Criminal Justice Giving Project - Seattle

This giving project will support community organizing work that uses an intersectional lens of of race, class, gender, and other systems of oppression, to make long term change to the systems that criminalize low-income communities and communities of color. 

Through the Criminal Justice Giving Project, you'll fund organizations who use community-led solutions that create thriving and just communities, all while developing your own leadership, building community, gaining analysis, and learning new skills. Take a look at our 2016 Criminal Justice grantees for examples of the type of work we've supported with this project. 

“[What felt successful was] talking with friends and family about my experience with SJF and bringing up issues around class, race, money, and criminal justice. I think I at least planted the seed for many ideas that I will likely keep talking about with them…” – Member of the Criminal Justice Giving Project 2016

“...I liked the discussions we had about class and hearing from people that grew up in a range of different economic classes. I can't think of another opportunity where I would be able have these honest conversations....” – Member of the Criminal Justice Giving Project 2016

All Giving Projects have the same basic structure:

  • A cross-class, multiracial group of 15-25 volunteers commits to the entire process.
  • Each person makes a meaningful gift -- whatever that means for you.
  • Through workshops and trainings we develop a shared analysis of race, class, and the issue focus of this Giving Project.
  • We train you in grassroots fundraising and provide lots of hands-on support as you raise money from your friends and family.
  • We train you in our grantmaking process and support you as you read and score proposals, participate in site visits, make collective deicisions, and move money to some of the most inspiring, effective social change work in the region.

Sign up online to get more information.

Commitment: January 27th, 2018 - July 31, 2018.

Criminal Justice Giving Project 2018 Schedule (PDF)

Saturday, January 27th (10am-5pm) - Session #1: Introduction

  • Get to know one another
  • Establish commitments, expectations, and goals
  • Set foundation for further trainings

Saturday, February 10th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, February 11 (10am-5pm) - Session #2: Race and Class Analysis Workshop

  • Build shared analysis of race and class
  • Learn about racism and classism in context of criminal justice
  • Begin to work build a cross-class, multi-racial, progressive philanthropic community

Wednesday, February 21st (6pm-9pm) - Session #3: Issue Area

  • Learn about criminal justice issues from experts in the field

Sunday, March 4th (10-5pm) - Session #4: Fundraising & Grantmaking pt 1 Training

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
  • Practice with the group
  • Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structure
  • Learn about SJF's grantmaking model and social justice philanthropy

**Participants begin fundraising & reading and scoring grant applications**

Tuesday, March 13th (6pm-9pm) - Session #5: Fundraising & Grantmaking pt 2

  • Reflect on first fundraising asks
  • Time for practice

**Participants continue fundraising and reading applications**

Saturday, April 14th (10am-5pm) - Session #6: Screening

  • Decide which applicants receive site visits

 **Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)**

Saturday, May 12 2018 (10am-5pm) - Session #7: Grantee Summit

  • Learn directly from SJF grantees about their strategies, victories, and challenges

Saturday, July 14 2018 (10am-5pm) - Session #8: Final Decisions

  • Review site visit reports
  • Decide which applicants receive grants

Tuesday, July 31 (6:30-9pm) - Session #9: Celebration & Evaluation‚Äč

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process 
For more information or to sign up please contact:
Project Manager, Rebecca Allen -
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