clothing, Bags, Posters, Prints, and Literature

Did you know that every sale of CR gear supports our organizing? Merchandise purchases are grassroots contributions too! We’ve got t-shirts, tote bags, posters, limited edition prints, stickers and plenty of books about abolition.

Visit this website to make a purchase http://criticalresistance.org/cr-gear/

We currently accept payment through PayPal. Contact us if you would like to make payment by cash or check – goods@criticalresistance.org or (510) 444-0484.

The Zachary Project

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A community fund of Critical Resistance Oakland established to support community members in need. Click here to learn more.




Dedication & Tribute Giving

Making a gift to Critical Resistance in the name of a loved one or comrade is a sweet way to acknowledge a connection your community may have to Critical Resistance and supports all that we do. If you would like to offer a gift in someone’s name in celebration of a birthday or special event or in their memory, simply complete the donation form and let us know who the gift is in honor or memory of in the “Special OrangePurpose/Dedication” field. If desired, you can request that we notify the family, individual or organization. We are happy to send a note letting them know that you have made a gift in their name.

Legacy/Estate Giving

A generous way to support Critical Resistance in the future is by remembering us in your estate plans. You can do this by simply including Critical Resistance as a beneficiary of your will or living trust, your retirement plan, bank account or in your life insurance policy. For more information about legacy giving or to let us know that you have already named Critical Resistance in your estate plans, please contact Jess Heaney, Development Director, at (510) 444-0484 or jess@criticalresistance.org.

Vehicle Donations

If you have a car, boat or RV that you no longer use, consider donating it to benefit Critical Resistance. We work with a reputable car donation processor, Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS, Inc.), who will make all the arrangements at no cost to you. They handle the title transfer requirements and will provide you with a tax deductible donation receipt when they pick up your car. You can use their donation page here.

Call CARS, Inc. at (855) 500-RIDE or Jess Heaney, Development Director, at (510) 444-0484 or jess@criticalresistance.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Workplace Matching or Monthly Gifts

If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to increase the value of your gift. If you have given a gift recently or in this calendar year, it may still be eligible for your company to match. Workplaces also often have giving programs that can facilitate monthly donations. Please check your personnel department for the matching gift form, send it in to Critical Resistance to increase your gift, and check to see if they can help you with ongoing monthly contributions.

2015 Highlights: Click here to read CR’s 2015 Annual Report