Giving Project Members

An interview with Jose Vazquez, Director of Leadership and Programs, Latino Community Fund

Why did you sign up for a 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 the many challenges that our immigrant communities are facing with this administration. Joining the Immigrant Justice Giving Project allowed me to learn about front-line organizations doing the amazing work to organize and protect our immigrant communities across the region.

What were one or two meaningful experiences or take-aways for you from this Giving Project?

Joining a group of like-minded, and sometimes not so like-minded, individuals working towards a common cause for good was really inspiring and gives me hope in the days to come as we continue to fight back a hostile administration that is targeting immigrant communities.

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

I will continue to volunteer and remain engaged with the community of organizers that I have had the pleasure to meet during this Giving Project. Thank you!

Meet Other Giving Project Members

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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