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 20-25 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 to support organizing projects.
- A full grantmaking process that funds social justice organizing projects, including site visits and final granting decisions.
In the past six years, Giving Project cohorts have raised more than $650,000 that was given out in grants to support building social, racial, and economic justice movements across Chicago.
2021 Giving Project Calendar (download as pdf)