Giving Project


The 2017 Giving Project Cohort


The Giving Project is a cohort of 20 - 25 individuals committed 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.
  • 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.



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.


Thursday, November 16th, 2017    6 – 8pm Info Session

Thursday, January 11th, 2018   5:30 – 7:30 pm Grantmaking Orientation*

Saturday, January 27th, 2018  10am – 5pm  Introduction Session

Saturday, February 24th, 2018     10am – 5pm     Racial Justice Workshop     **MANDATORY**

Sunday, February 25th, 2018    10am – 3pm Class Analysis Workshop      **MANDATORY**

Saturday, March 17th, 2018    10am – 5pm Fundraising Training

Thursday, March 29th, 2018    5:30 – 8:30pm Grantmaking Training

Friday, April 6th, 2018: Crossroads Fund annual benefit, Seeds of Change

April 11– 28: Site visits scheduled      ** Participants commit to at least two site visits 

Saturday, May 19th, 2018     10 am – 5 pm Final Decisions and Grantmaking Recommendations   **MANDATORY**

Thursday, June 7th, 2018     5:30 – 8:30pm Celebration and Evaluation

*LOCATION: To be determined


Unless otherwise noted all meetings are at the Crossroads Fund, 3411 W. Diversey #20, Chicago, IL 60647. 


The Giving Project model was developed in 2010 by our sister fund in Seattle, Social Justice Fund Northwest (SJFNW). Don't live in Chicago, but want to join a Giving Project?

The following sister foundations are mobilizing donors through Giving Projects in their respective cities:

Social Justice Fund Northwest [Seattle, WA]

Chinook Fund [Denver, CO]

Headwaters Foundation for Justice [Minneapolis, MN]

North Star Fund [New York, NY]

Bread & Roses Community Fund [Philadelphia, PA]


Questions? Please contact Emmanuel Garcia, Communications and Development Manager at or 773.227.7676