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This giving project will support community organizing work that uses an intersectional lens of of race, class, gender, and other systems of oppression, to make long term change to the systems that criminalize low-income communities and communities of color.

Through the Criminal Justice Giving Project, you’ll fund organizations who use community-led solutions that create thriving and just communities, all while developing your own leadership, building community, gaining analysis, and learning new skills. Take a look at our 2016 Criminal Justice grantees for examples of the type of work we’ve supported with this project.

“[What felt successful was] talking with friends and family about my experience with SJF and bringing up issues around class, race, money, and criminal justice. I think I at least planted the seed for many ideas that I will likely keep talking about with them…” – Member of the Criminal Justice Giving Project 2016

“…I liked the discussions we had about class and hearing from people that grew up in a range of different economic classes. I can’t think of another opportunity where I would be able have these honest conversations….” – Member of the Criminal Justice Giving Project 2016

Commitment: January 27th, 2018 – July 31, 2018.
For more information or to sign up please contact:
Project Manager, Rebecca Allen –



Session 1 – Introduction

Saturday, January 27th, 10am-5pm

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

Session 2 – Race and Class Analysis Workshop

Saturday, February 10th, 10am-5pm
Sunday, February 11, 10am-5pm

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

Session 3 – Issue Area

Wednesday, February 21st, 6pm-9pm

  • Learn about criminal justice issues from experts in the field

Session 4 – Fundraising & Grantmaking Pt 1 Training

Sunday, March 4th, 10-5pm

  • 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
  • Participants begin fundraising & reading and scoring grant applications

Session 5 – Fundraising & Grantmaking Pt 2 Training

Tuesday, March 13th, 6pm-9pm

  • Reflect on first fundraising asks
  • Time for practice
  • Participants continue fundraising and reading applications

Session 6 – Screening

Saturday, April 14th, 10am-5pm

  • Decide which applicants receive site visits
  • Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)

Session 7 – Grantee Summit

Saturday, May 12 2018, 10am-5pm

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

Session 8 – Final Decisions

Saturday, July 14 2018, 10am-5pm

  • Review site visit reports
  • Decide which applicants receive grants

Session 9 – Celebration & Evaluation

Tuesday, July 31, 6:30-9pm

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the 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

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