Annual Grantmaking

Grantmaking at the Women's Foundation

The Women's Foundation of Oregon is changing our annual grantmaking model to be reflective of our journey to dismantle the ways that white supremacy culture and white feminism have continued to show up in our work, internally and externally. The Giving Project model - created by Social Justice Fund - is a a participatory model of grantmaking that strives to center and support the most impacted. Read on to find out more this shift towards equitable resource sharing.

The Giving Project Pilot

About This Shift

The Women's Foundation of Oregon has changed a lot in the five years since we officially launched! We started as a merger between the Portland Women's Foundation and the Women's Care Foundation and since then we have grown and been challenged in many ways. From creating bodies of work around grantmaking, membership + community engagement, and research + information sharing, to beginning the continuous journey that is racial equity work, we continue to transform and shift to be more responsive to, accountable to, and supportive of women, girls, and femmes in Oregon and the organizations and people striving to bring real change to their own communities. 

Learn more about our journey and why we are joining a network of peer foundations to change our annual grant-making model to The Giving Project by visiting our Spring 2019 Newsletter.

About The Giving Project

The Giving Project model was created by Social Justice Fund to reach and engage historically underrepresented communities in transformative leadership development and resource sharing.

A Giving Project is a model of giving that focuses on raising and distributing resources led by a group of folks who are cross-race and cross-class. The model values donations at all sizes and recognizes the value of resourcing the project in other ways - for example, through time, perspectives, and/or community connections.

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon will be the first gender-focused foundation in the country to apply this model. The pilot year will include the completion of a 6-month, Portland-based pilot cohort, ongoing development and improvement of the curriculum, structure, implementation, and organizational participation in the nationwide Giving Project Learning Community. This approach to grantmaking is deeply aligned with our commitment to advancing equity in philanthropy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Giving Project, is that like a Giving Circle?

Nope, giving circles typically require buy-in at a predetermined level of wealth to participate (often $1,000 -$5,000), making the model inaccessible for folks who don’t have access to that amount of wealth. The Giving Project is a model of giving that is led by a group of folks that are cross-race and cross-class and focuses on the collective raising and redistributing of resources. Participants in Giving Projects come from many backgrounds and may not have access to large amounts of wealth. Our adaptation of the model values donations at all sizes and recognizes the value of resourcing the project in other ways - for example, through contributions of time, effort, perspective, and/or community connections.

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon will be the first gender-focused foundation in the country to adopt this model. Our pilot year will include the completion of a 6-month, Portland-based cohort,  as well as the ongoing development and improvement of the curriculum and participation in the nationwide Giving Project Learning Community. The Giving Project approach to learning, fundraising, and grantmaking are deeply aligned with our commitment to advancing equity in philanthropy.

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