Giving Projects

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Building strong leaders for the movement is key to achieving social change. Leadership development can look a variety of ways, including structured programs to models that incorporate leadership development in all aspects of the work.

SJF is taking a step to make giving projects more accessible by creating our first online Giving Project, allowing participation from anywhere you are-with compact 90-minute workshops that bring deeper political education and discussion led by movement leaders, and more impactful connection with other GP alumni and grantees.

This Giving Project will support organizations and groups who develop the leadership of those most directly impacted by the issues they work on, and whose leadership development work has a clear connection to how they make structural change. (Seattle Giving Project open to Alumni Only)

July 15   7pm-8:30          Intro Session

Aug. 5 – 7pm – 8:30 PM      Movements and Leadership: A History

Aug. 19 – 7pm – 8:30PM    How to ‘Build’ A Leader: Stories from the Field

Sept, 2 – 7pm – 8:30PM      Screening I – Make site visit decisions
Sept. 7 – 10am – 2PM          Screening II – Complete site visit decisions

Sept. 16 – 7pm – 8:30PM    Critical Decisions: Intents and Impacts

BEGIN  SITE VISITS

Sept. 30 – 7pm – 8:30PM    Where the Party At? Leading with Joy

Oct. 14 – 7PM – 8:30PM      Global Grassroots Leadership
COMPLETE SITE VISITS

Oct. 28 – 7PM – 8:30PM      Final Decisions I
Nov. 2 – 10AM – 2PM           Final Decisions II

Nov. 11 – 7PM – 8:30PM      Celebration / Project Evaluation

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jimmy Pasch

2015 Environmental Justice Giving Project
October 13, 2015 My name is Jimmy Pasch, and I am a part of this year’s Environmental Justice Giving Project. Six months ago, I joined this...
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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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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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Saara Ahmed

2015 Gender Justice Giving Project
One of the most important things I learned about gender justice work is that we need both organizations with proven strategies AND organizations coming up with...
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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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Carol Brown

Intergenerational Giving Project
SJF’s focus is on organizations led by and communities most affected systemic racism, organizations addressing the root causes of oppression and racism, and organizations that are...
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