Economic Justice Giving Project
This giving project will support work that addresses the root causes of structural and economic inequities faced by low-income communities, workers, and families.
Through the Economic Justice Giving Project, you'll fund organizations who use an intersectional lense of race, class, and gender to develop community-led solutions that create thriving and economically just communities, all while developing your own leadership, building community, gaining analysis, and learning new skills. Take a look at our 2015 Economic Justice grantees for examples of the type of work we've supported with this project.
"One thing that sticks with me is how much I enjoy and get energy from these issues. I came in tired, and now feel energized." – Brittany Alsot (Economic Justice Giving Project member, 2012)
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.
Commitment: October 1, 2017 - April 3, 2018 (Most meetings are at our office in downtown Seattle).
Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018 Schedule (PDF)
Sunday, October 1 (10am-5pm) - Session #1: Introduction
- Get to know one another
- Establish commitments, expectations, and goals
- Set foundation for further trainings
Saturday, October 14 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, October 15 (10am-5pm) - Session #2: Race and Class Analysis Workshop
- Build shared analysis of race and class
- Learn about racism and classism in context of economic justice
- Begin to work build a cross-class, multi-racial, progressive philanthropic community
Saturday, October 28 (10am-5pm) - Session #3: Fundraising Training
- Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
- Practice with the group
- Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structure
**Participants begin fundraising **
Wednesday, November 8 (6pm-9pm) - Session #4: Grantmaking Training
- Learn about social justice philanthropy and the SJF grantmaking process
**Participants begin reading and screening applications**
Saturday, December 9 (10am-5pm) - Session #5: Screening
- Decide which applicants receive site visits
- **Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10am-5pm) - Session #6: Final Decisions
- Review site visit reports
- Decide which applicants receive grants
Tuesday, April 8 (6:30-9pm) - Session #7: Celebration & Evaluation
- Celebrate our success and evaluate the process