InterGenerational Giving Project - Portland

The InterGenerational PDX Giving Project will fund SJF's NEW Building Grassroots Power Grant. Building strong coalitions to win policy change, shift the political landscape, and build strong cross sectoral progressive movements is key to achieving social change. This grant will support coalition strategies that prioritize leadership and representation from grassroots community organizing groups that are led and directed by the people most impacted by the issues they work on.

"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: February 24th - September 5th, 2018  (All meetings in Portland; location TBA.)

Sign up online to get more information.

InterGenerational Giving Project PDX Schedule (PDF)

Sat. Feb. 24th (10am-5pm) Session #1: Introduction

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

Saturday, March 24th (10am - 5pm) and Sunday, March 25th (10am - 3pm) - 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

Saturday, April 7th (10am - 5pm) - Session #3: Fundraising Training

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

** Participants begin fundraising

Saturday, April 21st (10am-5pm) - Session #6: Oregon Grantee Summit

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

Wednesday, May 2nd (6pm-9pm) -  Session #4: Grantmaking Training

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

**Participants begin reading and screening applications

Saturday, June 2nd (10am-5pm) -  Session #5: Screening

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

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

Saturday, August 18th (10am-5pm) - Session #7: Final Decisions

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

Wednesday, September 9th (6:30pm-9:30pm) - Session #8: Celebration and Evaluation

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process
For more information or to sign up, contact Melody Martinez - Melody(at)
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