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The Starling Collective Fellowship

A unique fellowship for grassroots leaders from around the world to discover and share best practices for increasing generosity and driving systems change. 

GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective Fellowship equips creative, passionate changemakers who are working to accelerate particularly innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity and justice with the tools they need to rapidly implement those bold ideas.  

GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective is based on the belief that changemakers, organizers, artists, and activists within communities know best what those communities need. The program welcomes innovators of all backgrounds, breaking down the barriers that often leave nontraditional movement builders on the sidelines. We encourage experimentation and sharing of both successes and failures so we can all learn from each other.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming application periods.

Meet the 2022 Starling Collective Cohort

50 grassroots activists, artists, organizers, and changemakers from around the world join the 2022 Starling Collective cohort. These changemakers are transforming their communities through innovative approaches that spread generosity and tackle the most pressing issues.

Meet the 2022 Starling Collective Cohort
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
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