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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.

“One thing that sticks with me is how much I enjoy and get energy from these issues. I came in tired, and now feel energized.”

Brittany Alsot Economic Justice Giving Project member, 2012

Meet Our Giving Project Members

Tracy Gagnon

Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018
Joining a Giving Project was a way for me to take action after the haze of the election. I wanted to be a part of the...
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Margaret Weihs

2015 Next Generation Giving Project
In addition to expanding my personal analysis of race and class, the giving project positively challenged my understanding of how social change happens. I came into...
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Andrew Johnston

2015 Spring Momentum Giving Project
Asking people to support this work required that I be vulnerable, and sometimes voice strong opinions that might differ from the opinions of my family, friends,...
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Callie Lambarth

Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018
The entire Giving Project process was an incredibly powerful experience. One of the most meaningful takeaways for me was being able to engage with the discomfort...
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Emiko Badillo

Giving Projects in Portland in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
We as individuals are so powerful. An action makes such a huge impact when we are working together with other dedicated individuals.
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Maxx Tomlinson

LGBTQ Giving Project twice, Gender Justice GP, Criminal Justice GP
I always wanted to figure out a way to be active in social justice issues and what my action would be. I am not the kind...
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Jimmy Pasch

2015 Environmental Justice Giving Project
October 13, 2015 My name is Jimmy Pasch, and I am a part of this year’s Environmental Justice Giving Project. Six months ago, I joined this...
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Carol Brown

Intergenerational Giving Project
SJF’s focus is on organizations led by and communities most affected systemic racism, organizations addressing the root causes of oppression and racism, and organizations that are...
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Saara Ahmed

2015 Gender Justice Giving Project
One of the most important things I learned about gender justice work is that we need both organizations with proven strategies AND organizations coming up with...
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Sanne Stienstra

Portland Economic Justice Giving Project
Social Justice Fund NW provided me with an opportunity, as a white cisgendered person, to play a role in the movement that felt appropriate and fulfilling...
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Vinnie Tran

Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018
I learned about the Social Justice NW Fund through a random search online and was intrigued by the organization’s social justice lens to philanthropy. I joined...
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Jose Vazquez

2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
As an undocumented individual who received the opportunity to join the professional workforce thanks to DACA, I wanted to be part of the solution to address...
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Lilliane Ballesteros

Intergenerational Giving Project
I signed up for a Giving Project because I wanted to learn more about who was leading change in our communities in the Pacific Northwest. I...
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Mike Beebe

Native-led Giving Project
This Giving Project is my third (Environmental Justice in 2011/Movement Building Giving Project in 2015) and each time I find them highly educational, rewarding, and inspiring....
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Jasmine Fleenor

Gender Justice Giving Project
I am so amazed at how much I learned during this process. One of my main takeaways from this project is the importance of a broad,...
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Chieko Phillips

2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
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