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The Starling Collective

Applications for the 2021 Cohort Now Open

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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 change.

Have a great idea that will spur more community action?
Creating a mutual aid network?
Want to foster more empathy and more giving among those in your community or coalition?
Have a plan for tackling a tough issue, but need some help putting it into action?

We want to hear from you.



Ready to lead more positive change?


Join us:

  1. Fill out our short application by September 1, 2021
  2. We’ll announce the next cohort by October 8, 2021
  3. The 2021 Starling Collective learning community will kick off October 12, 2021, and will meet at least once per month through March 2022.
  4. 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
  • 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

Meet the grassroots leaders driving change in their communities

Our 2020 Starling Cohort included 50 grassroots organizers, activists, artists, and changemakers representing 29 countries, speaking 33 languages, and ranging in age from 11 to 71–all creating extraordinary impact.

Meet the Starling Alumni
Growing Together, Driving Change


The knowledge and needs of each cohort are the heart of the experience, which is designed to encourage feedback and sharing.


Together we build a culture of generosity, love and support within the Collective to uplift and empower one another.


The cohort helps recognize every individual’s innate leadership and offers learning that builds their capacity.

“The Starling Collective allowed us to learn from different people across the world tackling different challenges in their communities. We are now planning to share our lessons with other young leaders in the Kijani World team.”

- Lesein Mutunkei, Trees for Goals | Kenya

“The Starling Collective is helping me see that the world can be more generous, and we are learning effective processes for shaping a real movement.”

- Débora Verdan, Open School of the Third Sector | Brazil

“[The experience with] Starling and GivingTuesday is breaking down the constructs of what I thought was possible for myself. It has me thinking so much bigger.”

- Emily Churchill-Smith, Makeflix | Canada

“This was a life-changing experience that helped me step into my power as a community leader and someone with skills to share. I so appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Starling Collective and will always remember my time here.”

- Rebel Sidney Black, Portland Disability Justice Collective | United States

“Starling helped me talk through respectful and thoughtful ways of approaching things such as outreach, attaining community feedback, and what it meant to take a more grassroots and inclusive approach to things.”

- Lyz Luke, Living Jazz | United States
11 to 71
spanning generations