Giving Project

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:

Denise Beek
Sean Breslin
Molly Fischer
Carly Friedman
Edurne Irizarry
Laura Johnson
Jennifer Jordan
Seneca Joyner
Beckett Koretz
Duong Ly
Jordyn Myers
Karen Orrick
Samantha Pearson
Kaye Pyle
Muthi Reed
Peggy Savage
Katherine Walden
Terry Williams
Tonie Willis
Julie Zeglen

 

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Giving Project

2017 Spring Giving Project group photo

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:

Rachel Adler
Yahya Alazrak
Sarah Burgess
Mariel Cohn
Marian Dalke
Phil Fitzgerald
Jordan Ford
Curtiss Hannum
Libby Harmon
Mandy Katz
Whitney Lopez
Emmy Morse
Erika Owens
Stacey Padilla
Polly Pillen
Leah Pillsbury
Kevin Rodricks
Danitra Sherman
Kim Thomas
Peter Van Do
Christine Walden
LaTrista Webb
Dwayne Wharton
Nina Wong

 

 

 

Spring 2016 Giving Project

Group photo of 2016 giving project members

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:

Cynthia Baldwin
Jules Burnstein
Alisha Ebling
J. Rudy Flesher
Lena Glickman
Benjamin Goldstein
Elicia Gonzales
Amanda Hagg
Jamaal Henderson
Becky Jones
Nick Ospa
Farrah Parkes
JoAnn Seaver
Michelle Simmons
Tabitha Skervin
Tyson Smith
Julia Stone
Bill Van Stone
Anna Weisberg
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 aarati@breadrosesfund.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:

Click here to see if there’s a Giving Project or social justice fund near you.