GivingTuesday Starling Collective Fellowship 2021

Applications are now open for the next round of the Starling Collective, an experimental learning lab designed to support creative, passionate grassroots leaders working to accelerate innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity and justice.

GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective is a global learning community and innovative fellowship for grassroots organizers, activists, artists, and changemakers to discover and share best practices for increasing generosity and driving systems to change. This is a new kind of learning collective for grassroots leaders to discover and share best practices for increasing generosity and driving systems to change. The program offers coaching, peer learning, and connection to GivingTuesday’s global leader network, as well as microgrants to jumpstart or accelerate on-the-ground work. The program was named after birds that create extraordinary patterns and movements by working together. A scientist once admired their “remarkable ability to maintain cohesion as a group in highly uncertain environments and with limited, noisy information.” Grassroots leaders around the world have incredible power to mobilize and strengthen their communities, especially in times of crisis.

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The Starling Collective is designed to identify creative, passionate leaders who are working to accelerate particularly innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity and justice. They want to arm Starling participants with the tools to rapidly implement these ideas. GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective welcomes innovators of all backgrounds, breaking down the barriers that often leave diverse voices and nontraditional movement builders on the sidelines. They encourage experimentation and sharing of both successes and failures so they can all learn from each other.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: Leadership and Vision, Potential Impact, Ingenuity and Creativity, Focus on Generosity, Diversity and Belonging, Measurable Goals.

Applications should be submitted by individuals, and those accepted into the fellowship are asked to participate as individuals. Applicants do not have to work for registered charities or nonprofit organizations to be eligible to participate in the Starling Collective fellowship. The Starling Collective applications are reviewed by a team of Regional Directors, who will follow up with applicants during the selection process. The final determination will be made by the GivingTuesday staff and selected applicants will be notified by October 8, 2021.


If selected as a Starling participant, you will:

  • Participate in a 6-month peer learning community to share what’s working, what’s not
  • Grow as a leader, develop new ideas and create amazing change in your community
  • Gain access to coaching, peer support, along with movement-building tools and resources
  • Receive a $2,000USD microgrant to support your leadership development or on-the-ground work
  • GivingTuesday Starling Collective Fellowship 2021 | Opportunity Desk
  • Have the opportunity to present your idea or initiative for a chance to receive additional funding to help grow and launch your new ideas and scale positive impact in your community
  • As part of the learning community:
    • You’ll build relationships and with a global community of movement leaders
    • You’ll tap GivingTuesday’s movement-building experience to accelerate your work and impact
    • You’ll have access to the GivingTuesday data team to develop strategies for goal setting and measurement of your work
    • You’ll receive ideas and best practices from your Starling Collective peers


  • GivingTuesday is inviting applications from individuals with particularly innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity, and justice. Applications are accepted from anywhere in the world. The Starling Collective is specifically designed for grassroots organizers, activists, artists, and changemakers from under-represented and under-resourced communities.
  • Applicants must be individuals over the age of 13 in the United States or the equivalent legal age to participate in the program in their home country. If accepted, applicants under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in and receive any fellowship payments under the Starling Collective
  • Applicants must be legally permitted to receive and accept funds from a U.S. nonprofit organization.


Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must complete an online application describing their leadership goals and how they plan to pursue or continue work that increases generosity. GivingTuesday is especially focused on supporting grassroots leaders with particularly creative and innovative approaches to increasing generosity, community action, and civic participation. The online application will ask applicants to describe the following components:

  • Individual leadership goals and challenges
  • An example of an idea, project, or program the individual is leading to scale generosity
  • What distinguishes their leadership and/or work from others working for change in your area
  • How their work lifts up under-represented communities and/or welcomes diverse participants and perspectives
  • What they hope to gain from their participation in the program

GivingTuesday will prioritize grants to leaders operating in regions of lower resource or greater need. All award decisions will be made at the sole discretion of Giving Tuesday, Inc. Grant funds cannot be used to support direct or grassroots political lobbying. Please note that GivingTuesday cannot offer any advice or guidance regarding taxes. Selected grantees may be asked to provide additional documentation and execute a grant agreement before grant funds are released.

To start the application process please click on Apply Now.

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Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

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