(The photo above is of Atticus’s thinking face.)

One major reason I decided to write Nonprofit was to demystify what activism can look like. Right now and particularly after the elections, there has been a rise of activated people looking for ways to make change in their community. The first 100 days of our current administration has passed and we know that the journey to the end of their time in office will now likely be a long one.

On days like today, where health care is in danger of being cut for millions of people especially women, queer, and trans people of color and low income families who heavily rely on the affordable care act, it is difficult to think that anything can be done to change the systems that keep marginalized people oppressed. As an activist, I have been involved in lobbying legislators to organizing communities against harmful local initiatives – and it is hard work.

For me, change happens through the shifting of culture and society, which is a critical piece in making systemic change. Not only do we need to work at advocating for policy change, but what informs policy change is through the work of changing hearts and minds about an issue. Now is a time in which we can try and do that by supporting grassroots projects like this one.

During the first day of our Seed&Spark campaign, we were able to raise $615!  Thanks to you we are well on our way to meeting our goal. Raising funds in the first few days is critical in the overall success of our campaign. If you’ve already donated, THANK YOU! Please continue to share the campaign with your friends, family, and social networks. If you haven’t donated as of yet and plan to, we’d appreciate your support especially in these first few days.

Our goal is to reach $3000 by the end of Friday, May 5thcan you help us continue to keep up the momentum? Forward this message to 3 of your friends or post on social media as to why this project is important to you and during a time where we need to harness all of the ways to resist and thrive.

Thank you so much for your support!

Click here to back the project!

May 3, 2017

Amy Nieto-Cruz
Producer of Nonprofit
503-724-4900, amynieto@gmail.com

Nonprofit explores the nonprofit world through the lens of a woman of color living in the whitest city in America

New web series offers counter narrative to Portlandia and centers the stories of communities of color living and working in Portland, Oregon

[Portland, Ore] On May 3, 2017, the new web series Nonprofit, a story that highlights the experience of a Filipina-American working for an advocacy nonprofit in Portland, Oregon will launch a crowdfunding campaign to support production costs to film the pilot episode. The grassroots effort is led by a team entirely made up of artists of color and comes at the end of an era created by Portlandia, a show that has for better or worse, helped cultivate the identity of the Pacific Northwest city for the past seven seasons.

Nonprofit was created by local artist-activist and organizer, Luann Algoso, after having worked in nonprofits in Portland. “This project is a way of sharing my story as a woman of color working and living in a major city that is 76% white, and also aims to highlight the narratives of communities of color that are often neglected in the mainstream media,” she shares. “‘Nonprofit’ is my attempt at challenging the dominant narratives about Portland because people of color live here too.”

Nonprofit follows the story of Gabby Antonio, a quirky and idealistic 25-year-old Filipina American that works as a community organizer at an advocacy nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. The pilot focuses on Gabby working through a series of obstacles – like a community training gone wrong, being stopped by a canvasser with a white savior complex, and gathering the nerve to interact with her biggest crush – in order to achieve her goal of planning a successful community-led neighborhood block party.

To learn more about Nonprofit: A Web Series, please visit www.nonprofitwebseries.com.

After a year and a half of preparation, several delays, a growing team of support, many sleepless nights, and endless tears of joy (and stress), the crowdfunding campaign to fund the pilot of the new web series, Nonprofit, is now live!!!!!!!!!!! 

For the next 30 days, we will be sharing messages with you about the making of this project, highlighting everyone that is involved, and showing you exactly what your money will support. We want YOU along for each step in the process of making this project into a reality!

It’s been a long journey to get to this point and I wouldn’t have made it this far had it not been for the multitude of support from friends, family, and community. Thank you so much for coming along for the ride!

This is just the beginning – we’re going to need every single one of you to help us get to the finish line. Donating as early as possible is critical in the success of this campaign – so pull out those wallets and grab yourself a nice perk! And as always, please share this project with everyone you know – forward this email or share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

We’re experiencing some technical difficulties in getting the campaign launched today – the original date we aimed for launching. BUT! Please stay tuned, as the team is working around the clock in getting the campaign ready to go live later this week. Thanks to all those that have committed early support in pledging to donate to the campaign once it goes live. We’ll be in touch soon once the campaign is ready!

Nonprofit team

In January 2016, I along with two other friends/colleagues that work in the nonprofit sector, had a late night discussion about our usual rants and gripes about working in our different organizations. From the typical “No one understands what I do!” to “White people don’t get it”, our conversations were unique in the sense that we were all women of color trying to navigate our careers in nonprofit work – a specific kind of work that is typically thankless and undeserving of recognition and higher salaries because we’re doing the “good work.”

I had been thinking for some time prior to that conversation about writing a novel that followed the life of someone that worked in nonprofits, but after that conversation and after agreeing about how funny it would be to see a TV show about nonprofits, that was when the idea of Nonprofit was born!


Watch the proof of concept here!

For the next few months afterward, I found every waking moment to write and develop a screenplay for a web series about a team of people that worked in one nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Drawing inspiration from shows like Insecure, Master of None, The Mindy Project, and Superstore among many others with people of color as the protagonist, I was determined to write a story that would add to the world of narratives that lifted up stories of people of color.

How you can help
Since starting this project last year, so many things have happened along the way that have challenged me as a writer and performer. It turns out there are a ton of moving parts in order to produce a show! From building a team to workshopping several drafts of the script to trying my hand at acting (I KNOW, RIGHT?), this project has truly been a labor of love.

So far, we’ve held a table reading back in October and in November we filmed one scene from the pilot on a very small budget. We now have a team of 10 who have signed onto the project with various roles from the director, producer, writers, music supervisor, and graphic design. And now we are ready to take it to the next level.

And if donating is a stretch right now (trust me, I get it!), there are also other ways you can help this campaign reach its goal. I am in need of a Digital Coordinator that can help me with our communications strategy as well as a Digital Street Team, a group of folks that can help me amplify on social media all things that are related to this campaign. The campaign will last 30 days and we’re going to need all the help we can get in order to successfully meet our goal! If you’re interested in donating something to the crowdfunding campaign in order for us to use as a perk, that would be AMAZING too! Since the campaign hasn’t launched yet, there’s still time in adding an art piece, service, or product to add as an incentive for folks to back the project.

Thanks so much for your support! Stay tuned for the launch of the campaign at the beginning of May!

– Luann