What We Do
We serve as a nonprofit umbrella and financial sponsor for community groups that are not officially state recognized organizations. This allows small community groups access to many resources that would otherwise be unavailable:
- Bank accounts
- Fundraising tools
- Applying for grants
- PO Boxes
- Renting space
- Discounted services for nonprofits
We also help build connections between groups, provide organizational advice as requested, and support groups in fundraising.
We’re intentionally trying to do things differently than traditional nonprofits and striving to not create oppressive structures and power dynamics.
Solidarity matters, in particular, with folks who are politically targeted and suffering under systems of oppression. In our work, community, and personal lives, we seek to dismantle white supremacy culture, racism, classism, capitalism, colonization, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism as interlocking systems of oppression. We are committed to developing resilience and intersectional solidarity through increasing collective access to resources and empowerment of folks in their social justice endeavors to transform the conditions and systems that make injustice possible.
Adaptive & Generative
We strive not to use our principles, norms, or policies in a way that causes harm. We are continually open to feedback and trying new ways of doing things. We are always striving to adapt and improve processes and behavior, both internally and externally, to avoid replicating and perpetuating oppressive patterns and structures. We seek to shift into a culture where conflict and difference is generative.
Accountability & Practice
What we practice is what we are. We value personal and collective accountability where we are able to recognize power dynamics and center relationships. We seek to create space and time for relationship building. We believe that we must transform ourselves to transform the world (Grace Lee Boggs).
Interdependence & Decentralization
Interdependence and decentralization are about trust and relationships, where “the care is mutual, vision is held by each person, and people can speak their needs and be supported in having them met.” (amb, Holding Change). We seek feedback and make decisions as a group so everyone contributes to decisions that affect them.
We are committed to supporting small-scale projects, and we embrace flexible structures that plan for long-term sustainability. We believe that: “What we practice at a small scale sets the patterns for the whole system.” (amb, Emergent Strategy)
Simplicity & Clarity
We value clear communication. In order to increase collective access to resources, we seek to create simple structures and processes and reduce engagement with unnecessary bureaucracy.
As social issues are bigger than any singular organization, we are committed to working with other organizations and communities when we share a common cause. We collaborate while staying focused on our vision of transformative change.
We embrace our authentic selves and allow for the complexity of our lives. We respect the often emotional nature of social justice work and collective process. We bring vulnerability and compassion to dismantling our own conditioned responses in order to be embodied and present for collective work.
We bring playfulness and joy to our work. We seek to create a culture of celebration and appreciation.
Grassroots Connect supports and strengthens the capacity of locally-based, community social justice projects.
We’re just getting started. Contact us to become one of our first connected projects!