The Starling Collective

A new global learning community for grassroots leaders

As we face the harsh effects of the pandemic and structural inequality, the need for more generosity is urgent. GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective is designed to identify creative, passionate grassroots leaders with particularly innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity and justice. The program offers coaching, and peer learning, as well as microgrants to accelerate on-the-ground work.

We welcome innovators of all backgrounds and aim to break down the barriers that often leave diverse voices and nontraditional movement builders on the sidelines.

Learn more about the current cohort

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Starling Stories
Delivering STEM Learning Kits to Public School Students
Los Angeles, California, United States

As schools shut down during the early days of the pandemic, #GivingTuesdayKids leader Khloe was worried young people might miss out on STEM education.

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Launching a Public Health Campaign in Liberia

Although the physical toll that would come with the COVID-19 crisis would be significant, the emotional toll has been compounded by trauma from war and Ebola.

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A Feed the People Campaign in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, United States

In the early days of the pandemic, the city of Columbus, OH was under stress: many had become unemployed, with job opportunities remaining scarce and local government struggling to keep up with demand.

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“We are still raising funds due to the commercials we were able to run from the Starling grant. This has been a wonderful experience. The grant made a major impact on our campaign.”

- Laura King of Conway Gives, a Starling participant

“The support from GivingTuesday gave us the ability to help significantly more non-profits and people in Colombia who were struggling due to the pandemic. This made a huge difference in how we were able to respond during this crisis.”

- Diana Miller, president and Executive Director of FUNDECISE and leader of the GivingTuesday national movement in Colombia


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Meet the grassroots leaders driving change in their communities

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Projects Supported
Acts of Kindness
People Reached