As the racial wealth gap grows, it is necessary to support work that addresses the structural problems that face low-income communities, families, and workers. This Giving Project funds organizations and groups that work at the intersection of race, class, and gender to develop solutions that produce thriving and economically just communities.
Intro Session: September 28
- Get to know one another
- Establish commitments, expectations, and goals
- Set foundation for further trainings
Race & Class: October 12-13
- 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
**Participants begin meaningful gift
Fundraising/Grantmaking pt 1: October 26
- Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
- Practice with the group
- Learn about SJF’s grantmaking model
** Participants begin fundraising & reading proposals
Fundraising/Grantmaking pt 2: November 6
- Reflect on first fundraising ask
- Time for practice
Issue Area Webinar: November 13
- Learn about the issue from experts in the field
Screening: December 14
- Democratic grantmaking process to decide which applicants will get site visits
**Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)
Final Decisions: March 7, 2020
- Democratic grantmaking process to review site visit reports, discuss finalists, and choose grantees
Wrap Party: March 18, 2020
- 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.