Circle of Support

 

We acknowledge, and want to transcend, the pattern of linking the meeting of needs to money, both in the sense that people who have needs are often required to have money in order to meet them, and people who want to contribute to the meeting of needs are often required to have money to do so. The Circle of Support is an intervention in this habit. It is our baseline of steady support for Miki’s role in boldly (and successfully) venturing into a gift economy, with our blessing. It is a joyful leap towards offering this work as a gift to anyone who seeks it, with no “strings attached.”

By the end of 2018 we seek to reach our goal of 200 monthly donors, and to have a
collective commitment of $6,000 per month, which will cover the financial expense of The Fearless Heart. With gratitude for those who began their commitment in previous years, as of July we have 98 participants collectively contributing $3250 each month. We celebrate that we are more than halfway to our goal!

We offer special thank yous to those who have joined since the June newsletter, adding an additional 8 people and $218 a month towards an economy of care. Our largest monthly financial gift is currently $500, and our smallest is $10. We can’t know which is the greater gift. Both are cherished.

Your participation, of any degree, contributes to this vision of shared responsibility and shared meaning. We invite you to listen into your role: If you are inspired to join the Circle, we thank you. If you are you inspired to make a one-time donation, we thank you. If you are inspired to spread the news about this work and why you value it (e.g. forward this email), we thank you. This is our collective work. We are grateful for your part in it.

We want to approach money with honesty, humility, and care. It is vitally important to us that everyone can trust that Miki only wants to receive money if it’s truly freely given, out of your desire to support something you believe in; only what you are moved to give, if you are, and only if you are able to do so without hardship, resentment or expectation.

Note: If you would like to make a donation smaller than $10, please send a check written out to TFH/BayNVC, and sent to BayNVC, PO Box 22872, Oakland, CA 94609

Join the Circle of Support as a contribution towards making possible the continued and sustainable work of our dreams.
 

Curious about alternatives to our current ecomonics? Visit Archive – Circle of Support for full history of Miki’s experiment with the gift economy.

Miki’s Match: Good news from last year’s challenge!

In 2017 we were immensely fortunate to receive matching funds totaling $45,000. This had never happened before. “Miki’s Match” was an opportunity to invite new people into the Circle of Support and current donors to participate in this exciting campaign.  We met the match! And way sooner than expected!
From Miki:
I am grateful to all who have contributed, from the smallest amount to the largest amount. My increased capacity to do the longer term work that I’ve been engaged with this year is directly related to these funds coming in, and we have an amazing opportunity to create more capacity for the coming years. I would love to imagine that someone reading this will consider stepping in with a significant pledge joining the matching fund energy to seed the giving season. Even without a matching fund to double your contribution, any amount given, especially as a monthly contribution to the Circle of Support, directly increases this capacity.