Our programs are based on trust, relationships, and true partnership.

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Woman in a blue shirt with a postal service slogan raising fist and holding a sign

We believe philanthropy should seek deep, systemic, and long-lasting change—not charity.

Philanthropy has had a troubled history in our country, putting donors and wealth holders above communities and failing to be accountable to the people it’s supposed to serve.

Seeding Justice is taking a different approach: we believe that philanthropy should be transparent and people-led, and rooted in community; should focus on over-resourcing the communities who have been and continue to be disenfranchised and left behind, and who, despite it all, continue to resiliently thrive; and should seek deep, systemic, and long-lasting change—not charity.

Our approach to resourcing our communities

At Seeding Justice, we work to not only shift wealth, but also power by…​

  • Funding groups and projects that are actively working to challenge White Supremacist, capitalist, and patriarchal systems.
  • Funding primarily emergent, small, and grassroots organizations and groups that don’t have access to traditional sources of wealth.
  • Using a participatory grantmaking process—the folks making funding decisions are organizers, activists, and cultural workers from different parts of the state who have lived and professional experience in the issues we support. We simply facilitate the process and support the decision makers in their work.
  • Actively seeking applicants from the communities that are most under-resourced, working with them to strengthen their applications. We also connect them with other funders, and provide resources so they build capacity and sustain their work.
  • Making ourselves available to share knowledge, receive feedback, or discuss the ways in which our movements can navigate and push back against the status quo.

Grants + Awards Programs

General Fund Grants

Our General Fund Grants prioritize funding for small, emergent, and grassroots organizations and those that are led by Black and Indigenous people and other communities of color, especially those that identify as having other intersecting identities, such as LGBTQIA2S+, immigrants and refugees, folks living with disabilities, people living with low incomes, folks that are currently or formerly incarcerated, houseless people, those living in rural communities, and others.

Rapid Response Grants

Rapid Response Grants are designed to provide current grantees with small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.

Lilla Jewel Awards

Lilla Jewel Awards—named in honor of artist, radical feminist, and suffragist Lilla Jewel— was created to address these inequities by resourcing and amplifying Oregon-based artists of marginalized genders who advance a social change message through their work.

Open Opportunities

General Fund Grant opportunities open twice a year, in the spring and fall. Rapid Response Grants are open throughout the year while funding is available.