We share fundraising strategies and tactics for activists, nonprofits and community benefit organizations.

Fundraising for social justice and transformative progress is hard work. We’re here to make it a little easier. At Open Rivers you’ll find actionable resources, insightful guidance and a heart-centered community.

All with one aim: To catalyze your fundraising capacity.  

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At Open Rivers, members of our community hail from more than 25 countries worldwide where they tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. They’re in the streets and saving lives with humanitarian care and a healthy dose of compassion. They’re launching creative activations and taking direct action with their bodies on the line. They’re seekers and storytellers from all walks of life. Day in and day out, they’re doing the work that makes a just and thriving world possible. 

Membership benefits include . . .

Complimentary access to articles and resources designed to keep it simple, take action and get funding in the door.

Personalized expertise, coaching and thoughtful collaboration tailored to meet your unique fundraising challenges.

Gatherings online and IRL that bring us together to connect, learn, discover common ground and empower one another.

A message from Kristin Oliver, founder of Open Rivers . . .The idea of Open Rivers first seeded in the wake of the 2008 bank bailout. A few years later, that idea got its sea legs in New York City as I grappled with how to move the money to the front lines of activism (and there was evidently plenty of cash flow out there to move if the roll call on the bank bailout was any indication).

I dove head first into development and fundraising for nonprofits that had incredible missions but were operating on unsustainable, shoestring budgets. While corporations were negotiating multi-billion dollar funding rounds and aiming for trillion dollar market caps, phenomenal people were doing work that would save the world. Yet they were ridiculously underfunded.

So I set my sights on diverting all that cash flow to them. It’s definitely a work-in-progress.


E Q U I T Y:  Fight tirelessly for an honest, equitable distribution of wealth worldwide. 

E Q U A L I T Y: Approach relationships as partnerships, never as power dynamics. 

C O L L A B O R A T I O N: Fundraising should not be a competitive sport, my friends. We’re all in this together. 

G E N E R O S I T Y: Because where on earth would we be without it? 

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