Giving Project



Crossroads Fund is recruiting a cohort of 15 - 20 individuals to commit 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.


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




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. 


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]