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Who’s behind the 2020-21 Forced Migration & Displacement Giving Project?

The 2021 Forced Migration & Displacement Giving Project is a cohort of 18 non-profit workers, public servants, artists and creatives, teachers, youth workers, fundraisers, organizers, tech workers, and parents living in and around Seattle. Our cohort is multiracial, cross-class, and multigenerational. Many of us are first or second generation immigrants, or our lives have been deeply impacted by immigration and displacement.

Living in Seattle, we’ve seen our neighborhoods and the city change drastically, re-shaped by capitalism, racism, and climate change. As we watch our Black and brown communities and neighbors experience disinvestment, our cohort is committed to making sure that there are spaces and places for our collective histories, futures, and creativities.

Screenshot of a zoom call with the forced migration and displacement 2020 cohort smiling at the camera.

The 2020-21 Forced Migration & Displacement Giving Project cohort

As a collective, we believe Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty is essential to the liberation and well-being of all people. Through these actions we seek to actualize this commitment: 

  • Engage in deep reflection and authentic communication to build relationships within the cohort, and challenge each member to think about their own personal connection to forced migration and displacement.
  • Commit to collective political education as a cohort to build common organizing foundations that support truly centering Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty in the process of resisting migration and displacement.
  • Invest and raise $200,000 in a way that leverages and emphasizes community care to fund organizations that center Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty and work to address forced migration and displacement.

What is forced migration and displacement?

“Forced migration and displacement” describes what happens when people are coerced to move from one place to another against their will, as the direct or indirect result of the actions of people with more institutional power.

This can include…

  • Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, and other minoritized groups being pushed out of their historical neighborhoods because of gentrification or identity-based persecution
  • People immigrating to different regions or countries because of violence, instability, climate change, or poor economic conditions in their home region
  • Indigenous people forced to leave their homelands and/or live in a limited area because of colonial violence

People should be able to put down roots and thrive where they feel at home. Communities build power and wellbeing when their interdependence isn’t interrupted by racism, poverty, and violence. 

Our Giving Project is committed to resourcing grassroots organizing that disrupts forced migration and displacement because the people who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution.

What is a Giving Project?

Learn about Social Justice Fund’s Giving Project model here.

How does donor organizing make change?

We define donor organizing as people coming together to sharpen their analysis and develop tools to collectively and strategically fund grassroots social change. A donor organizer is any person committed to not only making a meaningful gift on their own, but also educating and organizing their community to resource a movement with money, power, and community support.


How can I support the 2020-21 Forced Migration & Displacement Giving Project?

  1. Donate to our Giving Project!
    • If you were asked by a Giving Project member, make sure you include their name in the comments field as well
  2. Share our work. Ask others to donate to our Giving Project!
  3. Learn more about this and other Giving Projects by talking with Giving Project participants and SJF staff. Click here to learn more about SJF’s Giving Project model. Consider signing up for one of our 2021 Giving Projects when announced.

Contributions to Social Justice Fund’s Forced Migration & Displacement Giving Project are tax deductible. We accept donations by credit/debit card, electronic funds transfer, cash, checks, stock, donor advised funds, and planned giving. Click here for more information on giving to SJF.

Grant applications for the Forced Migration & Displacement grant are now closed. Click here to see SJF’s current grant opportunities.


Session 1
Opening, grounding session focusing on building group identity, laying groundwork for expectations for community building, political education and skills training.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Session 2
Resourcing Movements
Build cohort analysis and understanding of history of Philanthropy in relationship to revolutionary and progressive movements for social, economic and racial justice.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Session 3
Donor Organizing
Build collective anti-racist and anti-oppression analysis and understand their own class identity, individual and collective responsibility to contribute to the movement.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Session 4
Deepen political analysis and begin to understand the nuts and bolts of Grantmaking.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Session 5
Continue to deepen political analysis and understand fundraising and your role as a donor organizer.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Session 6
Grantmaking/Fundraising Check-in
After reading and scoring grants and beginning fundraising asks we will come together to debrief, practice, strategize and discuss together.

NEW DATE! Saturday, January 23, 2021

Session 7
Site Visit Webinar
Learn the what, how, and why of site visits.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Session 8
Revisit Fundraising goal, discuss fundraising progress, and make decisions for grant cycle finalists to be site-visited.

NEW DATE! Saturday, February 6, 2021

Session 9
Site Visit Window
Cohort members participate in virtual site visits hosted by applicant organizations to learn more about the work.

February 8-26, 2021; confirmed schedule will be shared with participants on February 26

Session 10
Grant Awards
Make final grant decisions and celebrate cohort success.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Session 11
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.

“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

Margaret Weihs

2015 Next Generation Giving Project
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2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
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Emiko Badillo

Giving Projects in Portland in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
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Intergenerational Giving Project
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Tracy Gagnon

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2015 Spring Momentum Giving Project
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LGBTQ Giving Project twice, Gender Justice GP, Criminal Justice GP
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Jose Vazquez

2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
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Vinnie Tran

Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018
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Mike Beebe

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Callie Lambarth

Economic Justice Giving Project 2017-2018
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Sanne Stienstra

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Saara Ahmed

2015 Gender Justice Giving Project
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