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Note: This project is open to Giving Project alumni. Future opportunities to join Giving Projects that are open to first-time participants will be announced via email and social media, and posted to the Current Giving Projects page and the News page.

The priority deadline for this application was February 15, but we are still open to applications as of February 17, 2021.

The Innovative, Just, and Equitable Housing Giving Project will fund organizing that pushes against housing injustice and/or that creates different, imaginative systems so people experiencing housing instability have agency and power in where and how they live.

Participants will work together over four months to deepen their understanding of social justice principles, especially related to housing justice, and engage in collective giving and fundraising to support grassroots organizations.

Housing is a human right and yet many are denied this right. The COVID-19 pandemic and its short and long term impacts are only making this issue worse. It has also given us opportunities to build systems that support people’s wellbeing, including around housing equity and justice. Funding raised by this Giving Project will support strategies that address the root causes of:

  • Housing instability and houselessness
  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Predatory lending, evictions, and foreclosures

All meetings will be virtual using Zoom. We can assist with many tech access needs, including hotspots, laptops, etc. All dates and times may change in collaboration with participants.

Click here to apply for funding through the Innovative, Just, and Equitable Housing Momentum Grant

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.


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

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Saara Ahmed

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Emiko Badillo

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