Mission & Principles


Grassroots Connect supports and strengthens the capacity of locally-based, community social justice projects.


We’re being intentional about doing things different from traditional nonprofits, and these are the principles that guide us.

Collective Liberation

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.