Giving Project


The 2018 Giving Project cohort takes a moment for a photo during the Race and Class weekend training. Pictured by row from left to right: (front) Megan Murray Cusick, Lynn Meissner, Cristina Guerrero, Samantha Asofsky, Deepa Arora, Emily Duma, Elisabeth Jansen, Deb Kim, Andrea Meza (middle) Mollie Anderson, Mauricio Roman, De'Ronnius Young, Laura Botwinick, Irina Zadov, Taryne Moore, Kim Hunt, Brenda Hernandez, Armando Santana, Bronwen Schumacher (back) Leah Greenblum, Jordan Maze, Sawyer Hopps, Alyson Hankwitz, Jazmin Martinez, Mac Grambauer, Jane Kimondo. Not pictured: Jessica Ratchford


Since 2015, Crossroads Fund has conducted an annual Giving Project. The Giving Project brings together an intergenerational, cross-race, cross-class, cross-identity group for community building, political education, fundraising, and grantmaking to support groups organizing for systems change in Chicago.


In four years, Giving Project cohorts have raised and granted more than $360,000! 


“This experience exceeded all of my hopes and dreams. I have been challenged and asked to grow in meaningful ways and you have created an environment where that felt safe to do. And for that I will be forever grateful.” - 2018 Giving Project Participant

Learn about the 2018 Giving Project, who raised $109,777 from over 400 donors.


Giving Projects are an innovative, participatory model of funding social change and building community. Each Project is made up of an intergenerational, cross-race, cross-class, cross-identity group, each of whom makes a donation of an amount that is meaningful to them.  

Over the course of six months, the Crossroads Fund Giving Project brings together community building, political education, fundraising and grantmaking for the benefit of groups organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago.

We are recruiting a cohort of 20 – 25 individuals to commit to a 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.
  • Grassroots fundraising with training and hands-on support to move significant resources.
  • A full grant making process that funds social justice organizing projects, including site visits and final granting decisions.




Thursday, November 15th, 2018

6 – 8pm Info Session

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 pm Grantmaking Orientation*

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

10am – 5pm  Introduction Session

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

10am – 5pm     Racial Justice Workshop     **MANDATORY**      

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

10am – 3pm Class Analysis Workshop      **MANDATORY**

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

10am – 5pm Fundraising Training  

Thursday, March 28th, 2019                        

5:30 – 8:30pm Grantmaking Training         

Friday, April 5th, 2019          

Crossroads Fund annual benefit, Seeds of Change

April 10– 27   

Site visits scheduled        ** Participants commit to at least two site visits

Saturday, June 8th, 2019                  

10 am – 5 pm Final Decisions and Grantmaking Recommendations   **MANDATORY**

Thursday, June 13th, 2019                 

5:30 – 8:30pm Celebration and Evaluation

*LOCATION: To be determined        



We are not currently recruiting for the Giving Project. Please check again in November 2019.