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Giving Project

Giving Projects are emerging as an innovative model for funding social change, building community, and developing leaders. Giving Projects bring together a multiracial, cross-class group of people who are passionate about social change. North Star Fund’s inaugural Resilient Communities Giving Project deepened participants’ political education and build their fundraising skills to raise and grant money to organizations advancing a more just and equitable New York.

The next Giving Project will run from September 2018 – February 2019.

How does the Giving Project work?

The Giving Project is a six-month process that requires a commitment of your time, talent, and resources.

  • A cross-class, multiracial group of 15-20 individuals gather eight times over the course of six months.
  • Through workshops and trainings, the group develops a shared understanding of race, class, and power within society.
  • Each person makes a financial gift—any amount that is personally meaningful.
  • Each person commits to fundraising from their friends, family, and community to support the financial goal of the group. North Star Fund staff provide training and support in grassroots fundraising.
  • Each member is trained in North Star Fund’s participatory grantmaking process. Giving project members will read funding proposals, participate in site visits, make collective decisions, and grant money to some of the most inspiring, effective social change work in the five boroughs.

You can read about the grants awarded in the 2017-2018 Giving Project here.

Who should join?

All participants must be able to commit to the six-month process.

  • Individuals who are inspired to get more involved after attending a North Star Fund event, including Resilient New York or Young Professionals for Social Justice mixers.
  • Members of the North Star Fund community who wish to deepen their involvement, including current or former donors, grantees, Community Funding Committee members, and board members.
  • The Giving Project will be a multiracial, cross-class cohort. LGBTQ-identified people, people of color, and working-class people are especially encouraged to participate.


Contact Helen Stillman, Donor Program Director at or 212-620-9110.

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