The following grants were accomplished through three of our 2013 Giving Projects; the Montana Giving Project, Next Generation Giving Project, and the Social Justice Giving Project based in Portland.
Africa Town Development Center – Seattle,WA. Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center’s mission is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.). This grant will help Africa Town to continue to empower the African descendant community, particularly youth, using education and practical tools that will encourage an economic redevelopment and community engagement in economic
CAPACES Leadership Institute – Woodburn, OR. CAPACES Leadership Institute was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. Their focus is on developing more deeply and methodically the commitment and the skills of grassroots Latino leaders serving and organizing the Northern and Mid-Willamette Valley Latino community. It is becoming a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by PCUN. The Institute will build the leadership capacity and political consciousness to sustain and expand that movement and to propel a host of related struggles, such as immigrants’ rights. This grant will continue providing and developing leadership programs aimed at grounding new leaders in social justice work and preparing emerging leaders for mid-level and top leadership for the Latino farmworker immigrant community and allies.
Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes – Seaside, OR. Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes currently seeks to revitalize their Tribal Heritage and Culture, and to gain Federal Restoration. This grant will provide support to research, organize and prepare documents necessarily to submit the Tribes’ Bill for Restoration to Congress through Congressional Representative(s). They will also work to gain local, regional and tribal support; prepare for and attend Congressional Hearings.
Community to Community Development Fund (C2C) – Bellingham, WA. C2C is a place based, women-led grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. We are committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice.
Equality State Policy Center (ESPC) – Casper, WY. ESPC’s mission is to work through research, public education, and advocacy to hold state and local governments accountable to the people they represent, and help Wyomingites participate effectively in public policy making. Founded in 1993 as a progressive coalition in a conservative, rural state, the ESPC now has 29 member organizations representing conservation, labor, professional, and other social justice groups.
Gender Justice League(GJL) – Seattle, WA. Works to empower trans* activists and their allies to fight oppression based on gender and sexuality in Washington State and to create a community where trans people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination. GJL uses the term trans with an asterisk-trans*-as an umbrella term to include those who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, Two Spirit, and those medically labeled or those who identify as intersex).
Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) – Boise, ID. ICAN empowers disenfranchised Idahoans to create the power necessary to create systemic changes that positively impact low income communities and communities of color. ICAN is dedicated to the following principles: Empowerment of disenfranchised people and development of new leadership; diversity; a stable, membership-driven funding base; the democratic process within and outside the organization; and non-violent action in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (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 services to empower these communities.
Montana Women Vote – Missoula, MT. Montana Women Vote is a statewide coalition that works to engage, organize, and mobilize low-income women as informed voters, policy advocates, and community leaders. Montana Women Vote believes that civic action, policy change, and leadership development can together shift the balance of power and improve the lives of those in poverty.
Native Youth Leadership Alliance – Pablo, MT and Beverly, WA. The Native Youth Leadership invests in young Native American leaders to create culturally based community change.
Village of Hope – Seattle, WA. Village of Hope’s mission is to work in cooperation with other organizations and with elders, children, youth and adults to share resources, knowledge, creativity, and experience to build a strong and healthy community where people are liberated to live powerfully in every aspect of their lives.
Women of Color Alliance (WOCA) – Boise, ID. WOCA’s mission is to unite women of color in a common bond to achieve social, economic and political justice in Idaho. This grant will continue to strengthen and support the Women of Color Alliance by providing the funds necessary to provide office sustainability and training for the IRO and Leaders Development.