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Apply today! Application due by January 24, 2022.

Since 2019, we’ve partnered with Resource Generation members to host giving circles focused on learning, giving, fundraising and organizing around the climate crisis. In the past two years we have organized three giving circles in which almost 30 RG members have participated, and collectively moved nearly $1 million to climate solutions led by movement partners in the Global South. 

Thousand Currents is excited to announce the launch of a 2022 giving circle with RG. 

In short: this is approximately a 6-month virtual program including exclusive, intimate sessions with Thousand Currents’ movement partners, relationship-building with fellow RGers, fundraising training and support, and ongoing accompaniment toward our collective, longer-term goals. All sessions take place virtually. 

What is the goal and what will you learn? 

We aim to create an opportunity for wealthy, progressive, young adults to fund climate justice solutions in a well-informed, embodied, relational, and transformational way. Unlike other giving circles where participants make decisions about resource allocation, we invite you to lean into Thousand Currents’ trust-based approach to grantmaking, and our ethos of following the leadership of grassroots movements. This is an opportunity to shift power and decision making in resource allocation while being in a learning relationship with Thousand Currents and our movement partners. 

The giving circle process will include: 

  • Relationship- and trust-building amongst giving circle members, Thousand Currents staff and movement partners.
  • Contextualizing the climate crisis from a Global South grassroots & movement perspective, and understanding holistic climate justice solutions such as Indigenous stewardship of land and resources, agroecology, and campaigns to stop extractive practices. 
  • Analysis of the gaps and opportunities in climate philanthropy, and how Thousand Currents supports a movement ecosystem approach to grantmaking. 
  • Reflecting on how class privilege and other identities impact our ability to feel connected to climate change, and how to shift it.
  • Fundraising and donor organizing training from Thousand Currents in our relational, transformative approach.
  • Determining good practices as donors beyond giving financially, for this central issue of our time.

What are the logistics? 

  • The circle will include approximately 12 RG member-participants 
  • We will start in February, 2022 
  • We plan to meet roughly once a month, for 6 months 
  • Gatherings will be 2-3 hours long (including breaks!) and happen via Zoom
  • Primary facilitators will be Thousand Currents staff, and guest facilitation and presentation by partner organizations

Who should apply? 

  • Dues-paying members of RG who identify as young people with wealth or class privilege 
  • People who are able to commit to give $10,000 or more themselves (or via a family giving vehicle) as well as try to fundraise at least an additional $10,000 from their community
  • People who have a baseline experience with RG — a praxis group or national retreat, for example
  • No need to have any prior familiarity with Global South grassroots movements, nor fundraising 

Apply Now!

Application deadline is January 24, 2022

Questions? Email Jessie Spector, Thousand Currents’ Director of Donor Organizing, at [email protected] 

Wanna talk to someone who has participated in a prior giving circle? Reach out to Jessie and she’ll connect you!