Grassroots Organizing

Building popular support for, encouraging activism around, and helping to organize individuals and communities to mobilize in support of particular issues.

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$9,609,842 (9%)
205 Grants (15%)

Caribbean

$1,064,714 (1%)
24 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,931,378 (3%)
123 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$10,973,739 (11%)
52 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$3,577,207 (3%)
149 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,147,699 (7%)
50 Grants (4%)

North America

$54,036,447 (53%)
600 Grants (42%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$18,237,896 (18%)
192 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$2,463,955 (2%)
31 Grants (2%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Issue Focus

Freedom from Violence

$27,465,839 (27%)
285 Grants (20%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$15,399,552 (15%)
146 Grants (10%)

Civic and Political Participation

$11,533,102 (11%)
143 Grants (10%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$53,998,015 (53%)
474 Grants (34%)

Children & Youth

$25,031,749 (24%)
312 Grants (22%)

Migrants & Refugees

$18,591,594 (18%)
198 Grants (14%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Sample Grants

  • North Star Fund supported VOCAL-NY in the USA to organize its grassroots membership to educate New York City government leaders about key social justice issues, including HIV/AIDS, drug policy, policing, and affordable housing.
  • Ford Foundation gave a general support grant to Interfaith Worker Justice in the USA to advance the rights of workers by engaging diverse faith communities into action from grassroots organizing to shaping policy at the local, state and national levels.