Donate to Groundswell and help fund positive social change.

Groundswell’s mission is to create sustainable financial support for community-based, left political organizations that challenge and work to change dominant, oppressive structures in the current political, social, and economic system. Our focus is on initiatives that increase the long-term capacity of organizations, such as projects to develop useful infrastructure.

Last year, Groundswell gave thousands of dollars to groups and we plan to do the same in 2022. Our hope is that you share our goals and will join other donors in supporting our grantees.

What happens to the money?

Groundswell is a trust governed and run by a volunteer board of trustees with a background in social justice organizing. Each year we use a transparent funding process to allocate the money we have received in donations. We accept applications for funding from organizations every February. We grant half of the money we receive each year, and save the remaining half in a trust account. This increasing capital goes out bi-annually through larger project funding offered through Growing Change grants. No more than 10% of the donations received can be used to cover the costs of running the fund.

Please consider making a donation or telling a friend about Groundswell.

Donations of any size are greatly appreciated, and can be made by mailing us a cheque or by using PayPal. We also accept e-transfers to Please make cheques out to Groundswell Community Justice Trust Fund. You can also make regular donations to Groundswell directly from your bank account.  Please note that we are not a registered charity and therefore do not issue tax receipts. Have questions? Feel free to contact us! We’re always happy to talk more about funding positive social change.

NEW: Mary-Jo Nadeau award!

You may also direct your donation to the new Mary-Jo Nadeau award, established to honour Mary-Jo’s courageous and inspiring life committed to justice and community care. She was a key supporter of the Groundswell Community Justice Trust Fund and a dear friend to many in our communities. Given the nature of Mary-Jo’s work and the dearth of resources available to organizers, the focus of the award will be college and university campus-based organizing for justice for Palestine, highlighting the political importance of supporting Palestine and Groundswell’s commitment to global Indigeneity. More details about this award to come in Fall 2022. To direct your donation, just click on the “I would like to designate” button and select “Mary-Jo.”

Give a Groundswell donation as a gift!

We have beautiful cards that you can give to your friends and family if you make a donation to Groundswell on their behalf. Check them out here, and contact us if you would like us to mail you some!