Giving Project 2022


Join the 2022 Giving Project Cohort



Meet The Giving Project 2022

Giving Project 2022 Interest Form     2022 Giving Project Calendar

 Who Should Apply?     What is the Commitment?     FAQ    


Chicago continues to be one of the most racially and economically segregated cities in the country. The Giving Project is an intentional commitment to confront these divisions by convening people from across the city to fund organizations who are fighting for systems change.

The Giving Project is an innovative model for building leadership and moving money for real change in Chicago. Each Giving Project brings together a cross-class, cross-race, gender-diverse, intergenerational group of 15-20 people who share a vision of social justice and want to apply their time, talent, and resources to supporting movements for social change.

Each cohort commits to a transformational six- month process that will include:

  • Working together to strategically support underfunded and necessary social justice organizing.
  • Building community together, across identities, and digging deep into issues of race, class and power.
  • Make a donation that is personally meaningful (no minimum amount) and fundraise $150,000 to support movements.
  • A full grantmaking process that funds social justice organizing projects, including site visits and final granting decisions.


In the past seven years, Giving Project cohorts have raised more than $830,000 that was given out in grants to support building social, racial, and economic justice movements across Chicago.

“This experience has impacted me in several ways. In addition to meeting amazing people and learning about grassroots advocacy in Chicago I have: a greater desire to contribute my resources for social change, a greater understanding of the critical need for advocacy in addition to direct service, and a greater confidence in my ability to raise funds.” –Giving Project Alumnus


Giving Project Interest Form (Open in New Window)


Giving Project 2021-2022 Calendar

(All sessions held virtually) (download as pdf)


Wednesday, December 15th 


Applications Due 

November – December 


1:1 Interviews 

Wednesday, January 5th 


Cohort Announced 

Part 1: Community Building

Tuesday, January 18th 

6pm – 7pm

Grant Seeker Orientation 

Saturday, January 22nd 

10am –1pm

Orientation & Introduction to Philanthropy

Tuesday, January 25th

6pm – 7pm

Welcome Reception

Part 2: Political Education

Saturday, February 12th

10am – 1pm

Day 1- Racial Capitalism

Tuesday, February 15th

6pm – 7pm

Race Caucus

Saturday, February 19th 

10am – 1pm

Day 2- Racial Capitalism  

Tuesday, February 22nd 

6pm – 7pm

Class Caucus

Part 3: Fundraising

Saturday, March 5th 

10am – 1pm

Fundraising Training 

Tuesday,  March 8th 

6pm – 7pm

Collective Visioning (Shared Space)



One-on-One Meaningful Gift Meeting

Saturday, March 26th 

10am – 1pm

Giving Ceremony 

Tuesday, March 29th 

6pm – 7pm

Collective Visioning (Shared Space)

Part 3: Grantmaking

March 31st – April 1st 


Seeds of Change | Annual Benefit

Saturday, April 9th  


Grantmaking Training

Tuesday, April 12th 

6pm – 7pm

Fundraising Check-In (Drop-In Session)

April 25th – May 20th 


Seed Fund Site Visits 

Friday, May 20th 


Fundraising Deadline

Part 4: Decision Making

Saturday, June 4th  

10am – 1pm

Final Decisions and Grantmaking Recommendations

Saturday, June 11th 

10am – 1pm

Final Decisions and Grantmaking Recommendations

Part 5: Closing

Wednesday, Aug 3rd

6pm - 7pm 

Closing Celebration