Meet the Democracy in Action Fund Grantmakers

June 26, 2018

A Giving Project cohort of 23 cross-class, multiracial community members gathered last week to celebrate an ambitious accomplishment. They raised over $147,000 from friends and family and used that money to make general operating grants to organizations working toward a more inclusive democracy. Meet the Democracy in Action Fund grantmakers:

Adwoa Afreh Carrie Lindberg*
Karla Arrendondo Payan Beckett Maravelias
Ari Baum-Hommes Noelle Martinez
Cassie Bean Unny Nambudiripad
Teresa Butel Sarah Reiter
Sai Chang Annelise Rittberg
Ting Cheng Nkuli Shongwe
Victoria Ford Abi Tupa
Eric Howard Joy Wagner
Maddie Hyde* Hanna Wallmow
Amber Jones Lance Witzig
Shruthi Kamisetty  
* Giving Project alumni  










In line with Headwaters’ mission, the Democracy in Action Fund Grant supports community organizing nonprofits that build and strengthen democratic systems. The Fund invests in organizations that advance community self-determination and hold institutions accountable to the people. Giving Project participants use Headwaters’ longstanding criteria to select grantees and award one-year, $10,000 general operating grants.

“This incredible cohort fundraised from more than 325 people,” said senior program officer Allison Johnson Heist. “That’s easily the biggest network of gifts a Giving Project has received, and it’s reflected in the biggest number of organizations ever funded through a single Giving Project. Headwaters congratulates the cohort, and is thankful for their leadership.”

If you are interested in joining the next Giving Project cohort, has details. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and priority will go to people who apply by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified in mid-December, and the first cohort meeting is set for early January 2019.