Black Led Organizing Giving Project - Seattle

This project will support community organizing led by and for Black communities and communities of African descent who are working to end anti-Black racism and discrimination, support and invest in Black leadership, and sustain movements for Black liberation to achieve a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. This grant will therefore fund and help sustain the momentum of groups who are organizing to build power for Black communities and improve the quality of Black life in the Northwest.

“My experience in the Giving Project was personally transformative. Having grown up poor, I never envisioned myself as able to give, or as a philanthropist. Through the Giving Project I learned that I didn't have to be rich (whatever that means) to give, that giving is appreciated at any level, and that every drop of water put in the pot, so to speak, raises the water line.” – Michelle DePass, Portland Giving Project 2015 & Momentum Portland Giving Project 2016

All Giving Projects have the same basic structure:

  • A cross-class, multiracial group of 15-25 volunteers commits to the entire process.
  • Each person makes a meaningful gift -- whatever that means for you.
  • Through workshops and trainings we develop a shared analysis of race, class, and the issue focus of this Giving Project.
  • We train you in grassroots fundraising and provide lots of hands-on support as you raise money from your friends and family.
  • We train you in our grantmaking process and support you as you read and score proposals, participate in site visits, make collective decisions, and move money to some of the most inspiring, effective social change work in the region.

Sign up online to get more information.

Commitment: September 15th, 2018 - March 14th, 2019.

Black Led Organizing Giving Project 2018 Schedule

Saturday, September 15th (10am-5pm) - Session #1: Introduction

  • Get to know one another
  • Establish commitments, expectations, and goals
  • Set foundation for further trainings

Saturday, September 29th (10am-5pm) and Sunday, September 30th (10am-5pm) - Session #2: Race and Class Analysis Workshop

  • Build shared analysis of race and class
  • Learn about racism and classism in context of criminal justice
  • Begin to work build a cross-class, multi-racial, progressive philanthropic community

Wednesday, October 10th (6pm-9pm) - Session #3: Issue Area

  • Learn about criminal justice issues from experts in the field

Sunday, October 20th (10-5pm) - Session #4: Fundraising & Grantmaking pt 1 Training

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
  • Practice with the group
  • Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structure
  • Learn about SJF's grantmaking model and social justice philanthropy

**Participants begin fundraising & reading and scoring grant applications**

Tuesday, October 30th (6pm-9pm) - Session #5: Fundraising & Grantmaking pt 2

  • Reflect on first fundraising asks
  • Time for practice

**Participants continue fundraising and reading applications**

Wednesday, November 7th  (6pm-9pm) - Session #6: Grantee Panel

  • Learn directly from SJF grantees about their strategies, victories, and challenges

Saturday, December 8th (10am-5pm) - Session #7: Screening

  • Decide which applicants receive site visits

 **Site visits as scheduled (participants commit to at least one)**

Saturday, March 2nd (10am-5pm) - Session #8: Final Decisions

  • Review site visit reports
  • Decide which applicants receive grants

Thursday, March 14th (6:30-9pm) - Session #9: Celebration & Evaluation‚Äč

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process 
For more information or to sign up please contact Karen Toering - Karen(at)
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