Holly Fincke

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Holly Fincke

Holly Fincke ... has worked for and with social justice organizations for over 25 years as staff, Board member and volunteer activist. She has served as Director of Resource Development for Bay Area organizations such as the Mission Housing Development Corporation, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Women's Building, working with each of these organizations as they made key organizational and programmatic transitions. She has been a consultant to numerous social justice and social service organizations and has served on many Boards, including that of Common Counsel where she was one of the first community members to sit on the Board. Holly Fincke was a Windcall resident in 2003 after co-leading a successful effort to win tenant protections in Oakland, California.[1]


"Like many kids growing up in the late 60’s, it was hard to avoid the movements all around me, even as middle-class grade schooler. My parents participated in Friends of FIGHT, the white solidarity organization set up to support the Industrial Areas Foundation’s campaign to win jobs for African-Americans at Kodak in our hometown of Rochester, NY. Attica was not far away and there was, of course, the war. So when my sister of color and our family were taunted, I knew what that was all about. As I started to be sexually harassed as a pre-teen, the women’s movement in the air helped me understand that. Once I got to college, I met people who could really break it down for me and seal my commitment to social justice."

Holly Fincke currently wears two hats. She is a consultant, focused on fundraising with a special interest in grassroots fundraising, and she is the Director of the Windcall Institute. The Windcall Institute is a national leadership program designed to invigorate social justice organizers and strengthen their capacity to build a powerful social justice movement rooted in communities of color and low-income communities.

Before becoming a consultant, she was on the frontlines of raising money for social justice as development director for three organizations: Mission Housing Development Corporation in San Francisco’s Mission District during the dotcom boom (and massive displacement), the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights during the anti-immigrant surge in the mid- 1990’s, and The Women’s Building. And she continues to fundraise for Windcall, which is primarily supported by small and large individual donors.

Her work with groups includes participatory fundraising planning, training, integrating fundraising with organizing/program, building an organizational fundraising culture and vision, strategy support, donor cultivation and coaching. While Holly is experienced in foundation fundraising, she is most interested in supporting groups grow their grassroots fundraising programs (and overcoming their barriers) so as to increase their self-determination and ability to define the agenda as they see it.

Her understanding of movement building organizations also comes from her activist work. She co-founded an organization in Oakland which won landmark tenant protections in Oakland and which went on to become Causa Justa/Just Cause. She has done international solidarity work with the Venceremos Brigade and other organizations, which also introduced her many organizers across the country that work in base building organizations. She has also been part of the leadership/board of the Center for Political Education in San Francisco, the Progressive Way (a progressive workplace giving federation) and Common Counsel Foundation.[2]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992, Holly Fincke, Venceremos Brigade, Oakland, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[3]

1997 May Day

In People's Weekly World, May Day Special Supplement, Section J, 1997 an advertisement was placed "Solidarity with workers everywhere in their struggles for a better life for all! from Northern California Friends of the People's Weekly World/Nuestri Mundo:

Signatories included Holly Fincke.

Eric Quezada PRESENTE!

Celebrate Eric Quezada and 15 Years of the Center for Political Education Thursday, December 12 2013, at Mission Neighborhood Center

Friends of Eric Quezada and the Center for Political Education invite you to a community celebration of Eric’s life on the occasion of his 48th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the Center for Political Education.

Celebrate Eric’s contributions to SF-based struggles for social and economic justice, which continue to resonate long after his passing in 2011.


In 1998, Eric Quezada and others founded the CPE at a kitchen table meeting in Bernal Heights. Fifteen years later, the CPE continues to serve as a resource for the San Francisco left, by organizing workshops, talks and community events on topics essential to building strong, conscious social movements.

Proceeds benefit The Center for Political Education)

Host committee: Jason Ferreira, Oscar Grande, Fernando Marti, Huli Milanese, Wendy Phillips, Francisco Ugarte and the CPE Collective.[4]

Kendra Alexander Foundation

As of July 2010, Fincke was a member of the Kendra Alexander Foundation[5].


Holly Fincke is a consultant with RoadMap, a Freedom Road Socialist Organization affiliated consultancy group .[6]

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Holly Fincke.[7]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Holly Fincke.[8]