Immigration Justice Giving Project

This giving project will support organizing work addressing the systemic discrimination, racial profiling and harassment of immigrant and refugee communities.

As a member of the Immigration Justice Giving Project you'll learn about and have a concrete impact on a wide variety of immigration justice issues -- from detention and deportation, to defending communities targeted by xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks to access to educational services and enrollment for children of undocumented immigrants -- 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.

Sign up online to get more information or give us a call at (206) 624-4081.

Commitment: September 9, 2017 - March 18, 2018 (Most meetings are at our office in downtown Seattle)

Immigration Justice Giving Project Schedule: (PDF)

Saturday, September 9 (10am-5pm) - Session #1: Introduction

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

Saturday, September 23 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, September 24 (10am-5pm) - Session #2: Race and Class Analysis Workshop

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

Saturday, October 7 (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, October 18 (6pm-9pm) - Session #4: Grantmaking Training

  • Learn about social justice philanthropy and the SJF grantmaking process

**Participants begin reading and screening applications**

Saturday, November 4 (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, February 24 (10am-5pm) - Session #6: Final Decisions

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

Thursday, March 18 (6:30pm-9:30pm) - Session #7: Celebration & Evaluation

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process
For more information or to sign up, please contact Senior Project Manager Karen Toering - Karen(at)
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