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A New Paradigm for Grassroots Investment

The decision to establish LBS as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) was a tough strategic question we addressed with several internal, critical analysis sessions.

While establishing the organization as a non-profit organization would have allowed for more easily available short-term cash contributions from foundations, we recognized that it also would have hindered our ability to exercise the freedom that we now experience.

Ultimately, the founders of the organizations decided that it was of utmost importance for us to be a politically independent organization from inception. This decision necessitated a significant level of sacrifice from us both as individuals and collectively as an organization.

Nevertheless, we are optimistic that our ultimate vision of building capacity, staying independent, and not relying on traditional funding streams will serve us well.

We hold tight to a vision of a stronger infrastructure that is community based by proudly noting that “We are the freest Black people in Baltimore.” We are able to offer criticism and facilitate projects that others, intricately connected to the non-profit industrial complex, are not able to.


Make a one time gift to support our work in Baltimore. Every dollar counts.


Become a Sustainer today. Starting at $5 per month – you directly fund our organizing work in Baltimore City.

Community Sustainers are individuals and organizations that support the mission of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle via recurring monthly financial investments in our work.

Unrestricted financial capital to fund the operations of our grassroots organizing work is made possible by our Sustainers who contribute each month to LBS.


Give your time, talent and skills to our organization and help us advance our mission in Baltimore.

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