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Out of Tzedek’s commitment to redistribute money, shift power and support systems change, Community-Led Grantmaking has emerged. Through this program, a committee of Community Grantmaking Fellows, facilitated by Tzedek’s Director of Community-Led Grantmaking, will redistribute $250,000 in grants to the Asheville area. This program represents a shift in decision-making power from our Founder/Funder and Tzedek staff to local community leaders.
The Community Grantmaking Fellows will engage in a consensus-based model in which each Fellow’s contribution is valued and the art of conversation is used to meld community perspectives together for effective, community-centered decisions in grantmaking. In addition, this grantmaking process will deepen each Fellow’s understanding of the inner workings of philanthropy, while honoring their expertise as leaders and agents of change whose work has already resulted in building healthier communities.
For this participatory grantmaking process, Tzedek seeks dynamic people active in Asheville and passionate about creating healthier communities. Fellows will be a part of a grantmaking process designed to address pressing needs identified by Asheville’s BIPOC, Jewish and LGBT communities. The ideal candidates to join this cohort of Fellows will:
- represent multiple community perspectives
- have an open mind and willingness to work collaboratively to make Asheville a place where everyone can thrive
- be willing to be vulnerable and lean into the co-creation process
- speak to issues not to individuals
- assume best intent from all Fellows and the facilitator, while also challenging oppressive dynamics that are often present in philanthropy
- speak truth to power
- work to design, learn, and refine the community-led grantmaking process
- use the experience and wisdom gained as a BIPOC, LGBTQ, or Jewish person directly impacted by systems of injustice to inform and shape their work
Through the Community-Led Grantmaking Program, Fellows from the Asheville area will make final decisions with a representative from Tzedek’s Grantmaking Team together on local grants. Fellows will be paid for their time while they serve a two-year term. The Director of Community-Led Grantmaking serves as organizer, guide, and facilitator for this program and its process. Fellows will participate in the following ways:
- Learn and understand the mission and vision of the Tzedek Social Justice Fund, Tzedek’s grantmaking processes, and how this grantmaking is aligned with Tzedek’s strategic plan
- Co-create (with the Director of Community-Led Grantmaking) a participatory process that builds collective analysis about wealth redistribution, our focal areas, systems change, and community healing
- Work with the Community-Led Grantmaking Fellows to design and implement processes including: Grant Application Process, Decision Making Process, and Grantmaking Process
- Provide assistance with the application process for potential applicants
- Work within the Community-Led Grantmaking Fellows to complete decision making, process review, and redesign for next year’s process
- At least 30 hours per year, not to exceed 50, with a two year commitment
- $10,000 Stipend per year
To be considered for one of the fellowship positions, please click the link for Google form below and answer the questions:
Tzedek’s Community Grantmaking Fellows Application
If you have any questions or need support in your application, please call (828) 276-3417 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application responses will be accepted from June 4th through June 18th
- We will contact applicants about next steps by June 23rd
- Tentative Fellows start date July 7, 2021
The Tzedek Social Justice Fund redistributes money, resources, and power to support systems change and community healing in Asheville, North Carolina. Through adaptive, trust-based philanthropy, we resist oppressive systems and work to transform our collective home into a place where everyone flourishes. Tzedek’s vision is rooted in Jewish social justice values, including equitable giving (Tzedakah), repairing the world (Tikkun Olam), and leadership (Hanhagah). We have been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since the late 1980’s.
People of color, LGBTQ individuals, those involved in combatting anti-Semitism, and Asheville residents are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tzedek Social Justice Fund (Tzedek) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including expression), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or military status in its practices, programs, activities, or operations.
Tzedek celebrates people of all races, colors, ethnicities, gender identities, expressions of gender, sexualities, religions, languages, classes, socioeconomic statuses, employment statuses, education levels, abilities/disabilities, ages, weights, body types, neurotypes, marital statuses, family/parental statuses, veteran status, identity intersections, as well as identities that are not named here.
We value equity and inclusion and understand that interlocking systems of oppression compromise human flourishing. Justice depends on all of us being present and engaged in the process. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming space for all members of our staff, Board members, committee members, community partners, grantees, and contractors in which everyone is treated with unconditional respect and dignity.