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Environmental Justice Giving Project - Seattle

This project will fund rural and urban organizations working at the intersection of environmental, racial, and economic justice to create sustainable, self-determined and just communities. Environmental justice work can include, but is not limited to, access to clean and healthy food, water and air; affordable and healthy housing, addressing neighborhood blight, just transition and climate resilience work, etc.

"This has changed my idea of power. It gives power to people no matter how much money they donate." - Ranfis Villatoro

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: September 8th, 2018 - March 19th, 2019 (Most meetings in Seattle at our offices)

Sign up online to get more information.

Environmental Justice Giving Project Schedule

Sat. Sept. 8th (10am-5pm) Session #1: Introduction

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

Saturday, Sept. 22nd (10am - 5pm) and Sunday, Sept. 23rd (10am - 5pm) - Session #2 a&b: Racial Justice and Class Analysis Workshop

  • Build shared analysis of race and class in the context of social justice organizing
  • Begin work to build a cross-class, multi-racial, progressive philanthropic community

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd (6pm - 9pm) - Session #3: Issue Area

  • Learn about coalitions & alliances from experts in the field

Saturday, Oct. 13th (10am - 5pm) - Session #4: Fundraising Training

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
  • Practice with the group
  • Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structures

** Participants begin fundraising

Wednesday, Oct. 24th (6pm-9pm) -  Session #5: Grantmaking Training

  • Learn about social justice philanthropy, community organizing, and the SJF grantmaking process

**Participants begin reading and screening applications

Saturday, Nov. 7th  - Session #6: Mini Grantee Summit

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

Saturday, Dec. 1st (10am-5pm) -  Session #7: Screening

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

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

Saturday, March 2nd (10am-5pm) - Session #8: Final Decisions

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

Wednesday, March 19th (6:30pm-9:30pm) - Session #9: Celebration and Evaluation

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process

For more information or to sign up, contact Magan Do - Magan(at)socialjusticefund.org

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