Environmental Justice Giving Project

The “environment” in the context of the environmental justice movement is defined as the spaces where we live, work, learn, play, pray, and heal. The Environmental Justice Giving Project learns about and supports organizations that:

  • Strive for equitable access to a clean and healthy environment;
  • Work for sustainability, including racial and economic justice; and
  • Are community-based and led by the people who are most disproportionally affected by environmental justice issues.

For a few examples, take a look at our Environmental Justice grantees from 2013 and 2015.

As a member of the Environmental Justice Giving Project you'll learn about and have a concrete impact on a wide variety of environmental justice issues -- from climate change to healthy and sustainable homes to food sovereignty -- while developing your own leadership, building community, gaining analysis, and learning new skills.

“I learned a ton, there's so much more that we get out of the giving projects than just the grants.  It’s a great way to plug into the organization, learn about cool organizations, contribute money, and gain useful tools to take away.” – (Tesia Forbes, Environmental Justice Giving Project member, 2011)

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: February 11 - August 3, 2017 (Most meetings are at our office in downtown Seattle)

Sign up online to get more information.

Environmental Justice Giving Project 2017 Schedule (PDF)

Saturday, February 11 (10am-5pm) - Session #1: Introduction

  • Get to know one another
  • Establish commitments, expectations, and goals

Saturday, February 25 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, February 26 (10am-3pm) - Session #2: Race and Class Analysis Workshop

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

Saturday, March 11 (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, March 22 (6pm-9pm) - Session #4: Grantmaking Training

  • Learn about social justice philanthropy and the SJF grantmaking process

**Participants begin reading and screening applications**

Saturday, April 29 (10am-5pm) - Session #5:  Screening

  • Democratic grantmaking process to decide which applicants will get site visits

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

Saturday, May 13  (10am-5pm) - Session #6: Giving Project Summit

  • Learn directly from SJF grantees about their organizing strategies and funding challenges
    • Open to the public

Saturday, July 15 (10am-5pm) - Session #7: Final Decisions

  • Review site visit reports
  • Democratic grantmaking process to review site visit reports, discuss finalists, and choose grantees

Thursday, August 3 (6:30pm-9:30pm) - Session #8 :Celebration & Evaluation

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process
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