This project will focus on community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people — especially women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people — are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives.
“This has changed my idea of power. It gives power to people no matter how much money they donate.” – Ranfis Villatoro
Commitment: September 8th, 2018 – March 19th, 2019 (All meetings in Portland; location TBA.)
For more information or to sign up, contact Melody Martinez.
Session 1- Introduction
Sat. Sept. 8th, 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, Sept. 22nd, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 10am – 3pm
- 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
Session 3 – Issue Area
Saturday, Oct. 6th, 10am – 5pm
- Learn about gender justice from experts in the field
Session 4 – Fundraising Training
Saturday, Oct. 20th, 10am – 5pm
- Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
- Practice with the group
- Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structures
- Participants begin fundraising
Session 5 – Grantmaking Training
Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 6pm-9pm
- Learn about social justice philanthropy, community organizing, and the SJF grantmaking process
- Participants begin reading and screening applications
Session 6 – Grantee Panel
Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 6-9pm
- Learn directly from SJF grantees about their organizing strategies, victories and challenges
Session 7 – Screening
Saturday, Dec. 1st, 10am-5pm
- Democratic grantmaking process to decide which applicants will get site visits
- Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)
Session 8 – Final Decisions
Saturday, March 2nd, 10am-5pm
- Democratic grantmaking process to review site visit reports, discuss finalists, and choose grantees
Session 9 – Celebration and Evaluation
Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
- 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.