The 2019 Rural and Small Town Organizing Giving Project is made up of 23 people living in Seattle and surrounding areas. Many of us have roots in rural communities and small towns. We are a mix of non-profit workers, parents, farmers, architects, former tech workers, health care workers, artists, social workers, students, legislative aides, lawyers, policy nerds, fundraisers, and organizers. We signed up for this six-month Giving Project to work together to move money to rural and small town organizing in our region.

Our group is committed to respecting and honoring the power of people in the Northwest region who live in rural and small town communities outside of Seattle and Portland.

Our goals are to:

  • Raise $401,000 to fund grassroots organizations led by communities impacted by injustice in reservations, rural, and small town areas
  • Develop a collective understanding of how racism and classism impact us and the organizing work we will fund
  • Redistribute resources to frontline communities by making a meaningful, personal donation to the Rural & Small Town Organizing Giving Project, and through fundraising people in our own communities
  • Build a network of social justice-oriented community members who are dedicated to justice in rural and small town communities

We recognize that we must work together, as a collective, to truly accomplish our goals. Please join us!


Social Justice Fund NW’s grantmaking region – Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming – is made up primarily of small towns, reservations, and rural communities, but much of the resources go to the major urban centers of Seattle and Portland. These grants will focus on supporting community organizing that is building power in the rest of our region, outside of Seattle and Portland. This grant is for any work being done in ANY places outside of Seattle and Portland, with priority given to organizations in rural, small town, and reservation communities.

These are two-year, general operating grants of approximately $30,000 total for each organization.

To find out more about the types of work our grants will support, please see this list of previous Social Justice Fund NW grantees organizing in rural communities.


We are so glad you asked! You can do any of the following to support us:

  1. Donate to our giving project to fund crucial organizing in rural & small town communities in our region.
    • Donate here and put “Rural Giving Project” in the Giving Project Designation field.
    • If you were asked by a Giving Project member, make sure you include their name in the Comments field!
  2. If you want to know more about this work, contact a Giving Project participant! Or you can contact SJF Project Manager Rebecca Allen (rebecca@socialjusticefund.org) to be connected with a Giving Project participant.
  3. Ask others to donate to our giving project.

Contributions to Social Justice Fund’s Rural & Small Town Organizing Giving Project are tax deductible. We accept donations by credit/debit card, electronic funds transfer, cash, check, stock, donor advised funds, and planned giving.  Please go here for more information on how to give.