In January 2016, Bread & Roses launched its first Giving Project, an innovative model for building leadership and moving money for real change in the Philadelphia region. The Giving Project brings together a cross-class, cross-race, intergenerational group of people who share a vision for social justice and want to apply their time, talent, and resources to supporting movements for social change.
Participants embark on a transformative 6-month process of shared learning and personal growth to gain a deeper understanding of race and racism, the impact of the growing wealth divide, and how to support community-based organizations mobilizing for racial and economic justice. They commit to making a financial contribution that is personally meaningful, with no minimum amount, and to raising money for the Giving Project from their friends and families. Participants also receive training and coaching to support their fundraising success.
The Giving Project then guides participants through a transparent, democratic decision-making process for distributing the money they’ve raised as grants to community-based organizations.
Fall 2017 Giving Project
Within the current political climate, attacks on Black communities are intensifying and organizers are responding with strength and power. To respond to this reality, the Fall 2017 Giving Project will raise money and make grants to support Black-led, Black-centered organizing in our region through the Black-led, Black-centered Organizing Fund.
The Fall 2017 Giving Project members are:
Spring 2017 Giving Project
The Spring 2017 Giving Project raised $266,000 for grants in the Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund. Read an interview with Giving Project member LaTrista Webb.
The Spring 2017 Giving Project members were:
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Spring 2016 Giving Project
The Spring 2016 Giving Project was the inaugural Giving Project at Bread & Roses. They raised $189,000 for grants in the Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund. To learn more, read an article about the Fall 2016 Giving Project or read an interview with Giving Project member Elicia Gonzales.
The Spring 2016 Giving Project members were:
J. Rudy Flesher
Bill Van Stone
Giva Ann Wilkerson
Support the Giving Project
Bread & Roses Community Fund believes in change, not charity. We organize donors to give at all levels to support community-based groups in building movements for racial and economic justice. Support the Giving Project to help create real change in the Philadelphia region.
How to join a Giving Project
Interested in joining an upcoming Giving Project? The Spring 2018 Giving Project will raise money and make grants in the Racial & Economic Justice Fund and Future Fund. Contact director of programs Aarati Kasturirangan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.731.1107 ext. 206.
Giving Projects beyond Philadelphia
Bread & Roses Community Fund is one of six movement funds around the country running Giving Projects to engage donors in funding movements for change:
- Chinook Fund
- Crossroads Fund
- Headwaters Foundation For Justice
- North Star Fund
- Social Justice Fund Northwest
Click here to see if there’s a Giving Project or social justice fund near you.