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Read: Announcing the Awardees of the Innovative, Just, & Equitable Housing Momentum Giving Project!

Who’s behind the 2021 Innovative, Just, & Equitable Housing Momentum Giving Project?

We are a group of artists, public servants, parents, organizers, nonprofit workers, builders, immigrants, and readers. We live and work across the ancestral lands of the Duwamish, Coast Salish, Puyallup, Nisqually, Multnomah, Cowlitz, Atfalati, Kalapuya, amd Clatskanie peoples, also known as Seattle, Tacoma, and Lakewood, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. 

We’ve come together to defend housing as a human right. We assert that housing is essential, and underscore that it has always been a right that must be defended — yet never more so than in our current crisis. With even greater instability brought on by Covid-19 and eviction moratoriums set to expire on June 30, 2021, this work literally cannot wait. As new and innovative housing is created, honoring the right to self determination through what housing means and what housing is for those utilizing it, is also essential for every community and everyone, everywhere. 

Our group is committed to defending housing a human right by: 

  • Raising as much money as possible by June 30th. We currently have a goal of $205,000 (updated 7/17/21). 
  • Giving a meaningful gift and pushing past our hesitation to give generously is a profound act that affirms abundance in an atmosphere of fear with an illusion of scarcity. We challenge you to join us in this defiant act of real courage.
  • Deep listening, challenging white supremacy, rejecting classism and showing up honestly in our collective process.
  • Using fundraising to share this urgent work and get new people invested in and passionate about housing justice.

Why fund organizing for innovative, just, and equitable housing?

Housing is a human right — yet many are denied this right. Housing inequity is what happens when people cannot access safe, comfortable, and well-maintained housing due to structural barriers like racism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, and classism.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts have only made housing injustice worse. It’s also given us opportunities to build alternative systems that support people’s wellbeing through housing equity and justice. This project will fund organizing that addresses the root causes of housing injustice and/or that creates different, imaginative systems so people most impacted by this issue have agency and power in where and how they live. We are committed to funding organizing led by people most impacted by housing injustice because we believe the people closest to the problem have the best solutions.

What is a Momentum Giving Project?

Momentum Giving Projects are designed to be responsive to the “movement moment” that is happening at the time. We recognize that our grantees are organizing — strengthening communities, training activists, building analysis, developing leaders, making change — all the time. But sometimes, a spark catches. Circumstances come together so that there’s new momentum and focused attention around a particular issue.

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 2021 Innovative, Just, & Equitable Housing Momentum 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 Giving Projects when they are announced.

Contributions to Social Justice Fund’s Innovative, Just, & Equitable Housing Momentum 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 Innovative, Just, & Equitable Housing Momentum Giving Project grant are now closed. Click here to see SJF’s current grant opportunities.


Session 1
Opening Session

Wed, March 10: 6-9 pm PT, 7-10 pm MT

Session 2
Issue Area Session
Focused on Innovative, Just, and Equitable Housing

Wed, March 24: 6-9 pm PT, 7-10 pm MT

Session 3
Quick Check-in & Grants/Foundant Training

Wed, April 7: 7:30-8:30 pm PT, 8:30-9:30 pm MT

Session 4
Grant Review Session

Wed, April 28: 6-9 pm PT, 7-10 pm MT

Session 5
Screening Session

Wed, May 5: 6-9 pm PT, 7-10 pm MT

Session 6
Site visit webinar & quick check-in

Wed, May 19: 7-9 pm PT, 8-10 pm MT

Session 7
Virtual Site Visits

May 22 - June 26

Session 8
Quick Check-in

Wed, June 2: 7:30-8:30 pm PT, 8:30-9:30 pm MT

Session 9
Quick Check-in

Wed, June 16: 7:30-8:30 pm PT, 8:30-9:30 pm MT

Session 10
Grant Decisions

Wed, June 30: 6-9 pm PT, 7-10 pm MT

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

Saara Ahmed

2015 Gender Justice Giving Project
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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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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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Chieko Phillips

2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
An interview with Chieko Phillips, Immigration Justice Giving Project member. Why did you sign up for a Giving Project?  Immigration has never been “my issue” and...
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Carol Brown

Intergenerational Giving Project
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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