Giving Project Members

Why did you decide to join these Giving Projects?

Gender Justice Giving Project seemed really interesting to me as well as criminal justice. At the time I thought it sounded cool. I like the GP model. I really liked being part of a GP. Also I got to become familiar with a lot of grassroots orgs in the NW and looking at it through that lens.

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

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 of person who would be on the front lines and SJF helped me find that niche for me. I really liked networking and getting to know people in the work and connecting people to it and donate money. I saw myself as very active in it and it just felt right. Also too I just got to work with a lot of individuals I wouldn’t have been able to socialize with or get to know. The work we do is really powerful but let’s see how things are connected. I just got hooked, everything made sense to me and was awesome.

The biggest thing that stuck with me was learning about philanthropy and learning how grants work. Reviewing grants, evaluating grants, SJF helped me to see the bigger picture of how funding work. It made sense to me.

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 would like to do a GP again next year. My way to get back into it after grad school. I am always going to be part of SJF and SJF is going to be part of me.

Meet Other Giving Project Members

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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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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Chieko Phillips

2018 Immigration Justice Giving Project
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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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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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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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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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Jimmy Pasch

2015 Environmental Justice Giving Project
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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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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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