"The Giving Project provided me an opportunity to learn about community, to support community and to build community through a social justice framework."
- Maria, Cohort Two Participant
“The Giving Project is the best thing I've ever done in terms of helping me be a better advocate and activist. I got so much more out of this process than out of any number of trainings, conferences, classes, or retreats I've attended, because I was learning by doing the hands-on work of fundraising and grantmaking, and the stakes were real.”
- Angela, Cohort Two Participant
“The most revolutionary thing that I learned/gained from the Giving Project was the ability to demand constituency representation in organizations serving vulnerable or historically disenfranchised populations. As an emerging public health professional, I have become much more vocal and critical of the recruiting work that is done in academic and professional settings.”
- J’Mag, Cohort Two Participant
“This process is a lot of work. It will take a great deal of your time and energy. It will be challenging both in your personal thinking/feelings and in the work you must do talking with your community, fundraising, making tough decisions, building a cohort. But ultimately it will be educational, uplifting, and extremely rewarding.”
- Jesse, Cohort Two Participant
"What makes this model really special, to me, is that it disrupts the traditional philanthropic model...
Donor > Foundation > Organization > Community
...replacing it with one in which the Community plays every role which, in turn, increases both engagement and accountability. Over the course of six months, we learned from each other in workshops on race and class, grassroots fundraising, site visits, and, finally, grant making."
-Jon, Cohort One Participant
"Something about this project allowed me to do fundraising in a way I'd never been successful at before, and to have the people that I asked actually be excited to donate and participate. I think the combination of my belief in the project, the excellent trainings, and the community that we built made that possible for me. "
- Ruby, Cohort One Participant
"The phrase that was said to me that stuck with me was the idea that you are asking someone to join the movement, you are asking them to be a part of the change. Would you not want to be asked? That really helped. "
- Christina, Cohort Two Participant
"I didn't think at my age I could feel the passion for social justice the way I did 20 or 30 years ago, but it came right back, maybe stronger than ever, because the other Giving Project members and our Headwaters staff were so inspiring."
- Pat, Cohort One Participant
"Exploring your relationship with race and class is hard personal work. It is rare to be allowed into such a safe, intentional, and affirming place to do that work and gather with others on the same journey, all with the goal of having a positive impact on real, relevant issues facing our community. The Giving Project has changed how I connect to the place that I live, and my role in it. I look forward to telling my Giving Project story to as many people who will listen, and supporting Headwaters and the critical work they are doing."
- Alyssa, Cohort One Participant
"The level of respect and thoughtfulness -- borne out of months of intentional community-building -- really showed up in the room in amazing ways."
- Grace, Cohort Two Participant
"The Giving Project has been a transformative experience for me. It has infused a clearer meaning and purpose to how practice both philanthropy and fundraising."
- Chamath, Cohort One Participant
“It has gone way deeper than just looking at how race and class affect our society and the organizations/individuals that are a minority. I look at my life critically and how my past experiences have shaped where I am at today and how [the Giving Project experience] will continue to shape me and push me forward.”
- Rola, Cohort Two Participant