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2017 Annual Report: Looking back, pressing ahead

The past few weeks have been disheartening to say the least. The steady barrage of news - on immigration and family separations, the Supreme Court vacancy and court decisions that will affect generations - can feel overwhelming. But as distressing as these events have been, our communities are fighting back. Every day for the last…
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SJF Portland Barbecue

Social Justice Fund NW invites you to a BBQ in Portland on Sun, Aug. 12, to fund our movements, to connect with one another and to celebrate FOUR decades of building power for lasting change. Join us because you know SJF events always have amazing people and amazing food. Join us because you want to learn…
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Seattle Summit: Organizing to Build a Collective Vision

By Victoria Kaplan If you are intrigued by SJF, and want a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities of building a base for substantive change, the best thing you can do is attend a grantee summit. I met SJF when it was still ATR, at a time of transition from its groundbreaking beginning with…
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Funding Opportunities to support Black Led Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Gender Justice!

Social Justice Fund provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.    We have three exciting grant opportunities coming up with deadlines in August and September. Please help spread the word to organizations that fit our funding criteria and visit our website for more…
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2017 Annual Report celebrates $1 million in grants

The 2017 SJF Annual Report is out and we are excited to share that in 2017, we granted $1 million to grassroots orgs in the Northwest, as Executive Director Mijo Lee said, "For 40 years we’ve been building [our] strength and we are on track to do even more. In 2017 we granted over $1…
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SAVE THE DATE! SJF’s Annual Dinner and Dance Party

SAVE THE DATE! SJF's Annual Dinner and Dance Party Oct. 6, 2018, 6-11 pm Block 41, 115 Bell Street, Seattle, WA, 98121
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An Unforgettable Celebration of Social Justice Fund NW’s 40 Years

“I have come to understand that hope is active. It’s something that we have to build, piece by piece, everyday. Not just because it feels good… Sometimes the world feels too bleak, walking through the downpour of setbacks and assaults is too much, and hope seems foolish at best and suicidal at worst. But I’ve…
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SJF 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join Social Justice Fund NW in celebrating 40 years of building power for lasting change. Go here for details and to get involved. Go here to purchase your tickets today.
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Funding Our Own Liberation – POC Fundraising Workshop in Portland

We know how crucial it is to build collective power, raise money, and leverage those funds into our own communities. We also know there are many systemic barriers to economic access for people of color. Whether you're new to fundraising, experienced but need a reboot or refresher, or are in the middle of a fundraising…
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SJF Grantee Summit in Portland: ‘We Are in Our Rightful Place’

by Callie Lambarth & Melody Martinez On a warm and sunshiny Saturday in Portland, the SJF Grantee Summit in Portland filled the house of the Curious Comedy Theater. On April 21, about 85 grantees, community members and organizations, SJF staff, board members, and Giving Project members and alums showed up to share part of the…
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Announcing the 2017-2018 Economic Justice Giving Project grants

We are thrilled to announce the recent Economic Justice grants made by the Seattle and Portland 2017-2018 Economic Justice Giving Projects. Here's a little about both groups: The Portland Economic Justice Giving Project is a small but mighty group of 12 volunteers including nonprofit workers, urban farmers, social workers, public health workers, data analysts, parents,…
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A Message from Program Director Yasmeen Perez

Dear SJF friends and comrades, What an amazing experience it has been to serve as SJF’s Program Director the past three years. It’s been truly inspiring work and such a privilege to work with so many dedicated and courageous grantees and donor organizers. So it’s with bittersweet feelings, that I’m writing to let you know…
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Justice Notes: A Visit With Grantee Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas

Members of the Immigration Justice Giving Project with leaders of Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas. By Shardé Amanda Nabors Early one Sunday morning, I led a group of volunteers to visit SJF grantee Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP) in Woodburn, Oregon. MLP recently received a grant from the Immigration Justice Giving Project, but as a potential grantee for…
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SJF Grantee Summit in Seattle

The SJF Grantee Summit in Seattle brings together grassroots leaders from across our five-state region for discussions on gender justice, environmental justice, racial justice, mass incarceration, native-led and black-led organizing, rural organizing, movement strategy, and more. The summit is a fantastic space to hear organizers, radical thinkers, and leaders share their work and ideas on…
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Seeking Applications: SJF Program Director

We are seeking applications for the Program Director position at SJF. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the program work of the organization. Please read the application and share with your networks! Program Director Position Posting
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Creating Your Social Justice Giving Plan in Portland

In this challenging political climate many of us are ready to support those on the front lines of the fight for progressive change. We know that donating to grassroots, social justice organizations is one way to engage. But how do we decide when, where and how much to give? Should the urgency of the current…
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Eastside Tech Happy Hour

You're invited to join us for our upcoming Eastside Tech Happy Hour. On Thursday, April 23, Social Justice Fund NW will gather people from the tech industry on the Eastside interested in innovative, sustainable, and impactful ways of funding grassroots work, and have like minded people network while building strategies on investing toward social good.…
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SJF Grantee Summit in Portland

You're invited to register for Social Justice Fund NW's Grantee Summit in Portland! The Grantee Summit brings together grassroots leaders from across our five-state region for discussions on gender justice, environmental justice, racial justice, mass incarceration, Native-led and Black-led organizing, rural organizing, movement strategy, and more. Spend an afternoon in social justice community learning about…
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Justice Notes: Board and Staff News

Welcome New SJF board Co-chairs Kim and Molly SJF is excited to officially welcome Kim Powe and Molly Chidsey as the co-chairs of our Board of Directors. Molly Chidsey Molly is currently the Community Partnerships Project Manager for Metro regional government in Portland, where she leads efforts to incorporate racial equity into the regional garbage…
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Justice Notes: Ubax Gardheere, in Love With the Work

By Palmira Figueroa Ubax Gardheere is the Equity Strategies Manager for the City of Seattle by day. She is a fierce fighter for justice by heart who exemplifies all of what Social Justice Fund NW is about. Ubax is also SJF’s outgoing Board co-chair. This month we are honoring Ubax and and her outstanding job…
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Justice Notes: Growing Donors Through Giving Projects

From the Spring 2018 "Justice Notes" newsletter. Photo: Members of the 2018 Criminal Justice Giving Project in Seattle. SJF’s innovative Giving Projects model has been embraced by a group of six participating funders called the Giving Project Learning Community, transforming the philanthropic approach of the community’s members. In an article published in the most recent edition…
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Introducing our new website!

We are thrilled to launch SJF's new website! We wanted to create a mobile-friendly, intuitive, improved website experience to better serve the needs of our grantees, Giving Project members, donors, and SJF members. Some key features of the new website: Grantee Directory: Through the grantee directory, you can see all the organizations who have received…
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Announcing 2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project Grants

The 2017-2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project brought together 22 activists, cultural workers, students, mothers, musicians, nonprofit administrators, plant lovers, counselors, and more. Many are immigrants. Among their loved ones are refugees, green card holders, DACA recipients, U.S. citizens, and people without U.S. documents. Meet two of the members of the Immigrant Justice Giving Project: Jose Vazquez,…

Funding Our Own Liberation: Fundraising Workshop for People of Color

Because of popular demand Social Justice Fund is holding another Funding Our Own Liberation, a fundraising workshop specifically for people of color on Sunday, April 15. Especially today we know how crucial it is to building collective power, raise money, and leverage those funds into our own communities. We also know there are many systemic…

SJF Workshop: Creating your Social Justice Giving Plan

Register here In this challenging political climate many of us are ready to support those on the front lines of the fight for progressive change. One way to engage is by donating to grassroots, social justice organizations. But how do you decide how much and to who? Should the urgency of the current moment change…
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SJF 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join Social Justice Fund NW in Celebrating 40 Years of Building Power for Lasting Change at our Anniversary Celebration! Tickets on sale NOW! Celebrate 40 years of engaging members in a participatory process of grassroots fundraising to support community-based organizations that use community organizing to achieve their goals for social change. Questions? Contact palmira@socialjusticefund.org or…
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SJF staff featured in Rainier Valley Corps podcast on fundraisers of color

From the Rainier Valley Corps website: "In our final installment of this series, we are bringing you a different style of post. We interviewed over 12 fundraisers, working in the Seattle area. We asked them to share their experiences of working in this field. Thank you to everyone who was apart of this series! Click…
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Event: Who Profits From Philanthropy?

You're invited to join us for an interactive and educational event on alternatives to big philanthropy! Speakers will include representatives of CAGJ, Social Justice Fund NW, Resource Generation and Thousand Currents. Who Profits From Philanthropy? SPEAKERS: Burke Stansbury - Social Justice Fund NW Simone Adler - Community Alliance for Global Justice AGRA Watch Ruth Sawyer…
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Remembering Alan Rabinowitz

On Nov. 29, Social Justice Fund NW lost a dear friend and member of our family. Alan Rabinowitz was one of the earliest members of Social Justice Fund NW (then called A Territory Resource). It’s no exaggeration to say our organization would not exist today without his support and leadership. Much more than a donor…

Announcing Social Justice Fund NW’s 2018 Grant Opportunities

We are pleased to announce our 2018 grant cycles and funding opportunities. The Criminal Justice Grant application is due on February 1st and is now available through our online grant portal.   Criminal Justice Grant (Due Feb. 1, 2018 5:00pm PST) Two-year grant of $10,000 per year. This grant will support community organizing work that addresses the intersections of…
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Building Together: Giving Project Convening Highlights Growth of Model

We are pleased to announce our 2018 grant cycles and funding opportunities. The Criminal Justice Grant application is due on February 1 and is now available through our online grant portal. Criminal Justice Grant (Due Feb. 1, 2018 5:00pm PST) Two-year grant of $10,000 per year. This grant will support community organizing work that addresses…
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Announcing SJF’s 2018 Giving Projects in Seattle & Portland!

In 2018 Social Justice Fund will lead over 100 people through a process of learning, community building, fundraising and grantmaking for social change through our 2018 Giving Projects. We’re excited to offer the following Giving Projects in Seattle and Portland. Our Giving Project model continues to be incredibly successful in developing leadership and moving money…
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Announcing the Building Grassroots Power Grants from the Intergenerational Giving Projects

We are honored to present the grants awarded from our 2017 Intergenerational Giving Project cohorts (Portland and Seattle). The two giving projects supported organizations that intentionally build leaders through their organizing work and use leadership development as part of a larger movement strategy. Combined, including a $40,000 match from the Satterberg Foundation, the groups gave and fundraised $303,324 for a…

A Call to Action: Funding a Force for Good

You’ve seen the news. I’m guessing you feel the same way I do — 2017 has been a difficult year. The extent of human suffering we’ve witnessed this year is heartbreaking. Every week, you’ve seen the Trump Administration waging another brutal attack on immigrants, LGBTQ communities, Medicaid recipients, or working families. You’ve also seen unprecedented…

Annual dinner a huge success

What a night! With the help of our supporter and sponsors, we were able to build a stronger social justice movement for the Northwest by raising over $97,000 , surpassing our goal of $85,000! The brilliance and passion of the speakers, musicians, and our grantee organizations made the night especially inspiring. Representatives from 16 SJF funded organizations…

SJF Oregon Staff Updates

It is with mixed emotions we share that our beloved Oregon Director Dianne Riley has taken a new position with the City of Portland. Dianne, over the past four years, built a dynamic and thriving Social Justice Fund NW community in Oregon. With her commitment to the work and to people, Dianne grew the organization's…

Building Together: Giving Project Convening Highlights Growth of Model

On Aug. 8-9, Social Justice Fund NW was honored to host representatives from the six funds that make up the Giving Project Learning Community, plus a new fund in Detroit exploring the Giving Project model. Over the past two years, the six participating funds have formed a learning community to spread the Giving Project model…

Panel Discussion on Replication of Giving Project Model – August 7, 2017

Giving Projects have gone national! At our August 7 member meeting, participants had the opportunity to hear how SJF has helped donor organizing grow into a national model through the Giving Project Learning Community. Representatives from Crossroads Fund in Chicago, Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis and Bread & Roses Community Fund in Philadelphia, shared…

Sold Out – Reserve Tickets Now! Social Justice Fund Annual Dinner 2017

October 7, 2017 You're invited to our annual dinner & dance party. It's a community celebration of your hard work and vital support as Social Justice Fund NW friends, members, and grantees! Reserve tickets here! Block 41, 115 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121 Evening Program 5:30 pm - Doors open - Grantee Fair and Cocktail Hour 7:00 pm - Dinner and Program…
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Four orgs receive Rapid Response, Seed grants

Social Justice Fund NW awards Rapid Response grants to U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle, Portland Rising Tide / Base Camp NW, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group; awards first Seed Grant to Naakw Dancers. Seed Grant Naakw Dancers in Seatac, WA, $2,000 Seed grant Náakw (Medicine) is a Tlingit dance group that meets weekly to celebrate ancestry, community empowerment and proper protocols…
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2017 Momentum Giving Project’s Native Led Organizing Grants Awarded

Social Justice Fund is pleased to share the 2017 Momentum Giving Project's Native Led Organizing grant awards! These grants were made possible by a small but mighty group of Giving Project alumni who worked very hard over just a few short months to reach their fundraising goal. In total, they raised $73,870 from 110 donors. In addition…
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Rapid Response Grants Awarded to Three Organizations

Grant of $2,000 to Verde, Portland, OR Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through Social Enterprise, Outreach and Advocacy in Portland's Cully neighborhood. Verde operates Outreach and Advocacy programs, including the Living Cully collaboration of four nonprofit organizations that focus on the low-income, diverse Cully neighborhood of NE Portland. Verde's Rapid Response grant request Verde requests…

Tragedy in Portland and the Work Ahead

Photo: Portland MAX station memorial, photo courtesy of Jacob Simmons. We at Social Justice Fund NW were horrified to learn of the deaths on Friday of two men and the injury of another after they tried to intervene against racist and Islamophobic attacks on two young women on a Portland TriMet train. Their attacker had a long…
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An EPIC Success

After six years of phenomenal growth, the Seattle Foundation is changing its approach to GiveBIG. Your generosity during GiveBIG in the past few years has made a BIG difference in Social Justice Fund NW's ability to support our grantees. As the number of GiveBIG participating organizations dramatically increased, the value of the "stretch pool" decreased, and…

Voz, Portland Jobs With Justice Receive SJF Rapid Response Grants

The Rapid Response Grant screening committee awarded a grant of $2,000 to Voz Workers' Rights Education Project (Portland, OR) and a $1,500 grant to Portland Jobs With Justice. Voz Workers' Rights Education Project SJF is awarding a Rapid Response grant of $2,000 to Voz Workers' Rights Education Project in Portland, OR. VOZ is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers…

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon to Receive First 2017 SJF Rapid Response Grant

The Rapid Response Grant screening committee awarded a grant of $2,000 to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon (Portland, OR). OPAL's mission is to "build power for environmental justice and Civil Rights in our communities: the places where we live, work, learn, play and pray. We advocate for a just transportation system, inclusive housing and investment without…
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What’s It Like to be in a Giving Project? A Q&A With a Member

The Giving Project experience is different for every person. But to find out what it was like for one member of the Gender Justice Giving Project, read Jasmine Fleenor's story. Why did you sign up for the Gender Justice Giving Project? Was there anything about gender justice in particular that prompted you to join? I…
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Announcing the 2017 Gender Justice Giving Project Grantees

Social Justice Fund is proud to announce that the Gender Justice Giving Project broke a Giving Project record for giving and fundraising: they brought in $223,149 from 355 donors, which added to a $68,500 Satterberg Foundation match for a total of $297,781. Included in that giving and fundraising total is the hard work of 15…

Now Hiring: Program Associate

Social Justice Fund NW is now hiring a Program Associate! We envision our staff as a fully collaborative team in service to our mission. This position is an integral part of serving our members and grantees. The Program Associate will increase Social Justice Fund’s donor organizing, fundraising, and grantmaking by providing administrative support to the…

Social Justice Spring: Learn, Connect and Build with SJF

April 12 Seattle Social Justice Giving Plan Workshop "Creating a Social Justice Giving Plan During Turbulent Times" is an interactive, cross-class workshop to think through how to get started with creating a giving plan that aligns with your values. LEARN MORE April 19 Social Justice Giving Plan webinar w/Resource Generation This webinar, co-presented by Resource Generation, is an interactive…
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New Rapid Response and Seed Grants Address Critical, Urgent Needs

Social Justice Fund NW is proud to announce the launch of two new funding opportunities for social justice organizations doing critical organizing work in the greater Northwest.  Applications are now available for our NEW Rapid Response & Seed Grants. The Rapid Response Grant will provide fast, small grants of up to $2,000 to help local communities respond…
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When Movements Win Money: The story of Granting Over $950K to Support Zero Detention & Housing Justice

When a community organizing campaign wins monetary resources, what do they do with it? How can they allocate those resources back to the communities most impacted in an accountable and democratic way? For nearly 40 years, Social Justice Fund NW (SJF) has organized donor activists to give strategically and fund community organizations in Idaho, Montana,…
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We Mourned, Now We Organize! SJF Grantees in Action

In the wake of the President Trump’s inauguration, it was tempting to fall into a feeling of despair or helplessness. But Social Justice Fund grantees took the opposite approach, using the moment to galvanize and mobilize their members in opposition to the administration’s policies and to advance their vision for social justice. Some examples of…
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Announcing Naomi Ishisaka, Social Justice Fund NW’s new Communications Director

Social Justice Fund is excited to welcome Naomi Ishisaka as the organization’s first Communications Director. Naomi comes to the organization after a number of years as communications director for the SEIU 775 Benefits Group and former SJF grantee OneAmerica. She spent many years working as a journalist for Puget Sound newspapers. Naomi is a longtime member and supporter of Social Justice Fund after…
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Our new Rapid Response Fund

Imagine...you’ve just learned white nationalists are planning a rally in your town. You can’t sit back and watch this happen. With just a couple weeks notice, you and your neighbors decide to organize a counter-protest. You need buses to bring in community supporters along with food, child care, translators, and the list goes on. Just $500 would…
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Meet Burke, SJF’s new Development Director

Dear friends, Last week, I started as the Development Director here at Social Justice Fund NW. It’s an extraordinary political moment to be stepping into this movement role, the perfect culmination of the organizing work I’ve done over the past 15 years. At the annual dinner in October I told some SJF members about my…
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A message from Ailene Richard, Criminal Justice Giving Project Member

Dear SJF Community, I am happy to say that I, along with 16 other participants, just completed the 2016 Criminal Justice Giving Project that began in May.  Together, we raised $213,245 for community organizing groups working on criminal justice issues in the Northwest.  You can see the full list of organizations we funded here. As someone who grew…
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Announcing the 2016 Rural Justice Giving Project Grantees – a message from RJGP Member JulieAnne Behar

Dear Social Justice Fund community, I’m honored to share with you the work that our Rural Justice Giving Project did together over the past six months. With an ambitious team of 14 people, we exceeded our fundraising goal and got to fund an incredible group of grantees. Over the last six months, we committed to…

Diego Hernandez, Dancing, Delights – Social Justice Fund’s Annual Dinner on October 29th

Social Justice Fund Northwest is proud to present the party of the year - our annual Dinner & Dance Party on Saturday, October 29th, from 5:30-11pm.  This event is a celebration of the work of Social Justice Fund members and grantees and a gathering that brings 300 leaders, organizers, activists and philanthropists together from across the region. …

Paid Internship: Be SJF’s Program Support Intern! Application due 8/29

We're looking for a fall start program support intern!  If you're looking for a temporary part-time position and have interests in philanthropy, community organizing, and/or social justice, please consider applying.  You don't have to be a student, but if you are, we will partner with you to ensure that you receive educational credits.  Please see…

Opportunity in Oregon: Join the Gender Justice Learning Group!

Are you an Portland-based individual who has a passion for organizing with a gender and identity-based analysis?  Perhaps you're a seasoned organizer but would like to learn more about organizing around these issues in the region?  Or maybe you're curious about SJF's model of philanthropy and want to know more?   If any of these descriptions fit you…

Join us at the 4th Annual Grantee Summit – Saturday, July 16th

Social Justice Fund NW would like to invite YOU - yes, you - to one of our favorite events of the year: our Annual Grantee Summit. The Grantee Summit brings together grassroots leaders from across the region for discussions on gender justice, criminal justice, rural justice, housing justice, building movements across identities, reporting back on…
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Announcing the 2016 Housing Justice Grantees

The 2016 Momentum Giving Project focusing on Housing Justice raised $127,662 to help fund organizations addressing root causes of displacement, renter exploitation, gentrification, and much more in the region.  This amount included a public screening of My Brooklyn in conjunction with Northwest Film Forum, which raised over $11,000 in a single night. Housing Justice Giving Project members Mano da…

New Grant Opportunity: The Displaced Tenants Fund for Housing Justice & Affordability

Social Justice Fund is proud to announce the release of a new grant cycle created by a donor advised fund known as the Displaced Tenants Fund for Housing Justice & Affordability. The purpose of this fund is to disburse $450,000 to support community organizing, education and outreach, and non-profit housing development that preserves and advances truly…
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We’re hiring for two new positions – Deadline March 3

Social Justice Fund is hiring for two positions, a full-time Development Associate and a part-time Operations Assistant. We need your help finding the right people! We envision our staff as a fully collaborative team in service to our mission. The Development Associate and Operations Assistant are integral parts of serving our members and grantees. The Operations Assistant is a…
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Welcome, Mary Ann, our new Development Director!

Social Justice Fund is excited to welcome our new Development Director, Mary Ann Midori Goto. At the same time, we extend a grateful goodbye to Kylie Gursky as she moves to Kansas City, MO to be with her partner.   Mary Ann Midori Goto has over 23 years of experience in fund development in organizations like Wing…
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Fund the Movement

We leverage the resources of our members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Member Funded In 2015, Social Justice Fund engaged 1,900 donors at all giving levels to fund movements for progressive social change. Social Justice Fund Northwest relies on the support of our community to achieve…

Why 1,000 people joined Social Justice Fund this year.

We leverage the resources of our members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  Member Funded In 2015, Social Justice Fund engaged 1,900 donors at all giving levels to fund movements for progressive social change. Social Justice Fund Northwest relies on the support of our community to achieve…
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Announcing the 2015 Jeannette Rankin and Hunter-Pious Awards

Emiko Badillo and Michaelynn Hawk: Hunter-Pious and Jeannette Rankin Award Recipients Congratulations to Emiko Badillo! Emiko will be receiving the Hunter-Pious Award, given to a Social Justice Fund member who has devoted long-term service to Social Justice Fund and its work. As a participant of three Giving Projects, Emiko has been a significant support system for…
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Member Spotlight: Ellie Poley and Brittany Alsot

I’ve lived in Seattle for five years with my wife, Brittany. I’m a software developer who loves to bicycle and cook. I’m also an organizer, but not in the traditional sense that people think of. You won’t often see me knocking on doors or with a megaphone in my hand leading chants. Being part of…
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Member Spotlight: Nathan Silpakit

I am the child of Thai immigrants, born and raised in Washington, passionate about social justice and community building, and someone who finds joy in dance, food, and a nice pot of tea. Last year I was working someplace that had nothing to do with social justice and I was looking for a way to feed my…
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Announcing Executive Director Transition

​Dear Friends and Partners, On behalf of the Board of Directors of Social Justice Fund NW, I am writing to let you know that Zeke Spier has decided to transition out of the role of Executive Director at the end of December. We are excited to announce that the Board has selected Associate Director Mijo…

Now accepting proposals for our Fall Momentum grant for Black-led Organizing!

The Fall Momentum grant will focus on Black-led Organizing: Building Capacity for Organizing Led by Black People (deadline September 10th at 11:59pm). In the past 18 months, the drumbeat of “Black Lives Matter” has been growing steadily as Black people and Black communities across the US rise up and demand "a world where Black lives are no…
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Interview with Marcia Shanor of Equality State Policy Center in WY

One of our grantees, Marcia Shanor of Equality State Policy Center says, "In Wyoming, we often feel like we are out in the hinterlands and we are alone in our progressive work. So to be a part of this community...is energy building." Hearing Marcia's interview about Equality State Policy Center's work in Wyoming reminds us of…
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Interview with Ramon Ramirez of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

Ramon Ramirez is President of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon's farmworkers union and one of Social Justice Fund's grantees. Ramon was a panelist at our 2015 Grantee Summit in Seattle last month where he shared both victories and challenges. He also shared how important Social Justice Fund's support is to PCUN's work. This support is…
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Interview with Krista Bustamante of Idaho Community Action Network

Krista Bustamante is the Organizing Director at Idaho Community Action Network, one of Social Justice Fund's grantees. Krista was a panelist at our 2015 Grantee Summit in Seattle earlier this month where she shared her community organizing work with Social Justice Fund members.   More interviews from grantees coming soon...

Environmental Justice Learning Group- Registration Open!

Join the 2015 Environmental Justice Learning Group with the Social Justice Fund NW! The focus of this Learning Group will be Climate Justice & Communities of Color. This group is open to all and there is no minimum experience or knowledge of the issue required.  Through readings, videos, and group discussion we will engage ideas…

We are proud to announce Grantees from our two most recently completed Giving Projects

The 2014 Economic Justice Giving Project was comprised of 17 amazing members who raised $106,300 from 263 of their friends and family! Find out who our Economic Justice Grant Awardees. Social Justice Fund's first ever Movement Building Giving Project raised over $125,000 with just 9 participants! Find out who received these two-year grants.

All 2015 Grant Cycles Open!

  We are excited to announce six grant cycles open in 2015 (including three two-year grants!).  Click here for all grant descriptions, deadlines, and eligibility criteria, and to begin your application.     Please contact us with any questions. Want to get involved? Check out our programs!

Announcing Our 2015 Programs!

In 2015 Social Justice Fund will lead over 200 people through a process of learning, community building, fundraising and grantmaking for social change through our 2015 Giving Projects and learning groups. We’re excited to continue offering Giving Projects in Seattle, Portland and Montana. We’re also thrilled to continue our flagship Giving Projects and launch two…
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New Environmental Justice Grants

The following grants are result of a six month process led by the members of our 2014 Environmental Justice Giving Project. The 2014 Environmental Justice Giving Project consisted of 12 members from diverse backgrounds who worked together to learn about movement building, environmental justice, and the intersections between race and class. This group spent six…

Now Hiring a Program Director

Those of you that have had the opportunity to work directly with the Social Justice Fund staff know how impressive they are. We've made a few changes that will strengthen the team as we prepare for 2015. We've made two promotions: First, Kylie Gursky has taken on the role of Development Director. Her experience facilitating…

New Region-Wide Grants!

We just wrapped up two Giving Projects--the Next Generation Giving Project and the Social Justice Giving Project based in Portland.  They celebrated the end of their Projects knowing that their hard work resulted in new grants to underfunded communities around the region.  Together these two groups raised over $121,000 for grants to 11 grassroots organizations as part of our General…
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Gender Justice Grants

We began this process with the definition that gender justice exists when all people -- especially women, girls, and gender-variant 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…
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36th Annual Dinner Celebration

Don't miss Social Justice Fund's biggest event of the year!  The 36th Annual Dinner Celebration, "The Change We're Making," brings together 300 civic leaders, philanthropists, activists, and grassroots organizers from across the Northwest to celebrate years of leadership in social justice philanthropy. The evening starts with a happy hour reception, followed by an inspiring program,…
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Making history!

Members of the Criminal Justice Giving Project made history by being the first Giving Project to accomplish multi-year fundraising, and setting a record high of the most raised by a single Project!  Together, the group ended their five month Giving Project by collectively raising $252,000 in gifts (including support from the Riverstyx Foundation) and making…
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New grants to social justice orgs in Montana

(MIJA) - Helena, MT MIJA is a statewide non-profit organization working for immigrants rights. Montana has a rich history of immigration, but in recent years the contributions that immigrants have made to Montana have sometimes been overshadowed by negative stereotypes and false myths. MIJA works to educate the public about our migrant communities, and provide…
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We’re featured in GIFT Magazine!

We're excited to share the current issue of Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Deepening Donor Relationships featuring Social Justice Fund.   In this article, Executive Director, Zeke Spier shares very candidly how Social Justice Fund has gone from an organization on the brink of closing its doors, to an organization that's growing, thriving, and gaining national attention. Below, is an excerpt from the…

Development Director position

Our long-time Development Director, Estevan Muñoz Howard, will be leaving Social Justice Fund and joining the staff at ArtsCorp. We're sad to see him go but he will still be working with us on future projects, and we're excited to keep him connected to the Social Justice Fund community.  This means we're hiring!--check out the job…
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Epic road trips

Site visits are an important part of the grantmaking process because it gives grantmakers the opportunity to learn from potential grantees in ways that can’t be conveyed through a report or application.   For Social Justice Fund, the importance of this process is elevated because of the nuanced complexity that comes with grassroots organizing. For Rachel,…
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Hope and optimism

Raphaela, a member and two-time Giving Project alumnus, relfects on the Grantee Summit she just attended, and shares what she loves most about being part of the Social Justice Fund community. Organizing against oppression, injustice, and legislative measures that continue to pile up against equality and social justice is a fearless and often overwhelming charge   Yet, it’s impossible for anyone…
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Organizing for Medicaid Expansion

One of the things that makes Social Justice Fund unique is our five-state region. The reasons why are clear to our urban members once they participate in our grantmaking process and learn about the amazing work going on outside Seattle and Portland. The things that make rural organizing successful are important to all social change…

Mayor McGinn joins Social Justice Fund Board

March 5, 2014 - Mayor Mike McGinn has joined the Board of Directors of Social Justice Fund NW to continue working for progressive social change. McGinn says, "I'm excited about Social Justice Fund's innovative process that engages people from all backgrounds as philanthropists and grantmakers.” Social Justice Fund NW is a member-funded foundation that supports…

Committing to gender justice

Last week our staff spent the day participating in a Gender Justice training in our office led by Western States Center. This was the first run of a new training being developed for our inaugural Gender Justice Giving Project, starting in just a month.  I left the workshop inspired by the transformative potential of a Gender…

Announcing all 2014 grant opportunities

We have 6 funding opportunties open for application!  We have 6 grant cycles open to groups and organizations looking for funding (resources, details, and deadlines below).  Please help us spread the word, and share this info with people or groups that would be interested in applying.  Deadlines are approaching with the first deadline 3/17.     Here's some helpful info to pass along:  …
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The Change We’re Making

Last month, Social Justice Fund NW celebrated 35 years of social justice philanthropy at our Annual Dinner Celebration “The Change We’re Making” where 300 activists, organizers, and social justice philanthropists across Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming came together to honor the work of our grantees and to recognize our role in building a sustainable movement…

Beyond Immigration Reform

This year has presented a significant opportunity for the immigrant rights movement.   The national conversation on Comprehesive Immigration Reform shed a spotlight on immigrant rights and the momentum of the movement has grown stronger.  To respond to the opportunity and to continue our commitment, Social Justice Fund NW added two Giving Projects into this year; the winter Immigration Reform Giving Project and the…

More grants and more resources to progressive organizations

Last week, our general grant cycle came to a close with 13 new grants totaling over $134,000 in more funding for community organizing and base building in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  We're proud to announce the newest set of grants from our general grant cycle.  Take a moment to read about some of the…
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Grantee Spotlight: Rural Organizing Project

Community organizing and base building are long term investments. While concrete policy wins are important, it’s the behind the scenes work, the one to one relationships, and honest conversations that help build movements. For Rural Organizing Project (ROP), this long and difficult work is transforming communities all across the State of Oregon. Amanda Aguilar Shank,…
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Courageous Conversations

In February of 2013, Burke Stansbury, a Social Justice Fund board member, invited his father, Michael, to participate with him in the Economic Justice Giving Project, and in March they jumped right in, becoming the first father-son team to engage in a Giving Project together. In the end, the Economic Justice Giving Project raised $115,000…

A new record high from the Criminal Justice Giving Project and more new grants!

We're breaking records with each Giving Project!  The Criminal Justice Giving Project engaged 312 donors (an all-time high) and raised $135,483 for 12 grants to community organizations building leadership and working towards justice in our systems.  We are incredibly proud of this group!  And we're also incredibly honored to support these organizations! Community to Community…

10 more NEW grants!

We have another set of impressive grantees! These grants are coming from the Economic Justice Giving Project.  A group of incredibly motivated volunteers who spent five months learning and engaging others in a dialogue about race, class, and its impact on economic justice.   They activated their own communities and raised $115,589 from 220 donors…
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5 New grants by the LGBTQ Giving Project

This small but mighty group of 11 participants was able to beat their fundraising goal of $50,000 and raised $52,576 from 208 donors! Together they learned about underfunded LGBTQ organizing happening around the region, explored issues of race and class in our community, and met directly with organizations doing the work. They wrapped up their…
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7 New Grants by the Environmental Justice Giving Project

The Environmental Justice Giving Project ended last week by delivering seven grants to seven amazing organizations. This group of 12 courageous people engaged over 200 donors in meaningful conversations and raised $82,511 to support organizations around the Northwest dedicated to moving the environmental justice movement forward. Our newest grantees of the year are (drum roll....)…

Immigration Reform Grant Cycle Open for Applications!

We are excited to announce our second Immigration Reform Grant Cycle this year, funding organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Social Justice Fund NW is committed to supporting community organizing for immigrant rights and strong communities. We believe that because of the possibility of Comprehensive Immigration Reform that could lead to a path…

A Giving Project Story: Seth on the Immigration Reform Giving Project

Seth Otto, recent Masters of Social Work graduate and former Social Justice Fund Intern, shares his experience participating in the winter Immigration Reform Giving Project. The Immigration Reform Giving Project is an abbreviated version of a Giving Project which focuses on supporting organizations committed to immigrant rights and helping move Comprehensive Immigration Reform forward during…

Members! Did you know you can join a site visit?

We are excited to announce our second round of site visits for 2013 from the Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice and LGBTQ Giving Projects. Site visits will start next week and will run until the end of July.  As a member of Social Justice Fund NW, not only are you absolutely welcome to join us on…
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2013 Community Summit

This has been an incredible year for Social Justice Fund!  We’ve grown our staff to support the success of our Giving Project Model, launched 8 Giving Projects, and in April introduced our first ever Community Summit.  Over 100 community members from around the Northwest came to Seattle to hear directly from Social Justice Grantees about organizing work…

The Power of Collective Organizing!

Social Justice Fund Grantees Voz Workers' Rights Education Project, Causa Oregon, and Jobs with Justice work collectively to fight for immigrant rights In Multnomah County, Oregon families have been experiencing the trauma and destruction created by Immigration Customs Enforcement “(ICE) holds”. ICE holds is a discriminatory process where local police holds a person in jail for…
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First Grant Announcements of the Year!

Immigration Reform Giving Project New Grant Announcements! 2013 marks a critical point for Immigrant Rights and we have a major opportunity to push the movement forward.   To respond to this once-in-a-generation opportunity, Social Justice Fund pulled together a group of volunteers for a shorter version of our unique Giving Project model. After only 10 weeks, we're proud to announce our first ever Immigration…
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May Day Marches: Record turnouts and a big victory in Oregon!

Just a week ago, thousands of us marched in solidarity... In Bozeman, Montana marchers gathered at Lindley Park to make signs and sign petitions while tour buses brought supporters from other Montana towns.  While organizing in rural Montana can be challenging, over 100 supporters from across Montana spent the day at Lindley Park to support immigrant rights.  Over…

6 Grant Cycles Now Open for Applications

We're excited to announce six grant cycles open for organizers working with Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, LGBTQ, Criminal Justice, and community organizing in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  All grant cycles will provide general operating support for community organizing led by the people most directly impacted by injustice and inequality.  Please read about our eligibility requirements,…

Site Visits for Immigration Reform Giving Project

Social Justice Fund NW is proud to have funded many organizations in the Northwest that have played a key role in getting us to this point.  2013 marks a once-in-a-generation opportunity for immigration reform and to continue our deep commitment to supporting immigrant rights, we've pulled together two Immigration Reform Giving Projects for the year.  Current Immigration…

Immigration Reform Grant – Due March 4!

We are excited to announce our Immigration Reform Grant (the first of two this year). Please note that proposals are due March 4. We apologize for the unusually short turnaround. In an effort to quickly distribute funding and make an impact on the current campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), we have shortened our usual timeline for applicants. …

2013 SJF Member Meeting

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Big news: Social Justice Fund is growing!

UPDATE: as of 9/12/2013, the Communications and Membership Manager position and the Oregon Director position has been filled. The Montana Director position remains open. Friends, It is with deep gratitude, an abundance of caution, and a whole lot of excitement that we have decided to open up 3 new positions to begin in the New…
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Momentum

Dear Friends, Social change is a long term and gradual proposition, but sometimes we take a clear step forward. Last Tuesday was one of those days. Across the country we reaffirmed basic progressive values while reelecting our first Black president, a former community organizer. We know that an election will not bring justice and equality and that…

Final 2012 Grant Cycle Announcement

We are proud to announce our Social Justice Giving Project based in Portland Grants going to Idaho Community Action Network,  Latino Unidos Siempre and Right 2 Survive in Portland. CONGRATULATIONS to the Grantees and to the first 15 Giving Project members in Portland who raised over 28,000 to support Community Organizing in the NorthWest.

Announcing 7 new grants!

We are proud to announce our 2012 Next Generation Giving Project Grants going to Community to Community Development, Center Pole, Montana Human Rights Network, Partnership for Safety and Justice, Seattle Young People's Project, Umatilla Morrow Alternatives and Voz Hispana Causa Chavista.  Congratulations to the grantees AND to the 12 hardworking members of the Next Generation…

Announcing Montana Giving Project Grants!

We are proud to announce our 2012 Montana Giving Project Grants going to Indian People's Action and Native Action.  Congratulations to the grantees AND to the 5 hardworking members of the Montana Giving Project, who raised over $18,000 to support progressive community organizing in Montana!

4 Grants for Economic Justice Organizing!

We are proud to announce our 2012 Economic Justice Grants going to Got Green, Indian People's Action, Pineros y Compensinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), and VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project.  Congratulations to the grantees AND to the 12 dedicated members of the Economic Justice Giving Project, who raised over $44,000 to support community organizing for…
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Grantee Spotlight: Washington CAN!

With all the talk of corporate bailouts and Super PAC-funded political campaigns, it’s nice to know that someone is actually looking out for the rest of us. Especially when that someone is a 35,000 member advocacy organization, and the rest of us is, well, all of us. Washington CAN! is a grassroots organization that engages Washington…

Announcing 7 new grants!

We are proud to announce our 2012 Environmental Justice Grants going to Got Green, Hilltop Urban Gardens, Native Youth Leadership Alliance, Nickelsville, OPAL, Powder River Basin Resource Council, and the Tenants Union of Washington.  Congratulations to the grantees AND to the 12 hardworking members of the Environmental Justice Giving Project, who raised over $82,000 to…

Site Visits, Round Two!

We are excited to announce our second round of site visits for 2012, from the Economic Justice and Environmental Justice Giving Projects. Remember, if you are a member of Social Justice Fund, you are welcome to join any site visit. Call or email Magan (206.624.4081 x108 / magan[at]socialjusticefund.org) to find out how. Over the next…

Our first 10 grants of 2012!

We are proud to announce our first grants of 2012, thanks to the hard work of the Criminal Justice Giving Project and the LGBTQ Giving Project! Collectively, the 28 volunteers in these projects raised over $165,00 from 272 donors and made 10 exciting grants. Click through to see who we're funding!

One more grant cycle for 2012!

Announcing Social Justice Fund's final grant cycle for 2012: The General Grant will support community organizing for structural change, with no specialized issue focus, throughout ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY.   All application information and materials can be found here: Apply For A Grant.   Applications are due on July 13th  This grant will be funded and…

Montana Grant Cycle Now Open!

We are excited to announce another grant cycle today!  Apply here. The Montana Grant will fund community organizing for social change in Montana only. Applications are due June 29. In addition, the Economic Justice and Environmental Justice Grants are both still open; applications for those grants are due next Friday, June 8. All application materials…

Economic Justice & Environmental Justice Grant Cycles Now Open!

We are excited to announce two more grant cycles today!  Apply here. The Economic Justice Grant will fund work that addresses the root causes of economic inequity using community led solutions to build power among its members to advocate for and create thriving communities. The Environmental Justice Grant will fund organizations that strive for equitable…
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This week only: your gift is matched!

Dear SJF Community, Spring is warming up and so is our work at Social Justice Fund!  Giving Projects are in full swing, with over 100 long-time and brand new Social Justice Fund members dedicating their time and energy to help us build a progressive movement for justice in the northwest. Today marks the start of…

LGBTQ & Criminal Justice Grants – now accepting applications

Our first two grant cycles of the year are now open!  Apply here. The Criminal Justice Grant will fund organizations and projects addressing the systems that criminalize the lives of people of color and poor people). The LGBTQ Grant will fund LGBTQ organizations and organizations and organizations whose leadership includes LGBTQ-identified people, and whose work…

Grantee Spotlight: Got Green

When it comes to community organizing, it doesn't get much more grassroots than Got Green. Based in Seattle, WA, Got Green mobilizes members of the community around public policy advocacy and job training to ensure that low income communities of color are able to benefit from the burgeoning “green economy.” Their work in the community…

Participate in our 2012 Member Meeting electronically!

Calling all members!! If you would like to participate in our upcoming Member Meeting but will be unable to attend in person, feel free to click the link below and vote online! *Note: as it currently stands, members are donors who make gifts of $240 or more per year. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJ98TJW

Member Meeting Agenda Announced

2012 Member Meeting The Member Meeting will be a great chance for SJF members to meet one another, participate in thoughtful discussion of social justice issues, make decisions that guide the future of this organization, and vote on our new board members. It’s going to be fun, and we’d love to see you there! *Note:…
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An Opportunity to be Inspired

Dear Social Justice Fund Community, I want to share an opportunity with you to be inspired, and to play a meaningful role in bringing justice, equality, and sustainability to our world. I’m happy to report that Social Justice Fund continues to revolutionize philanthropy and fund transformative organizations. We have been able to do this because…

Member Survey and Member Meeting Save the Date

Please take the time to participate in our 2011 member survey!Your input helps us understand the demographics of our membership and your ideas help us shape the future of this organization.    Take the Member SurveyThe survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Share with us what Giving Projects you're interested in being a part of…

Occupy Wall Street and Organizing for Long-Term Change

Zeke SpierSocial Justice Fund Executive DirectorLike many of you, I have been watching the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement with both excitement and lots of questions.   I imagine that seeing so much passion and action from all the people participating nationwide (and worldwide) has lifted the spirits of all of us that work…

The Sum of Our Stories: Gail Small

Gail Small, Executive Director of Native Action and former Social Justice Fund NW Board Member, shared her story with attendees of the Social Justice Fund 2011 Annual Dinner on September 17, 2011. Below are her prepared remarks: Peva Ea Shev. My name is Head Chief Woman, Ve Hon Naut, in the Cheyenne language and I…

The Sum of Our Stories: Dean Jackson

Dean Jackson, a 2011 LGBTQ Giving Project Member and founder of Hilltop Urban Gardens, a 2010 and 2011 SJF grantee, shared their story with the guests at Social Justice Fund's Annual Dinner on September 17, 2011. Below are their prepared remarks. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, tree hugger was a term given to the…
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The Sum of Our Stories: Victor Chudnovsky

Victor Chudnovsky, a 2011 Next Generation Giving Project Member, shared his story with the guests at Social Justice Fund's Annual Dinner on September 17, 2011. Below are his prepared remarks, reposted here from Victor's blog, Critical Exponent. As with many other people, my awareness of social unfairness began at home. My parents pointed out and…
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Grantee Update: Got Green, Women in the Green Economy Event

This article was originally printed in the International Examiner newspaper’s June 15, 2011 issue and can be viewed online at here. Tammy Nguyen is the founder and organizer of The Women in the Green Economy Project and Kristyn Joy is the Operations Director at Got Green. Got Green is a 2011 Next Generation Giving Project…

A relatively small and marginal group of organized and passionate people can make a real difference

The day after the 2010 mid-term elections, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, Tea Party darling, drew a line in the sand.  He stated flatly that Republicans would not vote for an increase in the debt ceiling unless it was tied drastic reductions in government spending and a balanced budget amendment.   The debt ceiling deal of…

Civic Action Giving Project Request for Proposals

The 2011 Civic Action Giving Project kicked off in May with group of 25 committed donor activists. Over the last few months Civic Action Giving Project participants have come together to share stories with one another, build an understanding of the interaction of community organizing, racial justice and civic engagement, and pledge their financial support…