Giving Project Members

Why did you decide to join the Giving Project?

I was having a transition period in my life in around 2013 where I was expanding my knowledge and activism away from just single-issue within animal rights because I was experiencing more racism living in Portland, Oregon. My experiences living in such a white-dominated, yet wannabe-progressive city, incited new thoughts in my head about connecting racial justice issues to what I was already working towards in veganism and animal rights.

What were one or two meaningful experiences or takeaways for you from this Giving Project?

1. We as individuals are so powerful. An action makes such a huge impact when we are working together with other dedicated individuals. 2. That community organizing and working together with others face-to-face is what it takes to really see progress happen.

How do you hope to stay connected to Social Justice Fund NW and/or to the grassroots organizing you supported in this Giving Project?

I stay connected by following and supporting their work. Continuing to keep in touch with them, funding their work, volunteering with them, and letting them know I and others have their backs.

Meet Other Giving Project Members

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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