This project will support community organizing led by and for Black communities and communities of African descent who are working to end anti-Black racism and discrimination, support and invest in Black leadership, and sustain movements for Black liberation to achieve a world where Black communities are protected, honored, and thriving. Participants of this giving project will therefore fund and help sustain the momentum of groups who are organizing to build power for Black communities and improve the quality of Black life in the Northwest.
Participants in this project will engage in shared political education, skill building for grassroots fundraising, and a democratic grantmaking process to support Black-led organizations working for Black Liberation in the Pacific Northwest.
“The selling point for me, like many of our peers on this [Black Led Organizing Giving Project], was the rare and unique opportunity to do the work with an ALL Black group on behalf of organizations led by Black folks doing services for Black folks. Joining this Giving Project was absolutely an opportunity to tell our stories and to tell them loud and wide.” – Andriana Alexis, 2018-2019 Black-Led Organizing giving project participant.
Learn more about our 2018-2019 Black-Led Organizing Giving Project here.
Open to descendants of the African Diaspora (Black, African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean etc) living in Portland.
Meets 10/24/2020 through 5/1/2021, online via Zoom. Accessibility accommodations are available — contact Shardé with questions or requests.
If you are interested in applying for funding through the Black-Led Organizing grant, you can learn more here.
Black Led Organizing Schedule
Opening, grounding session focusing on building group identity, laying groundwork for expectations for community building, political education and skills training.
Build cohort analysis and understanding of history of Philanthropy in relationship to revolutionary and progressive movements for social, economic and racial justice.
Build collective anti-racist and anti-oppression analysis and understand their own class identity, individual and collective responsibility to contribute to the movement.
Deepen political analysis and begin to understand the nuts and bolts of Grantmaking.
Continue to deepen political analysis and understand fundraising and your role as a donor organizer.
After reading and scoring grants and beginning fundraising asks we will come together to debrief, practice, strategize and discuss together.
Revisit Fundraising goal, discuss fundraising progress, and make decisions for grant cycle finalists to be site-visited.
Site Visit Webinar
Learn the what, how, and why of site visits.
Site Visit Window
Cohort members participate in virtual site visits hosted by applicant organizations to learn more about the work.
2/21 - 3/28/2021 (subject to change)
Make final grant decisions and celebrate cohort success.
Celebrate grant awards with cohort, grantees, and community.
Giving project structure
- 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.