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 lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. This grant 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.
“My experience in the Giving Project was personally transformative. Having grown up poor, I never envisioned myself as able to give, or as a philanthropist. Through the Giving Project I learned that I didn’t have to be rich (whatever that means) to give, that giving is appreciated at any level, and that every drop of water put in the pot, so to speak, raises the water line.” – Michelle DePass, Portland Giving Project 2015 & Momentum Portland Giving Project 2016
Session 1 – Introduction
Saturday, September 15th, 10am-5pm
- Get to know one another
- Establish commitments, expectations, and goals
- Set foundation for further trainings
Session 2 – Racial Justice and Class Analysis Workshop
Saturday, September 29, 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 30, 10am-5pm
- Build a shared analysis of race and class
- Begin work on a cross-class, multiracial philanthropic community
Session 3 – Issue Area
Wednesday, October 10, 6pm -9pm
- Learn about the issue area from experts in the field
- Opportunity to learn and discuss the issue with local, regional and national experts in the field
Session 4 – Fundraising & Grantmaking Pt 1 Training
Saturday, October 20th, 10am-5pm
- Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
- Practice with the group
- Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structure
- Learn about SJF’s grantmaking model and social justice philanthropy
Session 5 – Fundraising & Grantmaking Pt 2 Training
Tuesday, October 30th, 6pm – 9pm
- Reflect on fundraising asks
- More time for practice
- Discuss grantmaking challenges
Session 6 – Black Led Organizing Grantee Panel
Wednesday, November 14th, 6pm – 9pm
- Learn directly from SJF Grantees about their strategies, victories and challenges
- Opportunity to meet previous grantees and take a deeper dive into the issues they face
Session 7 – Screening
Saturday, December 8, 10am-5pm
- Democratic grantmaking process to decide which applicants get site visits
Session 8 – Final Decisions
Saturday, March 2nd, 10am -5pm
- Democratic grantmaking process including review of site visit reports, discussing finalists and choosing grantees
Session 9 – Celebration & Evaluation
Thursday, March 14th, 6pm – 9pm
- Celebrate our success and evaluate our process
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.