By its funding of little-known groups, Resist has kept alive the spirit of resistance to war and injustice.
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn Auburndale, MA
Resist gives funders the opportunity to reach organizations doing front-line work for social justice. No matter how large or small your donation, you know your money will be used carefully and stretched to the last penny.
Jean Hardisty
Jean HardistyCambridge, MA
Thank you for routing resources to progressive, feisty, lean and committed social justice organizations using a disbursement process that reflects the values of the organizers (not just the donors!)—keep on, keep on!
Holmes Hummel
Holmes HummelPalo Alto, CA
RESIST is the only way I know of to get my money to really small, community-based groups working for social change.
Resist Donor
Resist DonorSan Francisco, CA


Why Leave Resist in Your Estate Plan

Resist has always been a different type of foundation.

Our story begins on October 21, 1967 when activists issued the “Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority” to oppose the Vietnam War. Over the following decades, Resist has grown to become an essential supporter of many movements that have propelled our society towards justice and liberation.

Celebrating 53 Years

Thanks to our progressive donors over the past 53 years, Resist has supported thousands of groups working on the front lines for gender equality, racial justice, LGBTQ freedom, immigrants’ rights, economic and environmental justice.

Movements for social change have transformed since Resist’s founding, and Resist continues to transform with them. Read “Transforming Resist: A Series on Radical Philanthropy” to learn how.

Leave a Legacy of Resistance

While we can’t predict the struggles of the next 53 years, we do know that strong grassroots communities will always be a core element of democratic progress. Resist is committed to supporting front line activists that are resisting, re-imagining, healing, and transforming towards the world we want to see for the next half-century and beyond.

Like Resist’s founders, we can pay forward resources to assist with future struggles. That’s why we encourage you to remember Resist in your estate plan.  By doing so, you will be supporting new generations of activists and advocates in the ongoing fight for liberation.

Throughout history, groups of people have taken leaps together, unsure of where exactly they might land but with a shared vision for a better future. We hope that your legacy donation to Resist is a commitment to another leap yet again. Together we can continue to make the impossible possible.

[Image description: Black and white photo of Noam Chomsky. A red box with white text reads: “I am a founder and a staunch supporter of Resist because they channel funds to the hundreds of grassroots groups across the country who refuse to feel helpless and refuse to
be obedient. I urge you to help advance our cause—and yours—by joining our legacies of resistance society today. – Noam Chomsky,
Resist Co-Founder”]

Make or Update Your Will for FREE

Resist has partnered with FreeWill to give you an easy way to write or update your legally valid will today. A gift to Resist in a will leaves a legacy of extraordinary impact on our fight to build a better world — you’ll be proud to have done it. Now, you can make or update your will (for free) in less than 25 minutes, whether or not you choose to make a gift to Resist.
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For sample text to add to your will, click here. If you would like more information about our planned giving, please contact Kendra at 

Become a Resister

Today’s world was just a vision 50 years ago and we know that strong grassroots communities will always be the core element of democratic progress. Resist is committed to supporting frontline activists building a just and free world for the next half century and beyond. 

Join Us, Become a Resister Today!

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