Seeds of Change 2020: April 3rd

We’re almost there! Throughout our virtual week-long celebration, you danced to a live DJ set, co-created a music playlist, uplifted the work of our 2020 honorees and grantees, bid on silent auction items – all while championing our goal to raise $150,000.


As a public foundation, we rely on individuals to raise the money we give out in grants through a variety of funds. When we say we can’t do this work without you, we mean it. Every dollar is pooled together and distributed to groups working at the intersections of multiple movements and struggles. This year, we can't close the theatre doors during the program to make that final ask but we wanted to share a video from Crossroads Fund board member Roxana Gonzalez with a final pitch! Here it is below!


“Will you make a generous gift to ensure that Crossroads Fund continues to be a reliable funding source to groups on the ground fighting for racial, social, and economic justice?”


A gift at all levels enables Crossroads Fund to answer the call (and we've been answering!) from grantees seeking critical response support in these destabilizing times. Groups fighting right now for tenant organizing, canceling debt, access to health care, the release of prisoners, housing justice.


  • It may be an amount that makes you feel a little uncomfortable.
  • It may be an amount spread out over two months or more.
  • It may be a gift that feels too small.


We invite you to have all these thoughts and feelings, but please give what you are moved to contribute at this moment. 



Thank you in advance for your continued support.




BIDDING FOR CHANGE, NOT CHARITY CLOSES SOON: The Online Silent auction closes tonight, Friday, April 3, at 8 pm CST. Encourage your friends and family to make their final bids or to “Register to Bid.” There are over a dozen items that don’t have bids and we just added a last-minute item, two tickets to Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me (NPR)! View all items




Stephen and Holly Babington honor Margot Babington because of her passion for social justice.


Barbara Beale Arnold honors Gary Arnold because of his persistence and ability to be a seed of change.

Ann Christophersen and Amy Blumenthal honor Denise Poloyac.


Gary Cozette honors Andy Thayer, founder of Gay Liberation Network, because Andy and GLN have pushed the boundaries in public advocacy against discrimination not only for the LGBTQ community, but for oppressed minorities at home and abroad.


Barbara Engel honors Ora Schub and Cheryl Graves because they were the beating heart of the restorative justice community.


Caroline Harney and Jim Charlton honor Ora Schub and Cheryl Graves because of their many years of dedication! Yeah Ora and Cheryl!


Barbara Phillips honors Charles W. Phillips because he is a visionary activist for racial justice.


Gordon Quinn honors Morgan Johnson because she founded The Tribe news site.


Mary Schneider honors Ann Christophersen because of her lifelong commitment to movements of justice and to make our world more compassionate and inclusive.


Eileen Willenborg and Jane Melnick honor Dale and Ruth Fast because they introduced us to Seeds of Change and Crossroads Fund.


David de Vries honors Richard "Dick" Reilly because he was a founding member of Chicago Medical Action, providing first aid and support at rallies and marches.