Gender Justice Giving Project - Portland

This project will focus on community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people -- especially women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people -- are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives.

"This has changed my idea of power. It gives power to people no matter how much money they donate." - Ranfis Villatoro

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 deicisions, and move money to some of the most inspiring, effective social change work in the region.

Commitment: September 8th, 2018 - March 19th, 2019  (All meetings in Portland; location TBA.)

Sign up online to get more information.

Gender Justice Giving Project Schedule 

Sat. Sept. 8th (10am-5pm) Session #1: Introduction

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

Saturday, Sept. 22nd (10am - 5pm) and Sunday, Sept. 23rd (10am - 3pm) - Session #2 a&b: Racial Justice and Class Analysis Workshop

  • Build shared analysis of race and class in the context of social justice organizing
  • Begin work to build a cross-class, multi-racial, progressive philanthropic community

Saturday, Oct. 6th (10am - 5pm) - Session #3: Issue Area

  • Learn about coalitions & alliances from experts in the field

Saturday, Oct. 20th (10am - 5pm) - Session #4: Fundraising Training

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots fundraising
  • Practice with the group
  • Set personal fundraising goals and accountability structures

** Participants begin fundraising

Tuesday, Oct. 30th (6pm-9pm) -  Session #5: Grantmaking Training

  • Learn about social justice philanthropy, community organizing, and the SJF grantmaking process

**Participants begin reading and screening applications

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

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

Saturday, Dec. 1st (10am-5pm) -  Session #7: Screening

  • Democratic grantmaking process to decide which applicants will get site visits

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

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

  • Democratic grantmaking process to review site visit reports, discuss finalists, and choose grantees

Tuesday, March 19th (6:30pm-9:30pm) - Session #9: Celebration and Evaluation

  • Celebrate our success and evaluate the process
For more information or to sign up, contact Melody Martinez - Melody(at)
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