"Inspired by years of organizing in the student, labor, women's, and civil rights movements, and funded by a back-pay award in an unfair labor practice suit, Heather Booth founded the Midwest Academy in 1973. With Steve Max, the Academy's first trainer and current Associate Director...
"Today, the Academy continues to provide training to these multi-issue, statewide organizations, as well as to numerous other groups, ranging from students to senior citizens and from neighborhood to national organizations." 
- Jackie Kendall - Executive Director, Midwest Academy
Their manual Organizing for Social Change was written with funding provided by the Anita L. Mishler Education Fund.
Heather Award 
"In December of 2005, on the occasion of Heather Booth's 60th birthday, the Midwest Academy announced the establishment of the Heather Award."
"The Midwest Academy has received funding from numerous foundations, including, among others, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Retirement Research Foundation, the Woods Charitable Trust, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Energy Foundation, the Wieboldt Foundation, the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the George Soros-created Open Society Institute." 
Resources and articles
- John Stauber, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, March 15, 2013, CounterPunch.