A Theory of Change

A Theory of Change is a Vancouver based organization of passionate individuals working to change the prison system from within. Our purpose to mobilize changemakers to reimagine and realize futures where poverty, prison and prejudice have much less power to cause immediate and generational harm. Rhidale Dotson, our executive director, is the incarcerated leader behind a collection of successful gang-reform programs and personal development initiatives within the Colorado state prison system. Rhidale’s programs contribute to actionable opportunities for hope and realize the universal appreciation of human dignity both behind bars and beyond.  

As a team working to help finance Rhidale’s ventures, we pay for everything out of pocket: Rhidale’s personal self care, phone calls, registration for non-profit status, website development, renting space for events, connecting with changemakers in the community to name a few! We are reaching out to you for help- even $5.00 can help pay for a phone call with Rhidale and give the project more momentum on both sides. 

A one hour phone call with Rhidale is about $8.40 USD. As our executive director, we speak with him an average of 4 hours a week, adding up to roughly $2000 a year in just phone calls. 

Eventually, we are working toward affording legal help for Rhidale as he has never had access to a defense attorney due to financial limitations. We are also in the midst of writing a feature length screenplay about Rhidale's life and all resources/interview time is paid for out of pocket. For now, our organization is just beginning to take roots and we need help getting his message out there! 

Read more about how and why Rhidale's workshops for inmates work! Rhidaldotson.com

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We thank you so much for your interest and generosity. 

-A Theory of Change


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