Giving Project 2017 cohort: Left to right; Jody Gray, Laura Stempel, Ed Vogel, Patricia Linwood, Caroline McCoy, Rosa Navarro, Andrea Porter, Michelle Rashad, Anna Rubin, Kristen Scheurich, Claire Gaiefsky, Lizette Garza, Peggy Shinner, Nora Kyger, Emily Duma, Skyler Larrimore, Whitney Wade, Tracy Woodley, and Ireri Rivas. Not pictured: Patricia O’Brien, Emmy Bean, and Tami Yarbrough.
GIVING PROJECT COHORT
Crossroads Fund is a cohort of 21 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.
WHAT IS A GIVING PROJECT?
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.
GIVING PROJECT 2017 TIMELINE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6 – 8pm Recruitment meeting Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm Grantmaking Orientation Saturday, January 28, 201710am – 5pm Introduction Saturday, February 18, 2017 10am – 5pm Racial Justice Workshop Sunday, February 19, 2017 10am – 3pm Class Analysis Workshop
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10am – 5pm Fundraising Training
Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:30 – 8:30pm Grantmaking Training
Friday, March 31st, 2017: Crossroads Fund annual benefit, Seeds of Change
April 3 – 22: Site visits scheduled *** Participants commit to at least two site visits
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10am - 5pm Final Decisions and Grantmaking Recommendations
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 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.
Anna is interested in learning in diverse contexts, passionate about
building power with others, and grat at writing lengthy sentences.
She also loves to sing.
Caroline loves all things Chicago and she is passionate about
social justice, racial equity, issues impacting women and girls
and philanthropy. She hopes to see as much of the world as possible.
Claire is a Detroit transplant working on state-level prison
policy reform. She enjoys road trips, board games and gazing
longingly at pictures of adoptable dogs online.
Ed vogel is participating in the Giving Project in order to better
understand and challenge his own relationship to the racial wealth gap.
Emmy is a 36-year-old teaching artist, singer and former
chapter leader with Resource Generation, living with her
husband and new baby in Logan Square.
Ireri came to Chicago by way of Reno, NV. She is passionate
about immigrant rights, particulately pertaining to higher
education. She would love to tell you more over a hike!
Jody Gray was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Lakota
Tribal reservation in South Dakota. She has lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin,
Washington DC and Illinois.
Kristen loves hiking, backpacking and spending time outdoors.
She has worked in youth leadership/community development and she
is passionate about youth activism. Her background is in education and
she loves reading. She is excited to be a part of the Giving Project!
Laura is a 64-year-old lesbian/queer, white, Jewish feminist writer
originally trained as an academic. She just retired and is now doing consulting.
She grew up in Detroit and lives with 2 cats.
Lizette seeks to connect people with meaningful resources to build
community and bridge cultural understanding. As a program manager
and event planner, she is motivated by youth development, social justice
and Hip-Hop culture.
Michelle was born and raised in the West Englewood community.
She graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC and returned
to her community to give back in hopes of making difference
in her community. She has a passion for people and enjoys connecting with
individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Nora is a middle-aged white woman who grew up in a relatively
privileged New England town. Today she is inspired by the work
of activists for social, economic and racial justice and wants to
help expand that impact to build a just world.
Patricia is an engaged scholar and educator in social work.
She is passionate about working for a time when we have constructed
alternative to jail and prisons for dealing with individual and social problems.
She has been a professor at UIC for almost 20 years. She always has a knitting
project in process. She is a dog person but for right now lives with a sweet
kitty named Lily.
Peggy is a writer currently concentrating on essays and a native
Chicagoan. She was one fo the first three staff members, along with
Jean Hardisty and Chip Berlet of Midwest Research (now Political Research
Association), a social justice think tank.
Rosa is an organizer and activist that now more than ever is dedicated
to shutting down Trump, white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy.
She loves to dance when she is not organizing, loves tacos and sushi and is
a Karaoke enthusiast.
Skyler is a lifelong Chicagoan with a strong interest in community
organizing, equitable neighborhood development,
Tami is passionate about working with and helping youth, especially
those who are less fortunate than she is. She is a people person and great
at interacting with all people. Her experience is in human resources and program
Whitney is a Chicagoan recruiter and DEI professional. She is also
a ceramic artist and doll collector.
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]
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