Ways to Give

Thank you for keeping us fresh, radical and majority grassroots funded!

2018 Special Opportunities:

  • Host a house party or event for our 20th Anniversary. Learn more here.

  • Purchase a special limited edition print by artist Awol Erizku. All proceeds benefit CR. See it here.

  • Sponsor our December 9, 2018 event in Oakland, CA. Learn more here.  

  • Ready to give more than $250 for our 20th Anniversary? Please see our 2018 Radical Resource Menu. Email completed forms to Jess@criticalresistance.org and include “20Year” in the subject.

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Did you know? Being a donor to CR has its benefits. Click here to see and listen to our Donor Webinar and 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 foundations 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.  

“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

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

“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, NY

The Zachary Project

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 Purpose/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.

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.

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

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.


Thank you for your support.

Read our 2017 Annual Report here

Read our 2018 Midyear Letter here.

See 2017 Financials basics here

Past reports:

2016 Annual report

2015 Annual Report

2018 marks our 20 years since the 1998 “Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex” founding conference, which popularized the idea of the “prison industrial complex” (PIC) and made abolition practical theory of change.
Two decades since the first call to “do Critical Resistance,”  the concept and practice of PIC abolition is flourishing. Thank you for spreading the word and powering our campaigns and projects!
Through collaborations with over 75 organizations and groups already this year, Critical Resistance (CR) continues to make abolition irresistible. From January to June, we offered over 100 workshops and presentations this year to over 2,000 people—in just 6 months. Your support fueled a campaign victory this year with the Stop Urban Shield coalition! We’re inspired and ready for our movement to increasing the presence of abolition.
Will you help us prepare for the next 20 years of resistance? We look forward to celebrating with you this year.

Make a one-time or monthly gift here. 

Learn more about sponsoring our 20th Anniversary event here.